MAD Librarian by Michael Guillebeau

MAD Librarian

Half of all profits go to the Awesome Foundation for Library Innovation."This book is truly every librarian’s dream come true. After fighting budget battles over and over again, librarian Serenity has lost her library funding. What’s a librarian gonna do? How about ripping off the city that’s ripping off its citizens? Serenity begins helping herself to the funds that local politicians have been setting aside for their own personal “rainy ...

Details MAD Librarian

TitleMAD Librarian
Release DateDec 1st, 2017
PublisherMadison Press
GenreFiction, Mystery, Suspense, Humor, Did Not Finish

Reviews MAD Librarian

  • Bandit
    This is one of those books where the promising concept got smothered by quaint gravy thick execution. Disclaimer...I don't get the southern charm, at all. The aw shucks gee wiz slow drawling folksy appeal of it is putting at best. And this book is slathered in it. When it isn't being all southern, it's busy being quaint. Just a wink wink nudge nudge aren't we cute sort of naming the main character (the eponymous mad librar...
  • Jill Elizabeth
    ----------Carl Sagan said we are all made of stardust. She was made of book dust.----------"We've all put up with these problems for too long. No one's been mad enough before. Pun intended."----------I didn't know what to expect from this one - after downloading the galley, I looked up other reviews to see what the buzz was on this one (I do that from time to time, out of curiosity). WOW. People do NOT seem to like this book - the rather vitupera...
  • Katherine
    I was provided a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Serenity Hammer is a librarian.But not just any librarian-- she's a librarian on a mission.In the small Southern town of Maddington, Serenity's library is under fire from the most powerful politicians, the ones who hold the proverbial purse strings, and they're determined to see the Maddington Public Library close its doors for good. Serenity, along with her ass...
  • Amelia Volkova
    This whole book was an unexpected journey. I started reading because of the cover and the title(duh) and then couldn't get enough of the quirky jokes and bookish references that were thrown all over the story. This book awakened in me desire to go to the library(haven't been there for months,because I have tons of books on my shelf and on my device,and also it was a hell of a summer)
  • Benni
    I received an ARC via LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.I am a library and information science master’s student, so I had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, I had a lot of issues with it. I had a really hard time getting through this book because it came across as poorly-executed satire with caricatures for characters and so many stereotypes that I felt kind of sick.This is going to be rant-y and slightly disorganized, and the...
  • InkedBookDragon
    https://inkedbookdragon.blogspot.comI spent some time working in a library when I was in college so this book called to me. I had to read it. Reading the blurbs about it, I worried that it would not stand up to the talk. Not only did it stand up but it captivated my attention. That is a task. I realize that it may not seem like one but it truly is.Strong characters. I enjoyed the concept of a librarian on a mission. The main character was not onl...
  • Jo Co32
    Billed as Breaking Bad the library edit and one would have to agree. Just think, as a book lover, how far would you go to save the library and the books that you love? Serenity, Joy and Doom, the three library employees doing just that have attributes that mean most readers should be able to relate to one of them and find themselves internally fighting their corner, although a prequel about Joy would be much appreciated.
  • Stanley McShane
    I can't deny it--both the cover and the title made me pick it up. Reading it was another matter. Apparently the librarian Serenity, the protagonist, is screaming tired of fighting for funding for her library and she's mad as hell; ain't gonna take it any longer. So this forty-something librarian decides the city has been ripping them off and she'll simply help herself to a little of their "special projects" funds. Serenity Sweetwater Hammer and h...
  • Stacy
    Expressing sanity through insanity...with broad strokes of farce, Guillebeau makes an excellent point: that libraries are valuable places that deserve to be supported and that librarians are critical personnel who deserve to be respected. When Serenity's library is on the verge of collapse, she discovers a less-than-legal way to keep it going and growing. But she's only hurting the corrupt politicians and businessmen who are skimming the money in...
  • Darcysmom
    I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley and Madison Press for free in exchange for an honest review. Serenity Hammer is the head librarian in her small Alabama town. As is often the case, she is expected to perform miracles on a smaller than a shoestring budget. When she discovers a city slush fund, she decides it is time to get mad as hell and fight for her library. With the help of Doom and Joy, the other librarians on staff, Serenity spe...
  • J Fearnley
    This is a book which I enjoyed even though it takes some time to get to the actual murder. It’s not your traditional murder mystery, rather it’s a quirky story whose main protagonist Serenity Sweetblossom Hammer is head librarian at Maddington Library. Always looking to raise money to keep the library open, whilst its budget is being cut, Serenity comes across something strange within the town councils accounts – lots of money – and decid...
  • Michelle Kidwell
    MAD Librarianby Michael GuillebeauMadison PressIndependent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' TitlesHumor , Mystery & ThrillersPub Date 01 Dec 2017I am reviewing a copy of Mad Librarian through Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), and Netgalley:Serenity Hummer embezzles funds for her library from what she thought was a neglected city fund but instead turns out to be a conduit for all state political corruption. Soon Serenity ...
  • Jeannie
    I enjoyed the concept of the book and the literary references. I know this is basically satire but some of it was a little off putting. It definitely had twist and turns and could not in any way know what was going to happen next. Was not real pleased with the ending, I guess I just wanted to know more at the end.i voluntarily reviewed a copy I received from the author.
  • Rosann
    The librarians of MAD fight the good fight, say the things we are all thinking, then do the things that none of us actually do when we are wide awake. I was happy to go along for the ride. I did feel that the hero library staff needed fleshing out (wanted to know more about the secondary characters). The bad guys felt two dimensional. I did not quite understand the links and explanations at the end, and hoped for much more-- these superheroes nee...
