ANNE CARROLL MOORE

Library pioneer Ann Carroll Moore was born in Limerick, Maine, on July 12, 1871. She pursued a somewhat unconventional path for a young woman of her day. She attended the Library School at the Pratt Institute and following her graduation in 1896 became children's librarian of the Pratt Institute Free Library. After ten years at Pratt, she assumed the position of Superintendent of Work with Children in the New York Public Library. In 1899, she wrote to the American Library Association to ask for the creation of a Children's Division. A year later she was elected president of the new Children's Library Section. She received an honorary degree from the Pratt Institute for distinguished achievement in 1932, and another honorary degree from the University of Maine in 1940. She wrote a regular column for the Horn Book Magazine containing criticism of children's books. Anne Carroll Moore retired from the New York Public Library in 1941. She influenced library children's services not only in the United States but in Japan, Russia, Sweden, India and many other countries. Ann Carroll Moore died in 1961 and is buried in Limerick, Maine.