Frances Clarke Sayers (1897-1989) was a lecturer on children's literature at UCLA (1954-65). She won the Joseph W. Lippincott
Award for distinguished service in the profession of librarianship (1965), and the Clarence Day Award (1966) for
Summoned by Books: Essays and Speeches. The collection consists of Sayers' correspondence, family journals, photographs, notes, and memorabilia.
Sayers was born on September 4, 1897 in Topeka, Kansas; attended University of Texas and Carnegie Institute of Technology;
assistant in children's room (1918-23) and superintendent of work with children (1941-52), New York Public Library; lecturer
on children's literature, 1954-65, UCLA; won Joseph W. Lippincott Award for distinguished service in the profession of librarianship,
1965 and Clarence Day Award, 1966 for
Summoned by Books: Essays and Speeches (edited by Marjeanne Blinn, 1965); other publications include
Bluebonnets for Lucinda (1932),
Mr. Tidy-Paws (1934), and
Anne Carroll More: a Biography (1972); she died on July 24, 1989 in Ojai, California.Frances Clarke Sayers, noted children's librarian, author, teacher, storyteller and speaker, was an advocate of excellence
in children's literature.
1 Born on September 4, 1897 in Topeka, Kansas, Sayers later stated that she knew she wanted to be a children's librarian from
2 After attending the University of Texas at Austin, she graduated from the Library School at Carnegie Institute of Technology
in 1918, which was the first and, at that time, only library school specializing in work with children.
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