Just finished reading Books in a Box -- Lutie Stotts is a very interesting woman and Books in a Box: Lutie Stearns and the Traveling Libraries of Wisconsin is a well-told historical account of her efforts to bring literacy to every corner of Wisconsin. The power of one woman -- amazing. Her accomplishments before the age of 48 when she left the library commission certainly make her a pioneer who made a mark in history. The book's epilogue describing her continued advocacy for literacy and peace for another 29 years shows how truly dedicated she was. Well designed book, useful curriculum guide and great lesson in what one person can do with "one strong voice." Thanks for helping to make sure Lutie Stearns gets her place in history.
The 2006 National Library Week (April 2-8) has as its theme: Change Your World @ the Library -- it seems Lutie Stearns did just that.
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Great book -- check out the April 2006 issue of School Library Media Activities Monthly for some more connections (including collaborative reads) to this book.