Bulletin of the New York Public Library Volume 22

Bulletin of the New York Public Library Volume 22

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...I need not discuss that phase of our common work. But I do wish to urge upon you the desirability of increasing the facilities for accomplishing the two other main purposes mentioned and profiting by the individual and collective contacts they involve. A very pressing obligation rests upon us to utilize library resources to the utmost in making better citizens of the men and women who under our form of government are the sovereign power in the state. In our hands and in our keeping are the most precious torches of political and social enlightenment. We must keep them ever aloft and make their light shine in the darkest and most remote places of the body politic. In every conceivable way that our means, powers, and materials permit we must help men and women to a realization of their public duties as well as constitutional rights, of their civic responsibilities as well as political privileges, and of the right of the democratic state to demand sacrifices as well as to bestow benefits. For I am persuaded that success or failure in these matters will have much to do with the success or failure of the great experiment in self-government which this nation as a political society represents. Apropos of this, I cannot forbear quoting a recent statement of John Galsworthy: "On America and America's conduct after the war," he says, "I verily believe the destiny of civilization for the next century will hang. The burden of proving that a democratic 'live and let live' world civilization can stand will be on her shoulders more than on those of any other nation." Does not such a thought at once suggest tremendous possibilities of library service in helping to carry this burden of responsibility? I cannot recall exactly but it was either...show more

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  • Paperback | 444 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 23mm | 789g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236511697
  • 9781236511690