Sunday, November 13, 2005


200 Years of Young Adult Library Services History

Ever wonder about how and when youth services librarianship started? Well, VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) (one of the two main young adult literature review resources I use, the other being KLIATT), included a fascinating and detailed chronology called Two Hundred Years of Young Adult Library Services History: A Chronology in their June, 2005 issue. Not only did I learn a lot from the article, I gained additional respect for my current calling. I had not realized that the first public library was for children! The Bingham Library for Youth, was founded in Salisbury, Connecticut in 1803, a full 31 years before the Peterborough Town Library (often credited as the "earliest public library") was founded in New Hampshire. This article is a must read for all youth services librarians, and the article's compilers are continuing to gather data to keep the chronology up to date, so don't hesitate to contact Anthony Bernier at VOYA if you have an addition to contribute.

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