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Saving Eli's Library

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Eli loves going to the library for Story Circle, but, one stormy day, the nearby river threatens to flood it. Eli and his dad must brave the storm to help save the books, and, when the storm is over, the whole town must come together to rebuild the library. Inspired by the residents of Lincoln, Vermont, who rebuilt their library on three separate occasions, Saving Eli's Li ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2020 by Albert Whitman & Company
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Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank god! All the books ended up being safe! Phew! What a story!

And what's with the alluring illustrations?!

I love, love, love the artstyle so much! It's bringing back lots of childhood memories.

And the best is this: the book is about books, libraries and story telling.

These kids are so lucky to have that amazing library and understanding adults.

I love this book so much!

Disasters will keep turning up but, yes, let's try our best to save the books too!
Ruth Horowitz and Brittany Jackson (Illustrator) do a great job of telling a delightful story. Eli, a boy who loves story circle and the cool things the library offers becomes concerned when a flood nearly destroys his hometown library. He and his community unite to save "Eli"'s library.

The story is based on a real library.
The illustrations are a delight.
Jane Smith
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Saving Eli’s Library is a celebration of libraries and the communities that come together around them, both in good times and bad! Eli, who is big-hearted and brave, will empower kids to take action on things that matter to them and inspire kids to believe that they can make a difference in the world.
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an electronic ARC from Albert Whitman & Company through Edelweiss+
I love the town spirit in this book. The community banded together to not only save as many of the books as possible but to clean up and rebuild what they lost. It's an excellent book to read as a group and talk about compassion and community work. Something all ages need to be reminded of at times.
Eli loves story time at the library. He enjoys the stories and hearing the river outside chime in with noises. One day a st
Mar 15, 2021 rated it liked it
Eli's favorite place is the library. He especially likes sitting on the braided rug and hearing stories from Miss Mudge. But one day, it rained so hard that the library and its books were in danger from a rising river, so Eli and his dad helped move all the books to the highest shelves before heading home in the driving rain. The books were saved, but the library was a mess - mud and water damage everywhere. Eli (and the town) all pitched in to save the library. Such a nice story about community ...more
Sandy Brehl
The Author's note at the back reveals a beleaguered Vermont library that was continually rebuilt over the years following repeated natural disasters. The most recent was a flood in which only the books on the highest shelves and those checked out to patrons survived.
This fictional story features Eli, a story time fan, who helps save books as a flood threatens, then assists in the clean up and restoration with other community members. As libraries are resuming their place as essential in society,
Doe Boyle
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Based on the true story of a library in Lincoln, Vermont, rescued and refurbished when the rushing waters of the New Haven River overflowed its banks, this fictional tale reveals that a robust and generous community response from volunteers can really make a difference in weather emergencies. It also exuberantly demonstrates the vital importance of libraries, not just as collections of shared books but as centers of community life.
Glenda Armand
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book tells the story of a little boy, Eli, who loves reading about heroes in his beloved library. When an act of nature damages the library, Eli learns that heroes are not only found in books. A good story to read to children as an example of the power that they have to make a difference. Nicely illustrated.
Aimée Bissonette
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An ode to libraries and the kids who love them! This book reminds us of the little things that are dear to little people (like story hour on the library rug) and the desire of those same little people to help when things go wrong. A great community building book, too. Nice job, Eli!
Danielle Dufayet
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Saving Eli's Library is an ode to all the libraries we love and cherish. Full of heart and suspense, it shows how teamwork and community can save the day, or in this case, a wonderful library. Every library should have this book, not to mention every children's book shelf. ...more
Jun 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
A simple, honest story about a town banding together to save a library from a coming flood. It is told like a nonfiction retelling, even though it is fiction based on a true story. I love any book about books!
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Received an ARC courtesy of the publisher via Edelweiss

I have a soft spot for books about libraries and reading. I enjoyed this charming story about how a library was repaired after a flood. It had a good message about how things do get better though you might have to put in some work.
Bonnie Grover
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
“There once was a town that saved its library.” This is a fictional story that was inspired by the true story of a library in Lincoln, Vermont. After a flood nearly destroys the local library, the town works together to help it reopen. Libraries a great places for stories.
Christine Sullivan
Apr 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Great content and nice breakout of services at libraries. Love the work of volunteers and mention of Friends of the Library which are a huge backbone of public branches.
Annamarie Carlson (she, her)
Eli and his community help rebuild their local library after a flood. Inspired by a real library flood in 1998 (and reflective of many natural disasters survived by libraries since).
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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Erin Decker
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookposse, arcs
Such a sweet story about a community coming together to protect and rebuild one of its resources - the library!
Natalie Tate
Mar 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book, action
The illustration style was nice enough but the story felt a little bland.
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-books
Cute story about a boy that loves his library.
Lisa D
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book about a community saving its beloved library& the power of nature!
Oct 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
It was fine.
Alexandra Alessandri
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ruth Horowitz's SAVING ELI'S LIBRARY is such a beautiful story about a community coming together in the aftermath of a storm to save the library. The text is absolutely lyrical, Eli's character is endearing, and the illustrations are sweet, bringing this story to life. ...more
Chris Tebbetts
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ruth Horowitz (full disclosure: a friend of mine) always knocks her picture books out of the park. I especially love this one for its basis in a true life, Vermont story about the flooding of the Lincoln Libary, and for the way she tells such a full and satisfying story within the confines of a fast-moving picture book. This one ticks a lot of boxes--great for book- and library-lovers; Vermont-ophiles; people with an interest in the power of community; and for that matter, young history buffs. D ...more
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I have worked as a librarian in a Catholic girls’ high school, raised two children, run for public office, taught Torah at a Hebrew school and served the causes of truth and grammar as a contributing editor at Vermont’s alternative weekly newspaper, Seven Days. I grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, and also spent part of my childhood in Paris. Since then I’ve lived in Los Angeles and Burlington, Ver ...more

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