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Fiction in public libraries, 1900-1950

Author: Esther Jane Carrier
Publisher: Littleton, Colo. : Libraries Unlimited, 1985.
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Genre/Form: History
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Carrier, Esther Jane, 1925-
Fiction in public libraries, 1900-1950.
Littleton, Colo. : Libraries Unlimited, 1985
(OCoLC)610162558
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Esther Jane Carrier
ISBN: 0872874591 9780872874596
OCLC Number: 11756328
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: x, 384 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Chapter 1: Introduction and historical background --
Chapter 2: The state of fiction in the twentieth century --
Fiction was becoming better --
Fiction was becoming worse --
Chapter 3: Should libraries have only fiction of high quality? --
Educational responsibilities of the library --
Civic responsibilities of the library --
Budgetary responsibilities of the library --
Changes in public library users --
What is public opinion? --
Ways of meeting the demand for light fiction --
Library rental collections --
Booklovers' library --
Commercial rental libraries --
Moral qualities in fiction --
Trend toward less restriction --
Literary qualities in fiction --
Public library inquiry --
Chapter 4: Should libraries include a generous amount of fiction? --
1900-1910 --
1910-1920 --
1920-1940 --
1940-1950 --
Fiction types frequently mentioned --
Experimental fiction --
Realistic fiction --
Light fiction --
Foreign fiction --
Do not wait to purchase new fiction --
Restricted books --
Improvement through reading --
Public library inquiry --
Chapter 5: Book selection and censorship --
Need for selection standards --
General selection principles --
Budgetary considerations --
Books presenting special selection problems --
Methods to be used in selection --
Book selection aids --
Book reviews --
Book clubs --
Surveys of fiction selection --
What is censorship? --
Book censorship --
1900 to World War I --
Opposition to censorship --
Book censorship --
1920 to World War II --
Support for censorship --
Legal aspects of censorship --
Book censorhip --
World War II to 1950 --
Support for censorship --
Legal aspects of censorship --
Example of a censorship attack --
Grapes of Wrath --
Chapter 6: Reading improvement --
Circulation statistics --
Methods used to aid reading development --
Book selection --
Special reading lists --
Home delivery --
Other measures --
Arrangement of books in the library --
Special classification arrangements --
Reading guidance by librarians --
Reading surveys --
Chapter 7: Fiction for young people --
Review of developments affecting this work --
Dangers of poor literature --
Book selection --
Importance of high quality literature --
The best books were those that would be read --
General selection principles --
Series books --
Special reading interests of boys --
Historical fiction --
Adventure stories --
War stories --
Success stories --
Realism --
Editions --
Special types of children's literature --
Classics --
Fairy tales --
Sensational literature --
Love stories --
Comics --
Book selection aids --
Reading improvement --
Personal reading guidance and supervision --
Studies of children's reading --
Chapter 8: Summary.
Responsibility: Esther Jane Carrier.

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