Last Updated on Monday, 13 February 2012 10:16
Comedian and author Paula Poundstone once said,"It's funny that we think of libraries as quiet demure places where we are shushed by dusty, bun-balancing, bespectacled women. The truth is libraries are raucous clubhouses for free speech, controversy and community. Librarians have . . . sat down with noisy toddlers and reached out to illiterate adults. Libraries can never be shushed."
In this Library Lovers' Month, let's grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy the stories of how librarians and their friends help the community. Don't forget to come visit your hometown librarians.
Wonderland Creek by Lynn N. Austin
When her boyfriend dumps her and she loses her job during the Great Depression, librarian Alice Grace Ripley agrees to help out in the library of the tiny town of Acorn, Kentucky, where she finds more than she ever imagined.
The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton
Establishing a bookmobile in a destitute Kenyan village, well-intentioned Fiona Sweeney inadvertently renews a decades-old tribal feud involving a camel-powered bookmobile and prior efforts to promote local education.
Library Wars: Love and War by Kiiro Yumi
In this hilarious manga series about following your dreams, teen girl Iku Kasahara's biggest ambition is to join the Library Defense Force, an elite squad of librarians who fight censorship in the author's imagining of future Japan. But now that Kasahara is finally a recruit, she's finding her dream job to be a bit of a nightmare, especially since her hard-hearted (but admittedly adorable) drill instructor seems to have it out for her.
Dewey the Library Cat : A True Story by Vicki Myron
Abandoned in a library book drop slot in the dead of winter, this remarkable kitten miraculously endured the coldest night of the year. When librarian Vicki Myron found him in the morning, she wrapped him in her arms, nurtured him back to health, and introduced him to his new home - the library. Helping Myron through a difficult time, and inspiring the struggling town of Spencer, Iowa, Dewey gained worldwide fame as a symbol of hope, warming the hearts of all with his tail...or rather, his tale. This middle-grade adaptation of the Grand Central bestseller Dewey features an 8-page photo insert, including exclusive, never-before-seen photos of the Dewey.
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
A lion starts visiting the local library but runs into trouble as he tries to both obey the rules and help his librarian friend. Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren't any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library visiting. His big feet are quiet on the library floor. He makes a comfy backrest for the children at story hour. And he never roars in the library, at least not anymore. But when something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how. Michelle Knudsen's disarming story, illustrated by the matchless Kevin Hawkes in an expressive timeless style, will win over even the most ardent of rule keepers.