Karen Slattery Educational Research Center for Child Development

The Gordon Library

The Gordon Library is a free standing building connected to our main building by a covered walkway. It holds over 5,000 preschool children's books, plus books-on-tape, CD Roms, and teacher and parent resources. Every child enrolled at KSERCCD receives a library card and is encouraged to check books out weekly. Our librarian holds story times for each class and helps children to learn about the library. Children generally visit the library 2 to 3 times a week.

Our library is a cheerful, child-friendly place where children can see, touch and hear:

  • Hard and soft cover books
  • Interactive books on CD
  • Books on tape

Children also experience books as they come alive:

  • In the puppet theater
  • On the flannel board
  • As they act them out

Our library helps further our philosophy that children who are surrounded with quality literature, in many forms, will continue to grow in their natural love for reading.

The Making of a library...
Peter and Nona Gordon

Shortly after the end of World War II, a young woman working as freelance photographer in Canada heard about a bold experiment in education taking place in Winnipeg. The idea driving the new program was that children too young for kindergarten could benefit from a school experience tailored specially for them. The photographer, Nona Gordon, grabbed her Speed Graphic camera and four-year old son, Budd, and headed for the public school where the program was being conducted. This exercise in enterprise journalism netted Nona a picture story that ran in the Winnipeg Free Press; it also aroused in her a deep and abiding commitment to pre-school education.

Nona's successful photography career kept her busy, but she managed to find time to take courses in early childhood development at the University of Toronto and McMaster University in Ontario. She earned an associate's degree and a Montessori certificate at Palm Beach Community College, which enabled her to teach at a pre-school after she closed her Delray Beach photograph studio in 1977.

Nona died in 1993 at the age of 71. Her husband, Pete Gordon, a longtime Sun-Sentinel reporter and columnist who retired in 1983, has made certain that her support of early childhood education will continue. "From the moment she covered that story in Winnipeg, Nona was a passionate advocate of pre-school education," Pete said. "She believed in it before most people even heard of it". Pete donated the money to build the Nona and Peter Gordon Library/Media Center at the Karen Slattery Educational Research Center for Child Development. He also established an endowed professorship in early childhood education. From June of 1997 through June of 2000 the Gordon Foundation Endowed Professor was Dr. Donna Read, Ph. D.