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How Librarians Saved the World for Democracy

Peggy Maniates, curator of the USS Silversides Submarine Museum, will speak at the library about the Victory Book Campaign of WWII, which was launched in response to censorship and book burning in Europe.
How Librarians Saved the World for Democracy
The talk is in conjunction with the exhibit at the museum.

The Friends of White Lake Community Library are pleased to announce a special presentation on the Victory Book Campaign, a little-known program launched in response to censorship and book burning in Europe during War War II.  The free lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 12, at 6 pm in the library’s meeting room.  The lecture is planned to coincide with a new exhibit at the USS Silversides Museum, “When Books Went to War: The Power of Literature and Press in Wartime”.

The Victory Book Campaign was a joint effort of librarians, booksellers, publishers, and the U.S. armed forces to not just rekindle the library program, but greatly expand it.  The campaign featured book donation drives and special “Armed Services Editions”  - miniature format paperbacks of bestsellers that soldiers could easily carry with them.  USS Silversides Submarine Museum Curator Peggy Maniates will discuss the campaign in particular, as well as censorship in general and the American response to it during the war. 

 The museum exhibit runs through September 4th, and includes such items as post D-Day newspapers from Germany and America, a recreation of a Nazi book burning, original Armed Services Edition books, and stories of local veterans and how the GI Bill changed their lives. 

Visit the library or the library’s website (children's home page) for information on the Michigan Activity Pass program, which can provide library cardholders with free or reduced admission tickets to this and many other museums and attractions.

 About the USS Silversides Museum

The mission of the USS Silversides Submarine Museum is to honor the men and women of the military, preserve military history and provide experiences that educate the public about past and present military history and technology.  The museum is located at 1346 Bluff Street in Muskegon.  For information on hours and admission prices, visit the website at silversidesmuseum.org, or call 231-755-1230.