Local librarians remember Harper Lee

Published 1:46 am Saturday, February 20, 2016

Local librarians on Friday were remembering the literary legend Nelle Harper Lee.

Lee is famous for her novel “To Kill A Mockingbird.”


Andalusia Public Library Director Karin Taylor remembered Lee for her strong influence.

“She had a great influence on the literary world,” Taylor said. “She wrote the book ‘To Kill A Mockingbird,’ when we were still having a great many civil rights issues. She spoke in a way that made people sit up and listen.”

Taylor said since Lee was from Alabama, he was able to get the attention of people.

“She really knew how to get everything across since she was from here,” Taylor said. “She put a lot of her father in the character Atticus Finch.

“That’s actually my favorite book of all-time,” she said. “I have read it and I re-read it every few years. She was awesome. I even named my German shepherd after Scout, the main character in the novel.”

Opp Public Library Director Courtney Smart agreed.

“Harper Lee is an Alabama icon,” she said. “She brought attention to troubling racial issues here in the South and brought about social justice.”

Smart said “To Kill A Mockingbird” has an impact on everyone because she believes everyone could see how wrong the system was.

“She brought about change a time when change wasn’t always accepted,” Smart said. “She was a remarkable lady and will be missed.”

Lee was born in Monroeville on April 28, 1926, and was the youngest of four children.

Last year, publisher HarperCollins, announced the release of “Go Set A Watchman,” her second published novel.