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“Children who read good books usually behave better, and have good manners”: The Founding of the Notre Dame de Grace Library for Boys and Girls, Montreal, 1943

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Title: “Children who read good books usually behave better, and have good manners”: The Founding of the Notre Dame de Grace Library for Boys and Girls, Montreal, 1943
Author(s): Lyons, Chris
Subject(s): Libraries and society Libraries in Canada Children in libraries
Abstract: The founding of the Notre Dame de Grace Library for Boys and Girls in Montreal in 1943 provides a unique and interesting case study in Canadian library development. It was founded and operated by an umbrella group of local community organizations, using money raised locally, initially to combat a perceived rise in juvenile delinquency during the Second World War. The arguments made in favor of the library by the general public and the organizers were widely reported in the local press. The documentary record provides a rare account of the beliefs held about the efficacy of reading and libraries to shape children, a neglected aspect of children’s library development in Canadian historiography.
Issue Date: 2007
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 55 (3) Winter 2007: 597–608.
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/3709
ISSN: 0024-2594
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright 2007 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2008-02-28
 

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