The Lady of the Library

A ghostly lady haunts her local library for years, roaming the halls and walking through walls. When the library is scheduled for demolition, the building is closed to the public, books are removed, and workmen begin dismantling all the fixtures. The ghost is dismayed. Are her days of haunting over? But then a young girl decides the library needs to be saved. Ghost and girl work together, coming up with creative, inventive ideas to rescue the library and bring patrons and booklovers back. A lovely celebration of public libraries and a timely reminder of the important role they play in their local communities.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 1
Dewey E
Lexile AD670L
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level Q
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781534111028), PDF (9781534178953), Hosted ebook (9781534179103)
Copyright 2021
Number of Pages 40
Dimensions 9 x 11
Graphics Full-color illustrations

School Library Journal - Lady of the Library

This tale in verse tells the story of a library, on the brink of closure, and people who try to save it. The book starts with staff packing boxes of books and removing things from the building. The lady of the library, a ghost who has haunted the place for decades, discovers from a young girl that the library is closing. They both decide that something needs to be done—from building dominoes out of books to telling scary stories in the dark—to save their beloved space. Sanson’s digital illustrations depict a friendly ghost and a diverse community. Detailed illustrations invite readers to pore over the pages and return to the story again and again. Back matter includes a note on haunted libraries, ways to support libraries, and related resources. VERDICT Winning text and beautiful illustrations will delight elementary-aged readers. Recommended.

Midwest Book Reviews - The Lady of the Library

“This saga is based on the true story of the “haunted” Willard Public Library in Evansville, Indiana, but provides a broader perspective on books, literary, and urban preservation than young readers might anticipate from its ghostly foundations.”

Author: Angie Karcher

Angie Karcher hosts the annual Rhyme Revolution Conference, and is the founder and host of the Best in Rhyme Award. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana

Illustrator: Rachel Sanson

Rachel Sanson is a children’s book artist who especially loves to illustrate weird and wonderful characters and scenes. She lives in Bristol, United Kingdom.

  • Beginning of Text
  • Haunted Libraries
  • Libraries Today
Full-color illustrations