Caroline Maria Hewins

Caroline Maria Hewins

Birth
Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 4 Nov 1926 (aged 80)
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 71873813 · View Source
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Caroline Maria Hewins is known for her contributions to children's library services. Before her time, library services for children barely existed. When she began her career as a librarian, children younger than 12 years old were not usually allowed to use libraries. Despite this, one of her most significant accomplishments was her success in adding a children's room to the Hartford Public Library in 1904. Soon after, other libraries began adding children's rooms.
Three years after arriving at the Young Men's Institute of Hartford, she began to include reading lists for children in the library's new bulletin. In 1882, she published "Books for the Young", a guide and list of recommended books for libraries to have available for children. Many librarians and booksellers used this list. It was so influential that it was later picked up and revised by the American Library Association for future use. Soon after accepting the librarian position at the Hartford Young Men's Institute, she began inviting children to the library. She extended the services of the Institute to local schools by encouraging them (the schools) to pay the yearly fee for membership; that way the schools could have books from the library brought to them, allowing students to use the library right from their classrooms.
In 1891, Caroline founded the first Connecticut State Library Association.
Caroline Hewins also campaigned for the creation of public libraries and spoke of the importance of free libraries throughout Connecticut.


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  • Created by: MacBean
  • Added: 23 Jun 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 71873813
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Caroline Maria Hewins (10 Oct 1846–4 Nov 1926), Find A Grave Memorial no. 71873813, ; Maintained by MacBean (contributor 47060372) Unknown.