Soldiers’ Poems of World War I in Newspapers: Personal Responses in Public Media

How can you share your response to a major world event? In the 19th and early 20th centuries, you might have put your thoughts down in a poem and sent it to a newspaper. The 1918 entry of the United States into World War I triggered an especially dramatic outpouring of these personal responses in verse.

To Kill a Mockingbird: A Mysterious Flurry of Interest

Harper Lee’s tale of conflict in a small Alabama town is a perennial favorite with teachers. The Library’s lesson plan “To Kill a Mockingbird: A Historical Perspective”, which uses photos and oral histories from the Library’s collections, has always been fairly popular.

This lesson plan has always been fairly popular. But in the past month, something unusual has happened.