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If you are a library lover, you will surely love these books. With these books, you will immerse yourself into the library even when you take them home. Come celebrate our librarians and libraries and how they are such special places!

Ebook & Eaudiobook about Library Fiction

Ebook & Eaudiobook about Librarian Fiction

Books About Libraries and Librarians at Livingston Public Library: 

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The Seaside Library by Brenda Novak

Mariners Island is barely ten miles long, but when Ivy, Ariana and Cam were teenagers, it was their whole world. Beyond the pristine beaches and iconic lighthouse lies the beautiful old library that belongs to Ivy’s family. While that bound Ivy to the island as an adult, Ariana could not leave Mariners behind fast enough. 

The Librarian of Burned Books by Brianna Labuskes

Set against the backdrop of World War II, this unforgettable novel, inspired by the true story of the Council of Books in Wartime, follows three women whose fates become intertwined by their belief in the power and goodness in the written word to triumphover the very darkest moments of war.

The Little Wartime Library by Kate Thompson

London, 1944: Clara Button is no ordinary librarian. While war ravages the city above her, Clara has risked everything she holds dear to turn the Bethnal Green tube station into the country’s only underground library. Down here, a secret community thrives with thousands of bunk beds, a nursery, a café, and a theater-offering shelter, solace, and escape from the bombs that fall upon their city. Along with her glamorous best friend and assistant Ruby Munroe, Clara ensures the library is the beating heart of life underground.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

‘Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices… Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict

In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J.P. Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Pierpont Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture in New York City society and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world, known for her impeccable taste and shrewd negotiating for critical works as she helps create a world-class collection.

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The Library Book by Susan Orlean

On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual false alarm. As one fireman recounted later, “Once that first stack got going, it was Goodbye, Charlie.”

Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

Paris, 1939. Young, ambitious, and tempestuous, Odile Souchet has it all: Paul, her handsome police officer beau; Margaret, her best friend from England; her adored twin brother Remy; and a dream job at the American Library in Paris, working alongside the library’s legendary director, Dorothy Reeder. But when World War II breaks out, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear – including her beloved library.

The Librarian Spy : A Novel of World War II by Madeline Martin

Ava thought her job as a librarian at the Library of Congress would mean a quiet, routine existence. But an unexpected offer from the U.S. military has brought her to Lisbon with a new mission: posing as a librarian while working undercover as a spy gathering intelligence.

Library of the Sapphire Wind by Jane Lindskold

Instead of mentors, they got monsters… That’s what Xerak, Vereez, and Grunwold think when three strange creatures shimmer into being within the circle of Hettua Shrine. And why shouldn’t they? After all, they’ve never seen humans before. Margaret Blake, Peg Gallegos, and Tessa Brown are equally astonished–but also better prepares.

The War Librarian by Addison Armstrong

The Paris Library meets The Flight Girls in this captivating historical novel about the sacrifice and courage necessary to live a life of honor, inspired by the first female volunteer librarians during World War I and the first women accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy. 

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The Last Heir to Blackwood Library by Hester Fox

With the stroke of a pen, twenty-three-year-old Ivy Radcliffe becomes Lady Hayworth, owner of a sprawling estate on the Yorkshire moors. Ivy has never heard of Blackwood Abbey, or of the ancient bloodline from which she’s descended. With nothing to keep her in London since losing her brother in the Great War, she warily makes her way to her new home. The abbey is foreboding, the servants reserved and suspicious. But there is a treasure waiting behind locked doors: a magnificent library.

Dewey Decimated : A Haunted Library Mystery by Allison Brook

Carrie Singleton is just off a hot string of murder cases centered around the spooky local library in Clover Ridge, Connecticut. She could really use a break — -but no such luck, as she; Smokey Joe, the resident cat; and Evelyn, the library’s ghost, are drawn into another tantalizing whodunit. First, a dead body is found in the basement of the building attached to the library, and it turns out to be Carrie’s fiancé’s Uncle Alec, who Dylan hasn’t seen in years. But Alec has no intention of truly checking out, and his ghost makes itself at home in the library, greatly upsetting the patrons. 

The Littlest Library by Poppy Alexander

A heartwarming literary-themed novel about a woman who turns an ordinary red phone box into the littlest library in England and brings together a struggling town. A little red telephone box full of stories, a chance to change her life… Jess Metcalf is perfectly content with her quiet, predictable life. But when her beloved grandmother passes away and she loses her job at the local library, Jess’ life is turned upside down.

