Anne Carrol Moore opened the first children's room at the New York Public Library in 1911.
That led to children's departments like this one in my library. Books and other resources stretching as far as the eye can see.
I still get a flutter of happiness when I see it.
No library can stock every title, but most are part of the interlibrary loan system. That means you have access to thousands of books currently residing in other cities and states.
When I was researching my book, The Hole Story of the Doughnut, I used interlibrary loan to borrow books from several New England libraries and many Texas libraries and universities. I was not charged for shipping, but would gladly have paid for such generous sharing.
Shown below are Shirley Yen, who ordered the books for me, and Daniel Sample, who helped me use the genealogy databases. Thank you!
Ah, books. I never outgrew my love of children's books. My passion became a career--I was an elementary school librarian. And now I write books for kids!