Books to Celebrate National Library Month

April is National Library Month, so we’ve compiled a book list featuring libraries for all you library fans out there! You can find more by searching “library” in our catalog.

Below the library-themed books, you’ll find the nominees and winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medals of Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. These are titles that were chosen by the American Library Association in conversation with librarians who work directly with readers.

Browse and borrow the materials below by clicking the titles and placing them on hold for curbside pickup. (Or come grab them off the shelves yourself after we reopen on Monday, April 19!) If you’d like more information about any of these titles, call Adult Services at (423) 434-4454.


The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey

The Library of the Unwritten by A. L. Hackwith

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

The Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes-McCoy

The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón



The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer 

The Library Book by Susan Orlean 

Librarian Tales by Willaim Ottens

Free for All by Don Borchert

Libraries by Candida Hofer

Freedom Libraries by Mike Selby

Library of Small Catastrophes by Alison Rollins

Library: An Unquiet History by Matthew Battles

Andrew Carnegie Medals of Excellence Winners and Finalists


Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Feast Your Eyes by Myla Goldberg

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli (2020 Winner)

A Burning by Megha Majumdar

Deacon King Kong by James McBride (2021 Winner)



Fathoms: The World in the Whale by Rebecca Giggs (2021 Winner)

Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham (2020 Winner)

Figuring by Maria Popova

Just Us: An American Conversation by Claudia Rankine

Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir by Natasha Trethewey

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer

If you need something new to read or watch, let us know and we’ll help find books and movies that are perfect for you. Visit our website or call (423) 434-4450 for book recommendations and to place items on hold for curbside pickup. Follow Johnson City Public Library on FacebookInstagram, and YouTube for daily updates on your Library’s collections and services.

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