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Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children

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Once upon a time, American children couldn’t borrow library books. Reading wasn’t all that important for children, many thought. Luckily Miss Anne Carroll Moore thought otherwise! This is the true story of how Miss Moore created the first children’s room at the New York Public Library, a bright, warm room filled with artwork, window seats, and most important of all, borrow ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Jan 31, 2017 Eve rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
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"Many early libraries were not free and open to the public. Sometimes a wealthy person would donate a collection of books and people would pay a membership fee for the privilege of reading them. Often, these collections did not have many books for children. At a time when few people thought children's books were very important, Miss Moore took them seriously, helping fill library shelves with more and better books for children."
I have to like a book that sheds some light on the early days of children's literature and the evolution of library collections designed specifically for the interests and enjoyment of children. It also tells the story of one of the first, and perhaps the most influential of children's librarians. I do, however, have a quibble: Anne Carroll Moore is well-known for having disliked the Oz books, and banned them all from her libraries. She also gave her very vehement stamp of disapproval to both "S ...more
Nov 30, 2012 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Annie Carroll Moore grew up in Limerick, Maine in a time when girls were not encouraged to be opinionated but she had her own ideas. Children in that time were also not allowed in libraries, especially not girls, because reading was not seen as important. Annie had always loved stories and books and though she thought at one time of being a lawyer like her father, she decided to become a librarian. She studied in New York City, living alone even though others thought it was dangerous. Miss Moore ...more
Oct 20, 2016 Erin rated it really liked it
This was a charming and decently factual account of a librarian who championed the cause of children's libraries. Back in the day, children often were not even allowed inside libraries, and people didn't like for them to touch books with their "grubby" hands, much less take them home, from where they couldn't trust children to remember to return them. But, as the title suggests, Miss Moore thought otherwise. Alice Carroll Moore was a great advocate for children, and implemented many ideas you st ...more
Apr 24, 2013 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a wonderful tale of a spunky woman who wouldn't cave to conventional wisdom and followed her own path. She was determined to pursue higher education when most thought she should just settle down and get married. And she thought that books should be available for children to borrow, for free. What a concept!

I grew up going to my local library very often and I have fond memories of the children's section and the librarian who worked there. I could never imagine not having access to such a
Apr 02, 2013 Renee rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
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1. This is a non-fiction book. Did you enjoy it? I enjoyed it because it told the story of someone who used to live and is now dead.

2. What do you think about the cover and the pictures? I like the picture of the big white house at the start of the book because I want to go there. I also liked the picture
Apr 01, 2013 Christina rated it really liked it
Very nice book describing the work of a pioneering children's librarian, Anne Carroll Moore. She created children's rooms in New York libraries, encouraged librarians to take down "Silence" signs and talk more with children and tell them stories; she got rid of the rule that children could not check out books; she made book lists and wrote reviews of children's books to help parents, teachers and librarians find good books and to encourage publishers to make better children's books. I vaguely re ...more
May 17, 2013 Allyson rated it it was amazing
Anne Carroll Moore is to children's libraries as Benjamin Franklin is to the young United States. She was one of the first librarians to not only let young people inside the library, but to create a space just for them. So much of what we take for granted in libraries today was almost directly a result of her work as head children's librarian for the New York Public Library. She insisted that children be allowed to come in the library and take books home. She began the cornerstone of modern chil ...more
Edward Sullivan
A wonderful introduction to Anne Carroll Moore's pioneering work in children's library services.
Vera Godley
Aug 01, 2013 Vera Godley rated it it was amazing
Just suppose you had no money for books. Just suppose you had little ones at home and you wanted to broaden their outlook on life and introduce them to the joys of the written word in stories or poetry or travel the world on the pages of a book. You could go to the library if you were an adult and if there was a library in your town. But really, there was not much there to appeal to the child. Your child could NOT even enter the doors. Children were NOT welcome in libraries and children definite ...more
Margo Tanenbaum
In her debut book for children, author Jan Pinborough offers a charming picture book biography of Anne Carroll Moore, an individual not well known among the general public but whose advocacy of library services for children are worthy of being celebrated in this handsome new volume released just in time for Women's History Month.

The book begins almost like a fairy tale: "Once in a big house in Limerick, Maine, there lived a little girl named Annie Carroll Moore. She had large gray eyes, seven ol
Ms. Jeane
Feb 23, 2017 Ms. Jeane rated it it was amazing
Of course I learned about Anne Carroll Moore in library school but I really loved reading about her in this book! She made such a huge impact in the world of children's librarianship that I would probably not be in the career doing what I love if not for her!
Young readers may be surprised to learn that libraries were once places where children were not welcome; in fact, there were many libraries that didn't allow them to check out books. This inspiring title about independent-minded and determined Annie Carroll Moore, raised in Limerick, Maine, describes how she worked to change all that. Annie refused to follow the expected path for women during the 19th century when she was born, studying law, and later moving to New York City to become a libraria ...more
Stephanie Pieck
Dec 01, 2016 Stephanie Pieck rated it liked it
Shelves: print-braille
A woman with an idea and an independent spirit is a force to be reckoned with! The New York Public Library's main building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street is an icon known worldwide. This book tells the story of the pioneering woman who was instrumental in establishing its children's reading room. There is nothing more powerful and revealing than a book. Too many people even now do not have a safe place to do this, and too many are discouraged from education in ways both blatant and subtle. This ...more
Beautifully illustrated picture book biography of Anne Carroll Moore. Also about having a dream and following it. And about women's rights/proper roles for girls. Did you know there was a time children weren't allowed to take books out of the library? Miss Moore thought things should be otherwise . . . and the Central Children's Room of the New York Public Library established a model for others to follow.

