Library Occurrent Volume 6

Library Occurrent Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: easily seen and easily handled. A nearby table and a comfortable chair approximate the conditions laid down as ideal. A chance to browse, to find for himself, or to be helped to find, the things which are childhood's own, is, we have come to feel, a fundamental requisite. This means, above everything else, an adequate book supply. What is "adequate"? Nothing but a study of the community, a survey, if you will, can determine. Many public libraries are under-budgeted, undermanned, or-womanned, and under-booked. A survey of the needs of all the folks whom the library might serve may bring to light great opportunities and may point the way toward building the right sort of a book collection. In order to find out what the child of Everytown wants, it is necessary, then, to know what traditions are his, what blood flows in his veins, what opportunities for church, for school, for play are offered to him. A few children will never care to read, but the great majority are hammering at the doors of our libraries asking for "good books." What do we give them? We are not now discussing so-called "school books." The lessening dependence upon a text and the wider use of source material in the upper and even the middle grades makes their use negligible, anyway. We are not even considering volumes of information, intended to be used for school reference work, necessary as they are, and of serious interest to all "forwardlooking children's librarians. We are for a little while concerning ourselves with books which children want for the sake of the books themselves and not for the practical use which may be made of them. These are the books to be read for pleasure, comprising, in the main, more

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  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 458g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236821254
  • 9781236821256