“”The camp library is yours – Read to win the war. You will find popular books for fighting men in the recreational buildings and at other points in this camp. Free. No red tape. Open every day. Good reading will help you advance. Library War Service, American Library Association.” C.B. Falls / American Library Association 1917. | www.eklectica.in
[Bookplate of the War Service Library] Artist: Falls, Charles Buckles Date: [19--?] Description: States, 'War Service Library - Books are provided by the people of the United States through the American Library Association for the use of the soldiers and sailors;' depicts an armed soldier holding a stack of books. Signed in lower left, 'F.' Format: 1 print, col. Source: Pratt Institute Libraries Ex Libris Collection, Special Collections 18 (sc00004)
A woman standing atop of mountain of donated books outside the New York Public Library. During WWI, enemy countries used censors to create reading restrictions within their boundaries. Concerned for our troops abroad, millions of people donated books to create a library of free books be sent to our troops while they were serving us overseas.