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Overdue ›
By Amanda Oliver


Published Mar 2022

<strong>&quot;One part love letter, one part eulogy, <em>Overdue </em>tells the story of America’s public library system . . . Amanda Oliver proves herself a vibrant new literary voice . . . This is a book for all book lovers.” —Reza Aslan, author of</strong><em><strong> Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazaret</strong>h</em><br /><br />Who are libraries for, how have they evolved, and why do they fill so many roles in our society today?<br /><br />Based on firsthand experiences from six years of professional work as a librarian in high-poverty neighborhoods of Washington, DC, as well as interviews and research, <em>Overdue</em> begins with Oliver#&39;s first day at an &quot;unusual&quot; branch: Northwest One.<br /><br />Using her experience at this branch allows Oliver to highlight the national problems that have existed in libraries since they were founded: racism, segregation, and class inequalities. These age-old problems have evolved into police violence, the opioid epidemic, rampant houselessness, and lack of mental health care nationwide—all of which come to a head in public library spaces.<br /> <br />Can public librarians continue to play the many roles they are tasked with? Can American society sustain one of its most noble institutions?<br /><br /><strong>Pushing against hundreds of years of stereotypes, romanticization, and discomfort with a call to reckoning, <em>Overdue</em> will change the way you think about libraries forever.</strong>

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