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The Library Book de Susan Orlean
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The Library Book (edició 2018)

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"On the morning of April 28, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual false alarm. As one fireman recounted later, "Once that first stack got going, it was 'Goodbye, Charlie." The fire was disastrous: it reached 2000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library--and, if so, who? Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, award-winning New Yorker reporter and bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before. In The Library Book, Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world, from their humble beginnings as a metropolitan charitable initiative to their current status as a cornerstone of national identity; brings each department of the library to vivid life through on-the-ground reporting; studies arson and attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; reflects on her own experiences in libraries; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago. Along the way, Orlean introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters from libraries past and present--from Mary Foy; who in 1880 at eighteen years old was named the head of the Los Angeles Public Library at a time when men still dominated the role, to Dr. C.J.K. Jones, a pastor, citrus farmer, and polymath known as "The Human Encyclopedia" who roamed the library dispensing information; from Charles Lummis, a wildly eccentric journalist and adventurer who was determined to make the L.A. library one of the best in the world, to the current staff, who do heroic work every day to ensure that their institution remains a vital part of the city it serves. Brimming with her signature wit, insight, compassion, and talent for deep research, The Library Book is Susan Orlean's thrilling journey through the stacks that reveals how these beloved institutions provide much more than just books--and why they remain an essential part of the heart, mind, and soul of our country. It is also a master journalist's reminder that, perhaps especially in the digital era, they are more necessary than ever."--Dust jacket.… (més)
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Títol:The Library Book
Autors:Susan Orlean
Informació:Simon & Schuster, Kindle Edition, 338 pages
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Susan Orlean's childhood mirrors my own. Reading her account in "The Library Book" brought a warm flood of memories. My favorite place to go in my childhood was the library.

I've held a library card in every city I've lived except for Trenton, NJ, where I kept my Hamilton Township library card active. I even have a non-resident card there now.

The book is about Los Angeles' Central Library and a memorial to all lost libraries.

Listening to the fire that destroyed that Los Angeles' Central Library made me cry. The contents of the library were not insured--400,000 lost books.

However, it was beautiful that 2000 volunteers came to move the 700,000 remaining books to storage.

This last reminds me of how the Altoona Public Library got the books to its new facility in 1969. They had a "Book Walk" where about 500 9th grade students carried the books from the second floor of their school to the library.*

The discussion of budget cuts in the library is not understated and not unique.

Libraries get money from the government, but it is not like a regular paycheck. The Altoona Public Library library is a PA county library and the District Center for three counties. It is the intermediary between State and local libraries, backing up and assisting them. Our library is entitled to a little extra money from the Federal and State government. Federal grants, the State, the School District, the City, and personal donations fund it.

In 1969, the Altoona Public Library moved into its first permanent home, and in 1976 government funds started being cut and haven't stopped.* In 2003, the governor of PA cut aid to libraries as much as ONE-HALF.* Imagine losing half your income. Our library's struggle to recover is amazing.



*Powers, Erin & Patricia Shirley, A Book Walk, 2006. This document can be viewed or downloaded by clicking "Learn More" at https://altoonalibrary.org/about/library-history/. ( )
  nab6215 | Jan 18, 2022 |
Unexpectedly interesting and often fascination history of the LA Central Library, including the 1986 fire, investigation and ambiguous resolution. Best for readers who love books and enjoy libraries. ( )
  fwbl | Jan 10, 2022 |
The Library Book - Orlean
5 stars

“The library is a prerequisite to let citizens make use of their right to information and freedom of speech. Free access to information is necessary in a democratic society, for open debate and creation of public opinion.”

I’m not sure why I enjoyed this book so much. The library fire was old news to me. I’ve lived in Southern California for 50 years. I remember the fire and the aftermath. If the book was only about the fire at the Los Angeles Central Library it would not have held my interest. Orlean had much to say about libraries in history, currently, and as an ongoing entity. Lots of trivia. Many fun facts. I was fortunate that my reading time was limited. This kind of nonfiction reading lends itself to snatched minutes of concentration. I found something interesting or amusing to keep me turning pages every time I opened the book. ( )
  msjudy | Jan 2, 2022 |
Very interesting book about the burning, in1986, of the Los Angeles Public Library. It jumps around a bit. Is it a detective story? a history of the LA library? a treatise on libraries? Its a bit of all that and also a celebration of the author's love of reading. Enjoyable for anybody who cares about books and/or has fond memories of a public library. ( )
  brianstagner | Jan 2, 2022 |
This is a must listen for anyone who loves libraries and audiobooks :-) ( )
  KimZoot | Jan 2, 2022 |
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On 29 April 1986 Los Angeles Central Library went up in flames. ... Susan Orlean has a knack for finding compelling stories in unlikely places. ... Orlean uses the fire to ask a broader question about just what public libraries are for and what happens when they are lost. You might not perhaps have LA pegged as the most bookish city, yet right from its inception in 1873, the central library attracted a higher proportion of citizens through its doors than anywhere else in the US. By 1921 more than a thousand books were being checked out every hour. The reason for that, Orlean suggests, is that LA has always been a city of seekers – first came the gold prospectors and the fruit growers, then the actors and the agents, and then all the refugees from the dust bowl prairies. No one was as solid or as solvent as they liked to appear, everyone was looking for clues about how to do life better.

