Children Not Allowed in the Library -- Imagine That!

Miss Moore Thought OtherwiseCan you imagine not being able to come to the library as a child? Before the early 1900s, this was the case in most public libraries, and children could not enjoy library resources like adults.

Since children were not allowed into libraries, there were not many books or resources for them either. You are probably thinking this is horrible, and a woman named Anne Carroll Moore thought so too. The new nonfiction book, Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children by Jan Pinborough, tells the story of how this remarkable woman set out to change this condition for young patrons. This book is a quick delightful read and is appropriate for young readers who are reading chapter books or longer picture books.

Many of the things you may take for granted, like having a special room or area just for children, or story time and other special children programs are now common occurrences because of Miss Moore’s advocacy for children in libraries. Check out the website for Miss Moore Thought Otherwise to learn more about the author, Jan Pinborough, and her passion for libraries and reason for writing the book. There is also a section of the website where you can share your favorite library memory.
Of course, come to the library often and don’t forget to check-out the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library calendar for upcoming children’s events. We love children and welcome you to our library!