Beloved girls' book series heroines Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames and Judy Bolton are now a central focus of the Appalachian State University library's children's literature collection, thanks to a donation from Appalachian English Professor Elaine O'Quinn.
O'Quinn recently donated more than 400 titles from her girls' and boys' series collection to ASU's Belk Library. She'll discuss the collection and books in the girls' series at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in room 421 of the Belk Library.
O'Quinn, who has been collecting girls' series books for more than 20 years, has done research on these series and their young female protagonists. Studies of girls' series books, O'Quinn says, illuminate ideologies and societal expectations placed on girls.