Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Traveling Libraries of Lutie Stearns

Lutie Stearns was a founding member of the Wisconsin Free Library Commission, started in 1895. In 1896, she worked with local philanthropist Senator James Stout to establish 16 traveling libraries in Dunn County, each town getting a case of about … Continue reading

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The Unique Bookmobiles of the 1930s

The bookmobile of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, circa 1937. Note the snow chains. Courtesy of the Public Archives and Records Office of Prince Edward Island, RG10/P-4. The first publication to describe bookmobile services was a 1937 study called simply Book … Continue reading

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Driving Past Jim Crow; The Bookmobile of Delta Sigma Theta

The bookmobile of Delta Sigma Theta, circa 1956. If African-Americans had any library service in the Jim Crow South, it was either in a separate reading room at the library, or more often, at a completely separate branch. These “colored” … Continue reading

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The Armed Services Editions of The Council on Books in Wartime

  Armed Services Editions were designed to be cheap, portable and expendable. The Council on Books in Wartime was an ad-hoc group of publishers, librarians and booksellers whose purpose was promoting the use of books in the war effort. Headed … Continue reading

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Over There: Portable Libraries of World War One

American soldiers enjoy a portable library brought by truck to Kelly Field, just outside San Antonio. In 1916 An American traveler reported that when his train pulled up to stop for water on the Mexican border, American soldiers approached the … Continue reading

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