This was where the library came in, providing the instruction manual for a million clever hacks and wheezes. In the runup to prohibition in 1920 every book on how to make homemade hooch was checked out and never returned. Five years later a man called Harry Pidgeon became only the second person to sail solo around the world, having got the design for his boat from books borrowed from the LA public library. More mundanely, the library quickly became the chief centre for free English language classes in the city, a service that it continues to provide for its huge immigrant population today.

It is this sense of a library as a civic junction that most interests Orlean. ... Or, as she puts it: "Every problem that society has, the library has, too; nothing good is kept out of the library, and nothing bad."
afegit per Cynfelyn | editaThe Guardian, Kathryn Hughs (Feb 16, 2019)
 
“The Library Book” is, in the end, a Whitmanesque yawp, bringing to life a place and an institution that represents the very best of America: capacious, chaotic, tolerant and even hopeful, with faith in mobility of every kind, even, or perhaps especially, in the face of adversity.
afegit per tim.taylor | editaThe Wall Street Journal, Jane Kamensky (Web de pagament) (Oct 11, 2018)
 

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Memory believes before knowing remembers.
---William Faulkner, Light in August
And when they ask us what we're doing, you can say, We're remembering.
---Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
I have always imagined Paradise as a kind of library.
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A book feels like a thing alive in this moment, and also alive on a continuum, from the moment the thoughts about it first percolated in the writer's mind to the moment it sprang off the printing press---a lifeline that continues as someone sits with it and marvels over it, and it continues on, time after time after time.
The idea of being forgotten is terrifying. I fear not just that I, personally will be forgotten, but that we are all doomed to being forgotten---that the sum of life is ultimately nothing; that we experience joy and disappointment and aches and delights and loss, make our little mark on the world, and then we vanish, and the mark is erased, and it is as if we never existed.
Taking books away from a culture is to take away its shared memory. It's like taking away the ability to remember your dreams. Destroying a culture's books is sentencing it to something worse than death. It is sentencing it to seem as if it never lived.
Pigeons the color of concrete marched in a bossy staccato around the suitcases.
There was a sense of stage business—that churn of activity you can't hear or see but you feel at a theater in the instant before the curtain rises—of people finding their places and things being set right, before the burst of action begins.
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"On the morning of April 28, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual false alarm. As one fireman recounted later, "Once that first stack got going, it was 'Goodbye, Charlie." The fire was disastrous: it reached 2000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library--and, if so, who? Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, award-winning New Yorker reporter and bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before. In The Library Book, Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world, from their humble beginnings as a metropolitan charitable initiative to their current status as a cornerstone of national identity; brings each department of the library to vivid life through on-the-ground reporting; studies arson and attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; reflects on her own experiences in libraries; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago. Along the way, Orlean introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters from libraries past and present--from Mary Foy; who in 1880 at eighteen years old was named the head of the Los Angeles Public Library at a time when men still dominated the role, to Dr. C.J.K. Jones, a pastor, citrus farmer, and polymath known as "The Human Encyclopedia" who roamed the library dispensing information; from Charles Lummis, a wildly eccentric journalist and adventurer who was determined to make the L.A. library one of the best in the world, to the current staff, who do heroic work every day to ensure that their institution remains a vital part of the city it serves. Brimming with her signature wit, insight, compassion, and talent for deep research, The Library Book is Susan Orlean's thrilling journey through the stacks that reveals how these beloved institutions provide much more than just books--and why they remain an essential part of the heart, mind, and soul of our country. It is also a master journalist's reminder that, perhaps especially in the digital era, they are more necessary than ever."--Dust jacket.

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