It’s hard to believe, but once upon a time, American children were not allowed to check books out of the library. We highly recommend reading about who “thought otherwise” and created the first children’s room in the New York Public Library. It’s a wonderful book to honor February’s special designation as Library Lovers month.
Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children by Jan Pinborough, illustrated by Debbie Atwell
Anne Carroll Moore grew up loving books, sharing stories–and did not appreciate that she and other children did not have book borrowing privileges in libraries. As a young woman, she traveled from Maine to New York City to become a librarian (one of the few jobs open to unmarried women) and worked tirelessly to ensure that all children felt welcome at library programs and were able to check out books. Not only that, she brought in poets, musicians, and artists, and set up storytime and readaloud sessions, changing the world of libraries–and their role in children’s lives.
It’s hard to imagine that world of the early 1900’s, where children were not even allowed to touch the books in libraries. What a change one woman was able to make, not just in New York, but nation-wide, and ultimately, internationally.
Start with this book, and extend your appreciation throughout the month–and beyond.
This isn’t the first time we’ve celebrated our appreciation of libraries. Check out Library Love for a a winning list of picture books devoted to libraries. Still want more? Here you go: More Library Love
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