Escape through books

When Karl Humphries passed away in 2007, at age 13, his mom made it her mission to give kids like Karl the chance at a literary escape, as well. Read about Karl's story and the annual UNC Libraries campus-wide book drive for pediatric cancer patients.

Karl Humphries loved books. For the three years he battled a brain tumor, they were his mental departure from the waiting room at N.C. Children’s Hospital’s pediatric cancer clinic, his imaginary getaway from tests and treatments and diagnoses.

When he passed away in 2007, at age 13, his mom made it her mission to give kids like Karl the chance at a literary escape, as well.

As the Book Fairy, Kathy Humphries – who works part-time for the university’s grounds department  — has collected rooms filled with cardboard picture books, vintage mysteries and longer classics to be enjoyed by everyone from the tiniest toddlers to the most tempestuous early-teens who are undergoing treatment at UNC. For the fifth-straight year, UNC Libraries and campus partners will add to that tally with a campus-wide book drive. The goal: to push the five-year collection total past 10,000.

Continue reading at http://www.unc.edu/spotlight/book-fairy/