It’s Library Card Sign-Up Month. With the focus this month on trying to get new library customers and issuing as many new cards as possible, I thought I’d try to come up with some YA books that have libraries as a part of the plot. Surprisingly, for a place where so many of us spend so much time, and that many authors say they go to for inspiration and research, the library itself is not featured a lot in YA books â€“ unlike books for younger readers (i.e. Brandon Sanderson’s Alcatraz Versus The Evil Librarians and other books in the series, and many other books) or adults – just think of all of those murders in libraries in the Agatha Christie and other mystery books. Or, if it is, it’s not portrayed as the place teens want to spend any time in unless they have to.
The YA series that immediately came to mind was Buffy the Vampire Slayer â€“ Josh Whedon’s TV series, the paperbacks written by various authors, and the Buffy graphic novels. I still miss the TV show. Giles was a great librarian!
Here are some other YA books where libraries â€“ public and school â€“ do play a prominent role or contain a memorable scene(s).
A Bad Boy Can be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone is about teen girls who write comments in library copy of Judy Blume’s Forever and pass it around about a â€œbadâ€ boy as a warning for other girls.
Bumped by Megan McCafferty (2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee) takes place in 2036 where the children’s room in the local public library is an historical artifact, rarely used, but it’s open, and the two main characters Melody and Zen go there frequently to hang out alone in the children’s playhouse.