FOCL select ‘The Library Book’ for 2019-20 community read

The Friends of the Claremont Library have selected “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean as the 2019-20 On the Same Page community read. It provides a book-lover’s observations about libraries, what they do, how we readers feel about them. Readers are lead through a singularly powerful, sometimes eccentric, even whimsical history of the men and women who created (and continue to expand) the Los Angeles Public Library, first established in 1872.

“Ms. Orlean proceeds to take us, with vivid, specific detail, to the day in 1986 when the library was set on fire,” as stated in a press release. “She elaborates on the overwhelming local and national response and the mystery behind the origins of the fire. There is a reason this book has been on the LA Times Bestsellers book list for 46 weeks and counting. We hope to get our community talking about the value of libraries and reminiscing about the libraries of our own past.”

The Friends of the Claremont Library will provide copies of the book for check out in early October. Books will also be available for purchase in the library, at Village Venture, and at activities that are being planned to highlight the novel and a range of topics it conjures.

Keep an eye on the Friend’s website at, and their Facebook page for updates. To contact them directly, email


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