You know who we're talking about. Perhaps we are even talking about you.
We are about a month away from the first year since our cherished school librarian passed away. Yes, roughly a month before last year's devastating tornado, we were saddened by the loss of our good friend and ally for books and children.
When I was listening to the live storm coverage in April, I was straining to hear enough details to pinpoint where the destruction was. They said that our school was in the direct path, but I wanted to know which parts, if any, were spared. After the danger had passed, we drove by the school in the darkness. It was difficult to tell just exactly was damaged without seeing an aerial view, but the library looked like it escaped a direct hit.
We found out later that we were right. Books bought by our students in memory of Mrs. Sally Demuth were in various phases of cataloging throughout the room, and none were damaged. Aside from a bit of shattered glass and curious rain, the storm had spared the books we love so much.
With about a couple of months left in the school year, I was anxious to secure items that we would need to finish out this term and start again in September. The people hired to pack up our belongings were professional and efficient, but once items were in boxes, I was unsure of how or when we would see them again.
Thank you to Mr. John Hutchinson, Mrs. Shirley Chirch and Mrs. Donna Lassiter for understanding people who love books. And for understanding that we like to believe that books love people back.
A friend of mine shared this short film with me. I hope that you will continue to enjoy the magic of reading.