From age 12, libraries were Ellen Book’s destiny. The Miami-Dade Public Library System hired her in 1987 as a business and science specialist before she ascended into branch management. Volunteer efforts include Dade County Library Association president 2010-2012, South Miami Rotary Club president 2005-2006, and assistant district governor 2007-2009. She coordinated 27,000 dictionary giveaways from 2007-2015, delivering them countywide at student assemblies. The city of South Miami proclaimed May 2, 2006, as “Ellen Book Day,” the League of Women Voters named her 2014 Community Activist of the Year, and she was profiled in Community News’ 2021 Women’s History Month issue.