Kansas City, MO


August 9


Kansas CIty, MO

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Husband, father, childrens book author (The hit SCHOLASTIC series RUBY AND THE BOOKER BOYS and many other favorites)

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  • Greetings Derrick,

    I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder of http://www.GettingBoysToRead.com. Like many school districts, we are in a financial crises. Our school board recently proposed to eliminate ALL 20+ middle school teacher librarians and also cut all 90+ elementary schools to half time. Since we are the biggest district in all of Colorado, we worry this will cause other districts to follow suit. We launched an online movement and are going to do our best to put up a good fight. If possible, please visit our Facebook page and "Like" us http://www.facebook.com/SupportSchoolLibraries . Adding a positive comment and sharing with your friends would help our morale as well. The board finalizes the budget soon so your timely support would be greatly appreciated!


    Mike McQueen

    Teacher Librarian at McLain HS

    Lakewood, CO

  • Dear Derrick,

    Just to say, i think you're doing a commendable job. Unfortunately, i'm UK based, but also work in an all boys 11-18 school....an author visit from you, would have been most welcome. Please continue to inspire the young ones.

  • Derrick,

    Keep on keepin' on! Great work and I will be sharing this with my students.

    Kafi Kumasi
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