Monday, January 25, 2010
It's Monday, Picture Books Past. To quote the ALA site, "Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) may be best-remembered by his establishment of free public libraries meant to make available to everyone a means of self-education. In 1881, when he began the project, very few public libraries existed; he spent over $56 million to build 2,509 libraries throughout the English-speaking world." What a guy! Read more about him here and more about the Carnegie libraries here. He certainly was the most influential force bringing books to Americans one hundred years ago. And so many of those same charming and distinguished community library buildings are still in use today, with shelves full of picture books. Is there one near where you live? Try looking here.