How a library was saved


"Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt's Treasured Books," by Susan L. Roth and Karen Leggett Abouraya.
April 5, 2013

Hands Around the Library:
Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books

by Susan L. Roth and Karen Leggett Abouraya

All ages. $16.99.

Do you love reading? Do you love art? Do you love history? We’re betting, since you’re reading KidsPost, that you can honestly answer “yes” to at least one of those questions. If that’s the case, you’ll definitely want to check out “Hands Around the Library.” With amazing collage illustrations by Susan L. Roth, the book tells the story of how, during the protests against the government in Egypt in 2011, young people formed an enormous circle around the library in that country’s city of Alexandria to protect its collection of more than a million books.

After reading this book, we suggest that you go to your local library and look around at all it has to offer with a renewed sense of gratitude. Especially since April 14-20 is National Library Week.

And if you can find the two library puns in this book review, send an e-mail to us at kidspost@washpost.com. The first Kids­Post reader to do so will win a copy of the book. Only kids age 13 and younger are
eligible to win. E-mails must include the child’s name, age and home town. The e-mail must also include a note from a parent or guardian giving the child permission to enter the contest.

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