Eldred Township, Monroe County – Michael Sauers walked out of his Eldred Elementary School classroom for what he thought would be the last time in 2010. That’s when the school closed and the second grade teacher was moved to a new building.
Now, he’s retired and the former school is a community center. Sauers has reclaimed his former classroom and turned it into a children’s library. He smiled, “For me it’s really exciting to see a kid holding a hard cover book and not poking around on a little keyboard of some sort.”
He named it the Carola Sauers Children’s Library. “Carola loved children so this was a perfect match,” he said. Carola was his wife. The couple’s vehicle was hit by a speeding driver in May of 2014. Michael was seriously injured. Carola died.”What happened to me was so sudden and so shocking that I probably never am going to get over it,” he said.
While he may never get over what happened, he found a way to get through each day. He gathered all of the children’s books he used in his 25 years of teaching and built the library.”She would love this,” he said.
Carola loved kids and helping others.”Carola would speak up for anybody who she felt didn’t have a voice,” he noted.
Now he carries on her legacy while working through a new chapter in his life.
The library in the Eldred Township Community Center is open every other Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon.
This Saturday there’s a Halloween story time. Kids are welcome to go in costume and hear Michael read The Halloweener and Where the Wild Things Are. Story time is at 9:30 a.m. then again at 11 a.m.