  • Dora Okeyo
    Serenity, the MAD Librarian aka Lie-brarian, served me some Southern grit, charm, hope and tough as knuckles personality in this book.When the library runs out of funds and Serenity, the Head Librarian, is on the verge of giving up, she stumbles upon some residual account with all the money she could need to keep the library doors open and she takes it. She thinks, why not rip off the same city that has been ripping her off for years and it's all...
  • Natalie Bachiri
    I love the characters in this book, especially Serenity, who will do anything to save her library. Wonderful, unique story.
  • Jennie
    This was a romp of a story and had a lot of points that librarians could relate to. It promised a lot more than it delivered and I got the feeling that it was just a set up for a series. The story was decent but not great.
  • Jeremy Reppy
    If you are a librarian, ever worked in a library, value your local library, would love to see government truly serve the citizens, or just enjoy a book with quirky characters and lots of laughs, you should read this book. One of the most enjoyable books I have read this year.The author has created some wonderful characters, especially the librarians at the Maddington Public Library (known as the MAD) -- Head Librarian Serenity Hammer and assistan...
  • Stephanie
    OK, full disclosure: I am a retired librarian, and the first 8 or 9 years of my life were spent in public libraries in Northern California. And, frankly, one of the big factors that made me leave to work in the private sector (aka “the dark side”) was having to go to the funding gods (Board of Supervisors, City Council) and GROVEL for money every freaking year. We would trot out the cute kids who talked about the Summer Reading Program, the s...
  • Madelon
    OK book, you had me at MAD. My name may be Madelon, but people have called me Mad for a very long time. I even sign my email with "Love, Mad" and a disclaimer "I sign my email "Love," because Mad is my name, not my state of mind." Then there is that librarian word. Librarians are keepers of books, and, if there's one thing I love, its books! I figured with a name like MAD LIBRARIAN, this book was right up my alley. I was right!I have often found ...
  • Susan
    After her last meeting with the city council, Serenity Hammer is mad because the council thinks libraries are not needed and won't give her additional funding for the library. Getting a phone call asking Serenity for the library's bill that needs to be paid makes her outrage because she can't pay it. When Serenity discovers a special fund for city council online, she decides to transfer it to the library funding and is able to pay her bills. When...
  • Book
    Andrew Carnegie would love this book.Maddington Public Library, the only library in a small Alabama town, is being threatened with closure due to a city council member's obsession to defund the library. This is the story of how the librarian, Serenity, and her staff, Joy and Doom, managed to shift from literally having no money to pay the library's internet provider to being able to fund a seven-story expansion of the library. The imaginative pre...
  • Rebecca Mello
    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from LibraryThing in return for an honest review.Serenity Hammer is the head librarian at the Maddington Public Library, affectionately know as the MAD. But the MAD is out of money and the local councilmen want to close the library by getting rid of their funding completely. When Serenity and her team discover a fund no one knows seems to be aware of. So they decide to reallocate the money and build their...
  • Allison
    I admit I was attracted by the title. What librarian wouldn't be? However the writing was not very good and the plot was all over the place, so regretfully, I can't recommend it. The narrator starts out so passive and insecure in her quest for respect and library funding that i felt like giving her a swift kick. Then she does a complete 360 and becomes SuperLibrarian, able to figure out and fight off corruption schemes that have stymied better mi...
  • lisa
    Of course I had to request an early copy of a book about embezzling librarians, especially when the author sent me an email talking about how wonderful librarians are. However, this story wasn't really for me, surprisingly. I admired certain aspects of these characters, but I found I didn't connect with them in any way that made me care about these characters beyond the page. The dialogue seemed very stilted, and as someone who works in a public ...
  • Michael
    I'm not going to lie - I didn't care for this book. Not one bit.From the very beginning it was nonstop whining and complaining about the politics of running a library and trying to get funding from the city. By Chapter 9 I was ready to throw in the towel because NOTHING had happened. Nothing was progressing. Librarian needs funding, city says no in a very sexist manner. I felt slightly obligated to continue, plus I've been in a book funk and want...
  • Jessi
    In a tragic mirror of real life Serenity Hammer is a librarian who has to fight for every penny to keep her library open. But the Powers That Be won't oil just any squeaky wheel, just the ones that oil them back. So Serenity decides that she's going to take matters into her own hands, whether it's legal or not. As a former librarian, this book really hit home. The story is a good one. The execution... (sigh). The writing is rather stilted; it mak...
  • Kath
    The best books are robbers. They steal the time I should spend on shoveling dust off tables, on doing my own writing, or being a living part of my family. Those Robber books handcuff me to them and make them impossible to put down. MAD Librarian is one of the best of those. What is it that hooked me? The eccentric group of heroes: Serenity, Doom, Joy, and the mysterious Faulkner ( a rat!). In their clever and touching way, they fight to save the ...
  • Kathryn West
    ARC from Netgalley. I want to live in Maddington I think! What an awesome way of using libraries. We have them here (mostly run by volunteers due to funding cuts) but the local librarians aren't like Serenity and co sadly. No community support etc. They're mostly reading, on their phones or hiding in the back. I remember the libraries of my youth being far more like Maddington though. The potential is there; we all need to get MAD!
  • Maudaevee
    I liked the idea of this book, but right from the start it was trying too hard. Everything about it felt forced and over done, the characters and situations too fake cutesy, crazy, weird to let me even feel like I'd want to know more about them. The only reason I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 was I do believe it was trying to bring attention to the import issues of how we undervalue our libraries.