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Action Figure Librarian Talks ‘Book Lust’

The only librarian ever to have an action figure (which makes a shushing gesture) created in her likeness will visit Memphis’ Benjamin Hooks Central Library Monday evening to tell you what sort of books she thinks you should be reading and giving.

Retired librarian and NPR Morning Edition commentator Nancy Pearl is a respected authority on books. In fact, she wrote the manual (Book Lust) on readers’ advisory, a service used by libraries to help readers find books based on their tastes and moods.

“She’s like a rock star among librarians,” said Lillian Johnson, Memphis Public Library PR supervisor.

On Monday morning, Pearl will hold a professional workshop for library and bookstore employees (about 60 have already signed up). The evening talk, free and open to the public, starts at 7 p.m.

Voracious readers are invited to learn tips and trends and ask literary questions.

Just be sure to use your inside voices.

Dansette

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