Subject of the Month: 2016

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July 2016

Text says, "July Subject of the Month: Childhood and Play." Toys surround the text as four children stand below it.


Selectors: (Brittany Hill, Danielle Ager, and Mike Hawthorne)

The July display was selected in honor of the fun of being a child. Playing is important for all children to do, as this helps them develop and learn important life skills and lessons. Children from all over the world play games, and many of these games hold similarities. The library has a plethora of resources on play and childhood fun including photographs, graduate theses, videos, books, and many more. Stop by Purdy-Kresge Library to see the display.

“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything, than when we are at play.” ~ Charles E. Schaefer

Digital Collections

Digital Collections: Wayne State University Libraries

The Wayne State University Library System, through its digital publishing initiatives, strives to bring unique, important, or institutionally relevant content to Wayne State University’s academic community and to the larger world. Our Digital Collections represent text, images, and audiovisual material that support this mission through a diversity of projects.

The Library System's Digital Collections are created through grant-funded partnerships with a range local cultural and educational institutions; digitization of material held in our special collections and archives; and licensed materials from publishers. Our collections, provided through a handful of interrelated systems, support research, teaching and learning across multiple disciplines, in the classroom and beyond. Over 50,000 images and texts celebrate Detroit's contributions to the arts, fashion, history, architecture, interior design, medicine, and more.

Children; And Fire Escape

A boy is shown climbing down a fire escape on the side of a brick building.


Children; Winter Scenes. With sleighs

A boy and girl pose for a photograph  while sitting on a sled. They are surrounded by snow and dressed for the weather.


Scripps William E. Children Mary Anne and Dolls

A girl sits surrounded by a dozen dolls.

Books in Print


Articles on Play

Cartoon image of a group of children smiling.

Walter P. Reuther Library


Walter P. Reuther Library: Wayne State University banner. An image of a man standing in front of a microphone with a group of people behind him.

The Walter P. Reuther Library collects and facilitates access to historical documentary evidence in order to inspire academic research, serve the information needs of the community, and build knowledge at Wayne State University. The collections housed in the Reuther Library are open to anyone engaged in their research. The following images were retrieved from the Image Galleries located on the Reuther Library webpage:

A group of children pose on a Detroit street.

Urban Renewal, Black Bottom, Paradise Valley, Detroit, 1963

Young children at play on Selden Street. Photograph taken as part of series on the historically

Black neighborhoods that were dismantled during the Detroit Medical Center construction clearances.


Three girls hold hands as they spin around in a circle. Other children play in the open field in the background.

Ethnic Communities, Latin American, Schools, Children, Detroit, 1992

Students of Webster Elementary in Southwestern Detroit play games during recess.


Four boys make faces and pose for the camera.

Children Playing, Near East Side, Detroit

A candid view of a group of children at play in a neighborhood alleyway.

Part of a series of photographs taken of children in Detroit’s Near East Side. The area includes the Brush Park, Paradise Valley, and Black Bottom neighborhoods.

The Displays

Several books and toys are in the display.

Several books and toys are in the display.

Local Places to Play

The Detroit Kid City logo, which includes buildings and the company name.

"In a modern world filled with electronics, video games, computers and so many other distractions, children rarely get the chance to exercise their imaginations in a free play setting. Imaginations need to be exercised in a fun and inspiring environment but where? Detroit Kid City has you covered! We have created a custom Mini Detroit play city, where the kids run the show! Here the children have the ability to use their creative imaginations through pretend play." ~


Michigan Science Center logo


"Explore hands-on exhibits, gaze at the stars, discover new worlds in our IMAX® theatre, and take part in live stage shows. As Michigan’s STEM Hub, we inspire curious minds of all ages. The mission of the Michigan Science Center is to inspire curious minds of all ages to discover, explore and appreciate science, technology, engineering and math in a creative, dynamic learning environment." ~

Belle Isle Park logo

"Rich with history and natural beauty, Belle Isle Park is a Detroit gem and became Michigan's 102nd State Park in 2014 as part of a lease agreement with the City of Detroit. This 985-acre island park is situated on the Detroit River between the United States and Canada. Home to a variety of attractions, including an aquarium, conservatory, and the James Scott Memorial Fountain, this park provides a wide assortment of educational and recreational opportunities." ~

Special Collections


The Eloise Ramsey CollectionNamed for its originator, Eloise Ramsey, the Eloise Ramsey Collection of Literature for Young People is a closed collection of rare books and periodicals related to children’s literature from the late 18th century to the present, and located in the Purdy/Kresge Library on the main campus of Wayne State University. The collection has been expanded over the years with award-winning titles and otherwise outstanding works; whenever possible, recent acquisitions to the collection have been duplicated in the circulating juvenile collection. Books and materials in the collection are listed in the online catalog, but are not available for checkout. For more information follow this link:


Millicent A. Wills Collection of Urban Ethic MaterialsBegun in 1968 and dedicated in 1990 to former Detroit school teacher Millicent A. Wills, this collection consists of books that deal with urban life and ethnic diversity. Although this is a non-circulating collection, all books contained within it have been duplicated for the regular circulating juvenile books. The Wills Collection is located on the 4th floor of the Purdy Library near the juvenile collection.


William Alfred Boyce Storytelling CollectionThe William Alfred Boyce Storytelling Collection was donated by Mrs. Iana Boyce upon the death of her husband Dr. William Boyce, a professor at Wayne State University as well as a professional storyteller (a.k.a. The Story Peddler). Boyce taught courses in Oral Interpretation of Literature, Voice and Diction, Reader's Theatre, and Storytelling - an integral part of Children's Literature. The books in this collection represent some of the best works in the world of storytelling, a tradition as old as mankind. Storytelling is not only an art, but it reveals what is most important in our lives. Read these stories aloud, share them with those around you, or study the history of storytelling through this wonderful collection located on the fourth floor of Purdy Library.

Kanopy Streaming

Kanopy logo

Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video service for educational institutions that provides access to more than 26,000 films. Kanopy works directly with filmmakers and film distribution companies to offer award-winning collections including titles from PBS, BBC, Criterion Collection, Media Education Foundation and more.

Videos in the Catalog

The David Adamany Undergraduate Library houses an extensive DVD and Video collection behind the Circulation Desk. This includes popular children's movies that bring out the child in all of us. Search what other videos the WSU Libraries own by following this link:

Youtube Videos

These performers are wonderful for getting children moving and having a blast. Children can learn a number of developmental skills simply by dancing and singing along to music. Performers such as The Laurie Berkner Band and Jim Gill are well known in their industry for creating songs that children will be able to move, groove, and get silly to.

The Laurie Berkner Band - "The Goldfish"

Jim Gill - "Foot Notes"

Raffi - "Baby Beluga"

Children's March (Over the Hills and Far Away)


Cartoon image of playing children surrounded by toys