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Return of the Library Dragon (The Library Dragon #2)

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  304 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
Miss Lotta Scales, a dragon also known as Miss Lotty the librarian, wants to retire from taking care of the school's library but will not willingly stand by and see her beloved books replaced by computers.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Peachtree Publishers
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Jan 28, 2015 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Miss Lotty Scales has decided to close the book on her career as librarian at Sunrise Elementary School. But then technology threatens to discard books from the library PERMANENTLY! What is a library dragon to do? Eat the technology of course. Fortunately, help is on the way in the form of Molly Brickmeyer, librarian and dragon tamer extraordinaire!

You will thoroughly enjoy this sequel to "The Library Dragon" by Carmen Agra Deedy and illustrated by Michael P. White. It addresses the controversy
Jan 05, 2013 Laura rated it it was ok
The Library Dragon, now the beloved Miss Lolly, decides to retire. Since she's leaving the school, the IT department decides to replace the books with all kinds of reading technology.

Anyway, it turns out that the new librarian is Molly, the Library Dragon's former student, and she too loves books. She insists that the books stay in the library.

I wish the the ultimate solution weren't so one sided. I love books, but I also love technology. And while I read books to students, many of my lessons a
In this follow-up to the earlier The Library Dragon, the time has come for the school librarian, Miss Lotty, to retire. The airbrushed illustrations are filled with rich colors and provide wonderful perspectives; for instance, readers will see first the hand of Mike Krochip who plans to create Media World in the library. There are also dragonflies all across the book's pages as well as signs that Miss Lotty's long-dormant dragon nature is starting to stir as the plans to remove all books from th ...more
The Styling Librarian
Jul 20, 2014 The Styling Librarian rated it really liked it
Return of the Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy, illustrated by Michael P. White- I totally missed when this book came out. Quite enjoyed reading a sequel with another great message… touching library celebration with a goal for children to have a balance of books and technology. Good for discussions with children about retirement as well. I did find the book a little weak in how it was wrapped up but was quite happy to return to the world of the Library Dragon.
Jul 22, 2014 Judi rated it really liked it
This is another great book for Media Specialists to read aloud. It is #2 in the Library Dragon series. I don't know if there will be more - Carmen Deedy said she wasn't planning on it. Put the characters are memorable and fun. here they are lamenting the eBook revolution happening in their library when Lottie has just retired...
Meghan Nels
Aug 07, 2014 Meghan Nels rated it really liked it
I love sharing The Library Dragon with upper elementary students at the beginning of the school year. I think they'll enjoy this sequel just as much.
Aug 31, 2012 Maddypictures rated it liked it
This was fun, I guess. It's an ode to how wonderful books and libraries are. (I loved the endpages with plenty of pro-library quotes.) As expected, the new librarian reassures the retiring library dragon that she'll care for the books, and won't get rid of all paper books in favor of technology though. I was sad to see the anti-computer message. Cybrary? I don't think we use that term, except for a brief while at the turn of the century. It's not an either/or dichotomy with e-books and paper boo ...more
Mar 15, 2014 Laurie rated it really liked it
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Oct 09, 2014 Tima rated it really liked it
Miss Lotty, the librarian, is retiring. The children love her and are unsure about her replacement. But on her last day of work she walks into the library and realizes that all of the books have been kidnapped and replaced with computers. She gets so angry that she turns into a dragon, the library dragon. A lady named Molly walks in helps Miss Lotty return from being a dragon. She is the new librarian and promises to bring back the books. The illustrations are fun and colorful. The story is abou ...more
Sep 22, 2012 Marcie rated it really liked it
Recommended to Marcie by: Donalyn
This is definitely not subtle about the retirement and return of the Library Dragon, but it does have an interesting message about the difference between e-books and paper books. I'm going to buy it for the end papers if nothing else. I'll probably read it for my first class, just so I can wear my Not a Library Dragon Tee Shirt.
Jul 15, 2015 Erin rated it did not like it
This book does not represent the transition libraries have made to include technology. In this book, a school librarian is retiring. The school decides to replace her with an IT guy instead of a librarian. He gets rid of all the books and fills the library with computers, tablets, printers, and all sorts of technology. The retiring librarian gets so upset about it that she turns into a dragon.

Libraries embrace technology. There is room for both books and computers in today's libraries. This boo
Ms. B
Sep 18, 2015 Ms. B rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture, 2015
When Miss Lotty, the librarian who is about to retire discovers that the IT department is discarding all the books for computers and e-readers; she turns into her alter ego Lotta Scales the Library Dragon. What format will win? Print books or ebooks? Can anyone tame the Library Dragon? Is it possible for a modern Media Center to provide both kinds of books to our readers? Find out in this cute tale about the ever-changing library/Media Center/cybrary.
Bonus feature - this book's endpapers contain
Ms Threlkeld
Feb 13, 2015 Ms Threlkeld rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
As a brand new teacher-librarian I can definitely appreciate how frustrating it can be when people preach about the wonders and importance of technology in the library over actual books. I don't agree with Miss Lotty, though, that technology has no place in libraries, and was disappointed that the book favored one format over another. The best moments come from the kids in this story, who advocate for a library filled with books. Although I could relate to the librarian, her character felt more ...more
Sep 05, 2012 Elisabeth rated it it was ok
I really want to like these books better than I do.
Carmen Agra Deedy and Michael P. White have teamed up again for another Library Dragon story. This one is even better than the first with a story that will resonate with book lovers of all ages.