The Librarianist by Patrick deWitt

Bob Comet is a retired librarian, isolated but not lonely, living out his quiet days in a mint-colored house in Oregon, surrounded by his books and small comforts. One morning, out on his daily walk, he performs an act of kindness that brings him into contact with a nearby senior center, where he soon begins volunteering. Here, as a community of peers and friends gathers around Bob, and following a happenstance brush with a painful complication from his past, the events of his life and the details of his character are revealed. 

Past Due for Murder : A Blue Ridge Library Mystery by Victoria Gilbert

Has a curse fallen on the small town of Taylorsford, Virginia? Spring has sprung, and the mayor has revived the town’s long-defunct May Day celebration to boost tourism. As part of the festivities, library director Amy Webber is helping to organize a research project and presentation by a local folklore expert. All seems well at first, but spring takes on a sudden chill when a university student inexplicably vanishes during a bonfire. 

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The Library of Lost and Found by Patrick by Phaedra Patrick

A shy librarian whose kind heart is often exploited receives a mysterious book of fairy tales from the beloved grandmother she believed dead and embarks on a perspective-changing journey of astonishing family secrets.

Summer Hours at the Robbers Library by Sue Halpern

People are drawn to libraries for all kinds of reasons. Most come for the books themselves, of course; some come to borrow companionship. For head librarian Kit, the public library in Riverton, New Hampshire, offers what she craves most: peace. Here, no one expects Kit to talk about the calamitous events that catapulted her out of what she thought was a settled, suburban life. She can simply submerge herself in her beloved books and try to forget her problems. 

The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson

June Jones emerges from her shell to fight for her beloved local library, and through the efforts and support of an eclectic group of library patrons, she discovers life-changing friendships along the way. Lonely librarian June Jones has never left the sleepy English village where she grew up. Shy and reclusive, the thirty-year-old would rather spend her time buried in books than venture out into the world. 

Hongmei, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

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Regal Reads for Fans of "The Crown"
First airing in 2016, the last episodes of the series The Crown, the lavish, Netflix-original drama chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to modern...
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Christmas Craft
Get ready for Christmas, by making a Take & Make Christmas Craft.  Stop by the Youth Services Desk starting on Monday December 11th  to pick one up while supplies...
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December Staff Picks
Here’s what our staff is reading and enjoying this month: Joe: 60 Songs That Explain the ’90s by Rob Harvilla, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le...
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Lee Miller and Her World: A Library Program and Booklist
Lee Miller (April 23, 1907 – July 21, 1977) was an American photographer and photojournalist  who challenged her contemporary ideas of gender, beauty or age. Often...
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Hanukkah Craft
Get ready for Hanukkah, by making a Take & Make Hanukkah Craft.  Stop by the Youth Services Desk starting on Monday December 4th  to pick one up while supplies...
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Mark Twain in Books and Film
Mark Twain, born Samuel Clemens on this day in 1835, has been described by the New York Times as “the greatest humorist the United States has produced,”...
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Knitting & Crochet for Winter
Winter is around the corner. It is the perfect time to knit and crochet cozy items. Whether you would like to knit or crochet a hat, a scarf or a dog sweater, you...
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Celebrating the Genius of Pablo Picasso: A Library Program and Reading List
2023 has marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Pablo Ruiz Picasso, the artistic genius born in Málaga, Spain at the beginning of the 20th century. Throughout...
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Upcoming December 2023 Reads
Are you just as excited for new books as we are? Below is a list of books that you can look forward to borrowing from the Library this December. Please note that...
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The Season of Gratitude: Inspirational Reads
The holiday season is upon us. Beginning with Thanksgiving, we’re entering the time of year when we’re encouraged to stop and consider all we have to be grateful...
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Young Adult Non-Fiction that Reads like Fiction
All book descriptions are from the publisher unless otherwise indicated. The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater   One teenager in a skirt. One teenager with...
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Cookbooks for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas
If you’re planning to host Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and/or Christmas this season, and you need some ideas for great recipes, you’re in luck: here are...
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08 December 2023
First airing in 2016, the last episodes of the series The Crown, the lavish, Netflix-original drama chronicles...
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Get ready for Christmas, by making a Take & Make Christmas Craft.  Stop by the Youth Services Desk...
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06 December 2023
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06 December 2023
On this month’s episode of L-Town Radio, Joe digs into the Local History Archive and shares an...
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This past month, young patrons gathered once a week to write fantastic tales at our event The Write Stuff....
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04 December 2023
Lee Miller (April 23, 1907 – July 21, 1977) was an American photographer and photojournalist  who challenged...
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Livingston Library Community, Did you know that the Livingston Public Library has both a physical and...
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01 December 2023
We enjoyed a wide variety of wonderful adult programs this month at the Livingston Library! Below is...
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