Annie Caroll Moore was born to a loving family with seven older brothers. Though society at the time expected women to grow up and marry, Annie wanted more than that. By the age of nineteen she decided to study law like her father. But soon after, both her parents died suddenly from the flu. When her brother’s wife also suddenly died, she stayed to help him raise his children. After he remarried, Annie was determined to get out into the world. That’s when she heard libraries were hiring women to run them! She ran to New York as fast as she could and got a job. While most libraries were quiet places for studying, Annie wanted to include a place for children. She began weeding old dusty books out for more exciting books, and read to children at night like her father used to. Soon, she became in charge of every libraries children section! She toured every branch of the New York Library. She found that most librarians had huge silence signs, or wouldn’t let children borrow or touch books. She was able to change that, but there was still room for improvement. Eventually it was announced a new library was to be opened, and Annie took it upon herself to build the perfect children’s section. It was brightly colored, and there were hundreds of books available. When Annie was around 70, she retired, but instead of staying home, she toured the world, educating them on how great libraries can be for children!
Obviously I’m biased about this book, but I would highly recommend it for anyone. It’s so exciting to read about librarians and how they shaped libraries today. I think most people believe libraries are still the same as when Anne Carroll Moore was little, but they have changed so much, and this illustrates it perfectly. I hope everyone reads this book at some point, because it is a great introduction to how libraries continue to change and evolve even all these years later. Can’t recommend this book enough.