Harriet the Spy Turns 50


By: Beth von Behren on September 23, 2014 Print This Post

Harriet the Spy was my favorite childhood book.  I must have read it three, maybe four times, and I still have my dog-eared copy from childhood somewhere on one my shelves.  When my daughter was about 8 years old, I was going through some old stuff and found my copy, but it was too fragile to give her to read, so I bought a copy for her.  She read it from cover to cover in just a few days, and then she asked me to buy her a notebook.  If you’ve read Harriet, you know that she Harriet the Spy Turns 50 picturecarries a notebook around with her everywhere and takes notes on people and places as part of her “spying.”  My daughter started carrying her very own notebook around with her everywhere. By the time she graduated from college, she had a box full of notebooks (which are still housed at my house). Today, she is a writer. In fact, she’s a novelist.  Yes, books can inspire us.

It just so turns out that our little friend Harriet, or at least the book where she made her first appearance, turns 50 this year.  Here are all the details from Kirkwood Public Library’s Chelsea Bedley:

A girl all her own, Harriet the Spy was independent, observed the world in her own unique way and truly believed in herself. Louise Fitzhugh’s character defied the expectations of what a girl could be during the 1960s and inspired kids all over. Harriet the Spy has remained a beloved book to this day, so to commemorate the 50th anniversary, Your Kirkwood Library will hold a Harriet the Spy Turns 50 event on Saturday, October 4, from 10:00 am to 2:00 p.m.  Old fans and new are invited for a day of sleuthing and spy activities, crafts, and more! Questions? Contact the Children’s Room at 314-821-5770 ext. 1015.

Chelsea Bedley is the Assistant Director of Programs and Youth Services and is currently reading From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. Visit your Kirkwood Public Library at 140 E. Jefferson Avenue, or call us at 821-5770. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.



Written by Beth

Beth von Behren is the Public Information Officer for the City of Kirkwood. She manages the City Website (KirkwoodMO.org) and writes/edits both the monthly "Eye on Kirkwood" (published on the last Friday of the month inside the "Webster-Kirkwood Times") and the every-other-weekly e-newsletter "Kirkwood Happenings." To sign up for the e-newsletter, send an email to Info@KirkwoodMO.org.

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