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Published: 29 October 2015

344 Pages | 20 illus.


ISBN: 9780190248000

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Part of Our Lives

A People's History of the American Public Library

Wayne Wiegand

  • Challenges conventional thinking and top-down definitions, instead drawing on the library user's perspective to argue that the public library's most important function is providing commonplace reading materials and public space
  • Challenges a professional ethos about public libraries and their responsibilities to fight censorship and defend intellectual freedom
  • Demonstrates that the American public library has been (with some notable exceptions) a place that welcomed newcomers, accepted diversity, and constructed community since the end of the 19th century
  • Shows how stories that cultural authorities have traditionally disparaged—i.e. books that are not "serious"—have often been transformative for public library users

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