Thursday, August 25, 2011

A Personal Touch @ the Charles Santore Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia

Daniel Rubin: Boy's librarian friends to the rescue. (Philadelphia Inquirer, 8/25/2011)

Excerpt: On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, Hieu Nguyen stops by the Santore branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia hoping to scare Elizabeth Corbett.

The tiny, spike-haired boy will leap out of the stacks and shout hello to the librarian. She'll say, "Hi, Hieu. How are you?" delighting in her musical salutation. And the boy will answer, "Well, thank you." It goes like that.

She knows a little about him. How he moved here from Vietnam with his parents less than a year ago, how they work all day in a factory so he spends his afternoons bicycling between two libraries.

How he won a contest this summer at Corbett's branch by reading more than any other child.

On Friday, 12-year-old Hieu was not so well

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