I’ve struggled to write this post quite a few times already…

Recently, I did something in librarianship that I never imagined doing during my career: a last request.

A dear, dear friend who just happened to be a major library supporter and volunteer extraordinaire was put on hospice and recently passed away. Prior to her passing, she reached out to me and requested a book in which she described as, “A story about a mother taking care of her child. The child grows up and then takes care of the mother. Circle of life.” When I nailed down the title, I was to immediately call her son at the number given.

The title: Love You Forever by Robert Munsch…


I located a copy at a Barnes and Noble not far from where she was staying. In order to save time, my friend, Nicole, picked up the book for me and handed it off to me at her house…which was on the way to Grosse Point Woods.

When I walked into the room, my dear one was sitting up in bed and her face brightened. “I have your book.”


A family member held the book for her as she flipped through the pages. She quietly thanked me. It was exactly what she had in mind.