Tomás & the Library Lady
Thursday, October 25, 12:30 p.m.
Tomás loves stories! Grandfather tells them every night during the long summers, when the family leaves Texas to pick crops in Iowa. But soon Tomás knows all the stories by heart, and that’s when Papa Grande tells him there is
a place full of stories he’s never heard before: the library. When Tomás meets the library lady, nothing is ever the same again. By the end of the summer, Tomás has gained the respect of his family, the guidance of a colorful mentor, and a lifelong love of reading. Based on the true story of Tomás Rivera, who began his life as a migrant worker and ended it as a university chancellor, Tomás and the Library Lady celebrates the wonder of reading.
“I love this story because I think it’s just a wonderful story of our country and the opportunities people can have…I loved having a chance to see this play. I’ve known about it for a long time.” - First Lady Laura Bush
Program Length: 60 minutes
Teaching materials available
Illinois Learning Standards
English Language Arts
Foreign Language (Spanish)
Next Class Acts Performance