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Stearns, Lutie Eugenia / Traveling libraries in Wisconsin with directory of stations

IX. Parcels post and traveling libraries,   pp. 22-23 PDF (508.6 KB)

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that as far as lies within his resources, it is his business
to see that the right book reaches the right person even
if it involves convincing that person that he wants the
book." Three thousand seven hundred books were dis-
tributed by the book wagon during 1908. The cost of
the specially constructed wagon was one hundred and
seventy-five dollars. It was designed to carry several
of the traveling library cases in the interior with shelv-
ing having a capacity of about three hundred volumes
on each side, the doors opening outward. In the course
of the journey the cases are delivered. others brought in
for exchange. and all of the out-of-the-way farm houses
are visited where an invitation is given to the family to
inspect and take the wares freely offered.  Books are
left for two months with the understanding that neigh-
bors may exchange with each other.    Thousands of
books have been issued through this method during the
past five years, the plan proving most successful and in
every way worthy of imitation in other states.
  The usefulness of the state and county systems of
traveling libraries would be greatly increased through the
establishment of parcels post and the removal of the four
pound weight limitation, especially on rural free delivery
routes. In distributing libraries to rural stations the
ridiculous sight is often presented of the rural mail
carrier with ample facilities for carrying one or more
boxes driving along the country road closely followed
over exactly the same route by the traveling library de-

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