Funny story… I read this article in the New Yorker titled, “Growing Up In the Library” and was instantly intrigued. The author, Susan Orlean, has written about the Central Library fire in Los Angeles in 1986 in a book called, The Library Book. Hearing about a library fire made me think of the Librarian of Basra and the rescuing of books from war and fire in Iraq and of course I wanted to read more. The Library Book is new so I had to put it on hold in my own library. Once my place in line was secured, I forgot all about it. After all, there were about 200 people in line ahead of me!
Fast forward a couple months… The Library Book was automatically checked out to me in the Kindle version. I read the book and enjoyed it. The Library Book is a lovely compilation of essays, stories and autobiographical pieces written by notable UK authors in support of libraries. I even selected several quotes from many of the essays and made graphics for them. Next step is to write this post about the book and add my graphic creations.
This is where it gets funny. I went to Amazon to read the official excerpt as inspiration to get started. At which point I became very confused. The Library Book is about a library fire in LA? Then what did I just read???
I read a book called The Library Book. A completely different book with the same title. And I didn’t even realize it was the wrong book because it had been so long since I put it on hold. Hahahahaha! I’m pretty sure I’m going to laugh about this every time it comes up forever. Tee hee.
Why are libraries important?
Summed up nicely by Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Anan,
“Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential. These aspirations merit our strongest possible support.”
Libraries are a key access point to gaining literacy. They are a hub of the community even in today’s digital age. Libraries are full of knowledge and librarians hold the key to guide us in discovering new things. Budget cuts threaten at every turn but we must hold on and keep these community treasures, these basics of a civil society.
Words of Wisdom – My Favorite Quotes from The Library Book Collection of Essays
The Library Book is an anthology of essays and stories written in support of libraries. I have collected the quotes that called out to me from each contribution and put them into some lovely graphics for you all to enjoy and share with others.
Kids Love Libraries Too
Want a fun book to share with kids about loving the library? The Library Book (yes, another book with that SAME title!) is a lovely illustrated book of the lyrics by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark.
Listen to The Library Song by Tom Chapin
It’s pretty catchy actually…
Still on hold…
Meanwhile, I’m still waiting for a turn with Susan Orlean’s The Library Book. I’m #60 in line now!
UPDATE: I finally got a turn to read The Library Book and it was well worth the wait! Want to know what I thought?
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