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State Librarians Stress Opposition to Bookburning, 1954
State Librarians Stress Opposition to Bookburning
This Newspaper clipping highlights the influence the NCLA had on the New York Library Association's stance on 'bookburning.' This article references the 'Russia' situation, developing in New Hyde Park, where Maude Willdig had refused to return the Book 'Russia' by Vernon Ives because she believed it to be subversive.
NCLA Meeting Minutes from February 13th, 1941
Meeting Minutes, 1941
Meeting minutes detailing a Work Projects Administration program that looked to place unemployed workers in different positions within the library. The NCLA believed this program could help the organization develop exhibits, and fuel a delivery service.
Librarians Hit Ban of 'Controversial' Book
Librarians Hit Ban of 'Controversial' Book
This article calls attention to the reaction of 14 Librarians who felt the NCLA did not go far enough in denouncing the State's recommendation, to the New Hyde Park School Board, to ban the 'controversial' book "Russia" by Vernon Ives.
Children's Room Letter
Children's Room Letter
This is a letter from Lucy Kinloch to Elizabeth Kelly in regards to the Children's Room photograph.
New Library is dedicated to T.R., Jr.
New Library is Dedicated to T.R., Jr.
This newspaper article details the town of Oyster Bay dedicating their library to General Theodore Roosevelt Jr., who was killed on the Beaches of Normandy during World War 2. The library was renovated with help from the Theodore Roosevelt Jr. Memorial Fund, and stocked with help from Doubleday Publishing, who donated $2,000 worth of books and promised to do so for the next 10 years.
Press Release on the New York State Assembly's Obscenity Bill
This press release, by the Executive board of the NCLA, affirms the organizations stance on what the state called 'objectionable' material. They believed these laws would present a threat to free expression, and have an adverse effect on education by classifying certain textbooks and art as objectionable.
Constitution of the NCLA
Constitution of the NCLA
This is the constitution of the NCLA.
Urge Library As War Memorial For RVC
War Memorial Subcommittee Urge Library as War Memorial for RVC
This newspaper clipping details the desire for the Rockville Centre library to be dedicated as a War Memorial. The war memorial subcommittee, of the village veterans committee made a push for a 'living' memorial to be erected in the form of a library in RVC.
Nassau Suffolk Classroom Teacher Association: Press Release May 10, 1966
Nassau-Suffolk Classroom Teachers Association - Press Release, 1966
Under two NYS laws, some works of art and fiction, within libraries, might have been considered pornography. This document is a Press Release by the NSCTA, showing solidarity with the NCLA in support of the Library Bill of Rights and Freedom to Read principle, which supported those 'questionable works of art and fiction.
Library Group Urges Complex
Library Group Urges Complex
This newspaper article highlights the NCLA's push for a Central Reference Library at the JFK Educational, Civic, and Cultural Center.
NCLA Logo
NCLA Logo
This document is a fun look at what the NCLA Logo could have been.
Suffolk Plans An Association of Librarians
Suffolk Plans an Association of Librarians
This newspaper clipping highlights the NCLA's involvement in helping to create the Suffolk County Library Association in 1939. Librarians from the NCLA assisted in the creation and development of the SCLA.
NCLA Endorses the Central Reference Library, 1965
NCLA Endorses the Central Reference Library, 1965
This document contains the NCLA's endorsement of the establishment of the Central Reference Library at the JFK Cultural Center. They believed the Central Reference Library would be a great compliment to the existing libraries of Nassau County.
NCLA Radio Broadcast, 1953
NCLA Radio Broadcast, 1953
This transcript of a radio broadcast, given by Lillian Van Mater of the NCLA, gives insight into the organizations plans to increase its service to existing libraries within Nassau County, and extend it's services to previously under-served areas.
Librarians, Teachers Back
Librarians, Teachers Back "Book Freedom," 1954
This newspaper article calls attention to the 'freedom to read' statements made by both the NCLA and the Classroom Teachers Association.
Librarians To Discuss Book-Burning
Librarians To Discuss Book-Burning
This newspaper article details the further steps the NCLA wanted to take in making a "freedom to read" statement, which was a response to the Book-Burning situation.
School Board Bans Book About Russia, 1954
School Board Bans Book About Russia
This newspaper clipping highlights the 'bookburning' issue taking place in New Hyde Park during the 1950s. Maude Wildigg caused a stir when, without permission, she took the book "Russia" by Vernon Ives from Hillside Grade School and refused to return it, labeling it 'subversive'. The School Board that presides over Hillside Grade School had previously ruled NOT to ban the book, but reversed it's ruling, temporarily banning it within its schools.
Victory Book Campaign Starts Today, 1942.
Victory Book Campaign Starts Today
Transcript of a radio broadcast involving Elizabeth Kelly and Everett Northrop, from 1942, meant to advertise the existence and importance of the Victory Book Drive.
Librarians Plead for Reference Facilities at Cultural Center
Librarians Plead for Reference Facilities at Cultural Center
This newspaper article sheds light on the desire, of Nassau County librarians, for a Reference Library at the JFK Educational, Civic, and Cultural Center.
NCLA Meeting Minutes from February 13th, 1941
Meeting Minutes, 1942
Meeting minutes detailing a Work Projects Administration program that looked to place unemployed workers in different positions within the library. The NCLA believed this program could help the organization develop exhibits, and fuel a delivery service.
NCLA News, 1968
NCLA News, 1968
This page of the NCLA News publication features the end of the campaign to establish a Central Reference Library within the JFK Cultural Complex. The complex would go feature what we now call Nassau Coliseum, but would not the Central Reference Library.
Library Officials Denounce Book Ban, 1954
Library Officials Denounce Book Ban
This newspaper article highlights the NCLAs denouncement of the State Education Department and the New Hyde Park School Boards decision to ban the book "Russia" by Vernon Ives. Their position on the matter is that "As professional librarians, and library trustees, we condemn the banning of any book for being merely controversial."
Library Goes to Branch Children
Library Goes to Branch Children
This newspaper article and photo depicts the book truck utilized by the Peninsula library. This book truck, which served the Five Towns, brought books to the children during the summer months when school libraries were closed.
NHP 'Bookburning' Fight To Be spotlighted By LI Librarians
NHP 'Bookburning' Fight to be Spotlighted by LI Librarians
This newspaper article explains how the NCLA planned to host an exhibit at annual convention of the New York Library Association. The exhibit consisted of an 6x12 foot panel containing newspaper clippings surrounding the event, and an 8 minute recording that contained a definition of 'bookburning', a reading of the incident of focus, and a speech by Dwight D. Eisenhower in which he expressed opposition toward bookburning.
Great Neck Library Children's Room photograph
Children's Room, Great Neck Library
This newspaper photograph depicts the Children's Room @ Great Neck Library in action during the Christmas of 1939.
Formation of the NCLA, 1934
Formation of the NCLA
This document highlights the creation of the NCLA during a meeting of Nassau County Librarians.
Inaugural Meeting Minutes, 1934
Inaugural Meeting Minutes, 1934
These are the original meeting minutes from the inaugural meeting of the NCLA in 1934. At this meeting, the organizations constitution was read, and the election of officers took place.
Rockville Units to Discuss Memorial Library Plan, 1949
Rockville Units to Discuss Memorial Library Plan
This newspaper article highlights the discussion over the dedication of the Rockville Centre Library as a War Memorial.