Karen Leggett Abouraya, Susan L. Roth
and the Egyptian Revolution

Hands Around the LibraryKaren Leggett Abouraya and Susan L. Roth have collaborated to produce Karen’s first and Susan’s 40th picture book – Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books. Illustrated with Susan’s signature collages, Hands Around the Library tells the story of Egyptian protestors in 2011 who held hands around the grand library of Alexandria to protect it from vandals.

"Freedom and libraries: an essential combination … Extensive and accessible backmatter… A stunning visual recreation of a recent historical event.”
Kirkus Starred Review

“… In her signature collages, which feature bold colors and an array of textures, Roth incorporates materials and motifs that have particular significance to her setting and subject matter.”
Publishers Weekly

Karen and Susan met the director of the library, Ismail Serageldin, in Washington and New York recently, where he told them he even had a suit rather similar to the one Susan created for him in the book!

Karen Leggett Abouraya and Susan L. Roth meet with library director Ismail Serageldin

A book celebration is planned at Burgundy Farm Country Day School in Alexandria, VA, on September 13 from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Free and open to the public. For details, write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

History, photos, additional information and soon a blog are all posted on the new website, www.handsaroundthelibrary.com, designed by Karen’s son Adam Abouraya.



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