p. 32: Since 1913 a journal printed in the Eskimo language has published twelve monthly issues each year in Godhavn. Avangnamioq, the Northlander, it is called. It is distributed throughout North Greenland as soon as it is off the press. It is sent in yearly volumes to the rest of the country from its printing plant, which is now housed in the town hall, the House of Assembly.
p. 33, re the nearby Arctic Station: “Its Arctic library, swelled by contributions from Danish and foreign societies, now contains fifteen thousand volumes; its herbarium contains more than fifty thousand specimens of plants.
p. 38—prominence of chess on Grimsey, Iceland, since the middle ages.
p. 40: There is no illiteracy in Iceland! The island is the most bookish in the world, reading and publishing many times more books per capita than any other country.
p. 45, Willard Fiske of Cornell fame, adopted Grimsey though he was never there: “He was deeply impressed that a community of less than a hundred, in money the poorest in all Iceland, should be so interested in chess and boast a much-read library of several hundred volumes….” He left a bequest providing the library with $100 a year for purchase of new books.
p. 80, picture of Soviet girl reading newspaper in Leningrad.
p. 81: Arctic research stations all have libraries, some with as many as five thousand volumes. More than twenty-three stations print their own newspapers (as do ice-breakers and other Arctic ships) and ‘wall newspapers are encountered everywhere, even at the smallest fur trading post.