New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean’s THE LIBRARY BOOK, a love letter to an endangered institution, exploring their history, their people, their meaning, and their future as they adapt and redefine themselves in a digital world, told through the lens of the author’s quest to solve a crime that has gone unsolved since it was carried out in 1986: who set fire to the Los Angeles Public Library, ultimately destroying 400,000 books, and why?
I cannot WAIT for this book!
F. Scott Fitzgerald
I’ve been librarian-ing for about a week now, and I think a nice drink might do me good.
“Twenty years ago,” she says, “we had challenges helping kids find enough information. Now we have the opposite problem. There’s plenty of information out there. Now it’s a matter of training students to think critically about what they find. Because 90 percent of what they find on the Internet is garbage.”
Not to be missed: Anthony Doerr’s tribute to libraries and librarians in the NYT Op Ed, and the challenges they face with a $0 yearly budget. (!!!!!)