Main Street Public Library: Community Places and Reading by Wayne A. Wiegand

By Wayne A. Wiegand

The usa has extra public libraries than it has McDonald’s restaurants.
By any degree, the yank public library is a seriously used and ubiquitous establishment. renowned considering identifies the general public library as a impartial employer that protects democratic beliefs through guarding opposed to censorship because it makes details to be had to humans from all walks of lifestyles. between librarians this concept is called the “library faith.” yet is the yank public library as democratic because it appears to be like to be?
 In Main highway Public Library, eminent library historian Wayne Wiegand reviews 4 emblematic small-town libraries within the Midwest from the overdue 19th century in the course of the federal Library provider Act of 1956, and indicates that those associations served a miles assorted objective than is so frequently perceived. instead of appearing as impartial associations which are important to democracy, the libraries of Sauk Centre, Minnesota; Osage, Iowa; Rhinelander, Wisconsin; and Lexington, Michigan, have been truly mediating neighborhood literary values and supplying a public area for the development of social concord. those libraries, and the librarians who ran them, have been usually simply as liable to the political and social pressures in their time as the other public institution.
By reading the collections of all 4 libraries and revealing what was once being learn and why yes acquisitions have been omitted, Wiegand demanding situations either conventional perceptions rhetoric in regards to the position of libraries in our small-town groups. whereas the yankee public library has turn into necessary to its local people, it's for purposes considerably diversified than these articulated via the “library faith.”

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