by Karen McGrath, Katy Tahja, and Sarah Nathe

A love letter to libraries, Check It Out began as a series of newspaper articles on the history of libraries and reading rooms along the Mendocino Coast, from Westport to Gualala. The columns were greeted with such a positive reader response that we compiled them into a single volume and added a final chapter in praise of librarians. Each story is a testament to the important role libraries play in sustaining happy, healthy, and thriving communities. Many black and white photos. Mendocino Historical Review XXXII, 2022.