Virginia Haviland, 76, a retired chief of the children's book division of the Library of Congress and an author of children's literature, died of a stroke Jan. 6 at her home in Washington.

Miss Haviland helped organize the children's book division in 1963 and was head of the section until she retired in 1981. She had traveled the world to talk about the virtues of children's literature, which she felt was greatly undervalued.

"It's ignorance, that's what it is," she said in a 1976 interview in The Washington Post. "A good book can mean a tremendous amount to a child. That's why they want to read or hear them over and over again."

Miss Haviland said many books are read by children around the world.

"Some classics are universal," she said. " 'Grimm's Fairy Tales,' 'Perrault,' 'Robinson Crusoe,' 'Treasure Island,' 'Tom Sawyer,' 'Little Women' and the more modern works like . . . E.B. White's 'Charlotte's Web.' "

Miss Haviland also had written reviews of numerous children's books for various magazines and for The Washington Post. She particularly did not like modern works which distorted the story line and the characters of the classics.

She said her childhood reading included "Peter Rabbit," "Alice in Wonderland," and "Little Women." "I'm sure I read lots of rubbish," she said, "but rubbish doesn't stick. Timing is crucial with children and their books. I was lucky and was given 'Alice' at just the right time."

Miss Haviland was the author of several children's books including the series on favorite fairy tales told in England, Russia, Japan, India and other countries, and also "A Fairy Tale Treasury."

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Miss Haviland graduated from Cornell University. She went to work as a children's librarian with the Boston Public Library in 1934 and also lectured on children's literature at Simmons College in Boston.

She moved to the Washington area in 1963 and worked at the Library of Congress until she retired six years ago.

Miss Haviland was a member of the American Library Association, in which she was a past president of the Children's Services Division.

She had received the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal and an award from the Grolier Publishing Co. for her contributions to children's literature.

She leaves no immediate survivors.

KARL HALVORSON,

62, a retired musician, organist and conductor with All Souls Unitarian Church and Adas Israel Congregation, died of leukemia Dec. 31 at a nursing home in Glenwood, Minn., where he had lived for the last five months.

Mr. Halvorson was born in Hancock, Minn. He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota and the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in Ohio.

He moved to the Washington area in 1954 and became director of music at All Souls and Adas Israel. He frequently incorporated full orchestra and ancient instruments into his music and also introduced a variety of music from South America.

Mr. Halvorson made several recordings and toured briefly as a performer.

He retired for health reasons in 1979 and moved to Lakeside, Mont. In 1982 he represented the United States at the International Music Festival in Mexico. He moved from Montana to Minnesota last fall.

Survivors include his mother, Ottea Halvorson, and one sister, Helen Martens, both of Glasgow, Mont., and one brother, Alfred Halvorson of Farwell, Minn.

CONRAD S. KEYES,

88, retired manager of financial accounting for GTE Corp. in San Francisco and a resident of the Washington area for the past eight years, died of a heart ailment Jan. 4 at his home in Arlington.

Mr. Keyes was born in Quincy, Mass. He was a graduate of Dartmouth College and served in the Army during both world wars.

Between the wars, he operated a financial services office in England. He joined GTE in San Francisco after World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Irene Keyes of Arlington; one daughter, Lorene Mann of Dumfries, Va.; one sister, Lydia K. Roy of Hingham, Mass.; three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

GREGORY BABIN,

76, a retired State Department and Defense Intelligence Agency librarian and economist, died Jan. 6 at Montgomery General Hospital of a respiratory ailment.

Mr. Babin, who lived in Silver Spring, was born in Rochester, N.Y. He graduated from the University of Rochester, where he also received a master's degree in economics. He received a master's degree in library science from Catholic University.

In 1947 Mr. Babin moved to the Washington area and became a State Department librarian and economist. He transferred to the Defense Intelligence Agency about 1961, and he retired in the early 1970s.

He was a member of Cornerstone Masonic Lodge in Silver Spring and a founding member of Temple Israel Congregation in Silver Spring.

His wife Lillian Babin died in 1976.

Survivors include two daughters, Marylin R. Jordan of Silver Spring and Susanne Paper of Potomac, and four grandchildren.

ISABELLA M. WILLIAMS,

65, a retired secretary with the Census Bureau, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 5 at the Magnolia Gardens Nursing Home in Lanham. She lived in Capitol Heights.

Mrs. Williams was born in Everett, Mass. She grew up in the Washington area and graduated from Eastern High School and the Strayer Business College. She joined the Census Bureau about 1943 and retired in 1963.

She was a member of the American Association of Retired Persons, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and the Suitland Senior Citizens Club. She also was a member of St. Bernadine's Catholic Church in Suitland.

Her husband Marcus Williams died in 1971. Survivors include two daughters, Frances Knapp of Rhoadesville, Va., and Marie Gibbs of Lanham; two brothers, Phillip A. Martino of Riverdale and Francis J. Martino of Fairfax, and four grandchildren.

DOROTHY E. REILLY,

90, a retired bookkeeper, died of pneumonia and heart ailments Jan. 5 at the National Orthopaedic Hospital and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Reilly, who lived in Arlington, was born in New York City. Before moving to this area in 1972, she had worked as a bookkeeper for insurance companies in Omaha.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Brian A. Reilly of Arlington; three sons, Brian A. Reilly Jr. of Falls Church, Neil M. Reilly of Alexandria and Kevin D. Reilly of Bluff Park, Ala., and five grandchildren.

SHIRLEY KLATEMAN,

74, the owner of Palace Florists on Dupont Circle in Washington, died of cancer Jan. 6 at her home in Chevy Chase.

Mrs. Klateman was born in Philadelphia. She and her husband Bernard Klateman moved here in the late 1930s and Mr. Klateman started the flower business.

Mrs. Klateman took it over after his death in 1968 and she ran it until going into partial retirement in the late 1970s. The business remains in the family.

Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Fischer of Jackson, Miss., and Donna Dolgoff of Potomac; one sister, Rose Horn of Philadelphia; one brother, Irving Suknow of Reading, Pa.; five grandchildren, and one great-grandson.

SIBYL McCARLEY HARTSHORN,

71, a Fairfax artist who specialized in the Indonesian art of batik, a process of using wax and dyes on cloth, died Jan. 4 at Fair Oaks Hospital after a stroke.

Mrs. Hartshorn, who lived in Fairfax, was born in Russellville, Ala., and grew up in Mississippi.

She moved to this area during World War II and worked as a secretary at the National Education Association during the 1940s. During this period she also did some modeling and served on the board of Glamour magazine.

Later she studied at the Corcoran School of Art. She specialized in techniques of batik of Indonesia, Bali, Fiji and Tahiti. Her works were displayed at various recreational centers in the Washington area and she taught classes in batik at the Alexandria YWCA.

Mrs. Hartshorn was a member of the Alexandria Branch of the National League of American Pen Women.

Her husband of 37 years, Merrill Hartshorn, died in 1985.

Survivors include one sister, Orin McCarley of Arlington, and one brother, Julian E. McCarley of Newark.