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Using Books to Educate the Soviet Masses

Kul'turnaia rabota v rabochei biblioteke [Cultural work in the workers' library].

Moscow: Izdatel'stvo MGSPS “Trud i Kniga”, 1925. Octavo (22 × 15.5 cm). Original printed wrappers; 125, [3] pp. Light wear and soil to wrappers; a few nicks to spine; still good or better.

The aim of this handbook is to convey the importance of reading within the Soviet education system, with a special focus on books, newspapers, and journals for mass use and their application in "agitprop" (agitation and propaganda). The author touches on nearly every aspect of the sociology of reading, from the distribution of books, to their categorization and reviews, the propagation and training of reading, the importance of lending libraries, the organization and guidance of workers' reading circles, good and less helpful forms of reading, and much else. The three appendices contain: 1) a list of the most useful bibliographical reference works; 2) sample forms for analyzing books for library purposes; 3) the description of a sample poster to be created by librarians for the May 1 celebrations, complete with proletarian verse championing the Revolution. As of May 2020, no copies located via KVK, OCLC.

Book ID: P4809

Price: $275.00