Hands Around the Library by Karen Leggett Abouraya

Hands Around the Library

The inspiring true story of demonstrators standing up for the love of a library, from a New York Times bestselling illustratorIn January 2011, in a moment that captured the hearts of people all over the world, thousands of Egypt's students, library workers, and demonstrators surrounded the great Library of Alexandria and joined hands, forming a human chain to protect the building. They chanted "We love you, Egypt!" as they stood together for the ...

Details Hands Around the Library

TitleHands Around the Library
Release DateAug 30th, 2012
PublisherDial Books
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Nonfiction, History, Northern Africa, Egypt

Reviews Hands Around the Library

  • Melki
    We were free inside the library even when we were not free outside.Try to imagine what it is like to know about freedom ONLY from what you read in books. You would probably do just about anything to protect those books, wouldn't you?In January 2011, protesters took to the streets in Egypt to express their opposition to leader Hosni Mubarak. Fearing that their treasured library might be harmed if the demonstrations turned violent, residents of Ale...
  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    Being a librarian, of course I was inspired by this book! I didn't know the details of how the Alexandria Library was saved until I read this book. Made me proud to be a librarian! I liked the photos of the real events at the end, and the extra information on the library. I would like to think that people everywhere would appreciate and protect their libraries. Recommended, especially for library lovers!
  • Kristen Herzog
    Hands Around the Library by Karen Leggett Abouraya and Susan L Roth is an amazing true story about how protesters helped save their library. January 25, 2011 Egyptians started their protest towards the President, Hosni Mubarak. After his thirty year rule the people finally demanded that he resign. In their efforts to get him to resign the streets of Alexandria became a scary mob which ended with more than 800 people dying. This protest took place...
  • Jenna Scurto
    Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books depicts the story of saving the Alexandria Library during the Egyptian protests of 2012. The highway across the street from the library was packed with protesters, some peaceful and some violent. The director of the library put himself in front of the library in order to protect the vulnerable glass library. At first only a few trickled in to help, but then many joined him in his crus...
  • Dina Al-Mahdy
    Karen Leggett is a talented children's book author and an amazing friend of mine. I worked on the Arabic translation of her book "Hands Around the Library"; an inspiring true story about the demonstrators who held hands to protect the Bibliotheca Alexandrina during the Egyptian Revolution. The impressive collage was done by the talented artist and friend Susan L. Roth. Unfolding many morals and ethics, the book captures the hearts of the young & ...
  • Linda
    "Hands Around The Library" tells an inspiring true story of demonstrators standing up for the love of a library. In January 2011, during the unrest on a Friday when thousands were demonstrating for better lives, this moment captured the hearts of people all over the world. When there was a threat of vandalism, thousands of Egypt's students, library workers, and demonstrators surrounded the great Library of Alexandria and joined hands, forming a ...
  • Disa
    An inspiring true story written by a New York bestselling illustrator Susan L. Roth and author Karen Leggett Abouraya. In 2002, a new library opened in Alexandria, Egypt that offered more than just books for the Egyptian people. All around the outside of the building are four thousand blocks of granite from a town called Aswan, in the south of Egypt. Each stone is carved with a letter or a sign from five hundred different alphabets. Not only was ...
  • Michelle Pegram
    This book tells one of the many stories of the Egyptian revolution that began in January of 2011. In a childlike voice, the narrator shares the exhilaration and hope of a young revolutionary who marched in Alexandria when the movement reached that great city. Along with the excitement, however, there was fear. The marches had, at times, developed into riots that led to destruction. The narrator is worried that their beautiful library in Alexandri...
  • Kim
    Audience: PrimaryGenre: InformationalQuote: "Then a young man broke from the marchers. He ran up the steps to Dr. Serageldin...and he took hold of the director's hand! A young girl followed. She tool Dr. Serageldin's other hand."I liked this quote because it occurs at the apex of the story. The reader has gotten into it, and they can see the random man running from the mob to the director. I started to picture what he was going to do next, but I ...
  • Mi Ngo
