Letter to the Editor

The savior of books

Georgia Brown Elementary School Library Technician, Paso RoblesJuly 26, 2013 

How nice to read Tonya Strickland’s feature about Robert Simola sharing his love for printmaking at the California Mid-State Fair (July 24).

Simola is a man of many talents and shares them generously with the community. One of his abilities that wasn’t mentioned is bookbinding.

The school library at Georgia Brown Elementary in Paso Robles has the largest collection of Spanish children’s literature in the city, because Georgia Brown is the dual-immersion language magnet school of the district. Most of its Spanish children’s books were bought in 1997 with Title 1 federal funding, which no longer exists. Over the years, these books have been “loved to death,” and many are in tatters. Each summer, Simola takes a large box of broken books and fixes them, returning them in September as good as new.

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