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This event is free of charge.
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2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Bridgeport Public Library
925 Broad Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604
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Parking on Broad Streets and side streets - metered with quarters required. Commercial parking garages on John and Bank Streets.
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“Prescribing From The Bookshelf” Using Books As Medicine In World War I And In Bridgeport Hospital

Bridgeport Public Library
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

When Connecticut’s servicemen went to war in 1917, the didn’t go alone. Connecticut’s libraries, supported by donations from the state’s residents, provided reading materials for soldiers and sailors throughout the war. Librarians who served on the front lines and in military hospitals believed books had important uses during the war: to educate, to entertain, and when prescribed in hospitals, to heal.  At stake was not just the health of their patients, they argued, but of the nation itself. Bridgeport’s continued use of books as medicine after the war showed the legacy of this work, and the perceived relationship between reading and health that continues to influence the ways we understand our own relationships with books today.

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