Return of the Library Dragon begins with beautifully designed endpapers filled with favorite book and librarian quotes. The next page features the School Library Times announcement of Miss Lotty's retirement with a picture of the young Molly Brickmeyer. Miss Lotty recalls her fondest memory, “Twenty years
Samantha  DuPree
Miss Lotty the school librarian is retiring and one day when she shows up for work, Milo her helper tells her something terrible. All the books are gone! Then the library doors open and Mike Krochip from IT is there to tell them that the library is now going to be a cybrary. There are no longer books but instead only MePods to put thousands of books on. The children argue that they like that physical books all look and feel different, that they can share books with friends, that they love the sm ...more
Dec 02, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
I discovered this book at our girls' elementary school library. The librarian was nice enough to give me my own card, so I occasionally borrow a book. I was visiting during the morning to watch our youngest get an award. After I said goodbye to her, I decided to see if I could find So, What's It Like to Be a Cat?, a book that wasn't available through my county library system, but was on the shelves at the school. My oldest just happened to be having library time then, so she helped me find some ...more
Jul 30, 2013 Corrina rated it really liked it
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This is a nice story about the need for balance between library traditions like paper books and costumes and the need for innovative technologies. The children explain to Mike Krochip (warning! bad puns!) that paper books have a valued physical presence–that you can share books with friends, that you can read the same book with your grandmother that her grandmother read to her, that different books look and feel different. As Milo says “If
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The current librarian, Miss Lotty, is retiring and everyone is sad with one more day left she relaxes. The morning of her last day she finds the entire library has been remade. IT has no books!! and lots of computers and tablets. Miss Lotty turns into a library dragon and is outraged. She scares everyone of the library and starts eating all the computers and all the tablets. She is ripping the library apart until Molly comes in to take over and promises to bring the books back.

I was reading this one to my daughter last night and I'll have to admit, I kept interjecting counterpoints about how well technology and books can happily combine to enhance the library. The author got there eventually, but I still feel it was a little heavy handed towards the "traditional books are the absolute best way to experience a library and any other way is not valid" argument. But maybe I'm reading too much into the whole thing. After is a childrens' picture book!
Hayley Zamzow
Oct 25, 2012 Hayley Zamzow rated it it was amazing
A clever twist on the ever changing world of technology, Return of the Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy tells of Miss Lotty and her retirement. One day when she shows up for work, soon to be retiring, she runs into Mike Krochip from IT. This man announces that the library will be transformed into a cybrary. MePods replacing physical books? Well, Miss Lotty gets so angry that she turns into the Library Dragon and chases him out! Eventually she meets the new librarian, Miss Molly, who assures h ...more
Jun 16, 2014 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: children
I haven't read the first library dragon book, but this book was interesting enough that I will check it out. A bit heavy handed and leaning towards anti-technology, but still a fun read for kids. My three year old was really terrified of the idea of someone taking all the books out of his favorite library.
Michelle Kelley
Jan 17, 2014 Michelle Kelley rated it really liked it
A good readaloud, but this book makes me profoundly sad, as the decision to turn book-centered libraries into technology-centered media/computer labs is an all-too-often-true story in our library world these days. As a Librarian (who sometimes tranforms into a Library Dragon), I am already doing battle against such visions of "libraries" and against what little book monies our libraries have had be directed to endless technology purchases.
Aug 09, 2014 Angie rated it liked it
Shelves: picture
Hmmm. It was fun to come back to this story. And there was some poetic justice in the choice for the new librarian.

But I can't help but think this one appeals more to adults (especially librarian adults) than kids.
Dec 02, 2014 Jamie rated it really liked it
Miss Lotty is not sure all the new technology should replace regular old reading and research. Deedy's clever arguments and voice make the story enjoyable!
Sunil Jawahir
Mar 04, 2013 Sunil Jawahir rated it liked it
I really loved the Library Dragon. It came out when I was in 4th grade and I was happy to see her returning almost 20 years later. At first I was really happy to see a children's book addressing the issue of technology over physical books but the ending really bugged me. I love reading on the kindle and am able to read more because of it. I love the feel and smell of a physical book as well, especially a copy worn out of love and multiple rereads. Why should you have to choose one over the other ...more
Mar 14, 2014 Jodene rated it it was amazing
A book about a retiring librarian! And how children love books! The evil villain is named Mike Krochip. How could I not love it?
Feb 16, 2015 Leslie rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
This book didn't really do it for me but my daughter loved it and keeps on quoting it and cracking herself up.
May 09, 2016 Rani rated it it was ok
When the old librarian retires the library becomes a cybrary. Read about how the library dragon returns.
B. Mantler
Aug 26, 2014 B. Mantler rated it it was amazing
The retirement article at the beginning is worth picking this book up and the story is great as well.
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Carmen Agra Deedy is an internationally known author of children’s literature, a storyteller and radio contributor. Born in Havana, Cuba, she immigrated to the United States with her family in 1963 after the Cuban Revolution. Deedy grew up in Decatur, Georgia and currently lives in Atlanta and has three daughters.
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