Books about Libraries

Did you know February is Library Lover’s Month is some places? At Wrapped in Foil we are honoring libraries with a special series of posts.

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Today we have two titles that help children learn about libraries around the world:  My Librarian Is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World by Margriet Ruurs, and Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books by Susan L. Roth, Karen Leggett Abouraya and illustrated with collages by Susan L. Roth.

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My Librarian Is a Camel lives up to its intriguing name by revealing ways people find to distribute books to children in remote areas of countries from Australia to Zimbabwe. The reader may be familiar with bookmobiles, but how about libraries delivered by wheelbarrow, libraries by boat, by bicycle, by elephant and yes, even by camel. Ruurs has collected the stories through the years by corresponding directly with the librarians who run these surprising libraries and the book is illustrated with color photographs taken by the librarians themselves. What an intriguing project.

Hands Around the Library

Hands Around the Library is based on events that occurred in January 2011 during the nationwide protests in Egypt, this book reveal a spontaneous demonstration of support for the Alexandria Library. As crowds of protesters jostled by the library, some were concerned there might be looting or worse. Instead, some of the protesters joined hands and formed a human chain around the library, protecting it. To them, the contents of the library represented freedom, a freedom that deserved protection.

In addition to collage illustrations, the book contains a two-page spread of photographs of the library, the protests and the human chain.

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