The Library Book



[PDF / Epub] ★ The Library Book By Rebecca Gray – E17streets4all.co.uk Whether brand new or steeped in history, real or imagined, libraries feature in everyone s lives In memoirs, essays and stories that are funny, moving, visionary or insightful, twenty three famous wri Whether brand new or steeped in history, real or imagined, libraries feature in everyone s lives In memoirs, essays and stories that are funny, moving, visionary or insightful, twenty three famous writers celebrate these places where minds open and the world expandsPublic libraries are lifelines, to practical information as well as to the imagination, but funding is under threat all over the country This book is published in support of libraries, with all royalties going The Library Epub / to The Reading Agency s library programmes.The Library Book

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  • Hardcover
  • 182 pages
  • The Library Book
  • Rebecca Gray
  • English
  • 25 May 2018
  • 1781250057

10 thoughts on “The Library Book

  1. says:

    To reduce a library to simple architecture, bricks and mortar is a mistake Similarly, to suggest a library is defined by the books on its shelf is erroneous Libraries are very special spaces, spaces where people come together in separate but joint pursuits of knowledge, of learning Libraries are the heartbeats of communities This is a collection of short writings by various authors covering both fiction and non fiction that talk about the library experience and the value that the librarTo reduce a library to simple architecture, bricks and mortar is a mistake Similarly, to suggest a library is defined by the books on its shelf is erroneous Libraries are very special spaces, spaces where people come together in separate but joint pursuits of knowledge, of learning Libraries are the heartbeats of communities This is a collection of short writings by various authors covering both fiction and non fiction that talk about the library experience and the value that the library holds in each of the writer s lives As with any collection some stories aremoving than others but all are eminently readable making for a very enjoyable read I particularly enjoyed the shorts by Anita Anand and Stephen Fry Both stories in this instance were the writers childhood memories of using their library and as someone who started using her local library from the earliest age I readily identified with their fondness for the library three stars

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    A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life raft and a festival They are cathedrals of the mind, hospitals of the soul, theme parks of the imagination On a rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a citizen instead A human with a brain and a heart and a desire to be uplifted, rather than a customer with a credit card and an inchoate need for stuff Caitlin MoranHow apt it was that I came across thi A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life raft and a festival They are cathedrals of the mind, hospitals of the soul, theme parks of the imagination On a rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a citizen instead A human with a brain and a heart and a desire to be uplifted, rather than a customer with a credit card and an inchoate need for stuff Caitlin MoranHow apt it was that I came across this book and Improbable Libraries, while wandering through the shelves of my local library, without having any particular book title in mind to look for I was fortunate enough to have access to a library when I was kid, even though it did not have all the books I was searching for then Visiting the library formed some of my most fond memories from my childhood days, and even today the simple act of stepping into the library gave me a certain sense of comfort and indefinable joy The essays in this book were delightful and while I may not identify or relate to some of them, there was no mistaking the mutual understanding that every contributor shared about the importance of the local library to a community And with this a seed of an idea is growing in my mind about what I would love to do for my community in the future

