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Libraries Through the Ages

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Five thousand years ago, the Sumerian people created writing and established libraries to preserve the prayers, hymns and documents necessary for progress both in religion and commerce. Ever since, libraries have reflected and shaped the societies that created them by preserving the thoughts and actions of their ancestral cultures, and transmitting them through time. A lib ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published December 31st 1999 by Cassell (first published November 1999)
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Jason Morrison
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a very brief book about how libraries came about along with a short final chapter on their future.

My oldest daughter had asked us how libraries got started and it really caught us off guard as it was a question we had no answer for. So we asked the librarian at our Middletown branch and they recommended this book.

If you are looking for drama, suspense, and intrigue, this might not be your thing. If you are a history buff, this is probably more your speed. While it only took a little over
Aug 17, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teens, future librarians
About 3/4ths of the way through the book, it occurred to me that this is a book for kids/teens/"young adults." I can't exactly pinpoint what made me first think it, but I checked the copyright page to confirm: "1. Libraries-History-Juvenille Literature." Yes, I will be a great librarian.

But it's a well-written book for fairly sophisticated juvenilles, I think, and frankly, a 127-page history of libraries was just what I wanted to read. I did think it was kind of a quick gloss over time, and ove
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
A good and concise, general overview of libraries in world history.
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