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Friends board member Mike Moumousis retired as vice president of Cox Enterprises and has traveled around the world. But he will always remember a moment in his school library when he was a third grader. He realized he was having a lot of trouble reading.

When he told the librarian his problem she quietly put a book in his hands that changed his life. “See if you can finish this,” she said.  It was Will James’ book Smoky the Cowhorse and it was a page-turner.  There was no way he could put it down. “It literally taught me how to read,” he said.

The Murphy Library has received twelve books by western writer Will James from the Will James Society Book Gifting Program thanks to the efforts of Friends’ board member Mike Moumousis. Ten-year-old McKenna Houston, daughter of Tammy Gibson, tries his cowboy hat and lariat as she admires the books.

Thanks to Moumousis, other children will discover a love for reading among the stories of horses, cowboys and the American West.  Moumousis contacted the Will James Society Book Gifting Program and as a result the library received twelve books by the cowboy-turned-writer.  The Society is located in Elko, Nevada.  Six of the books are for children to discover the joys of cowboy life.  The other six are for those many adult readers who love westerns.

Will James, born in Quebec in 1892, moved to the western United States before World War I.  In the 1920’s he began writing and illustrating his stories of cowboys, publishing Smoky the Cowhorse in 1927.  It was awarded the prestigious Newberry Medal for children’s fiction. The Will James Society understands the comfort these books bring – they also sends James’ novels to our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.  

His books are now in Murphy waiting for their pages to be turned by young and old.  Call 837-2417 to reserve one.