Celebrate Libraries – National Library Week

In celebration of National Library Week, we have compiled a list of books for all ages that highlight the value of libraries, librarians, and library workers.


Free for All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library
by Don Borchert

Don Borchert writes an unvarnished and entertaining account of his time working in a suburban L.A. public library system. Libraries are no longer the ivory towers full of dusty tomes and shushing ladies that people still expect, and Borchert provides a unique perspective on the role of the modern library and librarian.


The Night Bookmobile
by Audrey Niffenegger

It may at first glance have the look of an illustrated children’s book, but Audrey Niffennegger’s graphic novel is a darkly beautiful fairy tale aimed at adults. A woman named Alexandra wanders the streets of Chicago late one night after a fight with her boyfriend, stumbling across an all-night bookmobile. But why does it seem to have every book she has ever read, even her diary?


by Candida Höfer, foreword by Umberto Eco

Photographer Candida Höfer tackles the World’s most beautiful and unique library spaces, creating visuals that speak for themselves. This collection also includes an introduction by noted Italian author and philosopher Umberto Eco.


The Library Card
by Jerry Spinelli

Newberry Award winner Jerry Spinelli has written four separate tales, each centering around a young character whose life is altered by the mysterious appearance of a magical library card. This book is intended for ages 8 and up.


The Boy who was Raised by Librarians
by Carla D. Morris

A heartwarming picture book about a boy named Melvin, who “grows up” in his local library under the watchful eyes of his favorite librarians. Author Carla Morris is a children’s librarian at the Provo City Library in Utah.

About the Author

Liesl Christman is the Digital Content Specialist for The Kansas City Public Library.

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