“Library” Books for National Library Week


How about some library books? As in books for library lovers?

If you love beautiful libraries, any of these will delight you. If you enjoy knowing the backstory of a library, they will help with that as well.

Other “Library” Books

Only people who never had to type and file card catalog cards can wax romantic about the old card catalog. Needless to say, I’ve typed and filed the cards–and, worse, I’ve checked the filing of library staffers. That’s 3 months of workdays I’d never relive! The card catalog at Indiana University’s graduate library, today the Herman B. Wells Library, took up a space about the size of my current house. So long ago was I a student there, I can still smell the smoking rooms on most floors as you came off the elevator! The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures by the Library of Congress.

Susan Orlean’s The Library Book has been on my TBR since it came out. I’m FINALLY  making time for it this month. The book “chronicles the [Los Angelos Public Library] fire [of 1986] 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…. [Orleans] 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” (Amazon).

I love a library cat! This book is a treasure–I read it when it came out in 2008. A tiny kitten, Dewey, is found on a cold winter day abandoned in a small public library’s book drop. He becomes a fixture in the library and a worldwide celebrity.  Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter. There is also a children’s version of this book.

Past National Library Week Posts or Library-related posts

National Library Week: Hope on Wheels aka The Book Mobile See also Homage to the Bookmobile

National Library Week: Librarians on Horseback See also Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson.

National Library Week: My Nightmarish Outreach to the Nursing Home, 1989

A librarian biography! A Well-Read Woman: The Life, Loves & Legacy of Ruth Rappaport by Katie Stewart

My Favorite Books About Books See also Review: The Writer’s Library: The Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives by Nancy Pearl and Jeff Schwager

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig review.

7 thoughts on ““Library” Books for National Library Week

  1. I loved reading this book about Dewey. What a great book! I love cats and books so I could relate to both. I also read Dewey’s 9 Lives and enjoyed it as well

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  2. I have to see if my library has Dewey, it looks amazing. I read, The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis where the NY library is the building this book is based on, I liked it. Have you read that one?


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