Libraries are for Everyone

Libraries are for Everyone

Libraries are a safe community hub; a perfect place to explore, learn, and discover. Choose a story below to journey around the world to different community libraries and learn about the lives they’ve impacted.

All the items on this digital display are available for free online with your library card.


Click on each section below to browse our recommendations. Each title is available through one (or more) of the Naperville Public Library's digital resources.


Sam Visits the School Library

Martha E. H. Rustad
Sam and his classmates learn how to do their own research using books and computers. Then they find out about the different kinds of books—from graphic novels to e-books and audiobooks. Explore the school library with Sam as he looks for the perfect book to check out! Catalog

The Library

Julie Murray
The library is an important place in our communities. Kids will learn about why libraries are needed, who works there, and what kinds of things happen there Catalog

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children

Jan Pinborough
This is the true story of how Miss Moore created the first children’s room at the New York Public Library, a bright, warm room filled with artwork, window seats, and most important of all, borrowing privileges to the world’s best children’s books in many different languages. Catalog

Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience & Fortitude

Josh Funk
Patience, one of the New York Public Library lions, is missing and Fortitude, the other lion, searches the building from top to bottom seeking him. Catalog

Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library

Barb Rosenstock
Thomas Jefferson loved to read and collect books on almost every subject. He built his first library as a young man, and kept on building until his book collection helped to create the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., the world's largest library. Catalog

Madeline Finn and the Library Dog

Lisa Papp
Reluctant reader Madeline really wants to earn a star at school, so when Mrs. Dimple, the librarian, suggests she read to a dog Madeline gives it a try. Catalog

Please, Louise

Toni Morrison
On a gray, rainy day, everything seems particularly frightening and bad to Louise until she enters a library and finds books that help her to know and imagine the beauty and wonder that have been there all along. Catalog

A World to Explore

Daniel Kirk
When Sarah, an explorer mouse, meets Sam, she gives him the courage to finally climb to the highest library shelves--and beyond--and he shows her how to explore the world through reading. Catalog

A Kind of Paradise

Amy Rebecca Tan
Thirteen-year-old Jamie must spend her summer volunteering at Foxfield Public Library, but quickly grows to love the people there and enthusiastically joins the fight to save the library. Catalog

The Night Library

David Zeltser
A mighty lion takes a reluctant reader on a journey through their imagination at the library. Catalog OverDrive

Saving Eli's Library

Ruth Horowitz
Eli loves his local library. When it is threatened by a flood he and his father help save the books and, after the storm, join their whole community to make things better. Catalog

Waiting for the BiblioBurro

Monica Brown
When a man brings to a remote village two burros, Alfa and Beto, loaded with books the children can borrow, Ana's excitement leads her to write a book of her own as she waits for the BibliBurro to return. Catalog Axis360

Property of the Rebel Librarian

Allison Varnes
Twelve-year-old June Harper, shocked when her parents go on a campaign to clear the Dogwood Middle School library of objectionable books, starts a secret banned books library in an empty locker. Catalog OverDrive Axis360

The Library of Ever

Zeno Alexander
With her parents off traveling the globe, Lenora is bored, bored, bored-- until she discovers a secret doorway into the ultimate library. The library contains all the universes wisdom. Every book ever written, and every fact ever known, can be found within its walls. And Lenora becomes its newly appointed Fourth Assistant Apprentice Librarian. She rockets to the stars, travels to a future filled with robots, and faces down a dark nothingness that wants to destroy all knowledge. To save the library, Lenora will have to test her limits and uncover secrets hidden among its shelves Catalog OverDrive

You Wouldn't Want to Live Without Libraries!

Fiona Macdonald
For 5,000 years and more, libraries have been gathering and preserving writings of all kinds. They're storehouses of knowledge, and imagination, and fun. Learn about how these places and their collections of written words allow us to check our facts, find important information, share stories, beliefs and ideas, build communities, make things, and learn valuable life skills. Catalog

Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia

Jeanette Winter
After amassing piles of books, Luis, a voracious reader, dreams up a way to share his collection with 'faraway villages.' He starts with two burros--one for himself, one for books--and heads off. Tough terrain and menacing bandits challenge him along the way, but at last he reaches a remote town, where he holds a story hour and loans titles to eager kids before returning home to his wife and reading late into the night. Catalog

