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Title:Open wide the doors: The children’s room as place in public libraries, 1876–1925
Author(s):McDowell, Kate
Subject(s):Children's rooms in libraries
Abstract:The word “place” can mean both the physical brick-and-mortar and the concept of “appropriate space,” defined functionally. This article examines the language of children’s place in public libraries from 1876 to 1925 in order to understand debates around the establishment of children’s rooms. Debates over the proper place for children encompassed the establishment of practices allowing children to enter the doors of the building as well as the creation of physical “children’s rooms,” although these rooms were policed in ways that restricted and defined their use. Examining the rhetoric of place and physicality illuminates some of the emerging cultural ideas about libraries as children’s places, their purposes, and their limitations.
Issue Date:2014
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 62 (3) Winter 2014: 519-525.
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-03-31

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