The donation of several books to the Corinth Library is an attempt to inspire young people. Jeannette Rodriguez recently passed on several books written by Ben Carson to the library.
"It is nice to have people in the community who care about the youth and want them to persevere," said assistant librarian Cody Daniel.
Carson, the author of "America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great," is widely respected as a leader and medical expert.
"I love the fact his mother made him read two library books a week and then write a report on them," said Daniel.
Carson's success can be attributed to his mother's insistence on education. Sonya Carson, despite her lack of formal schooling, forced Carson and his brothers to read the two books in addition to their daily homework.
"Only after they completed the tasks could they play outside or watch television," said the assistant librarian.
The author soon realized the joy of reading and learning. Through encouragement of teachers and friends, he developed the habits which led to his professional success.
As a pediatric neurosurgeon, he gained national attention when he successfully performed the first operation to separate twins joined at the head. Two years before the surgery, Carson became the youngest major division director at Johns Hopkins University at the age of 33.
He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 2008 from George W. Bush.
Among his other publicans are his autobiography "Gifted Hands," which was made into a TV-movie in 2009 starring Cuba Gooding, Jr.; "Taking the Risk:" "Learning to Identify, Choose," and "Live with Acceptable Risk," as well as "The Big Picture: Getting Perspective on What’s Really Important in Life."
"His story is a story of a young man who persevered," said Daniel.