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Title:Services to Ethnic and Racial Minority Groups
Author(s):Rollock, Barbara
Subject(s):Children's libraries
Abstract:It was remembrance of childhood experiences in the library that prompted author Bel Kaufman to write in defense of libraries: "It seems to me that especially now, when there are so many people in our city [New York] whose language is not English, whose houses are barren of books, who are daily seduced by clamorous offers of instant diversion, especially now we must hold on to something that will endure when the movie is over, the television set broken, the class dismissed for the last time." The immigrant group from which Kaufman came found that schools and libraries were the key which opened the door for achieving the "American dream." Libraries played an important part in the educational and cultural lives of the early immigrants for whom life was difficult, but for whom the formula for success lay in assimilation into the American mainstream a goal that was attainable. For later or other groups, however, some whose roots lay deep in the American soil, the very nightmare of coexistence foretold that the dream, in the words of the poet, was not only "deferred," but would be denied.
Issue Date:1977
Publisher:Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In S.K. Richardson (ed). 1977. Children’s services of public libraries: Papers presented at the 23rd Allerton Park Institute. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 105-107.
Series/Report:Allerton Park Institute (23rd : 1977)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1977.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-07-23

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