Books And Libraries In American Society During World War Ii / Edition 1

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World War II presented America's public libraries with the daunting challenge of meeting new demands for war-related library services and materials with Depression-weakened collections, inadequate budgets and demoralized staff, in addition to continuing to serve the library's traditional clientele of women and children seeking recreational reading. This work examines how libraries could respond to their communities need through the use of numerous primary and secondary sources.

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'meticulously researched... The book's content is complemented by a detailed index; a fifteen-page bibliography that will provide excellent guidance' - Joanne E. Passet, Libraries and the Cultural Record
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Table of Contents

Introduction : "imposing frontages on important streets" 1
Ch. 1 "More than pleasant luxuries" : background 7
Ch. 2 "We have to act immediately" : responding to the national emergency 31
Ch. 3 "Moving picture houses and dance halls" : seeking support 49
Ch. 4 "To meet the needs of a nation at war" : libraries respond 71
Ch. 5 "Avoid frightening the librarian" : implementing the policy statement 99
Ch. 6 "Praise the Lord and pass the new editions" : victory book campaigns 127
Ch. 7 "A spell of rough weather" : wartime challenges 149
Ch. 8 "Beginning a new era" : postwar hopes 179
App. 1 American Library Association presidents, 1939-1946 209
App. 2 Total circulation, 1939-1945 211
App. 3 Adult fiction and nonfiction circulation, 1940-1945 213
App. 4 Circulation of adult and children's books, 1939-1945 215
App. 5 ALA membership, 1939-1945 217
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