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Libraries Make Great Stories

While we can’t visit physical libraries right now, we can do the next best thing: read about them! Here is a list of books and movies about real and imaginary libraries.

Picture Books 

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It’s Pete the Cat’s first time at the library. He gets a fun tour of the library and even reads a few super cool stories while he’s there. Without even leaving the library, Pete goes on so many groovy adventures. All Pete needs is a little imagination—and of course, his library card!

If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don’t!  

If you see a poster that says “You Can Do Anything at the Library!”, it is NOT giving you permission to put on a circus! But Magnolia doesn’t see any problem with setting up her own big top. She’s got a lot of gusto and one mean human cannonball routine. So what if her greatest show on Earth won’t fit between the bookshelves?

{CD885F66-924F-46D6-9941-CBB51051B39E}Img100Coral Reefs: A Journey Through an Aquatic World Full of Wonder

During an ordinary visit to the library, a girl pulls a not-so-ordinary book from the shelves. As she turns the pages in this book about coral reefs, the city around her slips away and she finds herself surrounded by the coral cities of the sea and the mysterious plants and animals that live, hunt, and hide there.

Children’s Nonfiction Movies

dsa_9781520087160_270Schomburg: The Man Who Built A Library  

Amid the scholars, poets, authors, and artists of the Harlem Renaissance stood an Afro-Puerto Rican named Arturo Schomburg. This law clerk’s life’s passion was to collect books, letters, music, and art from Africa and the African diaspora and to bring to light the achievements of people of African descent throughout the ages. When Schomburg’s collection became so big that it began to overflow his house (and his wife threatened to mutiny), he turned to the New York Public Library, where he created and curated a collection that was the cornerstone of a new Negro Division. A century later, his groundbreaking collection, known as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, has become a beacon to scholars all over the world.


This documentary follows the life of a one-of-a-kind man, and his one-of-a-kind library. Luis Soriano is a Colombian schoolteacher who spends weekends taking his donkey, and book collection, to the poverty-ridden town of Magdalena Province. Facing down drug dealers, dangerous creatures, and overbearing heat, Soriano bravely faces down fear to promote education and literature.

Middle Grade

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With her parents off traveling the globe, Lenora is bored, bored, bored—until she discovers a secret doorway into the ultimate library. Mazelike and reality-bending, the library contains all the universe’s wisdom. Every book ever written, and every fact ever known, can be found within its walls. And Lenora becomes its newly appointed Fourth Assistant Apprentice Librarian.

The Deserted Library Mystery

In this volume of the Boxcar Children series, the children try to clean up an old library so it can receive landmark status, but someone else tries to stop them.

The Giver

Many people say they wish they had all the knowledge of a library in their own mind but in this classic dystopian novel, there is a price for carrying so much knowledge. 12-year-old Jonas is singled out to receive special training from The Giver, a human library of the human experience. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth.


{64C37FEE-60EF-4AD1-BACC-DBA580E54F45}Img100The Librarian of Auschwitz 

Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust. 14-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz. Out of one of the darkest chapters of human history comes this extraordinary story of courage and hope.


The Body In The Library 

The iconic Miss Marple must investigate the case of a girl found dead in Agatha Christie’s classic mystery, The Body in the Library. It’s seven in the morning. The Bantrys wake to find the body of a young woman in their library. She is wearing an evening dress and heavy makeup, which is now smeared across her cheeks. But who is she? How did she get there? And what is the connection with another dead girl, whose charred remains {256ECD35-0DCA-4ABA-917A-639261883566}Img100are later discovered in an abandoned quarry? The respectable Bantrys invite Miss Marple into their home to investigate.

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

In two parallel story lines, which alternate chapter by chapter, a clerk in a Tokyo of the near future works in an organization that controls the flow of information to society–employing electronic brainwashing and other insidious techniques–a job that contributes to his increasing sense of dehumanization. Meanwhile the narrator in the “End of the World” part of the novel goes to the library where the librarian helps him learn to read the dreams in the skulls of unicorns.

The Strange Library 

We love authors who love the library. Opening the flaps on this unique little book, readers will find themselves immersed in the strange world of best-selling Haruki Murakami’s wild imagination. The story of a lonely boy, a mysterious girl, and a tormented sheep man plotting their escape from a nightmarish library.

-Anna, Head of Youth Services


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