Lola at the Library

Anna McQuinn
Every Tuesday Lola and her mother visit their local library to return and check out books, attend story readings, and share a special treat. Catalog

Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built

Angela Burke Kunkel
In Bogotá, Columbia, young José eagerly anticipates Saturday, when he can visit the library started by José Alberto Gutiérrez, a garbage collector, and take a book home to enjoy all week. Catalog

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré

Anika Aldamuy Denise
An inspiring picture book biography of storyteller, puppeteer, and New York City’s first Puerto Rican librarian, who championed bilingual literature. Catalog Hoopla OverDrive

Alia Muhammad Baker: Saving a Library from War

Lindsay Bacher
This is the story of Alia Muhammad Baker, a librarian who preserved Iraq's history by saving thousands of books from being destroyed during the Iraq War. Catalog

The Library Bus

Bahram Rahman
Inspired by Kabul’s first library bus and colored by family memories, a touching snapshot of one innovative way girls received education in a country disrupted by war. Catalog

Library Buddy

Carol Kim
Buddy, an eight-year-old goldendoodle, is losing his vision and can't do many of his favorite activities anymore. So when he comes to Doggie Daycare, Shawn and Kat try to find something that will bring the old Buddy back. What will it take to get Buddy's tail wagging again? Catalog

Library on Wheels: Mary Lemist Titcomb and America's First Bookmobile

Sharlee Glenn
Mary Lemist Titcomb was always looking for ways to improve her library. She was determined that everyone should have access to the library, not just adults and those who lived in town. Mary set about to change the library system forever with the introduction of book-deposit stations throughout the country, a children's room in the library, and her most revolutionary idea of all--a horse-drawn Book Wagon. Catalog

Little Libraries, Big Heroes

Miranda Paul
Presents an inspiring story of mini-libraries around the world, created by the organization Little Free Libraries to build strength in communities. Catalog OverDrive

The Man Who Loved Libraries: The Story of Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Larsen
Reveals how the Scottish immigrant arrived in the United States at the height of the Industrial Revolution, made his fortune by investing in the railroads before using his wealth to fund over 2,500 public libraries around the world. Catalog

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

Carole Boston Weatherford
Traces legal clerk Arturo Schomburg's efforts to curate a collection of African books, letters, music, and art. Hoopla

Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind

Cynthia Grady
When Executive Order 9066 is enacted after the attack at Pearl Harbor, children's librarian Clara Breed's young Japanese American patrons are to be sent to prison camp. Before they are moved, Breed asks the children to write her letters and gives them books to take with them. Through the three years of their internment, the children correspond with Miss Breed, sharing their stories, providing feedback on books, and creating a record of their experiences. Catalog

Ready to Fly: How Sylvia Townsend Became the Bookmobile Ballerina

Lea Lyon
The true story of Sylvia Townsend, an African American girl who falls in love with ballet after seeing Swan Lake on TV. Although there aren't many ballet schools that will accept a girl like Sylvia in the 1950s, her local bookmobile provides another possibility. A librarian helps Sylvia find a book about ballet and the determined seven-year-old, with the help of her new books, starts teaching herself the basics of classical ballet. Soon Sylvia learns how to fly-- how to dance--and how to dare to dream. Catalog

The List

Patricia Forde
In the city of Ark, speech is constrained to five hundred sanctioned words. Speak outside the approved lexicon and face banishment. The exceptions are the Wordsmith and his apprentice Letta, the keepers and archivists of all language in their post-apocalyptic, neo-medieval world. Catalog OverDrive

The Magic Fish

Trung Le Nguyen
Real life isn't a fairytale. But Tíên still enjoys reading his favorite stories with his parents from the books he borrows from the local library. It's hard enough trying to communicate with your parents as a kid, but for Tíên, he doesn't even have the right words because his parents are struggling with their English. Is there a Vietnamese word for what he's going through? Is there a way to tell them he's gay? Catalog OverDrive

Not So Pure and Simple

Lamar Giles
High school junior Del Rainey unwittingly joins a Purity Pledge class at church, hoping to get closer to his long-term crush, Kiera. Catalog OverDrive Axis360

