Fifty libraries to host WWI film discussion series

Contact: Mary Davis Fournier, ALA

For Immediate Release
April 8, 2005

Fifty libraries to host WWI film discussion series

CHICAGO - National Video Resources (NVR) and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office have named 50 public and academic libraries nationwide as pilot sites for the documentary film viewing and discussion series
The World War I Years: America Becomes a
World Power.
This six-week library program features scholar-led lectures, documentary film screenings, and readings and discussions of an important period that helped shape America in the twentieth century.

The WWI Years begins with Woodrow Wilson's hesitant path to war and follows America's role through the turbulent post-war era that brought change and social conflict to the homefront.
The series highlights a variety of American experiences during the war, including the role of African Americans, women and immigrants.
Twenty-five of the selected libraries will receive all of the videos and materials to present the series. An additional 25 libraries will receive a $1,300 grant for project expenses and the project librarian and local scholar will participate in a two-day training workshop in Chicago.

The World War I Years is an initiative of the ALA Public Programs Office and NVR. The project is funded by a grant to NVR from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

he World War I Years builds on four earlier programs developed by NVR in partnership with the ALA Public Programs Office and funded by the NEH.
This program series, entitled
American Retrospective: A Film and Discussion Series on the Legacy
of 20th Century America, offer public library programmers and academics a new model for public discussion.
Past themes included:
From Rosie to Roosevelt: A Film History of Americans in WWII; Post War Years, Cold War Fears: American Culture and Politics, 1946-60; Presidents, Politics, and Power: American Presidents Who Shaped the 20th Century, and
The Sixties: A Film History of America's Decade of Crisis and Change.

National Video Resources (NVR) is a not-for-profit organization established in 1990 by the Rockefeller Foundation. NVR's goal is to assist in increasing the public's awareness of and access to independently produced media, film and video, as well as motion media delivered through the new digital technologies.

The ALA Public Programs Office fosters cultural programming by libraries of all types.
Established in 1990, the office helps thousands of libraries nationwide develop and host programs that encourage dialogue among community members and works to establish libraries as cultural centers in their communities.

For more information about
The World War I Years or other NVR series, please visit

The libraries selected for the pilot program are:

Bob Herzfeld Library, Saline County, Ariz.

Imperial Valley College, Imperial, Calif.

Santa Monica Public Library, Calif.

Founders Library, Howard University, Washington D.C.

Decatur Public Library, Ill.

Des Plaines Public Library, Ill.

Bloomington Public Library, Ind.

Ouchita Parish Public Library, La.

Cecil County Library, Md.

Baldwin Public Library, Mich.

Clinton-Macomb Public Libray, Mich.

Kansas City Public Library, Mo.

Guilderland Public Library, N.Y.

Poughkeepsie Public Library, N.Y.

Braswell Memorial Library, N.C.

Wake County Public Library, N.C.

Greenville County Library, S.C.

Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, S.D.

Lee University, Clevland, Tenn.

Plano Public Library, Texas

College of Eastern Utah, Price, Utah

Fairfax County Library, Va.

Norfolk Public Library, Va.

Laramie County Library, Wyo.

Natrona County Library, Wyo.

(25 Workshop Participants)

Glendale Main Public Library, Ariz.

Oceanside Public Library, Calif.

San Jose Public Library & San Jose State University, Calif.

Richmond & Cragin Libraries, Conn.

West Florida Regional Library, Pensacola, Fla.

Columbus Public Library, Ga.

Marshall Public Library, Ill.

Pritzker Military Library, Chicago

De Paul Library, St. Mary University, Leavenworth, Kan.

Louisville Free Public Library, Ky.

Bedford Free Public Library, Mass.

Riverview Public, Mich.

Concordia University, St. Paul, Minn.

Lanesboro Public Library, Minn.

McGuire Air Force Base Library, N.J.

Finkelstein Memorial Library, Spring Valley, N.Y.

Sheppard Memorial Library, Greenville, N.C.

Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, Ohio

University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College, Rio Grande, Ohio

Allendale, Hampton, and Jasper Regional Library, S.C.

Jefferson City Public Library, Tenn.

Morristown Library, Vt.

Boatwright Memorial Library, University of Richmond, Va.

Spokane Community College, Wash.

Amery Public Library, Wis.