|Title:||Seeing the World from Main Street: Early Twentieth-Century Juvenile Collections about Life in Other Lands
|Author(s):||Kimball, Melanie A.
|Subject(s):||Main Street Public Library Collections
|Abstract:||By the late nineteenth century, the United States had emerged as a
major industrial nation and an increasingly important force in world
politics. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, books
set in countries outside the United States proliferated. In particular,
books as part of a series, both fiction and nonfiction, were selected for
inclusion in public library collections. It is not surprising that large
urban libraries with diverse populations like St. Louis and Buffalo
would acquire children’s fiction and nonfiction on themes related
to life in other lands, but what did library collections in smaller, less
diverse communities include? The view from small-town Main Street
was similar to the view from large cities—children’s librarians acted
on their belief that their patrons needed to have access to materials
that discussed the world outside the borders of their town, state, and
country. An analysis of titles held by five small midwestern libraries,
book lists of the St. Louis Public Library, and lists of books included
in the classroom collections from the Buffalo Public Library in the
early twentieth century shows an increasing number of books that
described life in other countries. This suggests that there was widespread
agreement about the importance for children’s reading about
life outside the borders of the United States.
|Publisher:||Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
|Citation Info:||In Library Trends 60 (4) Spring 2012: 675-693.
|Publication Status:||published or submitted for publication
|Rights Information:||Copyright 2012 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2013-11-21