Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Merchant Marine Libraries

A sailor looks over books provided by the American Merchant Marine Library Association. 1921 saw the founding of the American Merchant Marine Library Association. It was a private corporation founded “for the purpose of maintaining a library for the free … Continue reading

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When Disaster Strikes

“Gertie”, the bookmobile that came the rescue. Courtesy of Waukegan Public Library.     In 2005, the Illinois city of Waukegan, best-known as Ray Bradbury’s hometown, had another claim to fame; the oldest still-running bookmobile. The 1962 Gerstenlager had been running for forty-two … Continue reading

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The Itinerating Libraries of East Lothian

One of Brown’s “itinerating libraries.”   One of the forefathers of the traveling library movement was a Scottish religious scholar and educator named Samuel Brown. After a miraculous recovery from pneumonia in the early 19th century, Brown decided to repay … Continue reading

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