When You Were Everything

Ashley Woodfolk
You can't rewrite the past, but you can always choose to start again. It's been twenty-seven days since Cleo and Layla's friendship imploded. Nearly a month since Cleo realized they'll never be besties again. Now Cleo wants to erase every memory, good or bad, that tethers her to her ex-best friend. But pretending Layla doesn't exist isn't as easy as Cleo hoped, especially after she's assigned to be Layla's tutor. Despite budding friendships with other classmates—and a raging crush on a gorgeous boy named Dom—Cleo's turbulent past with Layla comes back to haunt them both. Catalog OverDrive

Verify

Joelle Charbonneau
Chicago teen Meri Beckley's pride of living in a land of peace, prosperity, and truth crumbles when questions following her mother's death reveal buried facts, especially that words can have great power. Catalog OverDrive Axis360

Banned Book Club

Kim Hyun Sook & Ryan Estrada
The autobiography of a South Korean woman's student days under an authoritarian regime, and how she defied state censorship. When Kim Hyun Sook started college in 1983 she was ready for her world to open up. After acing her exams and sort-of convincing her traditional mother that it was a good idea for a woman to go to college, she looked forward to soaking up the ideas of Western Literature far from the drudgery she was promised at her family's restaurant. But literature class would prove to be just the start of a massive turning point, still focused on reading but with life-or-death stakes she never could have imagined. This was during South Korea's Fifth Republic, a military regime that entrenched its power through censorship, torture, and the murder of protestors. Catalog

Archival Quality

Ivy Noelle Weir & Steenz
After losing her job at the library, Celeste "Cel" Walden starts working at the haunting Logan Museum as an archivist. But the job may not be the second chance she was hoping for, and she finds herself confronting her mental health, her relationships, and before long, her grasp on reality as she begins to dream of a young woman she's never met, but feels strangely drawn to. Especially after she asks Cel for help. Catalog Hoopla

Mooncakes

Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu
Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmother's bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town. One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods Catalog Hoopla

Inkheart

Cornelia Funke
Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service. Catalog OverDrive Axis360

Sparrow

Sarah Moon
Fourteen-year-old Sparrow Cooke of Brooklyn has always been the kind of child who prefers reading books to playing with friends (not that she has many of those) and since fifth grade the one person who seemed to understand her was the school librarian--so when Mrs. Wexler was killed in an accident Sparrow's world came apart, and when she was found on the edge of the school roof everyone assumed that it was a suicide attempt, which Sparrow denies, but cannot find the words to explain. Catalog

The Book Thief

Markus Zusak
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors. Catalog OverDrive Axis360

Suggested Reading

Dave Connis
After her principal bans a number of books from the school library, bibliophile student Clara joins forces with her friends to start an underground library. Catalog OverDrive

From the Desk of Zoe Washington

Janae Marks
Avid baker Zoe Washington receives a letter on her twelfth birthday from her biological father, who is in prison for a terrible crime Hoopla OverDrive Axis360

Librarian of Auschwitz

Antonio Iturbe
Follows Dita Kraus from age fourteen, when she is put in charge of a few forbidden books at Auschwitz concentration camp, through the end of World War II and beyond. Based on a true story. Catalog OverDrive

Ink & Bone: The Great Library

Rachel Caine
Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. When Jess Brightwell inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life--and soon both heretics and books will burn. Catalog Axis360

Library Wars (Manga)

Kiiro Yumi
In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves---the Library Forces! Iku Kasahara has dreamed of joining the Library Defense Force ever since one of its soldiers stepped in to protect her favorite book from being confiscated in a bookstore when she was younger. But now that she's finally a recruit, she's finding her dream job to be a bit of a nightmare. Especially since her hard-hearted drill instructor seems to have it in for her! Catalog

The Library of Fates

Aditi Khorana
To keep her kingdom from being invaded, Princess Amrita offers her hand in marriage to the conqueror, but when this offer is rebuked, she finds herself a fugitive and befriends Thala, an oracle who leads them on quest to find a mystical library that may help them reverse their fates. Catalog OverDrive

The Sound of Stars

Alechia Dow
Can a girl who risks her life for books and an alien who loves pop music work together to save humanity? A beautiful and thrilling debut novel for fans of Marie Lu and Veronica Roth. Two years ago, a misunderstanding between the leaders of Earth and the invading Ilori resulted in the deaths of one-third of the world's population. Today, seventeen-year-old Ellie Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. With humans deemed dangerously volatile because of their initial reaction to the invasion, emotional expression can be grounds for execution. Music, art and books are illegal, but Ellie still keeps a secret library. Catalog OverDrive

