Caroline Maria Hewins - Hartford Public Library


Caroline Maria Hewins (1846-1926)

Pioneer in library services for children (Inducted 1995)

The photograph of the Hartford Public Library personifies the lifelong work of Caroline Maria Hewins.  She transformed the Wadsworth Atheneum from a private subscription association into the Hartford Public Library and set standards for other libraries in the United States.  Over the course of fifty years, she also focused attention on literature and programs for children.  Launched in the fall of 1904, the Hartford Children’s Library was among the first in the country. Hewins, an avid collector of books, was also active in the American Library Association.  She was named to the Library Hall of Fame in 1951. The Caroline M. Hewins Scholarship is granted annually to a candidate planning to “specialize in library work with children”.  The Hartford Public Library is located at 500 Main Street in Hartford.

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