What Do Kids Collect? Books

“I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books,” wrote Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) who grew up with his father’s library around him. Visiting Macculloch Hall Historical Museum you will find many books that once belonged to the Macculloch-Miller family, now part of the W. Parsons Todd collection. Some of the books are children’s books, most likely read by the generations of the children who grew up in Macculloch Hall. Others books include textbooks that were probably used to teach history, geography, and science in Mr. Macculloch’s Latin School for Boys from 1814-1829 at Macculloch Hall.

Do you have a collection of books at your house? Do you always seem to be looking for a new book to add to your collection? Visit MHHM’s Facebook page today at noon for Storytime: Guess & Go to hear two stories about, you guessed it, books!


Learn more about the Library of Congress, considered America’s greatest library.

Learn how an important personal collection of books became a public collection:

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, part of the New York Public Library, was named for Arturo Schomburg (1874-1938) who was an historian and activist who lived in Harlem during the Harlem Renaissance. As a child of African descent growing up in Puerto Rico he was told by a teacher that people of African descent had no history. Schomburg devoted the rest of his life collecting and preserving objects that led to a greater understanding of the Black experience.

Listen to an excerpt from Carole Boston Weatherford’s Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library.

Want to learn how to make books? Find ideas at Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord’s website.

Topic: What Do You Collect?
Age / Level: Primary, Elementary

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