Friday, April 25, 2008

Tributes and lemonade

Last week a student approached me concerning the viability of donating a children's book to the library in honor of an instructor leaving the university. A great idea! We discussed options regarding juvenile book selection: fiction or non-fiction, picture book or early reader, a book by the instructor's favorite author, or a curriculum related title. I mentioned we, actually technical services, would put a bookplate inside the cover and offered to write a letter (on library letterhead) they could present to the instructor complete with the name of each student participating in the endeavor.

They were excited it was something we could do without hassle. I was thrilled they thought to ask me about donating a book, thus providing the library an opportunity to be part of their tribute.

The book they selected was Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand, by Liz Scott.
"Using rhymes and bright whimsical pictures Alex and The Amazing Lemonade Stand tells the inspirational true story of a little girl named Alexandra Alex Scott. Faced with a problem, Alex came up with a plan--to sell lemonade from a lemonade stand! This story shows how the small act of one person can impact many people an important lesson for children of all ages." - Book Jacket
I asked (read browbeat, harassed, and generally annoyed) the cataloging librarian and technical services assistant to push this title through processing; though in all honesty, when they learned the significance of the book were pleased accommodate the request. Yesterday afternoon a student picked up the letter, also signed by the library director to give it a bit more cachet, and was able to check out the book and take it to class. Sworn to secrecy, I am able to post about about this now because the book presentation, and surprise party, was scheduled for 8 am this morning.

The best part? When we were discussing the letter I would write to accompany the book, these students relayed to me just how much this instructor meant to them on a more personal level. Each said she was more than their teacher, she was their friend. That is how you make a difference in the lives of students. Best wishes Mrs. Eibel, you will be missed.

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