Part of Our Lives

Part of Our Lives Despite Dire Predictions In The Late Twentieth Century That Public Libraries Would Not Survive The Turn Of The Millennium, Those Libraries Continue To Thrive Two Of Three Americans Frequent A Public Library At Least Once A Year, And Nearly That Many Are Registered Borrowers Although Library Authorities Have Argued That The Public Library Functions Primarily As A Civic Institution Necessary For Maintaining Democracy, Generations Of Library Patrons Tell A Different Story.In Part Of Our Lives, Wayne A Wiegand Delves Into The Heart Of Why Americans Love Their Libraries The Book Traces The History Of The Public Library, Featuring Records And Testimonies From As Early As 1850 Rather Than Analyzing The Words Of Library Founders And Managers, Wiegand Listens To The Voices Of Everyday Patrons Who Cherished Libraries Drawing On Newspaper Articles, Memoirs, And Biographies, Part Of Our Lives Paints A Clear And Engaging Picture Of Americans Who Value Libraries Not Only As Civic Institutions, But Also As Social Spaces For Promoting And Maintaining Community.Whether As A Public Space, A Place For Accessing Information, Or A Home For Reading Material That Helps Patrons Make Sense Of The World Around Them, The Public Library Has A Rich History Of Meaning For Millions Of Americans From Colonial Times Through The Recent Technological Revolution, Libraries Have Continuously Adapted To Better Serve The Needs Of Their Communities Wiegand Goes On To Demonstrate That, Although Cultural Authorities Including Some Librarians Have Often Disparaged Reading Books Considered Not Serious The Commonplace Reading Materials Users Obtained From Public Libraries Have Had A Transformative Effect For Many, Including People Like Ronald Reagan, Sonia Sotomayor, And Oprah Winfrey.A Bold Challenge To Conventional Thinking About The American Public Library, Part Of Our Lives Is An Insightful Look Into One Of America S Most Beloved Cultural Institutions

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  • Hardcover
  • 317 pages
  • Part of Our Lives
  • Wayne A. Wiegand
  • English
  • 15 March 2017
  • 0190248009

10 thoughts on “Part of Our Lives

  1. says:

    I didn t exactly expect this to be riveting but it was waydry than I expected In a general sense I was interested in this subject matter, but I can t think of how one would learn about this without being bored stiff.Also a little off topic...

  2. says:

    This was truly a fascinating read I loved learning how the American Public Library got started how it evolved over time according to society s needs Today, Public Libraries continue to be valued at the center of our communities, as they facilitate learning communication for ALL people.

  3. says:

    Like so many voracious readers with limited budgets and space can attest to, library has been instrumental in my autodidactic pursuits It is a privilege to be able to utilize the resources and stacks of the tenth largest library company is US, not to mention it is one of the few things that stay free in the country where the cost of living increases regularly and disproportionately to the wages In short, libraries are important, one of the few public services well worth the taxes and all aroun Like so many voracious readers with limited budgets and space can attest to, library has been instrumental in my autodidactic pursuits It is a privilege to be able to utilize the resources and stacks of the tenth largest library company is US, not to mention it is one of the few things that stay free in the country where the cost of living increases regularly and disproportionately to the wages In short, libraries are important, one of the few public services well worth the taxes and all around awesome If you don t share this opinion, Wayne A, Wiegand will change your mind If you do, he ll show you just how right you are This turned out to be a great book, despite the somewhat pedantic foreword and afterword for that matter , the ...

