Main Street public library : community places and reading spaces in the rural heartland, 1876-1956 / by Wayne A. Wiegand.

The United States has more public libraries than it has McDonald & rsquo;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 agains...

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Main Author: Wiegand, Wayne A., 1946-
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Published: Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, ©2011.
Series:Iowa and the Midwest experience.
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505 0 |a 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. 
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