Editor’s note: In honor of National Library Week, April 19-25, today’s reviews feature books about libraries and librarians. All of the following titles are available to read digitally at the Ohio Digital Library.
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
Carolyn’s not so different from the other people around her. She knows how to use a phone. Clothes are a bit tricky, but everyone says nice things about her outfit with the Christmas sweater over the gold bicycle shorts. After all, she was a normal American herself once. That was a long time ago, of course. Before she and the others were taken in by the man they called Father.
Shelved Under Murder — A Blue Ridge Library Mystery by Victoria Gilbert
October in Taylorsford, Virginia, means it’s leaf peeping season, with a delightful fresh crew of tourists attending the annual Heritage Festival which celebrates local history and arts and crafts. Library director Amy Webber, though, is slightly dreading having to spend two days running a yard sale fundraiser for her library. But during these preparations, when she and her assistant Sunny stumble across a dead body, Amy finds a real reason to be worried.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. Death has never been busier and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist — books. With the help of her foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids.
The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai
Lucy Hull, a children’s librarian finds herself both kidnapper and kidnapped when her favorite patron, 10-year-old Ian Drake, runs away from home. Ian needs Lucy’s help to smuggle books past his mother, who has enrolled Ian in weekly antigay classes. Desperate to save him from the Drakes, Lucy allows herself to be hijacked by Ian when she finds him camped out in the library after hours.
BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google by John Palfrey
Anyone seeking to participate in the 21st century needs to understand how to find and use the vast stores of information available online. And libraries, which play a crucial role in making these skills and information available, are at risk. In order to survive our rapidly modernizing world and dwindling government funding, libraries must make the transition to a digital future as soon as possible.
The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures by Carla Hayden
The Library of Congress brings booklovers a tribute to the power of the written word and to the history of our most beloved books. Featuring more than 200 full-color images of original catalog cards, first edition book covers and photographs from the library’s magnificent archives, this collection is a visual celebration of the rarely seen treasures in one of the world’s most famous libraries.
Syria’s Secret Library: Reading and Redemption in a Town Under Siege by Mike Thomson
Daraya lies on the fringe of Damascus, just southwest of the Syrian capital. Besieged by government forces early in the Syrian Civil War, its people were deprived of food, bombarded by heavy artillery and under the constant fire of snipers. But deep beneath this scene of frightening devastation lay a hidden library. While the streets above echoed with shelling and rifle fire, the secret world below was a haven of books.
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
Dewey was abandoned at the Spencer Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director Vicki Myron. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next nineteen years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility (for a cat), and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most.
A Superfan’s Guide to Pro Football Teams (Sports Illustrated Kids) by Drew Lyon
What sets a “superfan” apart from just a regular fan? A superfan wants to know everything about their fandom. If you are a football superfan, you have come to the right place with this book. All the most crucial facts about the 32 NFL teams are inside, from current stars to football legends of the past, unbelievable records, amazing statistics, fascinating stories and top-notch trivia. This winning guide gets the Superfan stamp of approval.