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Louisiana Saves the Library

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  586 ratings  ·  147 reviews
For Louisiana Richardson, desperate times call for crazy-like-a-fox measures. As the new librarian at Alligator Bayou Parish's struggling library, she’s returning to her Southern roots and facing trouble hotter than fresh cornbread out of the oven. Somehow, she's got to draw readers back in and prove the library is still vital—even as domineering parish board head Mrs. Gun ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published January 26th 2016 by Kensington
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Diane S ☔
Dec 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Not a big cozy reader but when I saw this one set in Louisiana and saving a library I just had to grab it. Alligator Bayou parish is a whole different world, with an underutilized library, a rather strange director and the library itself stuck in the past. To save the library Louisianan and her friend, both mew desperate hires with much to lose come up with some outlandish programs and other comedic adventures. Light, breezy, fun and easy. Some great one of a kind characters, well this is the So ...more
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This such a cute book! One of those ones where you just want to savor every bit and piece <3

I fell in love with the people in the town almost right off the bat... with a couple exceptions. Two of those once you dug deeper, my perceptions changed but the one... I pictured her as a certain HP character who I wished would fall off a cliff in OoTP.

There's an authentic feel to everything in the story... I felt like I could get in my car and drive to this town, visiting the sights and chatting with ev
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a lover of libraries - everything about them - I was drawn to this book like a moth to a flame.

Written with a sense of humor, the story revolves around Louisiana Richardson, the newest librarian at a library that is about to go under. Leading the charge to close the library is a woman any book lover would despise. The head of the parish board, Mrs. Gunderson, is about as likable as a snake. She is as determined to close the library as Louisiana is to making it a vital library again.

In order t
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
5 stars

Huge thanks to Emily Beck Cogburn, Kensington Books and NetGalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review.

When I first got this I thought it was a cosy mystery, it wasn't, it was a stand alone about saving a library and it was a flaming good book too!!

This is how everyone should feel about libraries, that they should be kept open and available to all people, it's social and educational and people need that.

Highly, highly recommended.
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so I completely feel in love with Louisiana aka Louise. She was shy and quiet at first, but after a little time she became bold and outspoken. Without Louise and Sylvia the Alligator Bayou Library wouldn't even exist.

After losing their jobs at a collage Louise and Sylvia accept jobs at a small library in the middle of nowhere. Welcome to Alligator Bayou. Louise ends up having to sell her house and move into the town to be closer to work and a co workers good looking cousin. Together they c
Lenisa Jones
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
A cute book based on a small town library. It was fun to read how a university librarian has to switch gears and work "just scanning barcodes" for library patrons in a southern Louisiana parish. There were lots of fun moments I could relate too with her along the way, but overall this work of fiction does not come close to the crazy moments that happen at my small town library. And, I can vouch that my staff are working a lot harder than they ever do in this story while clocked in at the library ...more
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
It wasn't too bad of a book. I enjoyed reading it. I won this book as part of a good reads giveaway. It had a good story to it. This is my first book by this author. I hope to read more books by this author.
Terry Buckner
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a fun read; nothing too challenging but definitely worth the time if you want a light, fun novel. As a librarian, I really enjoyed the setting.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I really liked this a lot. I would have liked it even better if so much hadn't happened "off screen". I loved the setting and the cozy small town feel. The characters were all fun, too. I don't know why this is getting classified as a cozy mystery, because it's not a mystery at all. It's just a nice, easy to read, feel-good, plain old fiction with a little bit of romance thrown in.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could see myself in this book as the main character! This book is very descriptive and easy to read. I love the setting-Baton Rouge, LA., (close in proximity to where I live).
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This novel with the “get ‘er done” heroine, Louise (short for Louisiana) is awesome! ‘Louisiana Saves the Library’ is the debut novel of Emily Beck Cogburn, a new and welcome voice in women’s fiction. She shines a light on how some women really feel through the crises of being a single mother and a professional woman who feels compared to others and found lacking. I love this young mother who takes her children to a kid’s birthday party with an uneven, clearly not custom-wrapped gift. She feels ...more
Feb 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
This novel took forever to get anywhere. I read the entire novel and I still felt like it didn't accomplish much which is odd because plot happened; Louisiana did indeed save the library. I couldn't relate to the characters. To me, they were pretty flat. They tried with Louisiana, but she just came off as the same doormat she always was. I don't feel like she grew because we were left out of probably the most important proposal of her life. The point was for her to move on, but instead we just g ...more
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Louisiana Saves the Library by Emily Beck Cogburn is a fun book to read. Louisiana Richardson (aka Louise) is a newly divorced woman with two young children (her husband asked for a divorce about three months after the birth of their second child). Louise moved to St. Jude, Louisiana about a year ago with her two children to accept an academic position in the Library Science Department at Louisiana A&M. Louise is having trouble making ends meet on her salary and with the child support she receiv ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Louise, short for Louisiana is a recently divorced single mother. She relocated from Minnesota to Louisiana for a job. She is presently a professor at A&M University in Library Sciences. When Louise and her best friend Sylvia lose their jobs in a downsizing, they get jobs working at a library in Alligator Bayou parish. The library is stagnant and the director is resistant to any changes.

