Wayne Wiegand Embarks on ‘Part of Our Lives’ Book Tour


Wayne Wiegand, F. William Summers Professor Emeritus spent eight years at Florida State University research and teaching library science courses, all while impacting the lives of students – like Micah Vandegrift.

Wiegand retired in 2010 and recently authored a new book, Part of Our Lives, A People’s History of the American Public Library. This Fall, he begins a tour promoting the book.

Drawing on the voices of the everyday patrons of cherished libraries, Wiegand digs into the heart of libraries in America. The book traces the history of the public library, featuring records and testimonies from as early as 1850. Pulling from newspapers, memoirs and biographies, Part of Our Lives paints a clear and engaging picture of Americans who value libraries not only as civic institutions, but also as social spaces for promoting and maintaining community.

Wiegand has authored nearly a dozen books, including Books on Trial: Red Scare in the HeartlandIrrepressible Reformer:  A Biography of Melvil Dewey, and more. Find his books on Amazon.

Catch Wayne as he travels across the country.

September 9 | Sacramento Public Library

September 10 | San Francisco Public Library

September 14 | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | 1 PM
Lucile Kelling Henderson Lecture at Caroline Club

September 15 | Library of Congress Lecture | Noon

Co-sponsored by Virginia Library Assoc., Maryland Library Assoc., and University of Maryland College of Information

September 16 | University of Maryland College of Information
Meet with students 10-11 AM
Lunch with faculty/Public Talk 2-3 PM
Reception 3-4:30 PM

September 18 | Rutgers University
Doctoral Seminar 1:30-3:30 PM
Beta Phi Mu Lecture 7 PM

September 21 | Columbia University Book History Colloquium | 6 PM

September 22 | Kansas City Public Library | 6 PM

September 23 | Omaha Public Library & University of Nebraska-Omaha Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center | 7 PM

September 26 | Billing Public Library

September 28 | Bozeman Public Library

September 30 & October 1 | Utah Humanities Book Festival in Salt Lake City
9/30 Salt Lake City Public Library 7 PM
10/1 Logan Public Library 7 PM

October 14 | Nevada Library Assocation, Fallon

October 15 | UCLA, Los Angeles

October 23 | Virginia Library Association, Richmond | Noon

October 25 | Wisconsin Book Festival, Madison

October 26 | Manitowoc (WI) Public Library | 6:30 PM

October 28 | Oshkosh, Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh 4 PM
Oshkosh Public Library Presentation 7 PM

October 29 | Marquette University Law School

November 2 | De Paul University Humanities Center, Chicago

November 5 | Wisconsin Library Association, Madison | Noon
Panel Session: 1:45-3