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Popular libraries

They were active participants in popular culture, promoting training and individual improvement.
Nostalgic & Passionate
23 September, 2019

Its expansion occurred between the second and fourth decade of the 20th century. They were found in all the neighborhoods of the city and with diverse origins, forming part of a club or a promotion society, as a result of the neighbourhood initiative. In this regard, the activity carried out by the Socialist Party and the Municipality of the City of Buenos Aires.

The books were consulted in the library or at home, thanks to the loan system. But libraries also developed other activities: theatrical performances, professional training courses, such as typing and shorthand, lectures and artistic activities.

The management of the popular libraries was exercised exclusively by men, women and students being their main public. The library offered a window to the world, showing their ideas and problems. They also developed campaigns against the scourges of the time: alcoholism, tobacco and tuberculosis, but also for the cultivation of spirit and intellectual culture.

Images of: bibliotecasanisidro.org.ar – Valeria Ambrosio

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