Education: Salesman in Atlanta

In most U.S. cities, the last place to find steady crowds right through the Christmas shopping season is the public library. In Atlanta, things were different this December, and with reason. A few days after Thanksgiving, the city threw open its enlarged and vigorously modernized main building; the customers crowded in all month to borrow books, or just to browse, at a rate that astonished old library hands. In what was supposed to be an "off month," there were hardly enough seats to go round.

A good deal of the credit for all this bustle belonged to Atlanta's new librarian. Two years...

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