The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians

The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians

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This humorous tale of a curious young boy and his single-minded quest for knowledge is a heartfelt and affectionate tribute to librarians everywhere.

Every day after school Melvin goes to the library. Everything has its place in the library and Melvin likes it that way. And his favorite people--Marge, Betty, and Leola--are always in their places, behind the reference desk.

When something interests Melvin, his librarian friends help him find lots and lots of books on the subject. When he collects creepy bugs in a jar, they help him identify, classify, and catalog the insects. When he is cast as the Enormous Eggplant in the school play, Betty reads aloud from Organic Gardening to help him find his motivation. As the years pass, Melvin can always find the answers to his questions--and a lot of fun--in the library. Then one day he goes off to college to learn new things and read new books. Will he leave the library and his friends behind forever?

Readers will enjoy Brad Sneed's delightful illustrations that colorfully capture the fun-loving spirit of Carla Morris's story about the contagious enthusiasm of learning.

Publisher: Atlanta, GA : Peachtree, c2007.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781561453917
Branch Call Number: j P ARTS MORRIS C
Characteristics: 1 volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 x 28 cm.
Additional Contributors: Sneed, Brad


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Aug 16, 2016

Just look at that title! How could this youth library employee with a male child not love this one?? I read this immediately after pulling it off the holds shelf, and plan to read it to my boy tonight. It's such a sweet story! The titular boy, Melvin, wasn't actually 100% raised by librarians- instead, this book tells the story of all the support and encouragement that he received from his three local childrens librarians growing up. They helped him classify bugs in first grade and ace his science fair in middle school and gave him a part time job in high school. And the ending is FANTASTIC! I won't give it away. It's a picture book- you definitely have enough time to read it and get to the best ending ever. The titular librarians are librarians I could certainly strive to emulate, and I also hope for my boy that he finds that kind of "second home" in our local library as he grows up.

gigigal2101 Sep 18, 2013

This book shows the power and influence of books, libraries, and librarians in a child's life. It reminds me why I became a librarian. I strive to be like these ladies.

branch_reviews Apr 02, 2013

Melvin visits the Library every day after school. He doesn’t really live at the Library but he spends lots of time there. His favourite Librarians are Marge, Betty and Leeola. They help him find info about everything from snakes, bugs, fish, animals and even science fair projects. “They just can’t help themselves.” Melvin loves attending the Library programs, especially “Spend the Night at the Library”. He develops a love of learning and a great relationship with the Librarians. This book has wonderful illustrations. A must read. Reviewed by CP

AmnaH Dec 09, 2012

This book was adorable! I really enjoyed reading about Melvin's journey through school and one of the librarians actually reminded me of my former professor.

JewelMcLatchy Feb 29, 2012

What's not to love? A cute story of a little boy who loves the library ("Melvin lived in the Livingston Public Library. Well...he didn't really live there. He just spent lots and lots of time there.") and the three librarians who help him on his journey through school and into his own career.


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JewelMcLatchy Feb 29, 2012

They couldn't help it. That's how librarians are.


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