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Children's LiteratureWhile the concept of presenting the librarian as a possible career is cause for delight, this book is not an advocate for librarians and does the profession a disservice. According to the glossary in this book, a librarian is: "A person who works in a library." While that may be true for a one-person library it is certainly not the case anywhere else, any more than the fact that any person who works in a hospital is a doctor. If this is true, the janitor who mops the library floor is a librarian. This book is an insult to those of us in the profession. The very last page states that it looks like fun to be a librarian, but today's librarian does not do at least 50% of what this book says librarians do! The author should have researched a real library and reported what librarians really do if this series, "People in my Community," is meant to encourage readers to consider certain occupations. Can this book be useful? Maybe—if the readers are young enough and have never met a librarian, or understand this is narrow-minded publishing. Perhaps this may become a collector's item due to its stereotyping and erroneous content. Hopefully, this book will never make it to a library shelf. 2002, Weekly Reader Early Learning Library, Ages 4 to 8.
— Elizabeth Young