Louise and Sylvia get the other employees and the assistant director on their side and begin an ambitious rev
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Book #140 Read in 2015
Louisiana Saves the Library by Emily Beck Cogburn

This was a great southern fiction read; it reminded me of Ashton Lee's series set in a library down south. In the Louisiana book, after losing her job as a Library Science Professor at a college, Louisiana is hired at the Alligator Bayou public library. The public library is sorely lacking in programming and resources and Louisiana wants to modernize it and make the library the hub of the small town. The director is resistant
Well, this book was better than some other save-the-library books I could mention (The Cherry Cola Book Club), but ultimately it fell flat. Sure, the librarian's day-to-day life was more realistic than it usually is in fiction (although they sure catalog a lot of books for having such a small budget!), but the whole academic library science professor turning to rural public librarianship just seemed too unlikely. (Trying to picture some of my profs in that position - yeah right!) What really rub ...more
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. As a Library Director of a small-town library, I was able to relate to many of the characters in the book. Great read!
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Louisiana (Louise) Richardson met Brendan at the University of Minnesota. He captivated her; he actually listened to her and made her feel as though she had worthwhile ideas; so the natural thing was for the two of them to get married. She followed Brendan to Indiana University where he attended graduate school for his English Literature degree. She was content working as a library tech at the university and would have gone for her master’s degree, but Brendan convinced her to go for a PhD inste ...more
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, clean-read
Louise is hired as a librarian in Alligator Bayou, Louisiana. She quickly makes friends with the locals, and starts dating her hot neighbor Sal. The library isn't a popular spot but along with her best friend Sylvia, they turn it around. Their jobs are threatened when it comes time to vote for a tax that will fund the library and the town and Louise rally to save their beloved library.

The story was just okay. Not life changing, but okay. I love a good story about the library but I never loved Lo
Jan 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I couldn't do it y'all. I tried, I really did. I just wasn't able to finish this. It was so riddled with poor writing and cliches that I couldn't see past it to the light-hearted easy story that other readers found. Not to mention that Louise is just plain mean. This is how she described a pair of plus sized teenagers: "The girls came in, sounding like a herd of elephants. Except that elephants were supposed to be highly intelligent animals. Maybe the B sister were more like hippos. Sweet, frien ...more
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I was looking for a quick read to fill my time until my hold came in on another book on CD. I grabbed this one and started listening. It really didn't catch my attention at first and I almost gave up on it. I don't know if it was the reader or the text. I do have to admit that as I went along in the story it did start to pick up and it ended up being a good read. Since I have a career in the library this storyline was interesting and I could relate to some of the funding woes a library faces. Th ...more
Louisiana Richardson is a divorced mother of two toddlers that went back into the workforce at the at a University and after moving her kids to Louisiana she finds herself facing dire times when she loses her job. Positions open up at the Alligator Bayou Parish library system and she and her best friend take the positions.

This is a good book about life in a small underfunded library and the struggles two "big city" librarians face trying to keep the library in the community.

The audiobook was en
Debbie Floyd
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I try to read the books I win as soon as possible and I am glad I did. I enjoyed the story. Libraries are still very important and in this story it shows how with community involvement a dying library can be resurrected. The main character Louisiana aka Louise also resurrected herself while trying to save the library. A positive feel good story about small town life, sometimes even the bad times translate into a more positive existence for those who are o ...more
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
An enjoyable book about revitalizing a small town library--however there is distinct bias on both the narrator and some characters' parts against overweight people. I can u detains characters who are meant to have character flaws. I do it appreciate a narrator and descriptions that go too far. One example: "doughy hydrants" to describe overweight teenagers.

I wanted to like it more but just couldn't because of alienated I felt as an overweight reader.
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Nice library mystery, but the title is a bit misleading. Louisiana (from Wisconsin), divorced woman with autistic child, working at a university in Louisiana loses her job and takes the only one she can find…at a very small library in an almost forgotten town in that state. She does not ‘ save’ the library alone, but the way the she and other people work together to make more of an almost forgotten library is worth reading.
Jun 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-fiction
This was an enjoyable story of how Louisiana, single mom to Max and Zoe, sets out to return to her Southern roots. In her new town, she is doing all she can, with her friend Sylvia, to get the community involved with rekindling a need and their love for the public library.
With more than books on the shelves... many new activities that cause a stir in some disgruntled townspeople... and funding running out, Louise will soon loose her the library!!!
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not giving anything away by saying this has a happy ending (Louisiana does save the library, just like in the title). This was a "nice" book - a cozy without the murder mystery. A small town with some quirky characters and some likeable ones, deep south food and accents, a romance - just the thing to read when you want something easy, plus it's about books!
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Realistic scenario - our library is going through a library remodel and these characters are alive in our town - especially Mrs. Gunderson who wants to shut down the library. At every turn in this book I was thinking this author has a real connection with the way libraries work. A joy to read.
Kitty Tomlinson
Set in Louisiana, Louisiana (named after her dad's home state) loses her library teaching job at a local university and takes a job at a small rural library. Problem is the authorities are trying to shut the library down to save money.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was an all right book. It didn't flow real well, jumping in time suddenly and not making the main character seem all that likable most of the time. I felt like I was just plugging on, not loving it.
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Emily Beck Cogburn is a freelance journalist and fitness instructor currently living in Louisiana. She has a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from the University of Minnesota, a masters degree in philosophy from Ohio State University, and a masters degree in library and information science from Louisiana State University. Her interests include cooking stinky food her children hate, yelling at ...more

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