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Why do we need a public library? Material for a library campaign - Embracing the Transformative Power of Public Libraries - cover

Why do we need a public library? Material for a library campaign - Embracing the Transformative Power of Public Libraries

Theodore Roosevelt, James Russell Lowell, William McKinley, Winston Churchill, Andrew Carnegie, J. N. Larned, Sir Walter Besant, William J. Bryan, John P. Buckley, Frederick M. Crunden, William R. Eastman, W. I. Fletcher, W. E. Foster, Chalmers Hadley, Joseph Le Roy Harrison, Caroline M. Hewins, Henry E. Legler, Irene Van Kleeck

Publisher: Good Press

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In 'Why do we need a public library? Material for a library campaign', the anthology presents a compelling cross-section of essays and speeches by esteemed authors and public figures, including statesmen and librarians. The overarching theme revolves around the imperative and transformative role of public libraries in society, articulated through a rich tapestry of literary styles ranging from persuasive oratory to reflective essays. This collection stands out for its historical and cultural relevance, underscoring the library as a vital public institution committed to education, democracy, and community engagement. The diversity of perspectives from contributors like Theodore Roosevelt and Winston Churchill to librarians and educators enriches the discourse, making a unified case for the enduring value of public libraries. The contributors, a remarkable ensemble of political leaders, literary figures, and librarians, bring a wealth of experience and advocacy to the anthology. These voices collectively anchor the collection within significant historical and cultural movements advocating for public welfare, education, and the democratization of knowledge. Their backgrounds, spanning different epochs and socio-political contexts, converge on the shared conviction that public libraries are foundational to enlightened citizenship and the cultivation of a literate, informed public. This collection is recommended for readers seeking a nuanced exploration of the societal importance of public libraries. It offers an unparalleled opportunity to engage with the arguments and insights of renowned leaders and scholars. By delving into this anthology, readers are invited to appreciate the multiplicity of viewpoints and the consensus on the librarys pivotal role in community enrichment and personal growth. It is an essential read for those interested in the ongoing discourse around public institutions, their impact, and their evolution in response to changing societal needs.
Available since: 10/04/2023.
Print length: 43 pages.

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