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Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile txt Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile, text ebook Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile, adobe reader Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile, chapter 2 Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile, Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile 14eb01 When Dorothy Was A Young Girl, She Loved Books, And She Loved People, So She Decided That She Would Become A Librarian Dorothy S Dearest Wish Is To Be A Librarian In A Fine Brick Library Just Like The One She Visited When She Was Small, But Her New Home In North Carolina Has Valleys And Streams But No Libraries So Miss Dorothy And Her Neighbors Decide To Start A Bookmobile Instead Of People Coming To A Fine Brick Library, Miss Dorothy Can Now Bring The Books To Them At School, On The Farm, Even Once In The Middle Of A River Miss Dorothy And Her Bookmobile Is An Inspiring Story About The Love Of Books, The Power Of Perseverance, And How A Librarian Can Change People S Lives

About the Author: Gloria Houston

Gloria Houston was a teacher and a native of the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina Ms Houston taught students of all ages Ms Houston wrote several books for children, including the best selling My Great Aunt Arizona, illustrated by Susan Condie Lamb The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree, illustrated by Barbara Cooney and LittleJim She lived in Asheville, North Carolina.

10 thoughts on “Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile

  1. says:

    Miss Dorothy and her bookmobile bring communities together through the love of reading Her efforts touched the lives of many and she is remembered with fondness.

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    This is a story about the past With TV the way it is today, I don t see as many people excited over books It looks like this was back in the 50s or so Miss Dorothy is from Mass and she wanted to be a librarian in a nice brick building when she grew up Her husband moved her to the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC and they didn t have any building for a library why is she a miss instead of Mrs then is what I want to know So, she collected money for a Bookmobile and she drove all over God s green Earth delivering books in a beautiful green truck.Eventually, someone left her a white house to use as a building and she turned it into a wonderful library.I love stories like this I love what this woman gave to the world She loved books and we need books to broaden our lives Reading is still important and I hope it will continue to be important.The nephew wasn t thrilled with this story A lady driving around with books isn t his idea He thought the scene when she gets her truck stuck in the river was good and she was saved He ended up giving this 2 stars It was too serious he said.

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    When Miss Dorothy graduates from Radcliffe College, she intends to become a librarian in charge of a fine brick building just like the one in her home town in Massachusetts But when Miss Dorothy marries, she and her husband move to a farm at the base of high Mount Mitchell in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina where there are no larger towns and cities and thus, no fine brick libraries However, Miss Dorothy and the townspeople soon organise a bookmobile a moving library , and Miss Dorothy does, indeed, become a librarian, a different type of librarian than she had envisioned, but a bona fide and true librarian nonetheless Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile written by Gloria Houston and illustrated by Susan Condie Lamb is based on the true story of Dorothy Thomas, who operated a green bookmobile in the rural area where author Gloria Houston lived as a child, there being no actual, physical library building for information, see the informative author s note, which is as much of a paean, a dedication to Miss Dorothy and her bookmobile as the narrative, the story itself With a flowing, evocative text and equally lush and descriptive accompanying illustrations, that capture not only the feel of the time, but the feel of the countryside, as well as the moods, the personalities of the people, the characters Miss Dorothy and her Bookmobile is not only a glowing general tribute to librarians, it is specifically and especially a tribute to those librarians who did not work and often still do not work in traditional library buildings, but who brought and often still bring the joy of reading, the joy of books to people, to their patrons, using bookmobiles, horses, boats etc., often spending not only many hours, but also many uncomfortable, possibly even dangerous hours out and about to make books, reading, and literacy possible in under and undeveloped areas.Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile also has a wonderful message of community it takes the whole community to furnish, to provide Miss Dorothy with a bookmobile, and I just love the fact that as soon as the small community where Miss Dorothy and her husband have settled, decides on getting a bookmobile, everyone, and I mean everyone, helps to make said bookmobile a possibility, donating money, time, and of course, books But even importantly at least for me , this story shows that although a person s dreams might have to change, they can still be made a reality, they can still be pursued Dorothy had wanted to become a librarian, and in the end, she does become a librarian a different type of librarian than she had originally envisioned for herself, but still a librarian Her dreams, her aspirations have had to change somewhat, but basically they do remain the same as the change is, in effect, only cosmetic, and the heart of her dreams, becoming a librarian, has remained the same Like my friends Abigail and Cheryl, I do wonder a tiny bit at the fact that the North Carolina community where Miss Dorothy settles seems surprisingly integrated for the 1930s personally, I appreciate the fact that the illustrations, especially, show an integrated community, but I do have to wonder how historically accurate this is That is not to say, that I do not consider an integrated community in 1930s North Carolina a complete and utter impossibility, but I do have to admit that I have some doubts especially considering the recent history of the Southern States But other than that minor little caveat, I very much enjoyed Miss Dorothy and her Bookmobile and highly recommend it to and for children interested in books, libraries and librarians.

