We often receive requests that involve digging around in our microfilm collection. There's always an abundance of fascinating news that we are more than happy to show you! Here are a few pictures from three Mississippi newspapers that involve—*drum roll*—books and libraries! There’s even one about microfilm! Enjoy!
The description below this picture from The Clarion-Ledger on June 6, 1954 reads:
“FLORENCE BRANCH LIBRARY – This modern bookmobile carrying 2500 books visits Florence for three hours each Tuesday afternoon. Books on a variety of subjects are offered for both adults and children. Here a group of younger readers, and an adult reader pose beside the Capital Area Regional Library bookmobile with Miss Manie Berry (on step), head librarian.”
The description below this picture from the Jackson Daily News on October 21, 1962 reads:
“MUCH NEWSPRINT – Dr. John Pilkington, Ole Miss English professor and secretary of Friends of the Library, looks over a roll of microfilm on the London Times with Mrs. Mary McClain, chairman of Friends. The microfilm roll contains 50 times more newsprint than the giant stack of papers on the right. Through a gift from Friends, the Ole Miss Library recently acquired a complete microfilm file of the London Times.”
The caption below this picture from The Quitman County Leader on March 12, 1920 reads:
“A number of states successfully operate book wagons for the circulation of reading material in the rural districts. The American Library Association includes the needs of the rural communities in its Enlarged Program which is the backbone of its ‘Books for Everybody!’ movement. The A.L.A. hopes some day to see book wagons in every state and is pledged to advocate such service.”
The caption below this very blurry photo from The Quitman County Leader on May 22, 1920 reads:
“Books are frequently referred to as tools and as the key to the treasure trove of knowledge. The American Library Association is daily demonstrating in the U.S. Public Health Service Hospitals that convalescent soldiers and sailors find returning health and increasing strength in good books.”
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"A County Library Book Wagon." The Quitman County Leader [Marks] 12 Mar. 1920, 30th ed. Microfilm.
"Books As Medicine." The Quitman County Leader [Marks] 22 May 1920, 40th ed. Microfilm.
"Much Newsprint." The Clarion-Ledger [Jackson] 21 Oct. 1962, sec. A: 10. Microfilm.
Shearer, J. L. "Florence Branch Library." The Clarion-Ledger [Jackson]. Microfilm.