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Main Street Public Library
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In Main Street Public Library, eminent library historian Wayne Wiegand studies four emblematic small-town libraries in the Midwest from the late nineteenth century through the federal Library Service Act of 1956, and shows that these institutions served a much different purpose than is so often perceived. Rather than acting as neutral institutions that are vital to democracy, the libraries of Sauk Centre, Minnesota; Osage, Iowa; Rhinelander, Wisconsin; and Lexington, Michigan, were actually mediating community literary values and providing a public space for the construction of social harmony. These libraries, and the librarians who ran them, were often just as susceptible to the political and social pressures of their time as any other public institution.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments and Permissions
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction: Information, Reading, Place
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. One: Pride of a Century: The Bryant Library of Sauk Centre, Minnesota
  2. pp. 11-46
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  1. Two: A Credit to the Place: The Sage Public Library of Osage, Iowa
  2. pp. 47-76
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  1. Three: Tourist Attraction: The Charles H. Moore Library of Lexington, Michigan
  2. pp. 77-92
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  1. Four: Those Commission Ideas: The Rhinelander Public Library of Rhinelander, Wisconsin
  2. pp. 93-132
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  1. Five: Literature Suitable for a Small Public Library: Main Street Public Library Collections
  2. pp. 133-172
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  1. Epilogue: Agent of Social Harmony
  2. pp. 173-186
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 187-222
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 223-238
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 239-244
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