If ever there was a book for book lovers, “The Public Library” is it.
There’s a little bit of something for every bibliophile here: essays from beloved authors, a basic history of libraries, tales of non-book treasures, and a quick lesson in why we use the Dewey Decimal System. You’ll savor reader-affirmative anecdotes about libraries that stay open despite tiny budgets, bad weather, and dwindling resources.
You’ll see photographs of incredible artwork, including murals, paintings, and statuary; stunning architecture, neat-as-a-pin stacks (librarian-ese for rows of shelves), and too many heart-breaking ruins that once were the pride of neighborhoods.
This book is not an edge-of-your-seat must-read and it likely won’t ever see a bestseller list but it can righteously take its place in any personal library. For bookworms and lovers of literature, “The Public Library” is a book you should check out.