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Main Street public library : community places and reading spaces in the rural heartland, 1876-1956

Author: Wayne A Wiegand
Publisher: Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, ©2011.
Series: Iowa and the Midwest experience.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The United States has more public libraries than it has McDonald's restaurants. By any measure, the American public library is a heavily used and ubiquitous institution. Popular thinking identifies the public library as a neutral agency that protects democratic ideals by guarding against censorship as it makes information available to people from all walks of life. Among librarians this idea is known as the "library  Read more...
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Wiegand, Wayne A., 1946-
Main Street public library.
Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, ©2011
(DLC) 2011013862
(OCoLC)711989026
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Wayne A Wiegand
ISBN: 9781609380687 1609380681
OCLC Number: 753725958
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 244 pages).
Contents: Introduction : information, reading, place --
Pride of a century : the Bryant Library of Sauk Centre, Minnesota --
A credit to the place : the Sage Library of Osage, Iowa --
Tourist attraction : the Charles H. Moore Library of Lexington, Michigan --
Those commission ideas : the Rhinelander Public Library of Rhinelander, Wisconsin --
Literature suitable for a small public library : Main Street public library collections --
Epilogue : agent of social harmony.
Series Title: Iowa and the Midwest experience.
Responsibility: by Wayne A. Wiegand.

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The United States has more public libraries than it has McDonald's restaurants. By any measure, the American public library is a heavily used and ubiquitous institution. Popular thinking identifies the public library as a neutral agency that protects democratic ideals by guarding against censorship as it makes information available to people from all walks of life. Among librarians this idea is known as the "library faith." But is the American public library as democratic as it appears to be? In Main Street Public Library, eminent library historian Wayne Wiegand studies four.

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