Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books

Book cover for Hands Around the Library by Karen Leggett Abouraya

Karen Leggett Abouraya

Susan L. Roth


Susan L. Roth

Book Summary

The inspiring true story of demonstrators standing up for the love of a library, from a New York Times bestselling illustrator.

In 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 freedom the library represented.

Illustrated with Susan L. Roth’s stunning collages, this amazing true story demonstrates how the love of books and libraries can unite a country, even in the midst of turmoil.

Egypt, Library, Libraries, Books, Protest

Age Range
Ages 4 to 8 (grades K-3)
Penguin Random House
Book Category
North Africa & Middle East