The Lenski Children’s Center is in the Main Library of Clark County in Springfield, Ohio.  It is the children’s wing of the Main Library and is named for author and illustrator, Lois Lenski.  At the Children’s Center, there is a collection of Ms. Lenski’s many published books on display, including those which have been translated into other languages.

Ms. Lenski was born in Springfield and spent her early years there.  She loved to draw and eventually became a trained artist.  In the l920’s, she illustrated the Betsy Tacy books by Minnesota writer Maud Hart Lovelace.  Later, she was encouraged by her publisher to try to write her own book to go along with some of her many illustrations.  The experiment worked and the first book which Lenski wrote to accompany her own drawings was published.   She became extremely successful at this and went on to write and illustrate almost 100 books.   One of them, Strawberry Girl, won the Newbery Award in l946.

Lenski’s career shows what can happen when someone encourages another person to branch out and try a new endeavor. Has anyone in your life encouraged you to develop a talent or learn a new skill?

This is the fourth stop on our Ohio Trail!

Rebecca Blake Beech