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. Volume IX Number 17 . . . . April 25, 2003
The author, Sydell Waxman, was given the Frances E. Russell Award by IBBY-Canada for her research for this book. It is the first biography of Lillian Smith who made a significant contribution to librarianship. Today, her work is honored by the Toronto Public Library as the Lillian H. Smith Branch on College Street houses the Osborne Collection of historical children’s books and manuscripts. Miss Smith was instrumental in bringing this collection to the library system.
This easy to read biography will be read with interest by those involved children’s libraries and librarianship. The organization of the book around Miss Smith’s principles will be a bit baffling to young readers, but the numerous photos, drawings and archival materials make this biography very visual. Unfortunately, there are small errors in the text as, in the section on Miss Smith’s work in library associations, the author calls the “Canadian Association of Children’s Librarians” by two differing names. But the author’s enthusiasm for the life and achievements of Miss Smith is very apparent in her writing and research.
Lorraine Douglas is the Head of Children’s Services at the Winnipeg Public Library.
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