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Transmitting Whiteness: Librarians, Children, And Race, 1900-1930s, Shane Hand Aug 2011

Transmitting Whiteness: Librarians, Children, And Race, 1900-1930s, Shane Hand

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In the wake of the public library movement in the southern United States during the early twentieth century, local librarians began providing library services for those whom they deemed to be their most valuable resources, children. Representatives of a new profession, children’s librarians campaigned for better tomorrows by collecting good books specifically for young readers while providing safe, comfortable spaces that encouraged an atmosphere of instructive entertainment.

Supplemental to the development of a unique children’s department, library administrators sought strong working relationships with the city’s various public schools. The public cooperative that developed between libraries and schools brought thousands of …