"Nothing represents America better than The Library of America," writes Gary McDowell of the Institute of United States Studies at the University of London.His
program was the first to benefit from The Library of America Worldwide
, a project designed to place fifty 100-volume sets of LOA in libraries, universities, cultural centers, and other international educational institutions.Funding for the program has been provided by a New York foundation, which wishes to remain anonymous, and now our challenge is to find donors to supplement this generous grant.
In response to the announcement of LOA Worldwide in the last newsletter, readers nominated libraries from around the world to receive the sets, for reasons as varied as the cultures these libraries support.From libraries that were bombed in war-torn Bosnia, to underfunded American Studies programs in Poland, to universities that hosted American Fulbright Scholars studying abroad, all of these institutions are fortunate to have donors willing to invest in improving their access to and knowledge of American culture and ideas.
But there are even more libraries that still need sponsors.