Alan “Stump” Samry started this blog as a place to combine who he is, a below-the-knee congenital amputee, with what he does, which is to assist patrons at the reference desk at the Fairhope Public Library in Lower Alabama (LA). Stump occasionally uses this platform to introduce his audience to leg amputees (biographical, mythical, fictional, and legendary) that he meets online, in books, and in person.
Alan means no offense to other amputees when he uses the word stump. Stump the Librarian is recognized around the world. It’s also far more catchy than Residual Limb the Librarian.
Alan has discovered that people are finding the site because they are searching for questions to Stump the Librarian. He has tried to accommodate these searches by adding a Question and Answer page.
Alan is blogging about the construction of his new home in downtown Fairhope at Alan Samry.
He is also enrolled in the Online Masters of Library and Information Studies Program at the University of Alabama. He is blogging about that experience here.
Samry received his BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and obtained his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Spalding University in 2012. Eleven years ago he and his bride Susan moved to Fairhope, Alabama from Cape Cod Massachusetts, where he was born and raised. His writing has appeared in Disability Studies Quarterly, Obsession: An online Literary Journal, Birmingham Arts Journal and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. Two Poems were published last year in Kaleidoscope Magazine. Oracle Fine Arts Review, the University of South Alabama’s literary magazine, published “Beauty Scars” in April 2016.
Alan thoroughly enjoys teaching, guiding, and mentoring the people who come in the library, take his community continuing education classes, and his creative writing classes.
Stump the Librarian is not endorsed by the Fairhope Public Library or the City of Fairhope. He speaks for himself and writes of his own experiences.
If you would like a writing class facilitated, need a guest speaker who can engage audiences on a range of topics, or if you simply have a question for a librarian, please contact him.
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