Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Library Dragon - by Carmen Agra Deedy

In honor of National Library Worker's Day I read a book about a librarian. While this book ultimately is about breaking librarian stereotypes, it takes a long time to get there. Miss Lotta Scales is a dragon librarian (literally) at Sunrise Elementary School who won't let children touch any books lest they get them grimy or snotty. Plus, she partakes in the cardinal sin of librarians and actually burns books!
Books that depict cruelty to dragons should never have been published in the first place.
She got so fired up about this, she didn't just discard the books she didn't like, she incinerated [emphasis in original] them.
It is one of the students at the school who ultimately gets her to change her ways. The dragon drops her scales, and stops breathing fire to become a librarian who aims to connect books with their readers, just as Ranganathan would have wanted.

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