In the 1908 booklet Books for the People, the Midwestern librarian Henry E. Legler wrote: "Following in the wake of the great public library movement, which in less than two decades has dotted the cities of the United States with buildings that house millions of books for the people, came systems of traveling libraries."
Legler was speaking of what we call bookmobiles, which began to connect the rural cities of America during the early twentieth century.
Seattle Weekly columnist "The Uptight Seattleite" is all about helping you become the best citizen of this planet-you know, the one we borrow from our children, not inherit from our parents-that you can be. His new book, A Sensitive Liberal's Guide to Life: How to Banter with Your Barista, Hug Mindfully, and Relate to Friends Who Choose Kids Over Dogs is out now. Here is a list of places you can buy it. And here is an excerpt from it. It may remind you of someone you know! Not yourself, obviously, you're doing just fine. But definitely someone in your life.
In the spring of 1925, a 16-year-old Jackson, Mississippi, schoolboy named Richard Wright wrote his first story. He took it to the new black paper in town, the Southern Register, showing it to the editor, Malcolm Rogers, who promptly published it. Shortly thereafter, Wright, who worked as a local paperboy for the Chicago Defender, graduated from eighth grade at Smith Robertson Elementary School as valedictorian. He would go on to attend the new local black high school for only a few weeks before dropping out to work. On his way to school, Wright and a friend would bicycle through the white section of town and dig through the garbage cans [...]