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From the Library – Iron Book Discussion Group’s January 2022 Selection is The Library Book by Susan Orlean

The Iron Book Discussion Group is coming back in January with both an in-person and online discussion of The Library Book by Susan Orlean:

BOOK DESCRIPTION: 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 fire alarm. As one fireman recounted, “Once that first stack got going, it was Goodbye, Charlie.” The fire was disastrous: it reached 2,000° and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than 30 years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library, and if so, who?

Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, award-winning New Yorker reporter and New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.

An in-person discussion of The Library Book will be held on Tuesday, January 11, at 7:00 PM. If you’d like to attend, please register now through our Event Calendar.

We will also be hosting an online discussion of the book via Zoom on Thursday, January 13, at 3:00 PM. You can register to attend this virtual discussion through our Event Calendar. You will receive an email with the login information for the Zoom meeting.

Copies of The Library Book are currently available on our 1st Floor on the Book Discussion Shelf (just behind our New Books). You can also borrow a copy through OverDrive/Libby as an ebook or an audiobook.

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