To the Stars Through Difficulties by Romalyn Tilghman. Published by She Writes

Andrew Carnegie is remembered for the gifting towns across the United States with libraries, what most people don’t realize is that he did not provide content (books) for his buildings. In this story, 100 years after a small town in Kansas got their library, Angelina returns to her father’s hometown to write her dissertation about the prairie women who held bake sales and baseball games to provide books to fill the shelves. History repeats itself when Angelina meets Traci, in town to raise money for the Carnegie Arts Center, they are joined by Gayle, who has moved to town after her own town was destroyed by a tornado. While this book can be a little over the top emotionally, it presents a fascinating side to the Carnegie story most of us don’t know, and librarians of today will be all too familiar with not having money to buy content for their patrons

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