Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Gabby Lewis Memorial Library

October-23-2012, we open the Gabby Lewis Memorial Library in Tierra Linda.
It will be a bittersweet time for me.
I have never met Becky, ( Gabby's Mom) or Shane,( Gabby's Dad) or little Tucker, ( Gabby's brother) but I feel like I know them.  They were sponsors before the terrible tragedy that took 8 year old Gabby's life a year ago now. 
Since then, like many of you, I have read Becky's heartbreaking posts as she and the family try to learn to live without Gabby.
Thanks to the donations that they have sent in Gabby's honor this library will be opening tomorrow in Tierra Linda.
It is small but it will have a huge heart.....a lot like Gabby! 
There will be lots of activities for the children to do.
There is no other place in Tierra Linda for the children to play with toys, use computers, read books  or do craft projects. 
School is now on vacation and most of the children in Tierra Linda have to work in the fields or help at home but I think that this library will give them a great place to go and spend some precious time enjoying themselves, learning and exploring.
There is a big photograph of a beautiful, smiling Gabby on the wall. ......a little girl who left us way too soon but who has made such a big impact on so many people.
At Guatemalan time..we will be showing Gabby's photo to the people who are there for the opening... and telling them the story about Gabby,  ................and her family and friends who have made this library possible in her memory .... we will post the photos of the opening as soon as we can.

Sharon Smart-Poage
registered 501.(c).(3) Non Profit Charity


  1. I think the library is a wonderful memorial and I am very proud of Becky, and her entire family, for their hard work and dedication. They tragedy they have suffered in losing Gabby has spurned an out pouring of love that knows now boundaries by land, air, or water. I went to high school with Becky. She has always been a loving, caring and giving person. I pray she is overjoyed with her accomishment. - Lynn Loy

  2. Sending some books down for the library with a shipment in December, Sharon :-)