Treasures of the Library

Last week my colleague David Wright and I presented for our library’s Volunteer Appreciation event. We decided to frame our presentation around the “treasures” of the library–those books that librarians love to tell patrons about, the ones that they send to the volunteers to tape and glue and keep limping along year after year. David also read a story and I read a poem, for fun!

Here are our treasures. What are yours?

Some books we’ve really loved.


  • Trustee from the Toolroom by Nevil Shute
  • Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household
  • The Mouse and his Child by Russell Hoban
  • Timothy, or Notes of an Abject Reptile by Verlyn Klinkenborg
  • A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes
  • Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees
  • When Last I Died by Gladys Mitchell


  • The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
  • Happy All the Time by Laurie Colwin
  • Home Cooking & More Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin
  • Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’Nan
  • Emily, Alone by Stewart O’Nan
  • William Maxwell: They Came Like Swallows
  • Maggie O’Farrell: The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox; The Hand That First Held Mine
  • Jonathan Tropper: The Book of Joe; This is Where I Leave You


  • Montana, 1948 by Larry Watson
  • Night Flight by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • Novels in Three Lines by Félix Fénéon
  • Novels Without Words by Lynd Ward
  • Story: “The Talking Head” by Robert Scott
  • Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson
  • Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley


  • Poem: “Girl Writing a Letter” by William Carpenter (from Best American Poetry, 1995)
  • Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
  • Little Boy Lost by Margharnita Laski
  • Saplings by Noel Streatfeild
  • Indiscretion by Jude Morgan
  • The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice
  • The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton



About the Author:

Misha Stone is a readers' advisory librarian with The Seattle Public Library. Follow her on Twitter at @ahsimlibrarian.

2 Comments on "Treasures of the Library"

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  1. Neil Hollands says:

    Cool post, Misha. A few of these works just moved a little further up my “to read” list. Wish I could have seen the program!

  2. misha says:

    Thanks, Neil! I think there may be a podcast, and I will post that in that case!

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