Sunday, April 15, 2012

Why Children's Books: Inspiring Generations

Explore the books that shaped Richmond's leaders

The Friends of the Richmond Public Library are mounting an exhibit that will offer library visitors a glimpse into the childhood bookshelves of more than 50 Richmond artists, athletes, celebrities and community leaders.

“Why Children’s Books: Inspiring Generations,” will display books that had an early influence on notable Richmond personalities such as VCU basketball coach Shaka Smart and singer Jason Mraz.

The variety of the chosen books will delight library patrons. Retired City Council chief of staff Daisy Weaver selected “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters,” by John Steptoe, because it is one of the first books she read to her daughter. The turn-of-the-century story, “The Goops,” by Gelett Burgess, has been enjoyed by several generations of Dr. Hunter McGuire, Jr.’s family. University of Richmond President Dr. Edward Ayers chose a Walt Disney story saying, “… even a small book can hold a mysterious power, one that can light up a young life.”

The exhibit runs through the month of May. The Richmond Main Public Library is located at 101 E. Franklin Street. For more information and library hours, visit or call (804) 646-7223.

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