War Service of the American Library Association, Volume 2, Issues 1-31

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A.L.A. War Service, Library of Congress, 1918 - Soldiers' libraries - 32 pages

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Page 35 - You will hardly know who I am or what I mean, But I shall be good health to you nevertheless, And filter and fibre your blood.
Page 28 - A private in the Engineers' Corps at Camp Devens asked for books which would explain the psychology of camouflage. He was something of an artist and had been successful with color photography. He wanted to know, for example, why the eye fails to recognize a shadow when light patches have been painted where the shadow would naturally fall. Material was found for him and he succeeded in hiding guns so well with paint that he deceived his own captain. At the Great Lakes Naval Training Station the men...
Page 32 - History of the War' (six volumes, and no end of names you cannot remember). This will give you an idea of the leisure we get here compared with what was, and, perhaps, with what will be. ' The Oxford Book of Verse' has been such a pleasure in the trenches.
Page 10 - This war is a highly specialized affair. It's a modern science which the men must learn by studious application to the problems of drill and trench.
Page 29 - We have had requests for Ibsen's plays; for books on the valuation of public utilities, on conservation, on sewage disposal; we had so many requests for "A Message to Garcia" that I had a supply mimeographed; in one building, there were so many requests for books on religion and ethics that we set up a small reference collection there. Broadly speaking, of course, most of the men read fiction; and most of them prefer exciting, red-blooded fiction — detective stories, adventure stories, and so on....
Page 9 - ... hospitals in and around Washington and in a few northern cities, but in the main the men depended almost entirely on Harper's and Frank Leslie's Weekly. The Connecticut regiments were fortunate exceptions, since libraries were a part of the regimental equipment from that State. These libraries were placed in strong portable cases with a written catalogue and proper regimental labels. They were in charge of Professor Francis Wayland and were on a great variety of subjects and of good quality....
Page 4 - French history, mechanics, topography and strategy in war, self-propelled vehicles, hand grenades, field entrenchments, bridges, chemistry, physics, astronomy, geology, hydraulics, electricity, mediaeval history, calculus, civil engineering, geography, American history, surveying, materials of construction, general history, masonry, concrete. About threequarters of the books taken out were non-fiction.
Page 6 - Association, so aptly puts it, "to make better men of the soldiers as well as to make better soldiers of the men".
Page 27 - Your alcoves are godsends," said he to the librarian. "The barrack's social room in which 75 to 125 men are talking and playing cards, where a piano and phonograph are rivaling one another, and where at any moment a basketball may knock your head sideways, is certainly no decent place to read, let alone trying to do any studying.
Page 28 - We have had requests here for every sort of book, from some books by Gene Stratton Porter to Boswell's 'Life of Johnson' and Bergson's 'Creative Evolution'.

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