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During my time at school, I was subjected to constant bullying and ostracism. I was unable to find friendship among my peers, and the library was my refuge. I deeply appreciated the supportive, enriching place that Mrs. Volkman created in the library.
Mrs. Volkman also influenced my later reading life. She gave me a library decommissioned book, John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. My husband and I read that same copy aloud to each other during a statewide reading promotion.