Love, “Button” (1/10)

Sunday afternooPicture-14-18pywvdn provided an opportunity for me to read, That Book Woman by Heather Henson and David Small to some of my grandchildren.   As I turned the pages, I found myself in That Book Woman, in the boy’s sister, Lark.  He says, “Lark plays teacher,” which I always did. And one illustration has Lark sitting up in a tree reading, which I loved doing as a kid!

In the book The Boy who was Raised by Librarians, I can’t help but think that Melvin may have gone to the very same library I had gone to a long, long time ago.  Leeola looked awfully familiar . . .

See a video reading of That Book Woman below, if you would like to know more about this book.

I found myself inspired to share a story of my own, so:

Heritage 2 Legacy

a Fireflies’ storytelling project

My “Leeola’s” Lovely Lesson

Dad and Mom’s instructions were clear.  “After school walk to the library, it’s only a block from your new school.  Some friends are picking up several kids in our neighborhood about 4:00.  Just keep an eye out, okay?”  I agreed.

I couldn’t wait for school to be out.  The library was so much bigger than the one where we used to live.  When I walked in, my heart began to race.  My eyes could hardly take it in.  What a  glorious sight.  The smell of freshly waxed wooden floors just added to my joy.  I slowly made my way to the desk where an elderly lady with springy gray hair sat reading.  She peered down at me.  “May I help you?”  I asked where the children’s books were.  She slid the glasses off her nose, stood and with a twinkle in her eye whispered, “How about if I show you?”  We came to a large paneled room.  I’d never seen so many books.  Finding a spot on the carpet where the sun was streaming in, I curled up with Nancy Drew and was soon deep in an adventure.

After some time, the library lady came in, startling me.  “Oh, you’re still here,” she said, “I was just locking up.”

Once again my heart began to race, only this time in panic.  I knew I’d gotten lost in reading and missed my ride home.  I began to cry.

“Why, whatever is the matter , child?”  she gently asked me. As I poured out my woeful mistake between sobs, she just shook her head, saying, “Oh dear, not to worry, it’s going to be fine.”  Watching her springy gray curls bouncing as she spoke, I somehow knew I could believe her.  She took my hand and marched me to the front desk where we called my parents.  The library lady said she’d wait on the front steps with me until they arrived.

While we waited she talked.  She told me that she often got so absorbed in a book that she lost track of time too; and we smiled.  She said she’d been at the library so long she’d probably read most of the books inside; and FullSizeRender (1)we laughed.  Then she asked me if I had my own library at home.  She explained that it was easy to begin one; just start collecting your favorite books, arrange them on a shelf, take care of them, and keep adding to them.  She said everyone should have their own personal library.  I was fascinated.

Over the next years, I spent a lot of time in that library. And had many special visits with that dear library lady.  Because of her I went home that night, gathered up my few books and began my own personal library. I still have those books.  They are some of my most precious possessions.

Love, Button


Mary Byrne Kline Otherwise known as “Button” to her grandchildren.








Create a Storytelling Legacy

Now it’s your turn.  If you are a grandparent, we invite you to share a memory and begin your own storytelling legacy!   If you have a special someone in your family that you want to encourage to become a legacy storyteller, download this FLYER, and invite them to join us on our storytelling adventure.


Button reading to her children on any given Sunday afternoon…

Here are some prompts that go along with this month’s theme.   Read one of the books on our BOOK LIST and then think about a story from your past that you can write down and/or record for this year’s Chasing Fireflies Storytelling Classic.     These questions will help you get started:

  • What is a favorite book you remember from your childhood?
  • Did you have someone special read to you as a child?
  • Have you ever found a book that reminded you of yourself?  Or someone you knew?
  • When you read a book about a library or librarian, does a special place come to mind?  Do you have a picture of that library or special reading place?  Tell about what made that building so special in your life? [think: your 5 senses]

Be sure to let us know if you are joining us.  We are creating a closed FB group for all family storytellers, so that we may encourage and communicate more personally with each of you.  Simply send an email to and request to be included in future emails concerning this project.  We will also tell you how to join our closed FB group so that you can join in on the discussions and fun with Gil Moegerle, Mary Byrne Kline, and Deni Corbett.

The Book Woman by Heather Henson

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