Gertrude Way Strong Collection
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) maintains a collection of books for children and adolescents. The Gertrude Way Strong Children's Collection is a part of the larger collection. The Gertrude Way Strong Collection was made possible by a gift from Frank R. Strong, the late son of KU's sixth chancellor, in honor of his late wife, Gertrude Way Strong. The goal of this endowment is to build a collection of children’s books that will provide professors and students with a wide variety of quality children’s literature to use in classes and fieldwork with children. The collection houses classics, award winners, and books from selected content areas. The Strong donation also provides for a periodic lectures by children’s authors and illustrators.
The LRC collection consists of books for both children and adolescents. These include fiction, nonfiction, picture books, biography, autobiography, folk literature, poetry, and high interest/low readability books. The books are located on shelving separate from the general collection and can be searched for on the on-line catalog. There is also a number of "Big Book" kits. These kits consist of an oversized version of a children's picture book and five normal sized copies.
The LRC staff provides assistance for locating books. The University Libraries also maintain a collection of children's book that can be found in Watson Library, located on the University's main campus.