Alan “Stump” Samry started this blog as a place to combine who he is, a below-the-knee congenital amputee, with what he does, a librarian who assists 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 process of getting his book published at Alan Samry.

He is a recent graduate from the Online Masters of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) Program at the University of Alabama.

Samry received his BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and obtained his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Spalding University in 2012. Twelve 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, including Librarianship, Fairhope History, or creative writing, or if you simply have a question for a librarian, please contact him.


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  1. I’m a fellow monopod living in Alabama (near Tuscaloosa), and I also collect esoteric and obscure one-footed references, mainly in world mythology and religion. I’d love to compare notes! I assume you already know about the Aztec god with one foot, Tezcatlipoca, and the famous one-footed tap dancer who used to appear on the Ed Sullivan show, Peg-leg Bates, as well as the entire chapter on one-legged Sages from the Taoist scripture Zhuang Zi (chapter five), but maybe there are some others more obscure I can share with you. My long neglected blog about synchronicity (and lots of books, I’m a bibliomaniac) will eventually have some whoppers dealing with amputees, including a three legged coyote named Don Coyote (I forget the author).

    • Greg, So good to hear from you. You mentioned a few I had not heard of, so thanks for that. We should have a conversation some time about our famous, infamous, and obscure list of Unipeds.

  2. Hello I stumbled across your site here and read something about your grandfather and grandmother Mary Walouke. I am really shocked because my last name is Walouke, spelled the same way,and my great grandfather came from Poland as well. His wife’s name was Mary but his name was Charles Walouke. I have never seen our last name anywhere else on the internet. Can you contact me via my email to talk?

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