The Library Book

The Library Book

Large Print - 2018
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"Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world, from their humble beginnings as a metropolitan charitable initiative to their current status as a cornerstone of national identity; brings each department of the library to vivid life through on-the-ground reporting; studies arson attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; reflects on her own experiences in libraries; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2018
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ℗♭2018
ISBN: 9781432856465
Branch Call Number: L 027.479 ORL 2018
Characteristics: 539 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Jan 21, 2019

Fascinating story of the LA Public Library fire of 1986 and put together in a way all readers will enjoy. It addresses the suspected arson, Harry Peak, and detailed account of the condition of the library at the time. Background of libraries and librarians over time was so interesting. Orlean's own motives for writing came from her childhood experience with a library. "It wasn't like going to the store with my mom, which guaranteed a tug-of-war between what I wanted and what my mother was willing to buy me; in the library I could have anything I wanted."
Having worked in a library brought me close to an experience that can be found nowhere else. 1949 UNESCO Public Library Manifesto: "The library is a prerequisite to let citizens make use of their right to information and freedom of speech. Free access to information is necessary in a democratic society, for open debate and creation of public opinion."

mazinwhistler Jan 13, 2019

An excellent read! A must for lovers of libraries...make you feels so appreciative for libraries and what they stand for and contribute to communities.

Jan 05, 2019

Just one of the best books I have read in quite a while...I wondered why I have never heard of this fire, being a supporter of libraries, then realized it was overshadowed by Chernobyl...

The writing is excellent, the details explored are amazing and the work done by the staff and the public to heal this tragedy is inspiring.

I know if you use this service to review your reading, you are a real fan of libraries, and I urge you to get on the waiting list and enjoy the read. It will be worth the wait.

I feel I did not say enough about the history and the stories of the librarians that founded the LA Library...from very competent people to colorful "characters" it all a vital aspect of the Library.

Jan 05, 2019

I really enjoyed reading about the LA Library fire I had no idea it had even happened. I also really appreciated how thorough the author was in describing the Los Angeles County Library system how it began to what it is today and the services that they offer. Overall, it was an excellent read.

Jan 01, 2019

This is a must read for librarians, those of us who love our libraries, and the generation of non-book readers. From the fire to the story of the "lady librarians" to how libraries and their diverse communities can come together for the betterment of all - this well-researched book does it all. Since Orleans writes for the NYer she does one very annoying thing - every person gets a 1-2-3 description ala the NYer. Small complaint but started to do it myself whenever I met someone new in the book. The LA County and LA City librarians these days are rock stars in the library world - would be interesting to find out what they do and "bring it home." I believe that libraries can do so much more to foster community but their piece of the Bellinham budget is so limited it's hard for them to do all that I know they dream about doing.

Dec 15, 2018

This book is the fantastic representation of the lives and politics (even the peanut politics) of the library world. It covers the perspective of patrons, library workers such as clerks, librarians, etc... It also covers the issues involving serving the public with little means or a lot of means for libraries. Working at a library is not easy work and it's a not place to work if you love to read or love books, it's a place that deals with countless intricacies of various kinds. At first I almost dismissed this as 'another person that loves to read and loves books' when the author talks about how she started going back to the library once she had children. In the library world that is nice to know, but we don't want to lose patrons because they feel it's a place solely for students and parents with small children/grade school learning. A must read for people that appreciate libraries but don't know how they work as far as work load, skills needed, and the office politics. I also enjoyed the interview/insight of the digital vendors that work with libraries for streaming content and listening to downloadable audio.

Dec 14, 2018

I wish our library would purchase more copies, particularly some in large print if available.

Dec 11, 2018

An amazing book detailing the value of libraries. Should be required reading for all city politicians and civic senior managers.

IndyPL_EmilyC Oct 23, 2018

The author offers an insightful view of the enduring value of libraries to the community and the ways they can continue to inspire and assist anyone who walks through their doors. Truly an amazing must-read to anyone who loves their library.

Oct 20, 2018

The author's love of her subject shines through on every page in her latest book. As a resident of L.A., Orlean was surprised to learn about a 1986 fire in the L.A. Public Library that she had never previously known about. In exploring more about the story, her research uncovers the intriguing history of the library in Los Angeles, as well as the pioneering future of libraries worldwide. Beautifully written, packed with real history, even spinning some suspense; I loved this book!

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