Camp Library, Camp Devens, Massachusetts1
By June of 1918, library buildings had been erected at 36 camps and work was underway at another three. At Camp Devens, a building originally used as a chapel was turned over to the American Library Association for use as a hospital branch library.2
TODAY: Massachusetts libraries lend materials in all formats and languages, meeting the personal, recreational, and professional needs of patrons throughout the Commonwealth.
In 1918: The Massachusetts Free Library Commission had about 130 sets of picture postcards of present-day France, accompanied by illustrated pamphlets on the country and the then-contested territory of Alsace-Lorraine. These sets were provided by the French government to the Children's Museum in Jamaica Plain, which in turn offered them to the Commission for distribution to Massachusetts libraries upon request.3
What else happened in 1918?
1. librarypostcards.blogspot.com [link].
2. Massachusetts Library Club Bulletin, October 1918 [link].
3. Massachusetts Library Club Bulletin, May 1918 [link].
4. learning.blogs.nytimes.com [link].
5. www.massmoments.org [link].
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