We suggest: Books about libraries

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph

Happy National Library Week! For one week in April each year (April 4-10 this year), we celebrate libraries and library staff for their contributions to their communities, big and small. Enjoy these library-centric books!

Our favorite books about libraries


The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Libraries or librarians: Both! While this work is mainly about the historic fire that destroyed the LA Public Library in 1986, Orlean also talked with current librarians and staff at the current LAPL.

Description: The acclaimed best-selling author of Rin Tin Tin and The Orchid Thief reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, and delivers a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution—our libraries.

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Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey

Libraries or librarians: Librarians. Subversive ones who use their profession as a front to live as their whole selves and reach others who need to do the same.

Description: A near-future exploration of queer identity, written in the style of a pulp western, finds a woman stowing away to escape her arranged marriage to a man who was once engaged to the late best friend she secretly loved.

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Dog Flowers by Danielle Geller

Libraries or librarians: Librarian. Geller used her librarian and archivist skills to sort through her late mother’s things and learn more about her.

Description: An award-winning essayist draws on archival documents in a narrative account that explores how her family’s troubled past and the death of her mother, a homeless alcoholic, reflected the traditions and tragic history of her Navajo heritage.

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Hearts on Hold: A Librarian Romance by Charish Reid

Libraries or librarians: Librarian, with tattoos and a man-bun.

Description: What happens in the stacks stays in the stacks. Professor Victoria Reese knows an uphill battle when she sees one. Convincing her narrow-minded colleagues at the elite Pembroke University to back a partnership with the local library is a fight she saw coming and already has a plan for. What she didn’t see coming? Wildly hot librarian, John Donovan, who makes it clear books aren’t the only thing he’d like to handle.

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Reading Behind Bars: A True Story of Literature, Law & Life as a Prison Librarian by Jill A. Grunenwald

Libraries or librarians: Librarian. Did you know prisons have librarians? It can be daunting and enlightening.

Description: In December 2008, 20-something Jill Grunenwald graduated with her master’s degree in library science, ready to start living her dream of becoming a librarian. But the economy had a different idea. Jill was lucky enough to snag one of the few librarian gigs left in her home state of Ohio. The catch? The job was behind bars as the prison librarian at a men’s minimum-security prison.

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Deal With the Devil by Kit Rocha

Libraries or librarians: Librarians. Mercenary librarians, to be exact, in a dystopian future.

Description: An information broker, whose librarian team uses knowledge to protect a crumbling America, and a battle-weary super-soldier, who is fighting for survival after refusing to target innocents, become rivals and then unlikely partners in a quest to save the world.

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The Book Collectors: A Band of Syrian Rebels & the Stories That Carried Them Through a War by Delphine Minoui

Libraries or librarians: Libraries, but also library staff. The brave folks who started collecting books during the war were people who loved books, and thought they should be saved.

Description: The award-winning journalist and author of I’m Writing You From Tehran documents the achievements of Syrian Civil War survivors who built a secret library from thousands of books that survived the four-year siege that decimated their community.

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American Dreamer by Adriana Herrera

Libraries or librarians: Librarian! It’s a fulfilling career, and adding a hot chef really makes life sizzle.

Description: Nesto takes a huge risk moving his food truck from the city to upstate New York. Jude loves his job and friends, but he is lonely. Each might just be what the other is looking for, if Nesto can remember happiness isn’t always measured by business success and if Jude can overcome his past.

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Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph

About Dontaná

Dontaná is a Collection Management Librarian who was born with an unending reading list. She is almost always reading two books simultaneously and is easily distracted by cool covers.

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