The Archived

Victoria Schwab
When an otherworldly library called the Archive is compromised from within, sixteen-year-old Mackenzie Bishop must prevent violent, ghost-like Histories from escaping into our world Catalog Axis360

Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury
In a society in which books are outlawed, Montag, a regimented fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, meets a revolutionary school teacher who dares to read. Suddenly he finds himself a hunted fugitive, forced to choose not only between two women, but between personal safety and intellectual freedom. OverDrive Axis360

Part of Our Lives: a People's History of the American Public Library

Wayne Wiegand
Part of Our Lives uses the voices of generations of public library users to argue that Americans have loved their libraries for the useful information they make accessible; the public spaces they provide; and the commonplace reading materials they supply that help users make sense of the world around them. Catalog

Libraries - The Design of the James B. Hunt, Jr. Library, South Mountain Community Library & Seattle Central Library

PBS
Architect and teacher Stephen Chung presents how the most innovative libraries were designed. Part of the Cool Spaces series. Kanopy

Ashurbanipal's Library and Gilgamesh

Great Courses
Here, discover the intellectual King Ashurbanipal, whose library is one of the first in recorded history. In it, find clay tablets recording omens from the gods, as well as the world's oldest epic poem, The Epic of Gilgamesh. Kanopy

Ex Libris - The New York Public Library

Frederick Wiseman
Go behind the scenes of one of the greatest knowledge institutions in the world, revealing it as a place of culture exchange and learning, and one of the most democratic institutions in America - everyone is welcome. Kanopy

The Public

Emilio Estevez
An act of civil disobedience turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library to seek shelter from the bitter cold. Catalog

The Music Man

Robert Preston, Shirley Jones
Silver-tongued con artist Harold Hill hoodwinks the stubborn townsfolk of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boy's band. But when he comes up against town librarian Marian Paroo, things change. Catalog

Desk Set

Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy
A classic Hepburn-Tracy romance about the head of the research department at at TV network and an absent-minded computer genius. The network's research librarians are worried that their jobs will be replaced by a new computer system, and the head librarian (Hepburn) matches wits with the computer engineer (Tracy). Catalog

Storm Center

Bette Davis
During the 1950s, a small-town librarian is shunned by the locals after she refuses the City Council's request to remove a book on Communism from the library's shelves. Catalog

The Library of Lost and Found

Phaedra Patrick
Librarian Martha Storm has always found it easier to connect with books than people. All of that changes when a book of fairy tales arrives on her doorstep. Inside, Martha finds a dedication written to her by her best friend - her grandmother Zelda - who died under mysterious circumstances years earlier. When Martha discovers a clue within the book that her grandmother may still be alive, she becomes determined to discover the truth. As she delves deeper into Zelda's past, she unwittingly reveals a family secret that will change her life forever. Catalog Hoopla

The Library at Mount Char

Scott Hawkins
A fantasy novel about children growing up in a vast library, raised by a man called Father. They are responsible for mastering a certain “catalogue” of knowledge, which could be languages, animals, mathematics, or more. But as the children age into adults, they begin to sense what lies beyond those walls, a sinister society they alone can topple with their powers. Catalog Hoopla OverDrive

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

Kim Michele Richardson
As a member of the Pack Horse Library Project, Cussy Mary Carter delivers books to the hill folk of Troublesome, hoping to spread learning in these desperate times. Catalog Hoopla

The Strange Library

Haruki Murakami
A little boy becomes a menacing library’s prisoner. He meets quirky characters while exploring the secret passageways and catacombs in the building to find a way out. Murakami captures the dream-like atmosphere of a library and the menagerie of smart, eccentric patrons it attracts. Catalog Axis360

Librarian Tales : Funny, Strange, and Inspiring Dispatches From the Stacks

William Ottens
Learn about strange things librarians have found in book drops, weird and obscure reference questions, the stress of tax season, phrases your local librarians never want to hear, stories unique to children's librarians, and more. Ottens uncovers common pet peeves among his colleagues, addresses misguided assumptions and stereotypes, and shares several hilarious stories along the way. Catalog Hoopla

