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There are over 12,000 books in that house, from classics to comics, all meticulously sorted Best Overall Amelia Dobbs Maury High School Mrs. Kershasky and shelved according to category. There are also hundreds of framed images of all sizes on Grade 4: the walls, from a John Singer Sargent portrait First Place: Emma Hickey Saint Patrick Catholic School Mrs. Barrineau of a mother and daughter to a formal photo Second Place: Bella Sadr Saint Patrick Catholic School Mrs. Tenney Third Place: Lucy Lex Saint Patrick Catholic School Mrs. Barrineau of John’s Aunt Vera. There are also a leggy 1949 cheesecake calendar from Brock’s Gas Grade 5: Service of Broadway, Virginia, and scores of First Place: Celia Laplace Saint Patrick Catholic School Mrs. Segerblom Second Place: Kaylee Bejarano Norfolk Collegiate School Mrs. Maus pinup portraits. Third Place: Abby McMonagle Norfolk Collegiate School Mrs. Maus Plus a wide assortment of old motion pictures, vintage TV and radio shows, and Grade 6: First Place: Skylar Tessler Norfolk Collegiate School Mrs. Hastings vigilant button-eyed stuffed bears. Second Place: Jesse Mirman Norfolk Collegiate School Mrs. Hastings His real hero remained Stan Musial of the Third Place: Perry McKay Norfolk Collegiate School Mrs. Hastings St. Louis Cards, but a big life-sized bust of Grade 7: Charles Dickens commanded the house. First Place: Solomon Duane Norfolk Academy Ms. Massey John respected the surpassing energy of that Second Place: Anne Hickey Saint Patrick Catholic School Mrs. Lynch author, who topped off his typical writing day Third Place: Arman Shekarriz Norfolk Academy Ms. Massey with a 20-mile lope down the gas-lit night runs Grade 8: of 19th-century London. John often piloted First Place: Caitie Sullivan Saint Patrick Catholic School Mrs. Gunter his ancient Chevette through predawn Ghent, Second Place: Noa Greenspan Norfolk Academy Mrs. Staub murmuring from memory the contrapuntal Third Place: Brian Gilday Norfolk Collegiate School Ms. Belle opening to “A Tale of Two Cities” (1859): Grade 9: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of First Place: Krystina Waters Maury High School Ms. Davidson-Cook times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age Second Place: Cole Dewey Maury High School Ms. Davidson-Cook of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was Third Place: Katherine Hickey Maury High School Ms. Davidson-Cook the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, Grade 10: it was the season of Darkness. … ” First Place: Lorraina Roth Maury High School Ms. Goldman Then as now. Second Place: Stephenson Heretick Norfolk Collegiate School Mrs. Dalrymple And John made a point of parading his Third Place: Jacob Leffler Maury High School Ms. Kurtz exhaust-producing heap past polling places Grade 11: during the last presidential election, bearing First Place: Emily Martell Maury High School Mrs. Kershasky a cautionary bumper sticker to inspire voter Second Place: Philip Riddick Maury High School Mrs. Kershasky prudence: “NIXON/AGNEW.” Third Place: Ashleigh Nottingham Maury High School Mrs. Stephenson He researched, wrote and self-published Grade 12: a scholarly book on the history of his First Place: Robert Lambert Maury High School Ms. Davidson-Cook surroundings titled “Thirteen Blocks: A Social Second Place: Ayla Combes Maury High School Ms. Goldman History of Early Ghent in Norfolk, Virginia” Third Place: Hussain Humadi Maury High School Ms. Goldman under the imprint of Money Pit Press. Thanks to his personal door-to-door salesmanship and Librarian Cared for Books, Dogs, the good offices of Prince Books, the press run Community—Everything sold out. Meanwhile, for years John soldiered continued from page 1 with 70 windows, five chimneys, 12 on until his final week─without the knowledge to make it easy to enjoy them. That fireplaces and an assortment of cherub- of the 35-household neighbors─to take out abrupt exterior was a disguise. headed Victorian radiators. At Halloween, their garbage and recycling weekly, rain, shine Norfolk-born, he was raised unhappily John gave trick-or-treating kids Hershey or snowstorm. in Commodore Park during Massive bars. The 7-ounce size. Many thought the city was doing it. Resistance, the only child of an alcoholic Eventually he retired from the library At the end, he figured those attracted to ammunition depot worker and an Avon system, and Rose Marie passed away. library work were really less about the books representative. John had earned a John remained in the eight-bedroom than wanting to be of help. master’s degree in library science from house with 11-foot ceilings and massy John A. Parker Jr., 70, died on May 11, after the University of North Carolina at pendant chandeliers like hovering mother a series of strokes, at Sentara Norfolk General Chapel Hill when he was drafted into the ships. Also with sundry stray felines Hospital. He left many friends. I’m grateful to Army in 1966. He served as a clerk in a and two snowball bichon frises, the late have been among them. Long Binh headquarters company. Henry and the surviving Noah. This article is reprinted with permission from The Virginian-Pilot The Vietnam veteran came back and By then the collections and the and its author Bill Ruehlmann. Bill Ruehlmann is professor lived for many years with his devoted critters were starting to make sense; emeritus of journalism and communications at Virginia Wesleyan wife, Rose Marie, also a librarian, in a he was reassembling the missing College, and a Virginian-Pilot correspondent. three-story, pillared 1897 pile in Ghent pieces of his childhood. Category:





Creating a City of Readers  Published by the Friends of the Norfolk Library

@Your Library Newsletter Fall 2014  

News and Events from Norfolk Public Library and the Friends of NPL

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