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The Library Book

The Library Book
Author: Susan Orlean
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2019-10-01
Genre: History
ISBN: 1476740194

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Susan Orlean’s bestseller and New York Times Notable Book is “a sheer delight…as rich in insight and as varied as the treasures contained on the shelves in any local library” (USA TODAY)—a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution and an investigation into one of its greatest mysteries. “Everybody who loves books should check out The Library Book” (The Washington Post). On the morning of April 28, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. The fire was disastrous: it reached two thousand degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who? Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, award-winning New Yorker reporter and New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a “delightful…reflection on the past, present, and future of libraries in America” (New York magazine) that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before. In the “exquisitely written, consistently entertaining” (The New York Times) The Library Book, 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; brings each department of the library to vivid life; studies arson and attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago. “A book lover’s dream…an ambitiously researched, elegantly written book that serves as a portal into a place of history, drama, culture, and stories” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis), Susan Orlean’s thrilling journey through the stacks reveals how these beloved institutions provide much more than just books—and why they remain an essential part of the heart, mind, and soul of our country.


The Library

The Library
Author: Andrew Lang
Publisher: Legare Street Press
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2023-07-18
Genre: Antiques & Collectibles
ISBN: 9781022240858

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The Library is a collection of essays and articles about the history and culture of libraries, books, and reading. The contributors, which include writers, scholars, and librarians, explore various aspects of the subject, such as the architecture of libraries, the art of bookbinding, and the pleasures of literary pastimes. The book is a delightful tribute to the passion for knowledge and beauty that libraries embody. This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the "public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.


The Library

The Library
Author: Andrew Lang
Publisher:
Total Pages: 264
Release: 1881
Genre: Book collecting
ISBN:

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The Library Book

The Library Book
Author: Theodor Schuchat
Publisher:
Total Pages: 240
Release: 1985
Genre: Public libraries
ISBN:

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Library Books

Library Books
Author: Los Angeles Public Library
Publisher:
Total Pages: 16
Release: 1914
Genre:
ISBN:

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The Library Book

The Library Book
Author: Maureen Sawa
Publisher: Tundra Books (NY)
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2006
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN: 9780887766985

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Everyone who has a library card (and those who don't will want one after reading this book) will love this fascinating account of how libraries have evolved. From camels delivering books in Kenya to information compression today, this is a book that's long overdue! Award-winning librarian Maureen Sawa takes readers on a breathless ride from the origins of libraries to the first bookshelves, from pack-horse librarians in Kentucky to the revolution that was vertical shelving. She presents familiar library heroes like Gutenberg and Benjamin Franklin and the more obscure ones, such as Hypatia, the great female librarian of Alexandria killed by a mob for opposing the teachings of Plato, and Vizier Abdul Kasem Ismail, the Persian bibliophile who traveled with forty camels carrying 117,000 books in alphabetical order. Libraries, past, present, and future, have a history as fascinating as the books they house. A must-have for every reader!


Part of Our Lives

Part of Our Lives
Author: Wayne A. Wiegand
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 345
Release: 2015
Genre: HISTORY
ISBN: 0190248009

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Challenges conventional thinking and top-down definitions, instead drawing on the library user's perspective to argue that the public library's most important function is providing commonplace reading materials and public space. Challenges a professional ethos about public libraries and their responsibilities to fight censorship and defend intellectual freedom. Demonstrates that the American public library has been (with some notable exceptions) a place that welcomed newcomers, accepted diversity, and constructed community since the end of the 19th century. Shows how stories that cultural authorities have traditionally disparaged- i.e. books that are not "serious"- have often been transformative for public library users.


Summary of Susan Orlean's The Library Book

Summary of Susan Orlean's The Library Book
Author: Everest Media,
Publisher: Everest Media LLC
Total Pages: 63
Release: 2022-03-23T22:59:00Z
Genre: History
ISBN: 1669358380

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 Harry Peak, who was known for his blond hair, decided to become an actor. He began dropping the phrase when I’m a movie star into conversations, and his family thought he was on a medical show or in The Trial of Billy Jack. #2 The Central Library is located in downtown Los Angeles, at the corner of Fifth Street and Flower. It was designed by the architect Bertram Goodhue and opened in 1926. The library opens at ten A. M. , but by daybreak there are always people hovering nearby. #3 The library was already in gear, humming with staff members who were readying it for the day. The shipping department had been at work since dawn, packing tens of thousands of books into plastic bins. #4 The library is a stage that is constantly being prepared for a performance. Every time the security guard hollers out that the library has opened, there is a sense of stage business, as people find their places and things are set right before the burst of action begins.


The Library Book

The Library Book
Author:
Publisher: Profile Books
Total Pages: 132
Release: 2012-02-02
Genre: Literary Collections
ISBN: 1847658407

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From Alan Bennett's Baffled at a Bookcase, to Lucy Mangan's Library Rules, famous writers tell us all about how libraries are used and why they're important. Tom Holland writes about libraries in the ancient world, while Seth Godin describes what a library will look like in the future. Lionel Shriver thinks books are the best investment, Hardeep Singh Kohli makes a confession and Julie Myerson remembers how her career began beside the shelves. Using memoir, history, polemic and some short stories too, The Library Book celebrates 'that place where they lend you books for free' and the people who work there. All royalties go to The Reading Agency, to help their work supporting libraries.


Surrender the Key (The Library Book 1)

Surrender the Key (The Library Book 1)
Author: D. J. MacHale
Publisher: Yearling
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2017-09-19
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 1524772259

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Previously published as Curse of the Boggin. A fast-paced, thrilling series opener from bestselling author D. J. MacHale. Check out a book—and unlock an adventure! There's a place filled with tales that don't have an ending. Puzzles that won't be solved until someone steps in to finish them. Enter the Library. Marcus and his friends have found the key to open it. And they need to use it, because, clearly, something is up. A strange guy in a bathrobe haunts them; fires rage and flare out in an instant; a peculiar old lady keeps telling them, “Surrender the key. . . .” At first Marcus thinks he’s going nuts, until the mystery gets personal. The Library may hold some answers, but the clock is running out. Because on these library shelves, the stories you don’t finish might just finish you. . . . Kids love Surrender the Key (The Library, Book 1): “A mysterious, hard-to-put-down book with a twisting plot, funny characters, and haunting souls. I can’t wait to hear what adventures they have next.” —A.J. H., age 11 “I read enough in just one day to fill my school reading log for a week.” —Michael C., age 10 “A unique, intriguing book filled with page-turning adventures.” —Madeline H., age 12 “Couldn’t put it down. I stayed up reading until 11:00 p.m. with only one thought in my mind: one more chapter!” —Ben H., age 11