Kids in the Watertown area are honoring a long-time and well-loved librarian.
Linda Bauman died this week. She worked for decades getting books in kids’ hands. Now they're giving books in her honor.
When cancer touches one, it often touches so many.
"She was always very nice and kind to everyone, always suggesting books and stuff," sixth grader Nancy Flagrty said.
We spoke with Bauman last year as she was battling cancer but allergic to treatment. The past few weeks her family knew the end was coming.
"She made a request that after she had passed and went to her heavenly home that we would collect books," daughter Chrissy Peiker said.
Not a bunch of flowers or plants at her funeral was her request, just books that could in turn go to schools, daycares and other places in the Watertown region with kids. Her family ordered a stamp for the books.
"Having all these books scattered all over the area with her name on them is just a great honor," husband Galen Bauman said.
People in the Watertown area have already responded. Immaculate Conception School is hosting a book drive in Bauman's honor.
"I think it's a fantastic way to honor her. She was always so proud of working with the kids. And I think the last year I was there with her she had almost 800 kids and that just made her day," reading teacher Terasa Milliron said.
"She inspired children. Even the most reluctant reader, she could get them excited about reading," Immaculate Conception Principal Carol Dagel said.
Books continue to come courtesy of those Bauman has touched. Some remember her as the story lady from the library, others so much more.
"She was really nice. She was the best grandma ever and that she loved me," third grader Maite Martin said.
She loved many children through the years, who will continue to remember her one book at a time.
Bauman was 62.