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    4.5 STARSHere is the inspiring true story of Miss Dorothy who always dreamed of being a librarian in a fine brick library like the one in the center of her home town in Massachusetts But when loved beckoned and her husband wanted to move to the mountains of North Carolina, there were no red brick libraries to be found There were no libraries to be found But, Miss Dorothy found plenty of people who loved to read Soon, they raised money to buy a Bookmobile and Miss Dorothy became the librarian, taking books to people who would not otherwise have been able to get to them, storing the books in her own basement and changing them out of the bookmobile every day This is a charming story and one that should appeal to book lovers and librarians, alike I appreciated how we still saw Dorothy s frustration and disappointment at times, in that her life as a bookmobile librarian wasn t the type of position she had dreamed of all her life yet, overall she was very happy to bring books to so many people, and she was proud of the work and of her town After awhile, she didn t miss that brick library any and was very happy and satisfied with the one she and her community built.This is a good reminder especially for children today who are used to going to nice libraries that some people don t have access to books in that way I am definitely grateful that I live a short five minutes drive from a well stocked library, but I am also proud that our county has a bookmobile since much of our county is rural and it would be challenging for its members to get to the branch libraries For a historical look at some of the first traveling librarians, check out the fabulous That Book Woman There is also the biography of a South American librarian, Biblioburro A True Story from Colombia.

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    This story touched my heart, and it s made all the inspiring because it s about a real woman and the bookmobile and then the small house library building where she was a librarian, running the only lending library in her adopted North Carolina remote Appalachian area This book is a wonderful memorial to a special and dedicated woman The author was one of the fortunate book borrowers when she was young, and others that are her contemporaries are given places in this basically true story.I love how Miss Dorothy had specific aspirations from an early age, and met her goals, but how when her dream of being a librarian like that in her home city, in a great brick building, didn t come exactly true, she was able to eventually contribute being the kind of librarian she became than she ever could have accomplished had her precise goal been realized She was needed and appreciated where she was And reading her story and reading how important a positive influence she had on others is a perfect story for any reader listener who loves books.The illustrations are lovely They re perfect for the story and very pleasing aesthetically This is the same team that wrote and illustrated My Great Aunt Arizona I like this book even than that one, but they re both wonderful, one about a teacher and one about a librarian.

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    Author Gloria Houston and illustrator Susan Condie Lamb, who collaborated on the marvelous My Great Aunt Arizona , join forces once again in Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile, which follows the story of a young woman who longs to become a librarian, and work in a stately red brick building, just like the one in her hometown in Massachusetts But when Miss Dorothy, all grown up and graduated from college, falls in love and gets married, her life takes her to rural North Carolina, to a town where there is no library The eventual solution a bookmobile that she can use to bring books to the people isn t what she envisioned as a girl, but is just what her new neighbors needLike the earlier book about Aunt Arizona, Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile is based on the life story of someone the author knew as a girl the real Miss Dorothy used to bring her bookmobile to the store operated by Houston s family, stopping by every two weeks with her treasure and offers a tribute to a very important profession the librarian I liked the story itself, with its message of adapting to the circumstances in which one finds oneself, and I liked that it was a real person something made plain in the author s brief afterword being depicted I also greatly enjoyed the artwork, which I thought was just lovely, although the social critic in me couldn t help but wonder, looking at the happily integrated community, whether this was an accurate portrait of how the townspeople looked, in 1930s I think it was 1930s Appalachia.Still, leaving that issue of historical realism aside and really, I m not sure just how I feel about it whether I think it is better to be inclusive a good thing, generally and draw children into the story, or whether I feel that, by obscuring the realities of segregation in the past, we are doing children a disservice this is a wonderful book Recommended to young bibliophiles and library lovers, and to anyone looking for children s stories set in Appalachia.

