You are invited to join the Owl Book Group for a great book discussion held monthly in the library’s 2nd floor Lewis Community Room. Unless otherwise noted, the group typically meets on the last Friday of each month. Newcomers are always welcome!

In February, the Owls will discuss The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu, by Joshua Hammer.

In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara, journeyed across the Sahara Desert, tracking down and salvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that were crumbling in the trunks of desert shepherds. His goal: to preserve this crucial part of the world’s patrimony in a gorgeous library. But then Al Qaeda showed up at the door.

With bravery and patience, Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak all 350,000 volumes out of the city to safety. His heroic heist has all the elements of a classic adventure novel, and is a reminder that ordinary citizens often do the most to protect the beauty of their culture.

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