From the Archive: Time to Read

by Tiffani Righero, Research Assistant, Local History Archive

Shorter days and colder weather are the signs of a new season; reading season. I love wrapping up in a blanket on the couch on a blustery autumn Saturday with a good book.

Winifred Hancock seemed to enjoy the same feeling as she posed for a photograph in front of her fireplace in the 1930s.  She looks quite cozy reading in her rocking chair.

Other readers include these two boys who were photographed reading at school. This photo, circa 1937, from William Reddick Martin’s collection is similar to those in his newspaper article printed in the Fort Collins Express-Courier on November 12, 1937.  The story outlined the new reading program in grade schools that placed students in reading groups based on reading ability.  This new program at Lincoln School helped cater to individual’s needs as they joined peers with similar reading strengths and weaknesses.

This young reader visited the Fort Collins Public Library, in the Carnegie building where the Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center is currently located, in 1951. The smirk on her face shows she is enjoying her book.  Seeing all the covers of picture books in this image made me think back to some of my favorite picture books when I was younger.  Miss Rumphius, Imogene’s Antlers, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and Thunder Cake all came to mind. And, how could I forget Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends? What were some of your favorite books to read as a child?

Whether you prefer reading in your rocking chair or in the library, I hope you enjoy reading season!

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