BRIDGETOWN NS – Librarian Angela Reynolds can’t wait to get her hands on some old books – really old books.
That’s all because the
Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library
Association, and the Special Collections and Bechtel Fellowship Committee have
awarded the 2017 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship to Reynolds.
Her plan is to spend a
month this spring exploring venerable texts about Little Red Riding Hood. Reynolds is the Community
Engagement Coordinator at Annapolis Valley Regional Library (AVRL), but her
background is as a children’s librarian.
She will explore the many
different variations published about Little Red Riding Hood, and how the tale
has been presented to an audience of children in different time periods.
“I have had this idea for a while,” Reynolds said, “and
this just felt like the right year to apply.
I'm pretty excited - for a whole month, my job will be
to read. That sounds fairly idyllic to me, though I know it will be hard
work, but it will be reading.”
She’s already “briefly looked online at the
catalogue of the collection I will be studying, and they have books from
Reynolds will share her
findings with Nova Scotia librarians on three occasions. She has plans to use
her research to craft the tale of Little Red Riding Hood into a felt story, and
possibly a puppet show to share with children in the Valley.
AVRL CEO Ann-Marie
Mathieu says, “We are extremely proud that one of our librarians has won this
award. Angela has a passion for children’s literature, as many people in our
community know. She will be sharing her research with our patrons and with the
Nova Scotia library community.”
The Bechtel Fellowship is
designed to allow qualified children’s librarians to spend a total of four weeks
or more reading and studying at the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s
Literature, a part of the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of
Florida in Gainesville.
The Baldwin Library
contains a special collection of 85,000 volumes of children’s literature
published mostly before 1950. The fellowship is endowed in memory of Louise
Seaman Bechtel and Ruth M. Baldwin and provides a stipend for the period of