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Harriet Van Meter: A Life Extraordinary (2006)

After observing lines of people in India, waiting for the chance to read a book, Harriet Van Meter began collecting, packing and shipping books to those who requested them from around the world. Working our of her basement, she started the International Book Project, a volunteer organization, which today has shipped more than 5 million books worldwide.


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Harriet Van Meter was not typical of the media interpretation of post World War II women. Yes she was a good cook, a good mother and a good housewife but she wanted something more. She had an unquenchable volunteer spirit. When she saw a need, she addressed it. In her 40s she went back to school to finish college and complete a master degree--phi beta kappa. The culmination of her volunteer spirit was the founding of the INternational Book Project and her drive to bring peace and understanding to the people of the world through literacy--or as she said it, "one book at a time." She was a finalist for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 and to this day the International Book Project--a project started in her basement in Lexington, Kentucky has shipped more than 5 million books to individuals, schools and organizations around the world. Written by Arthur Rouse

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An excellent story about a woman as a positive role model
23 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was an excellent story about a woman as a positive role model. The documentary form was used well by Rouse and Lane. I've seen some of Rouse's other work on KET, like the Thomas Clark documentary. In this case, the writing and photography were excellent--very dramatic. The choice of Kinny Landrum for music was excellent. I understand he had another premiere in the same week. I saw this doc in the theatre before seeing it on television and it worked well both ways. I'm looking forward to Rouse and Lane's next work about renewable-sustainable energy. Hopefully, the same production team from media Collaboratory will be on board, with Chris McElhone, Erica Thomas and Alison Freels.

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