Blog module icon

Library Blog



View All Posts

Feb 09

National Library Lovers Month - Staff Picks

Posted on February 9, 2021 at 10:14 AM by Bobbie Clark

National Library Lovers Month @ Lewis & Clark Library 

NLL 1 
Photo by  JessBaileyDesign on Pixabay 


Happy February!

February is National L
ibrary Lovers Month. In honor of this special distinction, here are two books, one celebrating librarians across the country and the other a tribute to Montana’s Carnegie libraries. 


NLL 2 

This is What a Librarian Looks Like 
by Kyle Cassidy 
This book is truly a celebration of librarians and the important services they provide to their communities. It is full of splendid photographs and short biographies of dedicated librarians from across the countryLewis & Clark Library’s own Bretagne Byrd, Bookmobile Librarian Extraordinaire, is among the very fine librarians featured in this book (hint: see pgs. 144-148). 

Here are a few inspiring quotes taken from the book:

librarians are a force to be reckoned with. We have the curiosity of a scientist, the work ethic of a teacher, the creativity of an artist, and the ferocity of a prize fighter.” Alea PerezWestmont Public Library 

“Libraries can be—and in many places are—anything their communities need them to be
.” Matt Krueger, Irondequoit Public Library  

“When I was growing 
up, I always saw the library as a refuge, a launch pad, and an oasis.” Stephanie Beverage, Huntington Beach Public Library 

Also included in th
is book are library-loving essays by such authors as Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, Jude Deveraux, Samira Ahmed and more. So, if you love libraries and the people who make them such special places be sure to check out this book, you’ll be glad you did! 

Find it in the library catalog Here 


NLL 3 

The Best Gift 
by Kate Hampton 
Here is another absolutely fine book to read in celebration of National Library Lovers Month. At one time in American history, Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish-American steel industrialist was the richest man in the country. Mr. Carnegie didn’t believe in hoarding his wealth and became a great philanthropist by funding the new construction of hundreds of libraries across the country. In order for a community to receive funding from Mr. Carnegie, townspeople needed to prove they were serious about this endeavor and would be dedicated to the future success of their new library. Between the years 1910 and 1922 seventeen Montana communities received funding from Carnegie to build librariesThis book contains interesting anecdotes from each of the seventeen libraries as well as updates on how these libraries are doing today. Fifteen of the original libraries are still standing, some have been repurposed as art museums or office space, but most are still thriving as community libraries today. 

Find it in the library catalog 

The Best Gift
 was written by architectural historian, Kate Hampton.  To watch a presentation by the author given at the Montana Historical Society click Here 


You must log in before leaving your comment