Facts about other women library pioneers are included in the endnotes.
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Jul 28, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Thank you, Miss Moore, for thinking otherwise!! Because you did, my students and I benefit from your thoughts everyday! I would love to use this book to help my students gain a deeper appreciation for the gift of libraries in their lives, both school and public. May be a good tool to use at the beginning of the year to set the tone regarding the value of the lib. For my little book lovers, they will be so distraught at the thought of not being able to use a library just because of their age like ...more
This book is a tribute to a woman who helped pave the way for me to enjoy the job I have today: Anne Carroll Moore, pioneer in the field of children's libraries. Even as a child Anne saw things differently from conventional wisdom, which led her to greater opportunities and gave her the courage to pursue them. She became a librarian in New York City and was eventually chosen to head all the Children's Rooms in the branches of the NY Public Library. Her vision of Children's Rooms as colorful, vib ...more
Mar 12, 2013 Karly rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to read this book, not only because the author is awesome, but also because I didn't know about Anne Carroll Moore and her influence on children's lit even though I have great love for the genre. I am so glad I learned about this amazing woman, and I think it is so great that I learned about her through a children's book. It definitely inspired me to teach my children to "think otherwise." And it challenged me to "think otherwise" on how I can have an impact on the world around ...more
Jun 18, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it
Though certainly popular with children's librarians everywhere, this book will be enjoyed by anyone interested in women who dared to think for themselves, in a time where such decorum was not always encouraged or appreciated. Not all of Miss Moore's ideas have stood the test of time (she despised Charlotte's Web for example), there's no question that her visionary approach to children's services in libraries pioneered the way for the beautiful spaces we find today.
Jan 18, 2015 Jeimy rated it really liked it
I harbor a not-so-secret desire to become a librarian. I have a small collection of non-fiction picture books about librarians and this is my latest, very welcome addition. I had never heard of Anne Carroll Moore, but I am eternally grateful for the work she did to encourage children to become readers/ library patrons.
Dec 10, 2013 Barbara rated it it was amazing
No one thought children, and especialy girls, had any business in a library. Miss Moore thought otherwise, and helped to creat children's rooms in libraries across the country. A very touching story. Share it with a current or future librarian.
Nov 19, 2015 Miranda rated it really liked it
The text is in small chunks of information and the details are presented more as a story than a listing of what she did. I think children would enjoy reading this for fun while at the same time learning about a part of history that most people know nothing about.
A delightful peek into the early days of children's literature and the birth of youth libraries and librarians. We all owe a debt of gratitude to Anne Carroll Moore and her colleagues, who valued children and their rights to read and visit libraries.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
I enjoyed this story about Miss Moore and her vision for children's libraries
Jul 30, 2013 Nan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Excellent book on Anne Carroll Moore and her mission to make a space for children in public libraries. Lots of good historical information. Looking forward to sharing this with my class!
Loved this story! Of course, I am a little biased, but I think Miss Moore is pretty awesome. :)
Stephanie Jewett
Mar 28, 2013 Stephanie Jewett rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, non-fiction, 2015
Yay for children's librarians!! So funny to think that children used to be excluded from the library- when I look around my library and half the floorspace is dedicated to children and youth.
Dec 06, 2016 Hilary rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Book lovers, library lovers, those interested in the history of reading.
Recommended to Hilary by: The library bought a copy at my request.
Shelves: christmas-books
Lovely story of how childrens libraries evolved from silently gesturing you would like to borrow a book from a locked shelf to them being a friendly place to find a book that suited you. It really is amazing that in a short period of time, libraries have gone from that to nowadays just being thankful a child has taken out a book. Our library has a poster in the childrens section that shows a book that has been destroyed by a young child saying something like ' don't worry we're just glad you're ...more
Heather Gunnell
Staff Pick

Read about one of the pioneers of children's librarianship. Without Anne Carroll Moore, spaces for children might not look the way they do today. Author notes in the back tell the story about other early children's librarians and their efforts to create welcoming spaces for children.
Jan 01, 2017 Jessie rated it really liked it
Tells the story of Anne Carroll Moore and her influence on children's rooms in libraries. I appreciated the back matter talking other people who helped establish places for children in libraries and what Moore's contributions were specifically.

I really liked the art style in this book.
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