The Inside-Outside Book of Libraries

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9780525456087: The Inside-Outside Book of Libraries

A comprehensive look at libraries, the purposes they serve, and their history demonstrates the various types of libraries, from the vast Library of Congress to a personal library at home, and offers predictions about the future of libraries.

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Julie Cummins was coordinator of Children’s Services at New York Public Library.

Roxie Munro has created 30 acclaimed children’s books.

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Grade 1-4?From the cover's imposing view of one of the New York Public Library's lion guardians to the picture of a small table of books in a child's room, this title covers a vast array of libraries whose holdings, regardless of their size, open up whole new worlds for their users. Thirteen very different U.S. libraries are explored, most in a double-page spread that introduces the architectural exterior of the building, followed by another two-page illustration highlighting its interior features. The concise text explains the major facets of each facility that distinguish it from other types; often fascinating facts are included. For example, Cummins explains how the Library of Congress's collection grows "at the rate of ten new items per minute." She tells of "down home" libraries, such as the one-room facility on Ocracoke Island, NC, and explains that the World Wide Web connects library patrons across continents. This book will appeal to an older audience than Gail Gibbons's Check It Out! (Harcourt, 1985) or Anne Rockwell's I Like the Library (Dutton, 1977; o.p.). Cummins's text flows smoothly and is easy to comprehend, and the vast array of facilities discussed will add greatly to children's understanding of the concept of library services. Munro's excellent watercolor illustrations are extremely detailed and reveal an incredible sense of each architectural space. Her paintings are colorful and bright, and the patrons with which she peoples each library represent a balance of genders, races, and ethnic backgrounds. An excellent portrayal of libraries as the important and exciting places that they are.?Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI
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