The Library Book

The Library Book

The Story of Libraries From Camels to Computers

Book - 2005
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Everyone who has a library card (and those who don't will want one after reading this book) will love this fascinating account of how libraries have evolved. From camels delivering books in Kenya to information compression today, this is a book that's long overdue!

Award-winning librarian Maureen Sawa takes readers on a breathless ride from the origins of libraries to the first bookshelves, from pack-horse librarians in Kentucky to the revolution that was vertical shelving. She presents familiar library heroes like Gutenberg and Benjamin Franklin and the more obscure ones, such as Hypatia, the great female librarian of Alexandria killed by a mob for opposing the teachings of Plato, and Vizier Abdul Kasem Ismail, the Persian bibliophile who traveled with forty camels carrying 117,000 books in alphabetical order.

Libraries, past, present, and future, have a history as fascinating as the books they house. A must-have for every reader!
Publisher: Toronto : Tundra Books, 2005
ISBN: 9780887766985
0887766986
Branch Call Number: J 027.009 Saw 3558jv 1
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill
Additional Contributors: Slavin, Bill

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Grand Vizier Abdul Kassem Ismael had his 500 camels trained to walk in order so that the 100,000 books they carried stayed in alphabetical order, while Andrew Carnegie gave away 80% of his wealth to build free public libraries, both showing how important books and libraries have been through the centuries.

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