Your Local Heroes: Librarians At War

Doesn’t NPR just have the best, most random articles ever? All of the things you didn’t know you were interested in until you read the headline and thought, I’ve got to know what this is about.

NPR recently published this article shedding light on the American Library Association’s involvement in both WWI and WWII.

Librarian War 2

Librarians who worked on army bases were issued special uniforms, and played a key role in dispersing books to soldiers and promoting book drives across the country.

“No man and no force can take from the world the books that embody man’s eternal fight against tyranny. In this war, we know, books are weapons.” –Franklin Roosevelt

If you didn’t already consider your local librarian to be a badass, you might start to reconsider.

Librarian War
American Library Association volunteers in Paris on Feb. 27, 1919.

*All photos are via NPR and do not belong to me.

**If posts around here are becoming sparse, it’s because two weeks ago I started graduate school at Arizona State University and things are picking up. However, the blog will go on!


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