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Gratia Countryman

Title: Photograph of a Library Reading Room
Type: Photograph
Date: before 1912
Source: Minneapolis Public Library

Description: This photograph shows a reading room in the former Minneapolis City Hall. Countryman organized these reading rooms to encourage reading among the working classes by providing a location and books.

Photograph of a Library Reading Room

Activities:

  1. What technology shown in this photograph might help you identify its time period?



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  2. What can the hats in this photograph tell us about men at this time?



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  3. What kinds of materials do you see the men reading?



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  4. How is this reading room different from your local public library?



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