8/21/2019 Donation to Canterbury Lower School Fort Wayne

Canterbury School, Fort Wayne, Indiana

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  • Canterbury School is an independent, college preparatory day school for students K-12.  The school is located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. 
  • The school was ranked as the best private K-12 school, the second best private high school, and the second best college preparatory school in Indiana by Niche.  
  • Carol Butler has been a Gallery Guest at the Canterbury Book Fair for the past five years.

Helen Presser, Librarian, Canterbury Lower School

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Helen Presser accepted a copy of Mama Joe's Kitchen book donated by Carol and Tom Butler.  Mama Joe always strived very hard to get her education. She would be proud to know that her great granddaughter shared that trait and graduated from the Canterbury School and went on to receive a university graduate degree.


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8/9/2019 Donation of Mama Joe's Kitchen Books to the Fort Wayne Community Elementary Schools

Fort Wayne Community Schools

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It is only fitting that Mama Joe's Kitchen books were donated by her granddaughter and author of her book-- Carol Butler and her husband, Tom.  Thirty-three books, one for each elementary school with a total student population of over 13,000, were donated to the Fort Wayne Community Elementary Schools by the Butlers with the hope that they will be an inspiration for the children.  You may learn more about the FWCS Elementary Schools  here.

Carol Butler, Author of Mama Joe's Kitchen

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 Each book was personally autographed by Carol Butler.   Fort Wayne is the home of many of Mama Joe's Family, including Carol and her husband.  The family first migrated to Fort Wayne over 60 years ago.   



Accepting the donation on behalf of the FWCS.

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 Amy Acree: Coordinator, Media Services, FWCS  

Mama Joe finds a new home!

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L-R Tom Butler, Amy Acree, Carol Butler


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7/24/2019 Access Fort Wayne - Potpourri : John Dickmeyer

Potpourri: John Dickmeyer

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John Dickmeyer interviews Carol Butler about her new book, Mama Joe's Kitchen. They reminisced about their own childhood memories involving Jacks and Marbles and how the book takes you back to a softer gentler time, when family was all important. John tells his own story of a childhood experience involving sauerkraut.  John reflected that the key to the book is nostalgia, very unusual for books today.

John Interviews Carol

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30 minute interview - Carol talks about the book:

  •  11 minutes in; and, 
  • tells her grandmother's story of getting a higher education at 20 minutes in.
  • John Dickmeyer's summary of the book, "This is a fabulous book!"


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7/17/2019 Fort Valley, GA: The Leader Tribune

Author Reads, Donates Book With Fort Valley Roots at Thomas Library

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7/13/2019 Book Premiers in Home Town - Fort Wayne,IN

Allen County Public Library

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The Fort Wayne, Indiana Allen County Library hosted the Fort Wayne premiere of Mama Joe's Kitchen. Mama Joe's Fort Wayne family gathered with other community friends  to celebrate and hear the first reading of her book in Fort Wayne.

Premiere of Mama Joe's Kitchen in Fort Wayne

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 Carol Butler, Mama Joe's oldest living grandchild and author of the book, greeted the celebrants and read the story for all those gathered.  She also discussed the creation of the book and the friends that she made along a three year journey.

Mama Joe's Fort Wayne Family

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Mama Joe's Fort Wayne family gathered that included her grandchildren, great grand children, and great great grandchildren.


 Checkout the new 4 minute video by Mylisa Kelly, Mama Joe's great grand daughter, of the Fort Wayne premiere of Mama Joe's Kitchen Book Signing.

Mama Joe's 1-2-3 Pound Cake

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Mama Joe's scrumptious 1-2-3 Pound Cake was served with love as was Mama Joe's tradition. The recipe for the cake is included along with three other recipes in the book.

 

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7/9/2019 Mama Joe's Book Donated to Fort Valley Library GA

Fort Valley (Georgia) Public Library

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The book retraced the roads that Mama Joe took to go to the Fort Valley State College, a trip of 138 miles one way, every weekend, for five years in her '49 Ford to obtain her teaching credentials.  This is the Thomas Public Library located in Fort Valley, Georgia.

Fort Valley Public Library Book Presentation

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 The book was accepted by  Billy Tripp, Director, Peach Public Libraries.  The Library ordered several other books for their other branches.

L-R Billy Tripp, Carol Butler

Mama Joe's Travels to Fort Valley

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This was an historic first public reading of the book.  Carol read Mama Joe's Kitchen and told about Mama Joe's travels to Fort Valley where she attended college and received her teaching credentials.   She accomplished this when she was 60 years old and became a teacher in a one-room school house teaching the children in her community.

Proud Cousins

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Proud cousins, both members of Mama Joe's family

L-R Carol Butler, Hollye Williamson


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7/8/2019 Mama Joe's Book Donated to her Community Libraries, Jefferson and Commerce, GA

Commerce (Georgia) Public Library

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 It is only fitting that Mama Joe's Kitchen book should be available to the children in her community.  First stop was the Commerce (Georgia) Public Library. 

Commerce Public Library Book Presentation

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 The book was accepted by  Angel Abounader, Manager, Commerce Public Library.  Plans were already being made for the library's use of the book.

L-R  Carol Butler, Angel Abounader, Sheconda Aker Benton  

Jefferson (Georgia) Public Library

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The next stop was the Jefferson Public Library 

just about five miles from where Mama Joe lived.

Jefferson Public Library

The book was accepted by Barbara Koski on behalf of the Jefferson Public Library.

The Mama Joe's Kitchen book was accepted by  Barbara Koski  on behalf of the Jefferson Public Library.   A beautiful mural made a very inviting area for children to read books. 

L-R Carol Butler, Barbara Koski


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7/6/2019 Aker/Burns/Hall/Williamson Family Reunion, Commerce, GA

A New Display

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 A new display panel for the book was completed just in time to visit  Mama Joe's community's special celebration. 

Reunion Schedule

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The book is part of the Family 

Networking Event on Saturday, July 6.

The Family was Excited

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 The book was well received by the family of Mama Joe.  They were very impressed with the story and the stunning art work.   

Autographed Books for Mama Joe's Family

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 Carol autographed the books that were sold with personal messages for each buyer,  all members of Mama Joe's family.  


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7/3/2019 Fort Valley: The Leader Tribune - Author to Read, Sign Children's Book With Fort Valley (GA) Roots

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