Each year, we feature an important book through our annual Peoria Reads! one city, one book project. Since 2021 is the 20th year we are presenting Peoria Reads!, we have chosen a book particularly near and dear to our hearts — The Library Book by Susan Orlean.
In The Library Book, Orlean chronicles the 1986 suspicious and destructive fire at the Los Angeles Public Library, as well as its aftermath, to highlight the crucial role libraries play in our personal lives and our communities. From the humble beginnings of libraries to their current status as a cornerstone of national identity, Orlean brings libraries – even the charred remains of one – to life. Part history. Part mystery. All heart.
As we encourage our community to read and discuss this book – kicking off this year’s Peoria Reads during National Library Week (April 4-10) — we hope to increase awareness of the importance of libraries, in good times and bad. COVID has changed so much of life, including how you use your local library. We hope to use this year to remind you of all we have to offer.
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If you enjoyed The Library Book, the titles below are presented as companion books. We’ve included something for all ages! Just click on the arrows to scroll.