The Plotters

Un-su Kim
Reseng is an assassin. Raised by a cantankerous killer named Old Raccoon in the crime headquarters "The Library," Reseng never questioned anything. But one day, Reseng steps out of line on a job, toppling a set of carefully calibrated plans. And when he uncovers an extraordinary scheme set into motion by an eccentric trio of young women--a convenience store clerk, her wheelchair-bound sister, and a cross-eyed librarian--Reseng will have to decide if he will remain a pawn or finally take control of the plot. Catalog OverDrive Axis360

Freedom Libraries: the untold story of libraries for African Americans in the south.

Mike Selby
Although illegal, racial segregation was strictly enforced in a number of American states, and public libraries were not immune. Numerous libraries were desegregated on paper only: there would be no cards given to African Americans, no books for them to read, and no furniture for them to use. It was these exact conditions that helped create Freedom Libraries. Over eighty of these parallel libraries appeared in the Deep South, staffed by civil rights voter registration workers. They created the first encounter many African Americans had with a library. Terror, bombings, and eventually murder would be visited on the Freedom Libraries--with people giving up their lives so others could read a library book. This book delves into how these libraries were the heart of the Civil Rights Movement and the remarkable courage of the people who used them. Catalog

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

Joshua Hammer
To save precious centuries-old Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians in Timbuktu pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven. In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara, journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River, tracking down and salvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that had fallen into obscurity. Hoopla OverDrive

The Lending Library

Aliza Fogelson
When the Chatsworth library closes indefinitely for repairs, the small community finds itself lost without their gathering place. Dodie decides to fill this void by opening up a little library in the sunroom of her home. The lending library proves to be just what everyone needs, including Dodie as she builds friendships and finds an exciting new romance. Catalog

The Library Book

Susan Orlean
On April 29, 1986, the Los Angeles Public Library went up in a blaze that would be the worst library fire in America's history, destroying more than 400,000 books. Who set the fire, and why? After moving to Los Angeles, New Yorker staff writer Orlean (The Orchid Thief) decides to seek answers. Catalog OverDrive Axis360

This Book is Overdue! : How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All

Marilyn Johnson
Those who predicted the death of libraries forgot to consider that in the automated maze of contemporary life, none of us can get along without human help. We need librarians, who won't charge us by the question or roll their eyes no matter what we ask, and who can save us from being buried by the digital age. Catalog Hoopla

The Book Collectors: a Band of Syrian Rebels and the Stories That Carried Them Through a War

Delphine Minoui
An extraordinary account of a band of young men in a besieged Damascan suburb who find books in the rubble and create a secret library. Catalog OverDrive

The Public Library: a photographic essay

Robert Dawson
Many of us have vivid recollections of childhood visits to the public library. Today's libraries also function as de facto community centers, and offer free access to the Internet, job-hunting assistance, or a warm place to take shelter along with the endless possibilities that spark your imagination the moment you open the cover of a book. Photographer Robert Dawson has traveled the nation, documenting hundreds of these institutions, presenting a wide selection of photographs revealing a vibrant, essential, yet seriously threatened system. Essays, letters, and poetry by a collection of America's most celebrated writers as well as the voices of dedicated librarians working today are woven with photographs. Catalog Axis360

The Borrower

Rebecca Makkai
Lucy is a children’s librarian in Mississippi, and it’s not exactly the profession she thought she’d end up in. Lucy slips extra books to her beloved patron, precocious misfit 10-year-old Ian, since his strict religious mother censors his reading material. One day, Lucy finds that Ian’s slept in the children’s area of the library to avoid his mother. She takes it upon herself to protect him, and the two embark on a road trip escape. Catalog OverDrive Axis360

Her Perfect Affair

Pricilla Oliveras
After helping run her sister’s wedding, librarian Rosa sleeps with her longtime crush and friend, Jeremy Taylor. When she realizes she is pregnant, she turns down Jeremy’s immediate proposal, thinking it was offered out of duty. Her position at a Catholic high school is important to her, as are the teens she mentors in the Poetry Club. When severe nausea forces her to work part-time, she has to tell her administration about her pregnancy. While they review the situation, Jeremy comes to her aid and trust and love grow. Catalog OverDrive