Librarians share books that changed their lives during the reading month

Lisa Laesch-Vanstone, a children's librarian for the Farmington Community Library, reads "Sarah, plain and tall" by Patricia MacLachlan.  The book helped her cope with her mother's death when she was young.

Most avid readers have the one book that changed their lives.

For Lisa Laesch-Vanstone, it’s “Sarah, Plain and Tall” by Patricia MacLachlan.

Laesch-Vanstone, a children’s librarian at Farmington Community Library’s Farmington Hills department, was 8 years old when her mother died. A group of teachers at her elementary school gave her a basket of books at the funeral in an attempt to give her comfort.

One of these books was “Sarah, Plain and Tall.”

She guesses she has read her beloved copy of the book, which follows two siblings as they deal with their mother’s death and their father’s new marriage seven or eight times. Even as an adult, it gives her a sense of peace, just holding on to the little novel.

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