While reading various histories of public libraries in Alabama, the writer became fascinated with what they revealed about the place of these communities’ early libraries, in both the literal and the metaphorical sense. These histories include intriguing details about the buildings where libraries were first housed, few of which were originally built to be libraries, and about Alabama citizens’ dedication to creating and maintaining community libraries.
Stephens, Annabel K.
"Bricks, Books, and Metaphor: The Place of First Libraries in Alabama Communities,"
The Southeastern Librarian:
1, Article 7.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/seln/vol54/iss1/7