Original commissioned portrait by Robert Carter
Lillian H. Smith was born in London, Ontario in 1887. She was trained as a librarian in the United States before moving to Toronto in 1912 where she spent forty years creating a model of children's services that garnered her international acclaim. Smith influenced the cultural life of children on five continents and received visitors from around the world seeking to apply her methods.
Inspired by the one hundredth anniversary of the inception of her career, a musical about Smith has been written. This promotional Web site provides information to potential supporters and participants.
This project is an extension of an independent study that was completed by Michael Manchester while enrolled in the Master of Library and Information Science program at the University of Western Ontario. A multimedia Web site was created and you can learn more about this extraordinary Canadian by visiting www.LillianHSmith.ca.
A Life in the Library is told primarily from Lillian's perspective. She conveys information directly to the audience as if they are visitors to a library, the same approach Smith would have used as a practicing librarian. Seven original songs describe different aspects of her work. A description follows with samples of three songs for review.
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I'm A Children's Librarian
Dewey Just Won't Do
Where Are You?
A Lasting Tribute
The Final Page