  4. says:

    When I pick up a people s history of something I generally assume I m in for popular level social history, but this is decidedly not that It was quite academic and hard to read, not in the usual way with big words in gigantic strung out sentences, but instead a very textbook style, where facts bombard you in an uncreatively flat strict chronological structure, written with as much flavor and panache as a Harbor Freight catalog I think it would have been improved by atopical organizatio When I pick up a people s history of something I generally assume I m in for popular level social history, but this is decidedly not that It was quite academic and hard to read, not in the usual way with big words in gigantic strung out sentences, but instead a very textbook style, where facts bombard you in an uncreatively flat strict chronological structure, written with as much flavor and panache as a Harbor Freight catalog I think it would have been improved by atopical organization, such as evolving stances on pleasure reading, evolving stances on representing non majority voices in the library, evolution in library space design and use, etc in addition to an injection of some standard pop history rhetorical styling.Then again he occasionally cracks off a really smart observation like that using the library is usually a child s first assumption of civic responsibility, you take an item of public property and agree to care for it for a small amount of time and you re mostly glad you ...

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    Part of Our Lives by Wayne A Wiegand is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early September, possibly to get back into an academic groove as the fall semester began.Though it s written very slightly like a reference book, it s incredibly inspiring and uplifting to learn about the civic,...

  6. says:

    A fascinating and comprehensive account of public libraries in America from their earliest days to the present As much a cultural history as simply a history of libraries, the book is full of anecdotes and personal testimonies, demonstrating how important libraries have always been and the vital role they have played ...

  7. says:

    Society does not value its public libraries in the same way as it used to the library is being forced to change and seeks to remain relevant in today s different world Yet a good library, staffed by knowledgeable librarians, can still be important and they can still be part of our lives They are just serving us in a different way than before.This book argues that the average American has not fell out of love with the library and that they are managing to survive two out of three Americans ar Society does not value its public libraries in the same way as it used to the library is being forced to change and seeks to remain relevant in today s different world Yet a good library, ...

  8. says:

    This is probably a 3.5 but I gave it the benefit of the doubt because I don t think I could have written it any better than Mr Wiegand did The main premise of the book is that people love their libraries The book is overstuffed with statistics and snippets of stories to back up this claim One might think there were too many and that was the downfall of the book But I can understand the dilemma which one would you leave out Perhaps leave out some of the statistics As a result of the overw This is probably a 3.5 but I gave it the benefit of the doubt because I don t think I could have written it any better than Mr Wiegand did The main premise of the book is that people love their libraries The book is overstuffed with statistics and snippets of stories to back up this claim One might think there were too many and that was the downfall of the book But I can understand the dilemma which one would you leave out Perhaps leave out some of the statistics As a result of the overwhelming amount of information, the book becomes a bit scattered A statement is made but then the following stories, good and interesting stories, may or may not support that statement A secondary discussion running through the book was how libraries have played a part in culture, racism, and classism I can not i...

  9. says:

    Part of Our Lives is a fascinating and passionate treatise on the history, culture and contribution of American public libraries by Wayne A Wiegand.With a focus on the perspective of library in the life of a user Wiegand explores the important role libraries play in the life of individuals as distributors of information and education, as a source of fiction that entertains and enlightens, and as social community spaces, debunking the notion that libraries are, or have ever been, simply ware Part of Our Lives is a fascinating and passionate treatise on the history, culture and contribution of American public libraries by Wayne A Wiegand.With a focus on the perspective of library in the life of a user Wiegand explores the important role libraries play in the life of individuals as distributors of information and education, as a source of fiction that entertains and enlightens, and as social community spaces, debunking the notion that libraries are, or have ever been, simply warehouses for books Tracing the evolution of public library services, from Benjamin Franklin s Library Company of Philadelphia established in 1732, through to the 17,219 modern public library systemsthan 93 million Americans utilised in 2012, Wiegand draws on official and anecdotal sources to illustrate the value of libraries that s...

  10. says:

    Fascinating subject to me anyway , but I wantedin depth stories about how individuals experienced the library through time, and fewer statistics on how many people attended what type of event at which specific library in which specific year At times I felt like I was reading a truly epic Director s Annual Report I would have expected a book with people s history in the title to be a book that at least a biggish subset of the people might want to read Instead it was like reading the Fascinating subject to me anyway , but I wantedin depth stories about how individuals experienced the library through time, and fewer statistics on how many people attended what type of event at which specific library in which...

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