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    Libraries don t service only left wingers or right they don t judge by class, race or religion they service everyone in their community, no matter their circumstances rich or poor, no one is denied libraries are not simply part of our guarantee to the pursuit of happiness they are a civil right if we lose our libraries, we risk losing our communities, our families and ourselves i FLEW through this one it s a compilation of stories by u.k authors all about how their lives have been shapLibraries don t service only left wingers or right they don t judge by class, race or religion they service everyone in their community, no matter their circumstances rich or poor, no one is denied libraries are not simply part of our guarantee to the pursuit of happiness they are a civil right if we lose our libraries, we risk losing our communities, our families and ourselves i FLEW through this one it s a compilation of stories by u.k authors all about how their lives have been shaped by or changed by or made infinitely better by libraries libraries are so many different things they are safe havens, they are places to get FREE books so that EVERYONE in a community can have access to knowledge, regardless of their financial circumstances libraries are meeting places for book clubs and community groups places for students of all ages to work on research projects and study either with friends or individually i know i personally have been shaped by libraries i have always felt at home there, regardless of the location libraries are almost like churches to me all are welcome it s just didjdjdhshdh i remember when i was a kid and i got my first library card and i proudly signed the back in horribly messy cursive and i just felt soimportant and excited and eager to get started checking out books.when i was in elementary school we only had Library once a week, because the other days were devoted to other Specials like Gym or Art and i always remember walking past the library when it wasn t library day and feeling so bummed and wishing i could just go in and look at all the books.i grew up in libraries and in bookstores, and was fortunate enough to always be surrounded by books as i write this, i am literally surrounded by piles of books, bags ofbooks, shelves of evenbooks and i couldn t imagine it any other way.it was beautiful to read what libraries mean to so many people but it also made me sad because in so many places around the world, funding for libraries is being cut this book happened to pertain to the u.k., however it is happening all over the u.s as well and it s so terrifying so if you love books and reading, you might think of purchasing a copy of this book, as all proceeds go to the Reading Agency, which is a u.k based organization that puts on library programs in various libraries throughout the u.k and most importantly, frequent your local library check books out, donate books there, participate in programs or book groups

  4. says:

    I picked this up from the library, wonderfully enough Ordinarily, I very much enjoy books about books, but I had a feeling that this could be overshadowed somewhat by Ali Smith s wonderful Public Library and Other Stories There is some marvellous content here, granted, but as with a lot of anthologies, some of the essays were greatly overshadowed by others which wereengaging, or better written Some of them I just didn t really enjoy they were either too short or rushed, or failed to ca I picked this up from the library, wonderfully enough Ordinarily, I very much enjoy books about books, but I had a feeling that this could be overshadowed somewhat by Ali Smith s wonderful Public Library and Other Stories There is some marvellous content here, granted, but as with a lot of anthologies, some of the essays were greatly overshadowed by others which wereengaging, or better written Some of them I just didn t really enjoy they were either too short or rushed, or failed to captivate me The essays themselves are all different some are informative, others filled with memories Most are unfailingly enthusiastic, which is a wonderful trait in such a collection.If I were rating this based solely upon Stephen Fry s essay, it would have received five stars ditto Bella Bathurst s amusing effort Susan Hill wrote sadly not all that extensively about King s College London, and the benefits of the alas, too expensive to use for the majority of students London Library Her work was particularly vivid to me as a reader, since I m now a KCL alumni myself What is clear though is that libraries are, and have been, so incredibly important to such a range of people and long may they continue to be The Library Book is quite a quick read, but rather an important one, I feel

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    We are fortunate to live in a large community that has first rate libraries and new books flowing flooding in every day Almost every time I am there, there is something next to something else right by whatever it was we were looking for, that turns out to be some kind of hidden gem, or best kept secret If my daughters stumble across a great book, then discover it is one in a series of five or eight, then it will be a great day What would we do without the open and calming, and stimulating We are fortunate to live in a large community that has first rate libraries and new books flowing flooding in every day Almost every time I am there, there is something next to something else right by whatever it was we were looking for, that turns out to be some kind of hidden gem, or best kept secret If my daughters stumble across a great book, then discover it is one in a series of five or eight, then it will be a great day What would we do without the open and calming, and stimulating and engaging presence of libraries The libraries I love best are the ones that encourage readers to take this sort of chance I worked for a while in Huddersfield Library and there staff regularly pulled books from their normal alphabetical orderand set up what they called the Serendipity Collection This was a place to browse, to come upon a book to suit my mood, to fall for a new author This collection of essays felt like a shelf on its cover one can pick and choose what to read, discover a new author, happily read what a favorite wrote about her childhood filled with books Zadie Smith , get a book recommendation or two and feel satisfied in the end The purpose of this book seems to be to raise awareness about the value of libraries in the UK, but the concepts are the same no matter where you live A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life raft and a festival They are cathedrals of the mind hospitals of the soul theme parks of the imagination On a cold, rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a citizen instead A human with a brain and a heart and a desire to be uplifted, rather than a customer with a credit card and an inchoate need for stuff Yes

  6. says:

    An impressive selection of well known authors and writers defend libraries, share their memories of what libraries have meant to them, and tell us why we all need to fight to keep our libraries open in the face of threats of closures.Add a couple of short stories, one of which is wonderfully spooky, and lots of other interesting stuff about libraries, and you have a great read that surely can t fail to appeal to book lovers.

