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Volume Listing > Volume 90 > A thousand little libraries: Lutie Stearns, the Johnny Appleseed of books

Stotts, Stuart, 1957- "A thousand little libraries: Lutie Stearns, the Johnny Appleseed of books"


A Thousand Little Libraries: Lutie Stearns, the Johnny Appleseed of Books: This biographical article portrays library activist Lutie Stearns (1866–1943) who provided library service to rural areas during the Progressive Era. After working as a teacher in Milwaukee, she was hired by the Free Library Commissions to establish traveling libraries set up in small town general stores and post offices. These often grew into conventional public libraries, and when she retired in 1914 the number of Wisconsin libraries had grown from 35 to more than 150 free libraries, 1,400 traveling libraries, and 14 county library systems. (11 pages)

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Citation: Stotts, Stuart, 1957- "A thousand little libraries: Lutie Stearns, the Johnny Appleseed of books" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 90 /Issue: 2 (2006-2007)

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