We Love Libraries!
Happy National Library Week!
I had an impressive tour of the Santa Cruz library last week, from check-in to donations collection. I’ve also had a haul of books from the university library, building blocks for the story I’m working on. Both reminded me how much I love and depend on libraries.
Don’t go to your local library much? Browse around here to see what you might find there.
Banned author John Grisham is this year’s honorary chair. ( I don’t indulge much in author envy, but boy, that is one job I would love to have. ) What: Grisham, banned? Read about it here—and then add the library blog to your regular-read list.
And to celebrate the spirit of the library at its highest reaches, I give you the Bodleian, an illustrated history, here. And an interview with Bodley’s Librarian (another envy-inspiring job—filled by a remarkable woman, Sarah Thomas, thanks to Merrily for introducing us!) here. As you read and listen, think of Mary Russell, perusing the Bodley shelves.
But until I’m asked to chair National Library Week, I do what I can to thank the libraries that shaped my mind and continue to shape my work. This year, I have a dozen copies each of several books that I’m happy to donate to libraries that run book groups. If you send me the name of your favorite library and a contact email there, we’ll draw the names of three libraries and see which collection they’d like for their readers. The email is info[at]laurierking.com (thanks to my spamming brothers, you’ll need to substitute an @ for the [at] when you send it.)
And don’t forget to thank a librarian today!