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    A great little gem of a book which has excerpts from 23 of the UK s most notable writers, including Zadie Smith, Julian Barnes and Stephen Fry, all reflecting on how libraries are used and why they are still important The book is first and foremost an anthology of short stories, book excerpts, brief memoirs and rememberings of libraries past and present It s pleasure is twinfold as a slim volume it enables a reader to dip in and out as time wills or allows, while the selection of pithy narra A great little gem of a book which has excerpts from 23 of the UK s most notable writers, including Zadie Smith, Julian Barnes and Stephen Fry, all reflecting on how libraries are used and why they are still important The book is first and foremost an anthology of short stories, book excerpts, brief memoirs and rememberings of libraries past and present It s pleasure is twinfold as a slim volume it enables a reader to dip in and out as time wills or allows, while the selection of pithy narratives provides readers with the chance to perhaps discover their favourite authors thoughts on libraries, whether public, private, mobile or historical In many ways this is both a worthy cause and tome for those who are consummate library lovers In the UK as library closures and cuts unfortunately continue, the proceeds of this book supports The Reading Agency which organises reading schemes helping children and adults with low literacy levels For those less library enlightened, the inclusion of Tom Holland s essay is brilliant, while the fictional library narratives contributed by Julian Barnes, China Mi ville, Kate Mosse and Susan Hill creates a well rounded and agreeably easy to read anthology The idea of this book is rather simple to celebrate libraries, as Karin Slaughter one of the many brilliant contributors so rightly says, Reading is not just an escape, it is access to a better way of life

