The facility, located within the Department of Teaching and Learning, is exclusively devoted to children’s literature and holds nearly 3,500 volumes.
The gift has been used to create the Linda May Uris Library Media Specialist at the Georgiou Library and Resource Center, which is open to NYU faculty and students, families from the community, and researchers from around the globe.
Kendra Tyson (pictured above), the Linda May Uris Library Media Specialist, manages the center’s collection and provides services to its patrons in addition to leading its public outreach efforts. Tyson, who has held the position since November 2013, was previously manager for exhibition programs, digital assets, and archive management in Education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she worked for a decade.
The Georgiou Library and Resource Center for Children and Literature was established in 2002 under a gift from the E.H.A. Foundation. It is named after Constantine Georgiou (1927-2009), a professor in NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Teaching and Learning for more than 50 years as well as a children’s book editor and author. A specialist in Mother Goose books, Georgiou, who received a Presidential Citation from President Bill Clinton in 1997, was recognized as a foremost expert in the field of children’s literature. E.H.A.’s president, Linda Sanger, who earned her Ph.D. from NYU Steinhardt, was Georgiou’s student.
The Georgiou Library and Resource Center contains several categories of children’s literature, including counting books, fairy tales, poetry, biography, and holiday books. It also houses Mother Goose books geared for African, Chinese and Russian audiences, bi-lingual counting books, and the Metropolitan Museum’s of Art’s Museum ABC (Little Brown, 2002), which portrays a range of world cultures through its collections.
(Photo: A ribbon cutting was held in April to celebrate the gift from the E.H.A. Foundation and the reopening of the library in new quarters in the East Building. Pictured (from left to right): Susan Neuman (Department of Teaching and Learning), NYU Provost David McLaughlin, Steinhardt Dean Mary Brabeck, E.H.A. President Linda Sanger, and her daughter Victoria Sanger.)