Most of the time people think of the library as a quiet place. Except when it’s not quiet, like story times, meeting old friends, and when noisy monsters come to eat the books. Wait, that last part may have sounded a bit strange, but in The Not So Quiet Library by Zachariah Ohora that’s exactly what happened. Illustrated in bright paints with bold lines, the pictures in this book are nearly as noisy as the actions described.
Oskar is a small boy who can’t wait to go to the library with his Dad every Saturday. Oskar brings along his brother, a golden furred teddy bear named Theodore. But first, everyone stops by a bakery to get breakfast. At the library Oskar and Theodore head straight for the children’s department, while Dad climbs the stairs for the nap department. (The real librarian would like to stress: the nap department is purely fictional!) Oskar and Theodore have just settled down when a 15 foot tall, 5 headed monster comes crashing in trying to eat the books and being very noisy! Our two heroes can’t outrun Bob, Seymour, Winston, Pat, and Chuck (the names of the monster’s heads) so they are forced to feed them their saved breakfast doughnuts. Everyone settles down for story time with the librarian, even monsters, and before long the monster is feeling much more himself. Oskar and Theodore head home in the afternoon, and the librarian stays with the monster who has found himself a new job dusting the top of the tallest shelves in the library.
You can get the book reviewed here, which was The Not So Quiet Library by Zachariah Ohora, and more great titles to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit. This is director Rachel Malay, saying “Thanks for checking us out!”