"A Few Good Books": South Dakota's Country School Libraries

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Abstract

Books were scarce in nineteenth-century South Dakota. Limited resources and a lack of widespread interest worked to hinder the growth of libraries in the rural schools. But library advocates persisted in their cause, voicing their support, engaging in fund-raising activities, and proposing library legislation. Their efforts eventually led to the passage of a law in 1901 mandating a library in every school district in South Dakota. Educators carefully monitored the growing library collections. Their deep-seated faith in the power of books to shape children's lives made them zealous to exclude "impure and worthless" literature from the schools.

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  • SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-60949795684
  • ISSN: 19324855
  • SGR: 60949795684
  • PUI: 550016386

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  • L Lindell

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