Magazine article American Libraries

This Month, 40 Years Ago

Magazine article American Libraries

This Month, 40 Years Ago

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IN NOVEMBER 1961, FIFTY HIGH school students from Montana attended a library camp at Clyde Park to discuss ways "to maintain pride in a school book collection." The meeting was one of many such camps held across the nation in the 1950s and 1960s to organize high school student assistants on regional and state levels, to host workshops, to raise money for scholarships, and to give high school credit for library work.

Although library literature shows that other camps popped up in most states in the two decades following World War II, Michigan appears to have been among the most active. In March 1949, for example, high school students held a three-day conference at Clear Lake Camp just outside Dowling to discuss ways "to develop leadership, personality, and good citizenship, as well as to further interest in librarianship as a profession and to promote higher standards in high school libraries." Within a few years the group had developed an annual camp experience where 80 to 100 students representing more than 20 south central Michigan schools gathered every fall. "Jeans, sport shirts, and lumberjacks were the dress," one attending librarian noticed.

By 1952, another camp (sponsored by the Michigan Library Association's School and Children's Section) began at St. …

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