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    0.99 until Jun 7, 2012 in UK Kindle Jubilee Sale Worth every penny.People should read this for Stephen Fry, Karin Slaughter and Julian Barnes s contributions, as these alone should convince EVERYONE, even cynical politicians, to preserve every single library, no matter how small If you value books and are worried about their future, then this is a must read The Library Book is filled with essays, stories and autobiographical pieces by a range of authors and journalists from different backgrou 0.99 until Jun 7, 2012 in UK Kindle Jubilee Sale Worth every penny.People should read this for Stephen Fry, Karin Slaughter and Julian Barnes s contributions, as these alone should convince EVERYONE, even cynical politicians, to preserve every single library, no matter how small If you value books and are worried about their future, then this is a must read The Library Book is filled with essays, stories and autobiographical pieces by a range of authors and journalists from different backgrounds about the importance of libraries in the past, present 2012 and future The proceeds of this book go to The Reading Agency, a UK charity which runs reading programmes in libraries, so even though it advocates using and preserving libraries, buying this will also have a beneficial effect Foreword by Rebecca Gray Afterword The Reading Agency by Miranda McKearney This Place Will Lend You Books For Free by James Brown 4 As this dude says it s cheaper thanIn my case, I spent 0.99 buying the Kindle edition and my library would ve charged 0.70 to reserve the dead tree edition so for me this was true Character Building by Anita Anand 2 Anand recalls herself as a voracious reader as a child, leaning to one side as she struggled to carry home piles of books The Defence of the Book by Julian Barnes 5 A previously unseen extract from England, England adds to shelf A dystopian view of future England and the role of the library Having dead tree books makes it harder to control the truth whereas with a few clicks digital information can be distorted Could ve done without this cliffhangering mid sentence though I wanna know the rest The Punk and the Langside Library by Hardeep Singh Koli 2 This personal experience shows the diverseness of the people that use and intermingle inside the walls of libraries and how it strengthens communities The Rules by Lucy Mangan 4 A charmingly funny list of rules in Mangan s library Baffled at a Bookcase by Alan Bennett 1 unfinished Tedious and over long, I lost interest The Future of the Library by Seth Godin 5 I d love to see Godin s ideas come to fruition on libraries teaching how to find and use information efficiently rather than just being repositories, encouraging a faractive role in communities Going to the Dogs by Val McDermid 3 Ah, the ingenuity of children In order gain access to the world of adult books the young McDermid tells the librarians her mother is bedridden and must supply her with books They fall for it hook, line and sinkerI Librariesby Lionel Shriver 4 Shriver argues libraries support publishers and writers when unless something is a bestseller a book may only remain on shelves for 6 weeks after release, and publishers refuse to keep backlists in print She concludes with I am bequeathing whatever modest estate I accumulate by my death to the Belfast Library Board I respect her reasons for doing this Kudos Have You Heard of Oscar Wildeby Stephen Fry 5 Amazing People should get this book just for this The autobiographical piece explains so much about this man and his obsession with Oscar Wilde, his idol He even plays him in the movie, Wilde This is incredibly moving and inspiring, and exactly why access to books is so important The Secret Life of Libraries by Bella Bathurst 4 Interested in the miscellaneous oddities of libraries What people choose to do in them other than the obvious This is for you They can belicentious places than the stuffy, church like atmosphere suggests Very interesting The Booksteps by China Mi ville 2 An extract from Un Lun Dun.A strange children s story of a crossover from real London to the mirror world of UnLondon Alma Mater by Caitlin Moran 3 Moran argues that once you close libraries they will be too costly to reopen when things get better So once they re gone, they re gone forever Libraries that stayed open during the Blitz will be closed by budgets The Library of Babylon by Tom Holland 3 I skimmed this one a bit but it details the historical significance of libraries in the ancient world and how they were symbols of great power for many rulers Knowledge was power and power was barely worth having without knowledge A Corner St James s by Susan Hill 1 Apparently she met E.M Forster and T.S Eliot but that s all I remember about this one It Takes a Library by Michael Brooks 1 unfinished Lost interest The Magic Threshold by Bali Rai 1 Not that interesting Best quote Technology has its place, but it would not even exist without books and libraries Libraries Rockby Ann Cleeves 2 The end of this piece is excellent And if libraries don t support these writers, publishers won t commission them Without money, libraries are tempted to buy what is certain to issue and that s the material that you can find in every supermarket, the bestsellers, the easily promoted Libraries aren t supermarkets they re places of cultural importance, where magic happens and where dreams begin The Five Minute Rule by Julie Myerson 3 About the role the library played as a child when Myerson was an exuberant young writer, plus some tips on how to get started If You Tolerate This by Nicky Wire 2 Nicky Wire as interviewed by Robin Turner for The GuardianWire s answer to the plight of libraries higher taxation of wealthiest 10% of the country Library Life by Zadie Smith 2 Smith believes this shameful government is trying to hand off the burden of building and maintaining of infrastructure like libraries and schools to the people with the invention of the Big Society so they re free to nationalise and save the private sector The Lending Library by Kate Mosse 1 unfinished I gave up on this one I think it was a supernatural murder mystery set in the 1950s involving a library but my attention wandered It was also longer than most of the other pieces Fight for Libraries as You Do Freedom by Karin Slaughter 5 A powerful, passionate and well researched essay by an internationally bestselling author all ready proactive in the fight to save libraries by founding the Save the Libraries project which has so far raised 100k I wholeheartedly agreed with her hard hitting and direct arguments I must read this author I have no idea what my average rating of these pieces is but I do believe this is an important, timely book It depicts the current crisis, gives us the historical importance of libraries, divulges a broad range of positive life changing personal experiences with libraries and the negative effects should libraries go into decline, and presents the need for libraries to evolve and stay up to date