    Hands around the library told a story of how people in Egypt were able to protect the library they cherish from angry rioters by everyone holding hands surrounding it. This was in 2011, a time where Egyptians wanted their voice to be heard and freedom for the people. This story showed that if people are taught to love, then others can see compassion and be inspired to love as well. I continue to love the mixed media collages. The people are adora...
  • Kathleen
    This is the true story of a spontaneous moment during Egypt's 2011 revolution to protect the Library of Alexandria. Those of you who are up on your history may know that the Library of Alexandria burned at least three times during the ancient world; the author, who was part of the protests, records how she was afraid that the library would burn again. However, after a heartfelt plea from the library's director, the protestors formed a human chain...
  • Pamela
    Simple picture about an incident during the Egyptian democracy protests in 2011. It whetted my appetite for more info. I guess as protesters were approaching the beautiful glass library in Alexandria, a human chain formed to protect it. The text is simple but could be a discussion beginner for upper elementary students about mob behavior, or symbols of freedom.
  • Shaeley Santiago
    Protestors in Alexandria, Egypt protected the library from damage during 2011 protests against Egyptian ruler, Hosni Mubarak.
  • Terri
    "Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt's Treasured Books" by Susan L. Roth and Karen Leggett Abouraya (2012) is a picture book that I had not read prior to this moment. It is based on the true story of how the contemporary Alexandria Library in Alexandria, Egypt, was saved from ruin in 2011 when Egyptian protestors, demanding Hosni Mubarak's resignation, turned violent. Young citizens, for whom the library provided a safe place to "...read, ...
  • Samuel
    This book offers a short but detailed story of Alexandria, Egypt’s citizens protected the city library from the mob a protesters in 2011. The illustrations are spectacular. They are formed by paper collages of multiple compositions including furry-looking scraps for the hair of the people. I feel like this use of collages is representative of the Alexandria Library, an assembled collection of all kinds of paper that forms a library for the peop...
  • Stephanie Watson
    Very simple story with collage-style illustrations. Unfortunately, I didn't learn much about the culture of either ancient or modern Alexandria, and the drama of the moment this story told was kind of muted.
  • Haley Walker
    This book describes the story of protestors in Egypt fighting for freed from the perspective of a young girl. The story takes place in a sacred library the young girl is trying to preserve. I would use this in 2nd-8th grade classes, and it was published in 2011.
  • Ann
    Not the best read-aloud for children, however, the die cuts and pictures are charming. How wonderful to preserve this moment in history where library books were protected by people who held hands and formed a circle around the modern library of Alexandria. (1/25/2011 Tahir Revolution in Cairo.)
  • Carlton
    It was a great book about these people in Egypt. The rules did sound unfair at first we need to speak it is better than sign language. They were lucky that nobody can actually rob those special books that they love. These people were also fighting for people back in the 1900s.
  • Kris Dersch
    Inspiring story with great art in the text and great photos in the back matter! I love the idea of sharing such a recent story for kids so they can see how much the world continues to change, even in their lifetimes or shortly before.
  • Leo
    Truly inspiring! I'd love to visit this wonderful library.
  • Jnase1
    A great non-fiction read aloud for National Library Week
  • Laurel
    This is a great way to explain to children how Egyptians came together during the 2011 Revolution to protect knowledge. Factually and culturally accurate!!!
  • Mary
    I read for class. A historical event that I knew nothing about.
  • Ana
    Egyptian people wanted to protect the library because that is where they have their books and felt free. They were not free to speak as they wanted to, so the library was their safe zone.Teachable points: We have many privaleges living in the U.S., dont take things for granted, books are important, save our libraries.
  • Dorothy
    Dorothy SchultzTED 23607/14/13“Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books” by Susan Roth and Karen Leggett Abouraya. This story is based on the actual event of the January 25, 2011 Egypt’s 18 day revolution to have President Hosni Mubarak resign his 30 yr. position. As the book confirms it began peacefully throughout many of Egypt’s cities but in the end more than 800 hundred people died. At the end of the book it has ...
  • Dedra
    This illustrations in this book are amazing collages. I really enjoyed looking closely at the details in the collage like all of the different materials that were used. I didn't know about this event in history, but I'm glad I learned about it through this book. I love the fact that thousands of Egypt's students, library workers, and others gathered together to physically protect the library they loved. This book tells the story of eighteen days ...