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    Ah, libraries

    I could not resist reading this book. I am a retired school librarian. This book was very well written. It wove together many different strands into one amazing story. If you love books, libraries, or learning this book is for you.
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    Love it.

    Great recommendation from Reese Witherspoon book club.
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    Amazing!

    I started this year by reading The Library Book by Susan Orlean. It is this month's book club pick for Reese Witherspoon's Club. It is an impeccably researched non-fiction crime book about the burning of the Los Angeles Central Library on April 28, 1986. It burned for seven hours and closed the library for seven years. 400,000 books destroyed. Over 7,000 books damaged. It is the biggest library fire in the US. Susan uses the burning of the library as the catalyst for this story. There was a suspect, it was arson and in writing about the crime we learn more about the history of the Los Angeles Central library. This includes the quirky characters that over the years shaped the library to what it is today and the important role libraries serve in our community. A library is open to everyone, attracting people of every age, ethnicity, income level, education. Librarians serve everyone. A library is more than a hub of knowledge; it is a center for the community. In telling the story Susan inserts herself in the narration discussing her love and her experiences with libraries. She shares her journey the that inspired this idea, her experiences gathering the information – a 6-year period – and it is an honest, well-written, fascinating story. For readers, writers, lovers of the library this is a story for you. I recommend it! Each chapter opens with a list of books related to it.
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