The Peggy Helmerich Library will be closed temporarily for light renovation. We anticipate the closure to last several weeks. During the closure, any items you have placed on hold will be sent to Hardesty Library.
Eighth grade. I was sitting in Mrs. Wolffes’s English class wearing bell-bottom hip-huggers and a smock top. I wore small gold wire-framed glasses and my nails were perfectly manicured in frosty lilac. At the end of class Mrs. Wolffes approached me and said she had just finished a book she thought I would enjoy. She gave me the title and the author’s name; Zelda by Nancy Milford.
I had always loved books and never went to school without a paperback to read before final bell and in between classes, so it really shouldn’t have been a surprise that my English teacher would recommend a book to me. But this wasn’t just any book. It was a thoroughly adult book; a biography of Zelda Fitzgerald, filled with all of the recklessness and madness that permeated the lives of Scott and Zelda during the Jazz Age.
That night I insisted that my mother take me to the bookstore so I could get this book. I devoured it. I loved it. I felt special that my teacher had recognized that I was ready for this book. I read it again as an adult and loved it just as much. This small act by a teacher meant a great deal to me. I went on to get an undergraduate degree in English Literature and a masters’ degree in Library and Information Studies.
We all have opportunities to impact someone’s life for the better with a good book. April 23 is World Book Night. You can be a book giver and hand out 20 copies of a book to light or nonreaders. You could change a life. Apply to be a book giver by January 5. The Tulsa City-County Library is a distribution site this year, so you can pick up your books at the library. Go forth and change lives!