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U.S. Labor Department Launches “Books that Shaped Work in America” Initiative

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April 21, 2014 10:06 am


Summer is fast approaching and everyone is on the lookout for some great books to fill time lounging by the pool or the beach. In celebrating its 100th anniversary, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) partnered with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress to create the “Books that Shaped Work in America” initiative.

From Richard Scarry’s Busy Busy Town to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Jungle, How to Win Friends and Influence People, and many more, the initiative includes books aimed at all ages and demographics.

To get the collection started, twenty-four individuals, including U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, eight former secretaries of labor from both Democratic and Republican administrations, civil rights leaders, critics, authors, media personalities and staff from the Library of Congress submitted suggestions. Now, the DOL is inviting the public expand the list at

“From a simple tale for children like The Day the Crayons Quit to a scholarly tome like Quality, Productivity and Competitive Position, the books on the list demonstrate the rich breadth and depth of work in America,” said Carl Fillichio, the department’s senior adviser for public affairs and chair of its Centennial. “Although the marking of the Department of Labor’s 100 years of service to workers in our country recently concluded, this project continues to grow and is a terrific way to educate the public about work, workers and the work of the Labor Department. Watching the list grow as it reaches a variety of audiences, and hearing the discussion broaden,  continues to be very exciting.”

Learn more about the collection and see the complete list of books at


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