ALA Midwinter 2018

Mile High Treasures We Found at Midwinter

What does a copy of Little Bear by Elsa Homelund Minarik (lovingly inserted in the belly of a large homemade stuffed bear), By Space Ship to the Moon by Jack Coggins and Fletcher Pratt (a book about space travel written in 1951), and a signed copy of The Gingerbread Boy by Eric A. Kimmel have in common? They all belong to Denver Public Library’s Children’s Historical Collection: Reference. The ALSC Special Collections & Bechtel Fellowship Committee saw these and many other intriguing items while touring the collection located at the Denver Public Library during Midwinter 2018.  Our tour guide, Children’s Librarian Rachel Hartman, curates the collection. The Children’s Historical Collection first began in 1935 as part of the Western History Collection, which was established by local head librarian Malcolm Glenn Wyer at the suggestion of his friend, author Willa Cather.  At some point in time, all materials for children were…