The Coronado Public Library and the Cultural Arts Commission are proud to announce the 2020 Coronado Community Read selection: The Library Book by Susan Orlean.
In 1986, in the middle of an ordinary April morning, a disastrous fire struck the Los Angeles Public Library. The fire reached 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit and burned for more than seven hours. By the time the fire was out, it had destroyed 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who?
The Library Book explores the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world, from their humble beginnings as a charitable cause, to their current status as a cornerstone of national identity. It also delves into arson, the attempt to determine the fire’s cause, and examines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting the fire.
Along the way, the readers meet a cast of characters from libraries past and present and can reflect on their own experiences in libraries. The book also peeks behind the scenes to see the work libraries do every day to ensure they remain a vital part of the community.
2020 marks Coronado’s fourth year of celebrating a Community Read, a library program designed to bring the community together through the shared reading and discussion of one book. Join us from February 21 through April 3, 2020, for community book discussions, film screenings, workshops, music and other programs to celebrate libraries and The Library Book.
The Library Book—Check It Out!