Source: Public Libraries
Source type: journal
Document type: article
Document title: “McKinley Memorial Libraries for Public Schools”
Date of publication: March 1902
Volume number: 7
Issue number: 3
|“McKinley Memorial Libraries for Public Schools.” Public Libraries Mar. 1902 v7n3: p. 116.|
|Sarah Harper Heard; McKinley memorialization; William McKinley Memorial Series.|
|Sarah Harper Heard; William McKinley.|
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
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.