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The War Librarian

by Addison Armstrong

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The Library War Service

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Library War Service logo image featuring soldier holding tall stack of booksThe War Librarian features quiet, bookish Emmaline Balakin, who, despite the dangers of World War I, chooses to set off on an adventure by serving as a volunteer librarian to American service members. Her new position sends her overseas to a frontline hospital in France where she must contend with surly officers, German bombers and social injustices while trying to bring comfort and happiness to the men through books. Addison Armstrong's novel showcases a unique bit of WWI history that demonstrates the power of the written word.

As American service members were mobilized to fight, military leaders wanted to ensure that the soldiers had strong support systems to sustain them during their time overseas. In addition to the expected items — extra food and clothing, treats such as chocolate, and games — leaders soon realized that many of the men sought reading material. Additionally, the military wanted to encourage literacy. Thus, in 1917, the American Library Association (...

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