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    Updated review.Houston, G 2010 Miss Dorothy and her book mobile New York, NY HarperCollins.Genre Memoir Biography, Children s Picture StorybookLoving books and people, a young Dorothy knew right away that she wanted to be a librarian in a fine brick library just like the one in her hometown She went to college and library school but married and moved out to the beautiful country before she could be a librarian in a fine brick library Despite this, Dorothy never stopped loving books and people and she continued to read and share books with friends A group of those friends came together and just like that Dorothy was traveling all over the countryside in a green bookmobile sharing her love of books with everyone, young and old She grew a little older and in time, a patron donated a fine white house for Dorothy to use as a library Miss Dorothy was never able to run a fine brick library but she touched the lives of many as a traveling librarian in a fine bookmobile.Heartfelt story with soft, serene illustrations emphasizing the caring nature of Miss Dorothy I loved the letters shared from her now grown up patrons I was most fond of the message that although we may not end up fulfilling the dream we set for ourselves, we can still inspire others to pursue their dreamsas long as we are doing what we love See this review and on my blog randiesreviews.blogspot.com

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    This is a wonderful story, made even special for me by the coincidences to my own life I am also a Dorothy who loves books and grew up in Massachusetts, often visiting a fine brick library near the center of the town square in my hometown I also want to become a librarian when I grow up, but as I m only in my early 40s, I have a ways to go That s where our story diverges, but still, I felt a kinship to this terrific woman and I love that the story is a true one The story even mentions an aviator in the Air Force, which is my first career, and made me love the story even The illustrations are lovely and complement the tale nicely We really enjoyed reading this story together And I really loved listening to our oldest read this book to my father when he and my mother arrived to visit for Christmas This story was selected as one of the books for the March 2012 Library reads at the Picture Book Club in the Children s Books Group here at Goodreads.

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    Gloria Houston seriously rocks And so do her books In fact, all her books are historical and you should check them out But let s talk about her newest that s based on the real life librarian from her childhood, Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile Dorothy s greatest wish is to be a librarian in a fine brick library in the center of town But, after graduating with her librarian degree, Dorothy falls in love and moves to a small rural community in the Blue Ridge Mountains And, sadly, there s no library there With the help of the townspeople, Miss Dorothy decides that she ll bring the books to the people instead She spends her days traveling three counties parking outside schools, grocery stores, the post office, and the courthouse She even delivers books to houses Elderly Mrs Maumey would hang her husband s red flannel drawers on the clothes line when she was ready to trade out her books Nothing not rain, snow, steep hills, flooded rivers or the lack of a fine red brick building could stop Miss Dorothy from spreading her love of books.Eventually a little white house is donated to the town and becomes the new library Though it s not a red brick building she dreamed of, Miss Dorothy loves it all the same Gloria Houston does a wonderful job of describing the scenery in this book It s a real treat to read a book and feel like you re actually experiencing something first hand And the illustrations capture the words perfectly This book is a must have for all who love books, and who want to share that love of books with others It s a great shout out to the librarians who so totally rock our literary world.

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    A loving tribute to a terrific librarian, this is a story of Dorothy Thomas who drove a bookmobile through the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina This is not for the very young, as there is a lot of text It shows how one person can make a difference, and also how the life we had planned isn t always the life we live As a young girl, Dorothy loved books She decided that when she grew up she would be in charge of a fine brick library just like the one where she checked out books in Massachusetts She went on to earn a degree from Radcliffe, and then a library degree, but love had a way of changing her plans, and she soon found herself and her new husband living at the base of Mount Mitchell in North Carolina She continued to share books with her neighbors, but was sad that there was no place for her to be a librarian, until someone suggested a bookmobile And Dorothy had found her life s purpose and changed not a few lives The author remembers Miss Dorothy, and the love and respect she had for this fine librarian shows on every page The illustrations are lovely, making this a fine book for children who enjoy going to the library.

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