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Books in a Box: Lutie Stearns and the Traveling Libraries of WisconsinBooks in a Box: Lutie Stearns and the Traveling Libraries of Wisconsin by Stuart Stotts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am so enjoying middle grade biographies this summer. This great book caught my eye on my new library shelves. I wish I was Lutie Stearns, or at the very least could meet her. She pretty much single-handedly established the library system for the state of Wisconsin in the early 1900’s. There were wonderful pictures of Lutie, small turn-of-the-century towns in Northern Wisconsin, and darling settings for the traveling libraries she distributed. I ride my motorcycle all over this state and often wonder what life was like on these farms a century ago. Thanks to this biography I have a more defined imagination. I can now imagine Lutie traveling these same small roads through these obscure lonely towns. I work with students that refuse to read and take the millions of books at their disposal for granted. This book really makes one stop and consider what it would have been like to yearn for the access to a book.

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