Books on the Point: Libraries & Librarians






Mindy Todd, host of WCAI’s The Point, and Jill Erickson, Head of Reference & Adult Services at the library, were on WCAI this morning with their book suggestions. The program was broadcast live at the WGBH Boston Public Library Studio. Andrew Maloney, Reader’s Services Librarian at the Boston Public Library, joined them for a great book discussion on libraries and librarians. Miss the show? You can listen online at!

Thursday update:

Thanks for all the great comments about yesterday’s show! We loved this one so much, which was posted on the WCAI Facebook page by Jeanne Harper, that we’re going to add it here as well:

Great book ideas. Couldn’t catch the whole show so I have an addition you may not have talked about. Lirael (who becomes a librarian in a place where librarians sometimes need to wear swords depending on what section they are working in) by Garth Nix. It is the second in the Old Kingdom trilogy fantasy series (there are more than three now). Here is a quote: “Please,” said Lirael…”I think I would like to work in this Library.”
“The Library,” repeated Sanar, looking troubled. “That can be dangerous to a girl of fourteen. Or a woman of forty, for that matter.”
― Garth Nix, Lirael

We will definitely remember Sanar’s line!! I can’t wait to start reading, but I bet Andrew has already devoured these!

Andrew’s Picks

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson

The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

The Rover by Mel Odom

The World’s Strongest Librarian: a memoir of Tourette’s, faith, strength, and the power of family by Josh Hanagarne

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: and their race to save the world’s most precious manuscripts by Joshua Hammer


Jill’s Picks

Houghton Library at 75: a celebration of its collections

This is What a Librarian Looks Like: a celebration of libraries, communities, and access to information by Kyle Cassidy

The Original Black Elite: Daniel Murray and the story of a forgotten era by Elizabeth Dowling TaylorT

The Giant’s House  by Elizabeth McCracken

You Could Look It Up: the reference shelf from ancient babylon to wikipedia by Jack Lynch

The Card Catalog: books, cards, and literary treasures by The Library of Congress; forward by Carla Hayden

The Goldbug Variations by Richard Powers


Listener’s Picks

Summer by Edith Wharton

The Lost Book of the Grail, or, a visitor’s guide to Barchester Cathedral by Charlie Lovett

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

Pretty Monsters: Stories by Kelly Link (specifically the story “Magic for Beginners”)

Do or Die by Jen McKinley


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