“I remember my own childhood vividly…I knew terrible things. But I knew I mustn’t let adults know I knew. It would scare them”
– Maurice Sendak
In this reading group we will turn our attention to the familiar and unfamiliar aspects of childhood. As adults who have lived through a childhood, we might assume we understand or can easily relate to the experiences of children, but too often children’s consciousness is simplified and romanticized as innocent. We will explore the complications, misunderstandings, and tensions which arise when adult’s and children’s perspectives collide.
The Athenæum is deeply grateful to our wonderful volunteer leaders. Please note library reading groups are not classes or courses, but rather a way for individuals to discuss readings together, guided by both expert and amateur enthusiasts. Participants should expect discussion-based, not lecture-style meetings.