MAD Librarian Paperback – 16 November 2017
- Paperback : 402 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0997205520
- ISBN-13 : 978-0997205527
- Product Dimensions : 13.34 x 2.54 x 20.32 cm
- Publisher : Michael Guillebeau (16 November 2017)
- Language: : English
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"This book is truly every librarian's dream come true. After fighting budget battles over and over again, librarian Serenity has lost her library funding. What's a librarian gonna do? How about ripping off the city that's ripping off its citizens? Serenity begins helping herself to the funds that local politicians have been setting aside for their own personal "rainy day ". With the money she amasses she can build a library to thrill readers everywhere. Problem is, those politicians aren't too thrilled to see their money disappearing and they plan to do anything to get it back. Why in the world are libraries always under threat? A funny, moving story of our most precious institutions under threat?"
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Strong characters. I enjoyed the concept of a librarian on a mission. The main character was not only likable but I found myself geniunely rooting for her. Add in my love of libraries and I could not help but be in her corner. She has to save the library and is willing to do anything to do so. A woman after my own heart.
Thank you to NetGalley and Madison Press for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am rating it Four Stars because there were some moments that I found hard to believe. I loved the premise and enjoyed the writing. Overall, I would recommed this book.
The author has created some wonderful characters, especially the librarians at the Maddington Public Library (known as the MAD) -- Head Librarian Serenity Hammer and assistant librarians Amanda Doom and Joy Quexnt.
The librarians had grand plans to create a library that truly served the needs of the community, but the city council, led by Councilman Doctor Bentley, had different ideas regarding the library (and community organizations/social services in the city of Maddington in general). The city council, in an effort to save money, placed the city's computer servers in the children's reading room of the library and expected Amanda Doom, because of her minor in computer science, to maintain the servers. Serenity Hammer, with her minor in accounting, had been placed in charge of the city books. Councilman Doctor Bentley and his cronies on the city council would come to regret their cost-cutting efforts. While trying to figure out a way to pay the library's bills, Mrs. Hammer runs across the city's "Residuals" fund, which has an amazing large amount of money in it, and decides to transfer some to the library to pay the bills. Then she and her fellow librarians come up with an audacious plan to fund the library expansion they had been pushing for and create the library of their dreams, with facilities and resources to assist in job placement, business start-ups, rudimentary legal and medical advice, and other services. However, the true owners of the money do not take kindly to the diversion of funds and want the money back. In addition, Mrs. Hammer's husband is a police officer and believes very strongly in right and wrong; she cannot tell him what she is doing, but with the amount of money the library is spending, he knows something suspicious is going on, which causes added stress for both of them.
Not only is "MAD Librarian" an amusing story, and also a story about people taking risks (albeit less than entirely legal/ethical risks in this case) to achieve great things for their community, but the author manages to comment on many of the issues facing society without hammering (pun intended) the reader over the head with it; issues such as underfunded community organizations and social services; politicians that are either inept or corrupt; the influence of "dark money" in politics; and the tension between different parts of a community over a limited supply of funds.
The author also does a great job of demonstrating that libraries and librarians are more than just a resource for reading or research materials, but are also often a resource for finding a job, for figuring out how to start a business, for furthering education, for obtaining basic medical or legal information, and even a temporary babysitter for working parents, among other roles that libraries and librarians play.