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The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

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When was the last time you read a love letter to the library? When was the last time you stood in awe of the majesty of a curated space dedicated to the art of literature? When was the last time you engaged in this space that is free and accessible to everyone with a card? In the middle of the pandemic, when browsing through the aisles of the library was just beginning to be possible again, this beautiful offering came forth in June 2021 and invited us to remember what we love about this people's space.  If it has been a while, I invite you to go back and consider the gift of the public library and then I invite you to learn about the quest of one woman to preserve, protect, and promote the space of public knowledge. The Personal Librarian is an historical fiction account of Belle deCosta Greene , the woman who nearly singlehandedly negotiated the collection that eventually became what is now the New York Public Library. J.P. Morgan was a force to be reckoned with, that comes acro