Let's talk about libraries. For some reason, three of the books I'm reading involve libraries in one way or another (and one involves books and teenagers, while the final one has nothing to do with the subject). Let's talk as Seth Margolis did, about your childhood library, or your child's public library, or the one you love the most.
And, I'm going to tell you about the libraries in the three books I'm reading since I'm not ready to review any of them.
The next book I review will be Ashley Hay's The Railwayman's Wife, a book set post-World War II in Australia. Anikka Lachlan becomes the librarian at the Railway Institute's library. But, even before she does, she and her family use the local library. "Such fascinating things, libraries. She closes her eyes. She could walk inside and step into a murder, a love story, a complete account of somebody else's life, or mutiny on the high seas. Such potential; such adventure-there's a shimmer of malfeasance in trying other ways of being."
I'm reading Con Lehane's Murder at the 42nd Street Library, set at the building we all think of as THE New York Public Library. And, although he's added a room or a collection here or there, anyone who has been there will recognize the lions, the reading room, even the doors by the children's department. And, I had two Advanced Reader's Copies here, but it wasn't until I opened an actual hardcover of the book that I saw Con dedicated it, "For Librarians Everywhere", and acknowledged some of us. I have to thank him for the lengthy acknowledgement, although I can't even remember what I told him about libraries.
That first speech, made in England in support of libraries, is eloquent in its passion. "We have an obligation to support libraries. To use libraries, to encourage others to use libraries, to protest the closure of libraries. If you do not value libraries then you do not value information or culture or wisdom. You are silencing the voices of the past and you are damaging the future."
Three totally different books that, by serendipity, happened to end up next on my TBR pile all at the same time.
Now, if you're so inclined, you can discuss your favorite library, your childhood library, or any of the quotes or comments about these books. I can't wait to read your notes.