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Discusses the history of libraries, the effects of the invention of the printing press on them, what goes on in libraries, and some prominent libraries of the world
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Grade 2-4-- An informative but meandering introduction to libraries. Weil discusses various types of libraries and the numerous people involved in their operation. She traces library history from ancient times to the present, and offers some trivia at the end of the book. While the text contains a lot of information, it is not without flaws. The book is not well organized, and some of the many generalizations are misleading. Not all libraries "are open to all people," nor do they "have books for all ages and on all subjects." The cartoon illustrations, however, are the book's greatest drawback. While adequate, they are done in black and white with red highlights, giving the book an old-fashioned, prosaic look. Gail Gibbons' Check It Out! (HBJ, 1985) is more appealing, but geared for a younger audience. Libraries (Childrens, 1984) by Patricia Fujimoto covers much of the same ground as Weil's book, and features color photographs. Libraries that have Fujimoto's book may want to pass on this one. --Lori A. Janick, Parkwood Elementary School, Pasadena, TX
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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