Library Science Students Revive Town’s Library

A Book Review

Peck, Richard. Here Lies the Librarian. 2006. Dial. 160 pages. $16.99. Ages 9-12.  ISBN: 043989882X

As a fourteen-year-old tomboy orphan living with her brother in Indiana in 1914, Peewee would like nothing more than to drop out of school and help Jake with the auto repair business.  However, life has different plans for her as a twister blows some changes into town – namely in the form of four library science students from Butler University.  Determined to revive the town’s library, the sorority sisters win over the townspeople, including Peewee and Jake, for various reasons.  Banned by the previous librarian (so intimidating that even the tornado does not dare to disturb her grave) when she was 10, Peewee does not think she has much use for the library, an opinion shared by much of the town. 

Though much of the story takes place outside the library, this story is a delightful look into a time period and place that are often overlooked.  Other Peck titles, including A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder also take place in Indiana in the first half of the 20th century and are also worthwhile reads.  

~ Elizabeth Kwiatkowski

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