So when I saw this week's prompt I thought that it would be just the theme for me. However it proved more difficult than I thought,
Apart from coats being worn this might have been a scene from the library at Stamford School where I was to go from aged 11 - 18. But these days cuts by governments in more countries than just the UK have led to closures and "Save Our Libraries" campaigns. Encouraging children to read is more important than ever as I hope these old pictures will show:
|Children Reading - 1916|
Artist - Halonen, Pekka (1865-1933) - Google Art Project
A little later a US congress woman got involved:
|US Congress woman Ruth Hanna McCormick - 1928|
The photo from the Library of Congress shows her with a group of children reading at a table covered in books.
|Children reading - 1911|
(Credit: Chicago Daily News negatives collection, DN-0003451. Courtesy of the Chicago Historical Society.)
View of children reading at desks in a classroom at the Robert Emmet School located at 5500 West Madison Street in the Austin community area of Chicago, Illinois.
|Children's Reading Room - New Orleans Main library at Lee Circle - 1913|
(New Orleans Public Library photo)
I have no photos of the library at Stamford School or the library at the University of St Andrews (600 years old this year) in which I spent more hours than I can remember in the 1950s. So I'll end with this rather impressive picture from another place of higher education instead.
|Norman Foster Staircase - London School of Economics - 2010|
(By John Picton - http://www.flickr.com/photos/arthurjohnpicton)
Now all you need to do is love your local library even if it is loaning e-books these days. Don't forget to pop across to check out other bookish types at Sepia Saturday 152