Friday, April 3, 2009

The Old-Fashioned Way Still Works!

This is my milk carton from lunch today. It was a neat reminder for me that we can find valuable information in lots of places.

The milk carton intrigued me, so I had to check out This site is the Library of Congress' Lifelong Literacy site. There is lots of interesting stuff there. One of my favorite "finds" is in the Rare Book & Special Collections Reading Room. The LOC has digitized a collection of rare and classic children's literature. For each book, you have the option to use the Page Turner or view the entire book in PDF format. The library staff has scanned every page, including the covers and blank pages. The illustrations in some of these old books are fantastic! In honor of April being Poetry month, here is a picture of a page from A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson. The illustrations are by Charles Robinson and it was published by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York in 1895. This poem is entitled "Rain."

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