Comments for The Library
The Library: 01/07/14
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.