The Giver of Stars
There aren’t many opportunities during the Great Depression, and Alice Wright feels stifled in her husband’s small Kentucky town. That’s why she jumps at the chance to become a librarian for Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library. Through this amazing program, Alice meets many different women who are committed to the task of bringing books to the most downtrodden of people.
Home for Erring and Outcast Girls
The Berachah Home for the Redemption and Protection of Erring Girls is a place where poor and outcast girls can find refuge and shelter at the turn of the century. It’s where Lizzie Bates and Mattie McBride meet for the first time and their lives are changed irrevocably as a result. One hundred years later, librarian Cate Sutton stumbles upon their stories and is determined to bring them to light.
School librarian Alice Blackwell is nothing if not gracious and polite. She has modest ambitions for herself, but when she marries a boisterous man who is climbing the political ladder, she must swallow her own thoughts and play the part of the wife he needs her to be. Curtis Sittenfeld’s acclaimed novel is loosely based on the life of former First Lady Laura Bush, and as Alice moves closer and closer to the White House, she must reconcile her private beliefs clashing with the person she’s expected to be.
Running the Books
Unsure of how to support himself after college, Avi Steinberg decides to sign up for a job as a librarian at a prison in Boston. In this memoir, Steinberg recounts his two years at that unique job, providing prisoners with books and a safe place to be themselves. The people he meets and relationships he strikes up are really at the heart of this touching memoir.
Lucy Hull is a children’s librarian who loves to foster kids’ love of reading. She’s not above helping ten-year-old Ian Drake hide the books he takes home from his mother. But when Ian decides to run away and camp out in the library after his mother sends him to anti-gay classes, Lucy can’t help but go along with Ian’s plans.
The Invisible Library
Irene is a librarian, but it’s not just any library she works for—it’s The Library, which houses fiction from every reality there is. When Irene arrives in an alternate London with the mission to bring back a dangerous book, she thinks it’s just any other case. That is, until she discovers it was stolen before she even got there. As Irene delves into the dark heart of this different world, supernatural forces threaten to overtake her as she fights to secure the book.
Secrets in Summer
Darcy is looking forward to a relaxing summer in Nantucket; she can catch up on some reading for her day job as a librarian. What she doesn’t expect is that her ex-boyfriend and his family will be spending the summer next door. As she tries to embark on a new relationship and meets a handsome vacationer, Darcy’s summer isn’t exactly as quiet as she thought it would be—but that’s not a bad thing.
Twelve Angry Librarians
When the Southern Academic Libraries Association conference comes to town, Charlie Harris is in a panic. As the director of libraries, he’s expected to address all the librarians at an event. But when one of them turns up dead, Charlie gets even more than he bargained for—especially because Charlie himself had an argument with the victim the night before he died.
Libraries are often safe havens for readers, especially bookish, quiet children who need to escape the noise of the world. Librarians provide people of all ages access to books and other resources, which is so important. After all, reading broadens our world views and helps us understand others’ points of view.
That’s why we decided to pay tribute to them with this list of books about librarians. Librarians often do so much more than work with books; they are counselors, secret keepers, social workers, and more. Each of these novels and memoirs features a librarian as a central character; in these books, they help others cultivate a love of reading and provide access to reading material for people who wouldn’t otherwise have it.
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