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    I grew up with a mother who loved to read, and shared that love with her daughters She wasn t a very big believer in TV as entertainment for her children, which meant my sister and I only had a handful of hours to watch TV when we were kids usually Sesame Street and Batibot, a show similar to Sesame Street except in Filipino On top of that, my mother had a shelf containing books she d chosen for us, and was happy to let us go read whatever we wanted, anytime we wanted At the time, we were s I grew up with a mother who loved to read, and shared that love with her daughters She wasn t a very big believer in TV as entertainment for her children, which meant my sister and I only had a handful of hours to watch TV when we were kids usually Sesame Street and Batibot, a show similar to Sesame Street except in Filipino On top of that, my mother had a shelf containing books she d chosen for us, and was happy to let us go read whatever we wanted, anytime we wanted At the time, we were still living in the big house in North Greenhills with my grandparents, who had what I now know might be called a private library a room set aside exclusively for the storage and reading of books As a child I remember wandering into the room from time to time to stare at the shelves and inhale the scent of paper and dust, taking down a book every so often to see what was inside I was, however, far too young to really understand what I was reading as it turned out, most of it had to do with military history, biographies, and autobiographies my grandfather s personal collection Biographies and autobiographies were his preferred genre, and as for the military history, well, he was a retired brigadier general, so it stood to reason he d have a lot of books related to his career Eventually, as I grew older and went to school, I realized that libraries were, hands down, my favorite place at any educational facility I was at At the preparatory school I attended prior to entering grade school, I experienced great frustration at not being allowed to read the research books that the school kept in the highest shelves enough that I have a vague memory of my mother speaking to one of the administrators, reassuring her that I wouldn t chew on the covers or tear the pages I was not an uncivilized savage, after all, and knew how to treat books with respect I recall my mother s pride clear in her tone and in the set of her shoulders at the fact that she had raised her daughter properly in that regard When I entered grade school, the library made a great hiding place for dodging classes I didn t want to attend Not only did my grades stay high I regularly placed in first, second, or third on the honors roll because of all the reading I was doing, but I was able to dodge the bullies who made attending actual classes absolutely miserable for me When I transferred to another school in fourth grade, I stopped dodging classes, but the library stil provided a refuge from bullies The library was, for me, an escape from what troubled me, providing me with a multitude of avenues via books, of course that would help me forget everything that troubled me for an hour or so Libraries, therefore, have been crucial in my development into the person I am now As a teacher, reader, and writer in my own way, I can say with great confidence that I wouldn t have become who I am now if it weren t for the libraries I d entered, used, and continue to use throughout my life It s because of this love of libraries that I picked up The Library Book, a collection of essays about libraries and how they have shaped and continue to shape the lives of the people who enter and use them.Actually, to say that the contents of the book are all essays would be inaccurate China Mieville s contribution is actually an excerpt from his book Un Lun Dun, while Kate Mosse s contribution is a short horror story JUlian Barnes piece might look like an essay, but it s actuallylike a chunk of a longer fictional work The rest are an interesting combination of memoir, humor, and prediction, but all of them are connected to libraries what they were, what they are, and where they might be going And, since it s such a grab bag of genres and tones, the impact of the essays in question tends to vary.The essays that I found the most touching were, in my opinion, the ones written by those who came from immigrant backgrounds, or for whom the library shaped them into who they are today particularly if they are writers Hardeep Singh Kholi s essay about how the library opened him up to the world inways than one was especially lovely to read, because it is impossible to be prejudiced when one is surrounded by the voices of humanity in a library if it is, of course, a good library Stephen Fry s essay, which I think is one of the best in the entire collection, is about how access to a library helped him to articulate his sexuality, and how that articulation led him to a wider world of reading There are also the really humorous ones James Brown s essay, titled This Place Will Lend You Books for Free, almost feels like it was written by a hopelessly addicted soul who has found the best, fastest, and least dangerous way to acquire one s drug of choice This is a sentiment that, I think, is very much shared by voracious readers everywhere, who are constantly confronted with the issue of not having enough space or money for all the books