We are thrilled to publish Heart of the Community: The Libraries We Love, the first book to sing the praises and show the beauty of our beloved public libraries. The book's official publication date is Valentine's Day, 14 February.
We received an outpouring of library love from across the USA and Canada. It was nearly impossible to choose the 80 libraries to be included in the book, but you can see the final list here.
This was a particularly difficult selection process because we received so very many worthy nominations. All nominees made a strong case that their libraries were a powerful asset in their communities. Our guiding principle was that we wanted to select libraries that as a group display the full range of the diversity, potential, style, history, and contributions of libraries in the United States and Canada.
Berkshire Publishing Group loves libraries. We're not alone. Our Libraries We Love Advisory Board includes author Mary Pope Osborne; ALA President Leslie Burger; Friends of Libraries, U.S.A., Executive Director Sally Reed; CLA President Barbara Clubb; and many other literary and library luminaries.
Please sign up for the Libraries We Love newsletter for further information about the book and project. The libraries profiled in the book will receive one free copy. You can still order additional copies at a discounted price; please contact Berkshire if you need an order form.