The image of the librarian has been of continuing concern to librarians for over 100 years. Much of that concern has focused on the stereotypical portrayal of the librarian as an unattractive, intimidating, little old lady with glasses, who wears her hair in a bun and who is always demanding silence.
The books in this exhibit have been selected for the ways in which they portray librarians. Some--perpetuating the typical stereotype--are dragons; others are magicians who reveal the world of books and reading; and still others are simply ordinary people. Often, a transformation takes place during the course of the book, or the librarian turns out to be quite different from what the children in the story originally expected. In every case, the relationship between the librarian and children is stressed. Almost always the authors and illustrators display a charming sense of humor.
These books are works of delight that help to introduce children to the wonderful world of books and reading. The books and other illustrative materials and objects in this exhibit are from the collection of Norman D. Stevens, who curated the exhibit.
Dodd Center Gallery
Curator: Norman Stevens
Image is of Giuseppe Arcimboldo's[1527-1593] portrayal of The Librarian that is represented in the Exhibit by a contemporary Venetian mask and an illustration in The Three Golden Keys.