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Librarian on the Roof!
Ms. RoseAleta Laurell is one determined librarian who decided to raise money for children’s library services at the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart, Texas. For an entire week in the year 2000 she lived on the library rooftop of the oldest library in the state of Texas. When she began her new position as library director, she noticed there were no children in the library… the children said it was for “grown-ups.” RoseAleta exclaimed: “We need more books—picture books, mystery books, adventure books! We need tables just the right size. Comfy chairs. Colorful artwork. And computers. Lots of families around here can’t afford computers.” RoseAleta wrote letters asking for donations for the children’s area, but got no money.
Onward and Upward! RoseAleta ascended to the library rooftop via an electric company bucket, supplied with a tent, a bullhorn, a laptop, two cell phones and a slingshot. She blew kisses and threw water balloons at the dancing children, the high school band played, and, politicians ordered her down, and finally the townspeople noticed! RoseAleta even survived a terribly cold and windy rainstorm that nearly blew her off the roof! Was RoseAleta Laurell’s rooftop fundraiser successful? Did she raise enough money for the Children’s Section? You’ll find out when you read the book: Librarian on the Roof!; a true story by M. G. King.
Librarian on the roof!; a true story