Libraries, The Military, and Reading in WWI

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Spring 2022


During World War I, the American Library Association (ALA) embarked on a campaign to promote reading and self-improvement among troops. Through book drives, fundraising, and the establishment of training camp libraries, the ALA sought to enhance literacy and provide soldiers and sailors with a constructive pastime. This exhibition explores the motivations behind the ALA's efforts, highlighting the organization's role in promoting literacy and shaping the identity of libraries and librarians in the early 20th century.


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CC-BY 4.0