The Library Book

The Library Book
Posted by Jenny Arch on Mon, 05/07/2012 - 11:07am

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The Library Book is a collection of twenty-three short essays and stories in support of libraries. Authors, radio and TV personalities, librarians, and other prominent members of society have contributed to this lovely collection that celebrates the joys of reading and all that public libraries have to offer. Lucy Mangan’s piece “The Rules” is particularly funny, “Library Life” by Zadie Smith is insightful and incisive, and in “Have You Heard of Oscar Wilde?” Stephen Fry describes the importance of libraries to education and personal growth. “Libraries,” writes Hardeep Singh Kohli, “are the heartbeats of communities.” Profits from the sale of the book go to The Reading Agency, an independent British charity whose mission is to inspire people to read more.