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Our libraries
Wu, Dana Ying-Hui, 1969-
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
48 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.7 1.0 48775.
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Clarence Library Z731 .W89 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Concord Library Z731 .W89 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Hamburg Library Z731 .W89 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Public libraries are truly an American treasure -- from their origins to their role in protecting basic American freedoms, including freedom of speech. Main features of the book include the Library of Congress, the contributions of Melvil Dewey, Andrew Carnegie, and Bill Gates, and the way libraries have changed -- and continue to change -- with the times.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Though youngsters may more readily enjoy Gail Gibbons's Check It Out: The Book about Libraries (Harcourt, 1985) and Julie Cummins's The Inside-Outside Book of Libraries (Dutton, 1996), this volume is a useful addition. The intermediate text introduces concepts as familiar as library cards but goes on to describe more esoteric matters such as MARC records and the history of the Library of Congress. Although there is more than enough information to write a report, no one topic is covered in depth. Wu makes a few generalities: "Libraries usually have their own Web sites-," and several statements focus on the need for libraries: "Many believed that libraries would become less necessary as computers became more commonplace." Sidebars describe the Dewey decimal system, Banned Books Week, and the role of the poet laureate. The full-color and black-and-white photographs are appealing, but they give the impression that all libraries are huge buildings-there are no pictures of smaller branches. However, this book is a good promotional tool as many passages encourage children to visit the library, get a card, and, of course, ask the librarian for help.-Thomas Pitchford, Rosenthal Elementary, Alexandria, LA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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