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Menna van Praag’s THE DRESS SHOP OF DREAMS—a January LibraryReads Pick—has been hailed as “delightful,” “delicious,” “bighearted, beautiful, and brushed with magic.”*

And, magic is exactly what she finds in libraries:

Libraries are magical places. They are literary churches, holy places, where we find our souls and shape our spirits with books we’ll love for the rest of our lives. When I was a little girl, I was lucky enough to live just around the corner from our local library. Some of my earliest memories took place in that beautiful building. I remember hiding behind the stacks with a book balanced on my knees as I fell headfirst into other worlds and other lives. I remember the librarian, Mrs. Griffiths, with short curls and glasses, who talked to me as if I were a grown up. I remember long talks about all the books I loved. I remember, as I got older, confiding to Mrs. Griffiths, in hushed tones, my great, unbelievable dream that one day I would grow up to be a writer, that one day my own books would be on the library shelves. It was a desire I could barely admit to myself, but Mrs. Griffiths was beloved to me and I wanted to make her proud. Sadly, by the time I was finally published, twenty years later, the library had closed and Mrs. Griffiths had gone. Happily, I now visit the big library in the town center with my son. I’ve befriended new librarians and we talk about books, a shared passion. And I now have the joy of watching my son find his own soul among the blessed shelves of literature, and I wait to see how his own spirit will be shaped by what great gems he finds there.”

Click to Read an Excerpt of The Dress Shop of Dreams.


And, as OUR salute to libraries this National Library Week,
we’re offering a complete collection of our 2015 LibraryReads Titles to 10 lucky libraries.
Click to enter your library for a chance to win!

*Susan Wiggs, bestselling author of The Beekeeper’s Ball

Celebrating National Library Week 2015: Menna van Praag Salutes Libraries

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