Samuel Tilden, who left $2.4 million to establish a free library in New York, nearly changed his mind when he found out that ninety per cent of the books checked out of the Boston Public Library were fiction.
Meanwhile, libraries were popping up in American cities and towns like crocuses at first melt.
In the first half of the twentieth century, no one wielded more power in the field of children’s literature than Moore, a librarian in a city of publishers. “Dull in a new way,” she labelled books that she despised. Scott brought her copies of his press’s new books, tricked out with pop-ups and bells and buttons, Moore snapped, “Truck! The end of Moore’s influence came when, years later, she tried to block the publication of a book by E. He had a pet mouse; he thought he looked a little mousy himself.
In 1909, when he was nine, he won a prize for a poem about a mouse.
Patrick’s Day) and stocked the shelves with books in French, German, Russian, and Swedish.
In 1924, she hired the African-American writer Nella Larsen to head the Children’s Room in Harlem.
She brought in storytellers and, in her first year, organized two hundred story hours (and ten times as many two years later).
She compiled a list of twenty-five hundred standard titles in children’s literature.
Not long afterward, Angell became the magazine’s fiction editor. Instead, he set to writing, and stocked a desk drawer with tales about his “mouse-child . (When Moore forgot Nicholas in a taxi, her colleagues did not mourn his loss.)In 1924, Moore published her own children’s book, “Nicholas: A Manhattan Christmas Story.” It begins with Nicholas’s Christmas Eve arrival in a New York Public Library Children’s Room filled with fairy creatures: The Troll gave a leap from the Christmas Tree and landed right beside the Brownie in a corner of the window seat.
Just then the Fifth Avenue window swung wide open and in walked a strange boy about eight inches high..