McKinley Memorial Libraries for Public Schools
Mrs E. B. Heard, who is devoting
her time to the circulation of traveling libraries throughout the
rural districts of Georgia, Florida, and other parts of the southeast,
has added to her already extensive system of traveling libraries
a series to be known as the Wm. McKinley memorial series.
These libraries are to be sent to
the schools which make the most improvement in the surroundings
of their schoolhouses, painting of their buildings, ornamenting
the grounds, planting trees, shrubs, etc.
The books composing the McKinley libraries
will center on biography, description, travel, fiction, etc., all
of an American flavor. The idea will be to encourage patriotism
in the children of the south and to emphasize in them the characteristics
and high ideals so exemplified in the life and purposes of Mr McKinley.
A number of people have already expressed
their interest and willingness to aid in this movement. The McKinley
series will be 12 in number, and each case will contain 50 books.
These will be donated by the friends and admirers of the late lamented
president throughout the United States. The books presented will
bear the autograph of the donor, and when books are purchased with
funds donated they will be neatly labeled with the name of the giver.
These books will be cataloged and placed in substantial hardwood
cases, and circulated in the regular way of traveling libraries.
A number of historical pictures, including
a halftone picture of Mr McKinley, will be placed in these libraries
to adorn the walls of the schoolhouses. Everything pertaining to
the series will be of a high standard.
It is to be hoped that the Wm. McKinley
libraries will do a great and lasting good, more than cold marble
and bronze, in that character building which was so highly prized
by the man whose name they are intended to honor.