U.P. libraries receive books penned by regional author

MARQUETTE — Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan donated hardcover copies of Upper Michigan-based author, Thelma Godin’s children’s book, “Hush-a-Bye Night: Goodnight Lake Superior,” to various rural libraries throughout Upper and Lower Michigan as part of an expanded Giving Tuesday effort.

Released in 2023, the book shares the tale of animals, flora and fauna coming to life along the shores of Lake Superior with additional plant and animal facts at the back of the book.

Following its release, the book was selected by Oprah Winfrey to read on her Emmy-nominated Storyline Online. Both children and adults can learn about and celebrate the beauty of life surrounding Lake Superior while utilizing literacy components of reading, listening, speaking, and thinking.

“Rural libraries are a critical component of the local community and provide resources such as access to new books, technology, and helpful information and guidance,” said LLF Michigan President Nancy Seminoff. “As an organization committed to literacy efforts, we wanted to provide something beautiful and inspiring to thank these libraries for all they do for rural communities.”

LLF Michigan distributed 20 books to various rural libraries in Marquette, Alger, Kent, and Presque Isle counties. Libraries included AuTrain Onota Public Schools Library, Burt Township School Library, Forsyth Township Public Library, Ishpeming Carnegie Library, Kent District Library – Alto Branch, Kent District Library – Caledonia Township Branch, Kent District Library — Englehardt Branch, Munising School Public Library, Negaunee Public Library, Powell Township School Library, Republic Michigamme School Public Library, Richmond Township Library, Superior Central School Library, and Wells Township School Library. A copy was also distributed to LLF Michigan headquarter’s library, Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

Additional libraries, Presque Isle District Library, Presque Isle Library –Grand Lake, Presque Isle Library — Millersburg, Presque Isle Library — Onaway, and Presque Isle Library — Posen, selected a copy of “The First Notes: The Story of Do, Re, Mi” written by award-winning actress, singer, and author, Julie Andrews and daughter, author, Emma Walton Hamilton as their Giving Tuesday gift — adding to their children’s book options. Residents are invited to visit these libraries to check out the new books.

The Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan is a nonprofit dedicated to supporting a literate Michigan citizenry of all ages through the distribution of charitable funds to enhance literacy-related efforts.

To learn more about LLF Michigan, please visit www.literacylegacyfund.org.


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