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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 bookmobiWhen 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....

Title : Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile
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ISBN : 9780060291556
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Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile Reviews

  • Sheri
    2018-11-06 22:07

    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.

  • Manybooks
    2018-10-18 17:40

    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 more 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 more 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.

  • Kathryn
    2018-11-02 18:39

    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 anymore 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 more 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.

  • Lisa Vegan
    2018-10-16 14:58

    This story touched my heart, and it’s made all the more 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 more being the kind of librarian she became than she ever could have accomplished had her precise goal been realized. She was more 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 more than that one, but they’re both wonderful, one about a teacher and one about a librarian.

  • Randie D. Camp, M.S.
    2018-11-10 16:38

    *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 long as we are doing what we love. See this review and more on my blog:

  • Dolly
    2018-11-13 20:55

    This is a wonderful story, made even more 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 more. 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.

  • Kathryn
    2018-11-07 14:07

    A delightful story about a woman who always wanted to be a librarian in a brick building and how that dream turned out.

  • Kerry Cerra
    2018-10-19 20:00

    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.

  • Candice
    2018-11-09 15:59

    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.

  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    2018-10-24 16:54

    I just had to like this one. After all, the heroine is a librarian who brings books to rural folks in North Carolina who otherwise would have nothing to read. The story starts in what looks like the '50s, when Miss Dorothy creates a bookmobile so she can take books to her neighbors. Over the years she dreams of a red brick library of her very own, but life gives her something on a lesser scale. The story talks about various people who were positively influenced by Miss Dorothy and her books, and whose lives were enriched and even changed because of reading. The story ends with Miss Dorothy as an old lady looking back on her library and her patrons. The author indicates that this story is based on a real person, Dorothy Thomas. It made me wish that I could do more, as a librarian, to help people than I already am. Or maybe I'm doing more than I think... Very nice, and a must-read for library lovers.

  • Melissa
    2018-10-23 18:43

    Although as a librarian I was a little ticked with Miss Dorothy for spending so much time pining for a "real library," it's nice to have a story that shows that it sometimes takes time to really bloom where you're planted and to appreciate what you have.

  • Tatiana
    2018-11-06 14:00

    From the title alone, I was partial to this book because when I was young, a bookmobile came to our rural cul-de-sac. As a voracious reader, it was a beacon every two weeks. So I can identify with the happy recipients in Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile. It was also wonderful to find out in the author’s note that there was a real Miss Dorothy, who brought so much joy to readers in her small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Even though a bookmobile wasn’t her ideal location to carry out her profession, she was dedicated and influenced many. A lovely story with touching illustrations.

  • Patty
    2018-10-31 21:45

    This is a great story based on the life of a real person. A librarian, Miss Dorothy, ends up in an area of the country without a library. First she gives them a bookmobile and then a library building.

  • Marcia
    2018-10-29 20:48

    A young librarian finds her calling delivering books around the small towns of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Loved it! My dream is to one day own a bookmobile.

  • David
    2018-10-30 16:05

    Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile by Gloria Houston, illustrated by Susan Condie Lamb is a story based on the life of Dorothy Thomas about the love of books, the power of perseverance, and how a librarian can change people's lives.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 at Goodreads.Lamb's illustrations in pastels show the beauty of the region and the variety of places to which the bookmobile traveled: schools, stores, homes and even the middle of a river.This would be a great pick for National Library Week or a library theme, along with The Librarian of Basra and Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia. I think lots of children don't realize the many types of libraries or how important a bookmobile is in rural areas. The dedication of Dorothy and her adjustment to life a rural area is also a good message for children. The evocative illustrations add to the story. It does seem quite peaceful and integrated for the time in North Carolina, but that is possible, and the multi-race depiction will draw more children into the story. This is recommended for school and public library collections.For ages 7 to 10, biography, historical-fiction, libraries, books, bookmobiles, life goals, & fans of Gloria Houston & Susan Condie Lamb.

  • Margo Tanenbaum
    2018-10-28 15:52

    Author Gloria Houston and illustrator Susan Condie Lamb, who last teamed up for the beloved award-winning picture book My Great Aunt Arizona, have created another heartwarming and inspiring story about the special people who love books and sharing them with others. Miss Dorothy decided to be a librarian as a young girl, because she loved books and loved people, so what could be better? But when she fell in love and moved with her husband to the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, there was no library there. But that didn't stop Miss Dorothy, and soon the community raised money for a bookmobile, with Miss Dorothy as the librarian. We see her delivering books all over town, and Miss Dorothy "smiling the broad smile of a happy librarian, who enjoys nothing so much as sharing her books with her friends." Eventually a little house is donated as a library, and Miss Dorothy finally has a real library building. At the end, we see an elderly Miss Dorothy receiving letters from her readers, near and far. An author's note tells us a little more about the real Dorothy Thomas, who was one of the author's heroes as a child growing up.This is a charming book for anyone who loves books, libraries, and the power of words to change lives. Highly recommended!

