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Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2019 6:12 pm

“The Library Book” will be Coronado’s 2020 Community Read. The New York Times best seller prevailed among five nominated titles, with 375 votes cast either online or at different locations throughout town. Between the months of February and April, Coronado Public Library plans to celebrate “The Library Book” through a myriad of programming that includes book discussions, film screenings, workshops, and music.

The library themed selection coincides with the anniversary of the Friends of Coronado Library, which will be celebrating its 50th year in 2020. Author Susan Orlean is an award-winning reporter, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and a New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including “The Orchid Thief,” “Rin Tin Tin,” and “Saturday Night.” “The Library Book” is a Washington Post Top 10 Book of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book of 2018.

A largely overlooked event in history, the largest structural fire in Los Angeles to date until very recently, inspired Orlean to weave her love of libraries into an examination of the mysterious 1986 fire at the Los Angeles Public Library. The fire went largely unremarked at the time because it occurred on April 29, 1986, the same day as the Chernobyl disaster. In total, the LAPL blaze destroyed four hundred thousand books and severely damaged seven hundred thousand others. The question of arson lingers to this day.

In a masterful account,”The Library Book” explores the entire history of the LAPL, the colorful characters once employed there, the prime suspect in the 1986 case, and the daily inner workings of the library. Orlean also includes anecdotes of her own precious library outings as a child with her mother, a testament to libraries’ role as “Immortal Memory Holder.”

The book’s various facets are not only connected to the idea that libraries resonate with everyone, but that libraries are ever relevant today. As Orlean writes, the library beckons stories and promises stories in return; this is perhaps why the idea of books set aflame feels unequivocally wrong, and why, certainly, libraries do matter.

Coronado residents voted throughout the month of August and concluded on September 13. Three hundred seventy-five ballots were cast in various locations around town, as well as online, and it was a tight race between “The Library Book” and “Red Notice.” The other finalists were “Sapiens, The Last Days of Night,” and “Killers of the Flower Moon.” Over 100 titles were originally nominated for the 2020 program.

The Coronado Community Read is a library program designed to bring the entire community together through the shared reading and discussion of one book. The program runs from Feb. 21 through April 3, 2020, with community book discussions, film screenings, workshops, music and other programs.

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