Styling Librarian: Special Book Feature George Eastman
Every once in a while a special book comes my way and I want to celebrate it… here’s one I couldn’t resist featuring:
George Eastman: Bringing Photography to the People by Lynda Pflueger
Recently I heard from the author Lynda Pflueger about a new biography she wrote about George Eastman. I always just associated photography with George Eastman but didn’t know his personal story, so I was excited to learn more about him. Lynda mailed me her manuscript quickly after our email exchange. When the book arrived I was thrilled to sit down and read about this man. I realized there were many layers to him. Many words that can be used to describe him. Here are a few I immediately think of having read the book: entrepreneur, open-minded, focused, driven, music lover, philosopher, reader, researcher, and humanitarian. I loved reading about his childhood. It was fascinating to see how he looked at problems and found solutions.
It was also really good to read about a person who didn’t have that balance of work and home down at all, which was honestly part of what led him to be successful. It made me think that there were some good opportunities for discussions with children about what makes you a successful person and where that happy medium is as you go about life with your passions and endeavors.
Also, I appreciated reading the book and seeing how over the years George Eastman became world aware, opened up numerous locations overseas and lived overseas for a time. Lynda Pflueger wrote a thorough, fascinating biography about Eastman. There are new opportunities for learning with non-fiction texts that I adore lately: the back matter of the book. I was thrilled to find an area called “Digging Deeper” which tells you about websites to explore further and videos to watch about Eastman.
My favorite part of the book? Reading about George Eastman as a philanthropist. I just loved this section. Here’s the first lines of that chapter that really made me thrilled to read more: “George Eastman felt if a man were wealthy, he had a choice to make. He could either let his money accumulate and leave it to “others to administer when he is dead” or he could “get it into action and have fun while he was alive.”” What a role model for children today! And what incredible things he did with his money! I love how he picked things he thought were lacking and found ways to help them. For example, dental care for low income children. He began a dental school and made sure it provided low cost dental checkups for all who needed them. Another example was that he loved music and he donated money to public schools for children to have instruments to practice on. He donated in huge ways as well to many organizations and institutions. Just a fascinating, inspiring person.
Eastman estate photo courtesy of Lynda Pflueger
Lynda Pflueger is generously giving away a copy of this book! Wow!
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