Profile By: Mary Henley


Part One Early Inspiration

As a child, Price was diagnosed with nearsightedness, which made it very difficult for her to read. Doctors recommended glasses and limited reading to improve her eye functions. This prescription was very difficult for Price to follow. She recalls a strong desire to, “read so badly. So in the summer time…I would crawl off into a corner and read Heidi once or twice [despite what the doctors said]” (Price). Doctors had also given Price the prognosis that she would remain sighted only until the age of fifteen. However, as it turned out, Price not only kept her sight, but it began to improve over time. Price made up for a lost reading time during her early years when she went to college: “I spent a lot of time in the library and liked it” (Price). The library provided a space where Price could not only read, but also inspired her to share her favorite pastime with others.


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Part Two Sparking Interest: The Bookmobile and Puppet Shows

Price bequeathed her love of reading to the children of the Omaha community. She began her career with the Omaha Public Library by working on the bookmobile. The bookmobile mostly served Catholic schools and was only sent out by request. Price recalls that spreading literacy was a difficult and daunting task, which was seemingly impossible at times:

“We went out to east Omaha one summer… the children would come and they were very poor children, their parents would still be in bed. One little boy would come every time with a sack of candy and his parents had given him money and told him to go get some breakfast…Those children bothered me because their parents couldn’t read or write, and we couldn’t see much hope for them.  Being there one hour a week, we couldn’t do much for them; they would