Today we consider a library filled with excellent books for children to be almost a basic right of childhood. So it’s shocking to think of a time when children under 14 were forbidden to enter libraries. Or when librarians kept children’s books behind glass, and when most saw their roles as protecting books from children, rather than making books available to children. Yet such was the state of library service around the turn of the century—until Anne Carroll Moore and other trailblazing women librarians—refused to accept the status quo.

Library Heroines: Anne Carroll Moore

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