Michelle Obama surprises students on Martha’s Vineyard

"Some of the kids were sobbing. They couldn't believe she was in front of them."

Michelle Obama visited the Edgartown Public Library on Martha's Vineyard. Photo provided by Chris Look / Edgartown Public Library

Every day after school, a group of students from the Edgartown School on Martha’s Vineyard walk next door to the town library for after-school programming. But Friday was an afternoon for the books.

At around 4 p.m., Michelle Obama showed up.

“We were going about our normal business, and then a woman walked in and said, ‘Who would like to meet Mrs. Obama?,’” Lisa Sherman, director of the Edgartown Public Library, told Boston.com.

“It was a complete surprise,” library circulation assistant Chris Look added. 

According to Look, Obama heard the library was a fan of her book, “Becoming.”

During her half-hour visit, Obama was accompanied by personal assistants, secret service agents, her mother, Marian Shields Robinson, and others.


“Everyone was really excited,” Look said. “All the kids were asking her questions. She had a smile on the whole time. It seemed like she was enjoying herself, too.”

“Some of the kids were sobbing,” Sherman said. “They were stunned. They couldn’t believe she was in front of them … I couldn’t believe it either.”

According to Sherman, Obama encouraged everyone in the room to keep reading, writing, learning, and supporting each other.

“She came right up to me and said, ‘Hi Lisa, it’s so nice to meet you. Keep doing what you’re doing.’ And then she gave me a big hug,” Sherman said.

At the end of the visit, Obama took a group photo with the 20-plus students who attend the library’s after-school program.

“She signed a copy of our book, which was really cool,” Look said.

“Out of all of the libraries in the world, she came to ours,” Sherman said. “Our little library. I’m so proud of that.”


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