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.
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.
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.
Amy Acree: Coordinator, Media Services, FWCS
L-R Tom Butler, Amy Acree, Carol Butler
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.
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.
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 gathered that included her grandchildren, great grand children, and great great grandchildren.
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.
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.
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
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, both members of Mama Joe's family
L-R Carol Butler, Hollye Williamson
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.
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
The next stop was the Jefferson Public Library
just about five miles from where Mama Joe lived.
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
A new display panel for the book was completed just in time to visit Mama Joe's community's special celebration.
The book is part of the Family
Networking Event on Saturday, July 6.
The book was well received by the family of Mama Joe. They were very impressed with the story and the stunning art work.
Carol autographed the books that were sold with personal messages for each buyer, all members of Mama Joe's family.