they want to read The library, James Brown declares at the end, is cheaper than , and in the twenty first century world of easy and relatively cheap online acquisition, this is really saying something especially since borrowing books is, for the most part, free.Lucy Mangan s essay is another gem of this collection Titled The Rules, it s about what kind of rules she would enforce if she were to have her own library There s a bit of polemic at the start and in some of the rules, but the way they are articulated won t get in the way of the reader having a good giggle at what she s trying to write It allows the reader to start up their own little fantasy about what they would do if they were in charge of their own libraries, what rules, and how many, they d have Those rules, after all, say a lot about what reading habits are most valued by the rule maker, and are usually as unique as the rule maker herself or himself.Another really amusing essay is Bella Bathurst s The Secret Life of Libraries, which is both informative and a little gossipy in a most entertaining way It starts out with a discussion about what kinds of books get stolen from which libraries, and what those thefts say about the communities those libraries serve, but it also talks about the people in the libraries themselves, both the staff and the people they serve There is talk about how the staff treat drunks or the homeless who walk in off the street looking for a warm place to stay or how in one library a notable TV personality was found dead at his desk and how now the library regularly checks for and rouses sleeping people, just to make sure no one dies under their watch again Libraries have their own characters of course, and that is what makes them unique and interesting places to be at one never knows who or what is going to walk through those doors, or what they re going to do, or what they re going to read, or ask.The rest are, as I said earlier, a grab bag of memoir and polemic One of thebeautiful memoir style essays is Baffled at the Bookcase by Alan Bennett, who takes the reader through all the most memorable libraries in his life, and how each one was uniquely positioned to influence that particular point in his life Some are politically slanted, such as Zadie Smith s Library Life, Nicky Wire s If You Tolerate This , and Karin Slaughter s Fight for Libraries as You Do for Freedom which I felt was the best of those kinds of essays That particular slant in these essays and which are implied in the rest are mostly because of why this book was made in the first place to keep libraries in the UK open against further closure thanks to shifts in government policy.The only pieces I had an issue with in this entire book were the pieces that were actualy fiction Julian Barnes The Defence of the Book, China Mieville s The Booksteps, and Kate Mosse s The Lending Library I picked this book up because I saw Mieville and Fry s names as contributors, and while I was entirely happy with Fry s essay, I was disappointed to see that Mieville s contribution actually came from a book of his that I d already read, instead of saying something new or personal about what libraries meant to him as a writer and a reader Mosse s story, on the other hand, was meant to be a horror story with a library at its heart, but the library didn t turn out to be that vital, and the story itself was, frankly speaking, a bore As for Barnes piece, it was an interesting attempt to project a future where libraries no longer exist, but it was too short, and frankly, had too many shades of Fahrenheit 451 for me to find it particularly interesting.Overall, The Library Book is a touching, and oftentimes funny, look at why people love libraries, and why they should continue to stand despite, or because of, the rise of digital books Seth Godin s essay The Future of the Library makes an interesting point regarding how we should define the words library and librarian in the twenty first century It is, however, a bit of a grab bag of pieces, and the three fiction pieces I mentioned earlier will likely throw the reader for a somewhat unpleasant loop Nevertheless, anyone who loves reading, and who loves libraries, wil find something to enjoy in this book, and will come away quite satisfied with it

  10. says:

    In praise of libraries mostly.A slender volume containing a selection of pieces by well known writers in praise of libraries They tell us about their early experiences of their local library, Seth Godin alone worth the price of admission talks about the future of libraries, a few use the opportunity to sound off about politics and one or two cheeky authors fob us off with an extract from their previous work I m looking at you, China Mi ville and Kate Mosse The one glaring omission is any In praise of libraries mostly.A slender volume containing a selection of pieces by well known writers in praise of libraries They tell us about their early experiences of their local library, Seth Godin alone worth the price of admission talks about the future of libraries, a few use the opportunity to sound off about politics and one or two cheeky authors fob us off with an extract from their previous work I m looking at you, China Mi ville and Kate Mosse The one glaring omission is any contribution from library users who are not actual published writers In other words, readers How I wish they d have asked me

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