Upcoming Events


The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter

Poky Little Puppy viewing ABC of It title

In celebration of the 70th anniversary of Dr. Irvin Kerlan's first gift of children's books and artwork to the University Libraries, the Children's Literature Research Collections will be hosting The ABC of It, curated by scholar Leonard L. Marcus.

The exhibit will be open February 11 - June 14, 2019. Hours correspond with regular Andersen Library building hours:

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesdays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

In addition to the exhibit, there will be multiple events and learning opportunities open to the public, giving the opportunity to delve further into the materials, as well as learn about the creation of the exhibit itself. 


Opening Reception, featuring Leonard S. Marcus

Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
When: February 27, 2019
Event time: Doors open at 5:30, program begins at 6:00 p.m.

This event will celebrate the opening of the exhibit and will include a discussion between Leonard S. Marcus and CLRC curator Lisa Von Drasek, followed by a book signing.

Please visit z.umn.edu/ABCevent to RSVP.


Continuing Education Community Open House

Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
When: March 2, 2019
Event time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (curator talk from 10:30 - 12:00 p.m.)

Join us at a continuing education open house. Enjoy the exhibit with a discussion geared towards educators and librarians, but all are welcome.
No RSVP required.


Panel Discussion Series

Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
Wednesday, March 6: The Writers (Joyce Sidman, Brenda Child, John Coy)
Wednesday, March 13: The Artists (Brenda Bowen, Nancy Carlson)
Wednesday, March 20: The Making of the Exhibit (Lisa Von Drasek, Mary Schultz, Darren Terpstra)
Event time: Doors open at 4:30, program begins at 5:00 p.m.

Join us for a series of thematic talks related to The ABC of It, featuring local authors and artists. The March 20th event focuses on the making of The ABC of It with exhibit designer Darren Terpstra, project manager Mary Schultz, and curator Lisa Von Drasek. No RSVP required.


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Series

Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120

Wednesday, April 10: Part 1, Visions of Childhood (RSVP)
Wednesday, April 17: Part 2, Giving and Getting Books (RSVP)
Wednesday, April 24: Part 3, The Art of the Picture Book (RSVP)
Event time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

In honor of The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter exhibit, the CLRC has partnered with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) for a course on children's literature. These sessions are open to all (RSVP required), and each class focuses on one floor of the exhibit.

Please RSVP for each session you plan on attending at the above links, as seating is limited. If you are a member of OLLI, we request that you sign up through them, rather than through the public RSVP links.


Interested in purchasing an exhibit catalog of The ABC of It?


Exhibit catalog may be purchased from the University of Minnesota Press, at this link: z.umn.edu/exhibitcatalog


Interested in bringing a group of ten or more to visit the exhibit?

Groups of ten or more should schedule with the CLRC department by emailing asc-clrc@umn.edu. We welcome classes, book groups, writers and authors, teachers and librarians, cohorts and professional development teams. All are welcome.



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