There is evidence of growing interest in the work of libraries, if we may judge from the continual references which we find in the press. It is a disorganised interest as a rule, and, as is always the case in journalism, an interest which seizes on the nearest suggestion to hand, and does not care to enquire as to what exists already. Particularly is this the case where references are made to library work with children; and it really seems that some publicity campaign on the present possibilities of libraries—as they actually exist—is needed on more arresting lines than any campaign hitherto undertaken. For example, a few years ago a writer in an education journal who described herself as a teacher in Islington advocated; as a thing unknown in England, a children's room in a public library. A stone's throw from her school was the Islington Central Library which then possessed everything she advocated. Lately this sort of thing has been repeated, and we really wonder how it is that people have no eyes for things near at hand.
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