Dangerous Libraries

Staff Picks

Dangerous Libraries

Libraries. Not just for books anymore.

When most people think of libraries, they imagine a quiet, boring place where librarians shush people for even sneezing. In reality, libraries aren't like that at all. Sometimes they're...DANGEROUS! Being a place for the public, you never know who will walk through those doors. And what exactly does a librarian do? Below I have compiled a list of books set in unusual libraries and about the crazy librarians that run them. Enjoy!

The Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen (For the Underworld Librarian)
When Cynthia Rothschild's best friend, Annie, falls head over heels for the new school librarian, Cynthia can't help but wonder if she's really in love or if the new, very handsome librarian is a demon. Turns out it's the latter. And it's not just Annie, other students are starting to act weird and the teachers are disappearing. So now she has to save her best friend and the school. Did I also mention that she is the lead crew member of the school play and that her only ally is also her crush!?! If you like a little humor with your horror, this book is for you. Readers will enjoy watching Cynthia change from the girl who spent most of her day daydreaming to making deals with demons, slamming her crush against the school lockers, and putting on the best high school play ever. Audience: Young Adult

Library Wars: Love & War (Vol. 1) by Kiiro Yumi (For the Soldier Librarian)
Can you imagine a world where the government has instated an act to destroy every book they deem unsuitable for society and the libraries fight back? No? Well, then you need to read Library Wars. Meet the Library Defense Force (LDF), an elite team of highly trained librarians (not just in the Dewey Decimal system) established by the local governments to protect libraries from the tyranny of the federal government. Iku Kasahara has dreamed of being on the LDF, but does she have what it takes? Between being the only female on this militant team, trying to deal with an insanely strict drill instructor, and staying awake in class, being on the LDF is going to be much harder than expected. Iku is a fun quirky character readers will enjoy watching get into trouble and also getting it right. The LDF may be a bit out there, but what book-lover hasn't imagined being a kickboxing liberator of the censored? Audience: Young Adult

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein (For the Riddled Librarian)
A new library has been built in Alexandriaville, OH. Famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello has funded the project and has created a contest in which 12 winners will get a chance to spend the night in the new building. Kyle Keeley, Mr. Lemoncello's number one fan, is one of the lucky winners. Not known for being a big reader, Kyle spends most of the night playing every game created by Mr. Lemoncello. Unbeknownst to him, he will be playing the ultimate game: escaping from the library! Kyle and friends have to solve a series of puzzles and riddles to find a way out of the library. But will they find it in time? This Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-themed novel will keep you laughing and guessing all the way to the end. Book-lovers will enjoy the literary shout-outs and everyone will wish their library was as cool as Mr. Lemoncello's. Audience: Children

The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger (For the Obsessive Librarian)
One chance encounter with a stranger and Alexandra Jones is changed forever. Going on a late night walk after a fight with her partner, Alexander comes across a man (the Librarian) in an RV with a collection of every book she has ever read. Mesmerized, Alexandra begs the librarian to let her stay with him, but he says no and leaves before the sun comes up. The desire to see the librarian again soon becomes an obsession that leads Alexandra to make a drastic decision. This graphic novel has a certain eerie charm to it. It is a touching story that will haunt long after you've finished it. Audience: Adult

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (For the Fantasy Librarian)
Carolyn can speak any language in the universe. She is just one of many orphans that were taken in by an all powerful man (or god) called Father. Each orphan can only have one skill. Father is the only one that can and has mastered them. But something has happened. Father has gone missing or possibly dead and The Library remains guarded by an invisible force that no one can penetrate, except for the person who put it there. Dark forces are at work and Carolyn has a plan to stop it, but at what cost? Definitely in the top 10 of strange books I have read, this novel, set in a strange world, will constantly have you guessing and giggling. Audience: Adult

Honorable Mentions:
-The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami (For the Cannibal Librarian) Audience: Adult
-The Librarian by Mikhail Elizarov (For the Love-of-Russia Librarian) Audience: Adult
-The Archived by Victoria Schwab (For the Teenaged Librarian) Audience: Young Adult
-The Libyrinth by Pearl North (For the Peacekeeping Librarian) Audience: Young Adult
-Bats at the Library by Brian Lies (For the Mischievous Librarian) Audience: Children
-The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara (For the Night Owl Librarian) Audience: Children
-What Would Dewey Do?: An Unshelved Collection by Bill Barnes (For the Comic Relief Librarian) Audience: Adult/Young Adult
-The Name of the Rose 
by Umberto Eco (For the Sleuthing Librarian) Audience: Adult
-The Librarian by Larry Beinhart (For the Conspiracy Theorist Librarian) Audience: Adult
-The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel (For the Nostalgic Librarian) Audience: Adult