Edith Roosevelt and her librarian

<p>The <cite>New Yorker</cite> has <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/talk/2009/04/20/090420ta_talk_mead">a nice piece</a> on the bygone days when a president's widow wrote letters to her librarian requesting books:</p> <blockquote> <p>About a year and a half ago, Harriet Shapiro, who is the head of exhibitions at the <a href="http://www.nysoclib.org/">New York Society Library</a>, was, in the manner of modern-day researchers everywhere, randomly Googling—looking for information about Marion King, the institution’s longtime librarian, who died in 1976. To Shapiro’s surprise, a link came up to <a href="http://hcl.harvard.edu/libraries/houghton/collections/roosevelt.html">Harvard’s Theodore Roosevelt collection</a>, in which lay a cache of nearly six hundred letters written to King by Edith Kermit Roosevelt. ...</p> <p>The letters spanned the period of Mrs. Roosevelt’s widowhood, beginning in 1920, the year after Theodore Roosevelt died. In them, she requested books to be sent to her home, Sagamore Hill, near Oyster Bay.</p> </blockquote>


My library's mobile services program receives letters from patrons requesting books all the time--and sends the books to people's homes.

I'm glad to hear that such a great service continues!

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