Morality and Cake Pans: The Rural Library

Morality and Cake Pans: The Rural Library
Marcel LaFlamme reviews a new historical study of rural libraries in the Midwest. They were begun to cultivate 'respectability' and have endured by satisfying local tastes.

The resourcefulness of rural public libraries knows no bounds. Tina King spotted this lending collection of cake and muffin pans at the public library in Atkinson, NE. "Since most of these towns don't have big box superstores nearby, I can imagine it's very handy," writes King. "I can also appreciate the idea of not forking over $12 to create a never-gonna-make-it-again fire truck cake."

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