A bronze plaque greets
visitors at the entrance to the Rey Childrens Room of the General Library, Boston
Public Library. The plaque bears this message:
Elvira Vecchione Artick
delighted in the wonders of children
and books throughout her life. This reading
center for young people has been restored
in her memory by a generous contribution
from her husband, Robert Artick.
The restored Rey
Childrens Room is a fitting remembrance of a remarkable woman, Elvira Louise
Vecchione Artick. Elvira was educated in the Boston Public Schools and graduated
from Boston Teachers College in 1927. Immediately Elvira embarked on a career
with children and books that was destined to encompass her years in and out of the
The children Mrs. Artick reached and the
books she opened to brighten their eager minds are countless. We can only guess how many Make
Way for Ducklings, Charlottes Web or jaunty jingles by Dr. Seuss
delighted youngsters, thanks to Elvira Artick. We do know that she repeatedly said,
"If you can read, you can do almost anything!" Her love of children and
dedication to teaching will remain an inspiration to all that knew her.
As a student herself, Elvira virtually
devoured books and learning in the Library. She took special pride that her citys
library and the Boston Teachers College were wonderfully free to all.
Elvira Louise Vecchione Artick died on
March 30, 1990. With the restoration of the Rey Childrens Room in 1994, her life in
the enchanted kingdom of books for children will be long remembered.
In addition to the restoration of the
Rey Childrens Room, Mr. Artick also established The Childrens Room
Fund. The Fund supports the on-going needs of the Central Librarys Rey
Childrens Room. Contributions to The Childrens Room Fund may
be made by check, payable to the Trustees of the Boston Public Library, P.O. Box
286, Boston MA 02117. All contributions are tax deductible.
here for more information about the programs and services of the Children's
Information about Elvira Louise Artick
Elvira Louise Vecchione was born in East
Boston on March 24, 1906, the third of 14 children. She was educated in Boston
Public Schools and graduated from Boston Teachers College, Class of 1927.
After her graduation from Teachers
College she began temporary service as a first grade teacher. On February 8, 1928 she
received a permanent appointment to the Chapman District, East Boston, where she taught
elementary school for the next 16 years. Her love of children and dedication to
teaching will remain an inspiration to all that knew her.
In July 1944 Elvira married Robert
Artick, who was on furlough from Army service in World War II. She resigned her position
since, at that time, married women were not permitted to continue their teaching.
After the war the ban on married
teachers was lifted. Mrs. Artick resumed her teaching as a substitute from 1954 to 1961.
In 1964 she was appointed a provisional teacher to the Ellis Mendell School. When she
passed a requisite examination, she was appointed permanent primary teacher to the fourth
Mrs. Artick retired from the Boston
school system in 1976 when she reached the age of seventy. Her formal career, dedicated to
teaching children how to read, numbered 32 years. She counted teaching as a wonderful
Elvira Artick had many nieces and
nephews, and will always be loved and remembered as "Aunt Wiza".
Although Robert Artick pays tribute
exclusively to his wife, it should be noted here that he shared her commitment to teaching
and books. For 23 years he taught at Hyde Park High School. His subject was the very
beginning, the foundation of books: PRINTING.