Discovering the Library (1954)

15 Dec
Producer  Coronet Instructional Films
Contributors  Educational collaborator, Mildred L Batchelder
Length  9 min
B&W/Color  b&w
UO Library Catalog description:  A small boy learns of the wealth of books available to him in the children’s room of his neighborhood public library, where pleasant surroundings and the librarian make him feel welcome. Describes the different kinds of libraries, concentrating on the public library and picturing a bookmobile. Shows the boy’s interest in the new books table, card catalog and special book lists. Emphasizes the need to take turns being helped by the librarian and to be courteous of the other users. The librarian assists the boy in finding a book about trains that is at his reading level. Demonstrates book check out procedures. Reinforces the responsibility of checking out a library book and taking care of it so that others can use it later
Call # FILM Ma139
Genre  instructional
Rare  yes
Online  no
Copyright status  protected
Physical condition  fair
Oregon-related  no


Mildred L. Batchelder was a children’s librarian and advocate for children’s literature throughout her long career. There is an annual American Library Association award given in her name for excellence in children’s publishing. Coronet was a prolific producer of educational films from 1940s-1980s, and  many of their films are available in the Internet Archive as part of the Prelinger Collection.

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