  • Crystal Marcos
    2018-10-30 15:00

    I read this book to my toddler and we both enjoyed it. She asked me a few questions about the bookmobile and why the bookmobile was stuck in the mud. I think that children of all ages would enjoy this book especially if they go to the library or if they have a love of books.This is a story based on the author's life experience with a influential librarian. The librarian influenced the author's life and some of the author's friends. The real librarian must have been a truly amazing woman to have a story written about her. I hope my daughter meets a librarian like that someday! The story follows the life of Dorothy who through the love of books decides she wants to be a librarian in a beautiful brick building. Well, things don't exactly turn out that way for Dorothy but she ended up enjoying what life did bring her.I really enjoyed the artwork, especially the title page and the last page with the use of purples, so lovely! I liked feeling transported to an earlier time through the illustrations.This was a book pick of the Children's Picture Book Club March reads "Library" found here:

  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    2018-11-09 20:41

    Gloria Houston tells the true story of one of her personal heroes, Dorothy Thomas. Dorothy wanted to be a librarian in a big brick library, but instead her husband wanted to live in the country where there was no library. So Dorothy created a bookmobile that traveled from place to place and brought books to people who had no books.Each paragraph is like a small poem. Each illustration is like a small poem. A beautiful little story of service.“If her readers could not come to the bookmobile, Miss Dorothy took books to them. When elderly Mrs. Maumey had read all her books, she hung her husband’s red flannel drawers on the line, and Miss Dorothy climbed the hill with more books to share with her reading friend.”

  • Karen Arendt
    2018-10-22 15:47

    What a great story about libraries. This book shows that a library does not have to be four walls. THe library is the heart of the community. Dorothy earned her library degree and had planned to work in the brick library in her home town. But life had other plans for her and she moved to a rural mountainous region with her husband. She starts a bookmobile and then eventually a library. This book is a loving tribute to a woman who made a difference to the members of her community through her love of reading and sharing books. This would make a great lesson about what a library is and means to people.

  • Jenny
    2018-11-03 14:53

    This is a sweet story of a woman, Dorothy, who had always dreamed of being a librarian in a nice library in the center of town. But instead, she moves with her husband to a rural area and drives a bookmobile so that everyone gets the chance to check out books. Great story with great illustrations, and I got tears in my eyes when I read the letters to Dorothy from some of those who she had loved and shared books with. Then to read the author's note and find that this was a true story just added to its loveliness.

  • Alexandria
    2018-10-16 17:38

    I have a weak spot for books that extol the wonders of access to books... and this book most certainly fits the bill! Dorothy is a young woman who loves books. She spends her life reading and bringing the joy of reading to people who hadn't had access to a library before through her bookmobile. Her compassion changes her life, their lives, and brings a sense of community and compassion into her corner of the world. It's a sweet and inspiring story for anyone who loves books, or loves those who love books.

  • Julie Esanu
    2018-11-01 15:53

    A loving tribute to Miss Dorothy, who loved books and was trained as a librarian. She longed for a brick and mortar library. However, she leaves behind her preconceptions of providing traditional library services when she moves to the mountains of North Carolina. Through pure determination, she starts a bookmobile to share her love of books. She travels far and wide to deliver books, friendship, and a smile.

  • Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
    2018-10-26 17:43

    This book tells the story of Dorothy who leaves Boston after marrying her husband and moving to a small rural location without the library that she is so use to. With the support of her community, she begins a mobile library and sees how books transform the lives of the people around her. A wonderful biographical picture book.

  • Sally
    2018-10-30 17:43

    This non-fiction picture book chronicles the life of a would-be librarian in North Carolina and her impact on many with her traveling "library". Lovely illustrations and another great addition to my bookshelf of books about books.

  • Rachel
    2018-11-05 18:39

    A sweet treat for anyone who shares a love of reading, the thrill of libraries and has romantic sensibilities about small towns and country living. The illustrations are ideallic and happy and made me contented and cozy. Based on a true story, which gave it added charm.

  • Lupine
    2018-10-14 21:51

    Oh sure, maybe only librarians will LOVE this book but I choose to believe that anyone that appreciates libraries and reading will like it. The illustrations are so sweet and it's one of those books that you'd put alongside Miss Rumphius, The Library and That Book Woman.

  • Tracie
    2018-11-09 16:40

    A librarian shares her love of reading with her neighbors by starting bookmobile service in a small North Carolina town. Inspired by a true story, this is a heart-warming little book that will rejuvenate your passion for the life-changing power of literature.

  • Elaine
    2018-10-14 17:52

    I enjoyed this sweet book about Miss Dorothy. She wanted to be a librarian in a big town, but life didn't turn out just like she expected it to. She made the best of it and blessed many people in the of those people being Gloria Houston, the author!

  • Mrs. Tongate
    2018-10-27 18:01

    Touching read for all book lovers. Driving a bookmobile is my dream job! I would so love to be like Miss Dorothy Thomas and deliver great reads in a green bookmobile to folks in their community. Love this sweet story and great illustrations.

  • Laura Salas
    2018-10-15 21:07

    Aw, what a beautiful book. Perfect example of accepting that making your dream come true might not look like what you expected it to, but that doesn't make it any less wonderful. Very inspiring!