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      The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter

      Whadya Want to Know? or also known as frequently asked questions.  When Can I Visit the Exhibit? The exhibit will be open Now - May 31, 2019....

      The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter

      The exhibit is up! And we are pretty darn proud.  The exhibit will be open Now - May 31, 2019. Hours correspond with regular Andersen Library...

      Koo reflects on Clarke Chambers fellowship

      2018 Clarke Chambers Fellowship recipient, Youngeun Koo — a Ph.D. candidate in Korean Studies at the University of  Tübingen, Germany — reflects on using the International Social Service American Branch records and other collections related to adoption in the Social Welfare History Archives.

      Mocking the Caldecott

         Alachua County Library, Gainesville Florida I spent a delightful Sunday afternoon with graduate students, professors, and librarians discussing Caldecott contenders. The event was organized by...

      Do we do school visits?

        Why yes, we do. In February we open The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter It will be open from February 11, 2019 to May...

      The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter

      The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter is an exhibit at the Elmer L. Andersen Library opening on February 11, 2019 (See all related events) It...
      Portrait of Dominick Argento

      Dominick Argento papers acquired by Performing Arts Archives

      This fall, the Performing Arts Archives welcomed the archives of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento. The collection includes letters, score manuscripts, signed photographs, and several rare recordings — and illustrate the composer’s impressive creative output as well as his collaborative relationships with other Twin Cities musicians and musical groups.

      Readers Reference: Realistic Fiction Elementary

      Part Three Awhile Back I was asked for series books for ten-year-olds.  So I recommended a short list of historic fiction series here     And then a short list of...
      YMCA World War I volunteer Punch Card

      Decoding history

      In all, 25,926 men and women served during World War I with the YMCA — in the United States and globally — caring for the mental, spiritual, and physical needs of the troops. Each person had a punch card laden with data, including name, gender, age, marital status, and more. The cards, part of the U's YMCA Archives, are being decoded through Zooinverse, a crowdsourcing platform, and they are a potential treasure trove for researchers.

      Readers Reference -speculative fiction

      Awhile Back I was asked for series books for ten-year-olds. I posted a short list of here     And I started think about genre, and then I got...

      Best Children’s and YA Books 2018:Part two

      To recap For 4 years now, Holly Weinkauf and I have been digging through our piles to recommend books for giving. Here is the link...

      Best Books of 2018: Children’s and YA

      Lisa Von Drasek and Holly Weinkauf provided their annual list of Best Books for Kids last week on Minnesota Public Radio. In this post, Von Drasek, Curator of the University of Minnesota's children's literature collections, lists the books that were discussed and provides a link to hear an audio recording of the MPR program.

      Millions of Cats: A Visit to the Kerlan

      Ninety Years Ago Wanda Gág published the ground-breaking picture book Millions of Cats. School Library Journal in One Hundred Books That Shaped the Century said, ” Considered by...
      Sketchbook page with notes and watercolor of hippo in a pool

      What an archive reveals about the life and process of a children’s book creator

      Sketchbooks are highly private workspaces; they’re where characters are doodled into being and ideas grow into stories. A sketchbook reveals the ways that an author-illustrator takes in the world, melds it with their perspective and experience, and then creates stories and drawings. Sketchbooks show the artist at their most creatively vulnerable and free and they offer an incredibly intimate way to get to know someone’s work and process.

      Collection Development: Travel

        Books for Travel Lonely Planet has launched a terrific series of travel books for kids. And right now they are having a 33% off sale....