Central Children’s Room Memories: Lisa Richland
The third in a series of memories by people who love the Central Children’s Room of New York Public Library.
I lived in Brooklyn and was an active library user. I was also an advanced reader and frustrated by the idea that I was expected to stay in the children’s rooms of all the libraries I used in my area. I heard about the Donnell library with its marvelous children’s focus, so I got myself on the BMT into Manhattan and visited. The children’s room was great, but the best part about it was that I felt completely comfortable wandering the stacks in the adult non-fiction collection. At last! I could read and borrow whatever struck my fancy. This experience stayed with me. I will never forget the welcome I felt, and I try to keep it in mind when I work with the adolescents who use the library here in Greenport.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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