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All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
The Arctic Marauder by Jacques Tardi
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Fullmetal Alchemist 23 by Hiromu Arakawa
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Geektastic edited by Holly Black
Helen of Pasadena by Lian Dolan
The High Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate by Scott Nash
The Hole in the Wall by Lisa Rowe Fraustino
Images of Nature: The Photographs of Thomas D. Mangelsen by Charles Craighead
Just Like Bossy Bear by David Horvath
The Library by Sarah Stewart
The Lost Art of Reading by David L. Ulin
NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley
Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs
Once in a Lifetime by Cathy Kelly
Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge
The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg
Punished! by David Lubar
Seeds of Change by Jen Cullerton Johnson
Sticky Burr: Adventures in Burrwood Forest by John Lechner
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle 06 by CLAMP
When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
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Comments for The Library

The Library: 01/07/14

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The Library by Sarah Stewart with illustrations by David Small follows a life long love of books. Elizabeth Brown, from her earliest days loved books and reading.

As Elizabeth grows up, her book collection grows. She loves to share her passion with friends and does so by making her own library.

Ultimately her book collection out grows her home and she donates it to the city. So the city gets a library and Elizabeth gets to de-clutter.

Now as a book lover (and to some degree, book hoarder), I appreciate how Elizabeth's love or reading takes over her life and her living space. I admit to making frequent and large donations to my local friends of the library.

BUT — the librarian in me wonders about the types, breadth, and relevance of the books Elizabeth red. Is her reading broad enough to satisfy the information and entertainment needs of her follow citizens? Or did they sell her books and use the funds to build a better collection? On what terms was the donation made?

Regardless — my daughter thinks this book is spot on. She has grown up with rooms full of bookshelves and books. She watched me go back to school for my MLIS. So while the ending may not be practical, the journey to it is recognizable and relatable.

Five stars

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