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Author Susan Orlean on her book and the important role libraries played in her life

Also on the program: Libraries in Central Pennsylvania play a critical role in their communities

  • Scott LaMar
Patrons use public computers at the East Shore Area Library in Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.

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Patrons use public computers at the East Shore Area Library in Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.

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It’s not an exaggeration to say writers like books. Reading led to writing. But best-selling author and New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean really likes books, and the public library in her Ohio hometown is where her love grew.

In fact, one of Orlean’s most popular books was 2018’s The Library Book, about a fire that destroyed the Los Angeles Central Library in 1986. It’s a book about how reading and the library influenced her life, the fire, history and it is also filled with great characters.

Susan Orlean joins us on Friday’s Smart Talk.

Orlean will also be speaking with NPR’s Scott Detrow in a virtual event with the Dauphin County Library System this Saturday at 7pm.

Pennsylvania’s libraries represent an important part of quality of life

We’ll also hear about the Dauphin County Library System’s plans to expand  the McCormick Riverfront Library and the restoration of the adjacent Haldeman Haly House in Harrisburg. Andy Enders, immediate past board chair Dauphin County Library System, is with us.

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