For some reason, it is the mention of the furnishings of the library that capture my attention in an article about the institutional recognition of children’s literature (Beverly Lyon Clark, “Kiddie Lit in Academe” in Profession 1996 published by the Modern Language Association)
As early as 1877 Minerva L. Saunders — perhaps the first librarian to allow children under twelve to use public library books — set aside a corner of the Pawtucket, Rhode Island, library for children, even providing special small chairs for them.
And this provokes the memory of being a small child in a big big armchair next to an adult as I plodded through the words beneath a set of illustrations. And at times the reading would break off into an explication of the events unfolding in the pictures and their continuation in the mind at play.
And so for day 676