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      The ABC Of It: Why Children’s Books Matter

      The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter publishes February 1, 2019. This volume is full color, 240 pages is a companion to the...

      Readers Reference: Books for Ten Year Olds

      My 10 year old likes fantasy, realistic fiction, and historical fiction. She has read the Wings of Fire series, Harry Potter, etc. Are there...

      The ABC of It: The BLAD for the Catalogue

      First things First What is the ABC of It? click here Who is Leonard S. Marcus? Click here Contents of the catalogue click here What is a BLAD? BLAD...

      The ABC of It: Catalog Contents

      A Recap The University of Minnesota Libraries, Children's Literature Research Collections will be adapting The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter (originated at The...

      The ABC of It: Cover Reveal!

        Were you one of the 500,000 visitors to the ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter exhibit at The New York Public Library? Were you...

      Preserving perfection: Restoring Kate Greenaway’s watercolors

      The Libraries' preservation department recently worked with five of Kate Greenaway’s watercolors, removing the mats and glue and ensuring that the artwork will remain in its current state far into the future, rather than further deteriorating. The watercolors are held in the Libraries' Children’s Literature Research Collections. Greenaway was a prominent 19th century English artist, best known for her charming children’s book illustrations featuring regency-era dressed children and floral designs. She was born in 1846 in London and studied art at several schools.

      Where have I been? The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter

      A team of volunteers, interns, and staff   have been working for over a year adapting The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter for a three-floor...

      Twin Cities Book Festival

      Saturday October 13 ! Join Us (and 6000 Fellow Book Lovers) for the Literary Event of the Year! The 18th Annual Twin Cities Book Festival Saturday, October 13,...

      Nnedi Okorafor

        Don't forget to register Nnedi Okorafor WHEN?  OCTOBER 25, 2018  5:30-6:15 p.m. Reception and Opening  6:15-7:00 p.m. Nnedi Okorafor, “The Many Faces of Fiction”  7:00-7:30 p.m. Discussion and Q&A  7:30-8:30 p.m....

      Immigration History Research Center Archives’ Grant-in-Aid Awards announcement

      The Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRCA) has announced its 2018-2019 Grant-in-Aid awardees. Grant-in-Aid Awards supports travel by researchers to the IHRCA to advance the awardees' research. Awards are available through co-sponsorship from the Immigration History Research Center and the IHRCA through the ethnic and general funds.

      Julie Schumacher: Reading and Signing

      Julie Schumacher September 13th   Where: Elmer L. Andersen, Room 120 When: September 13, 2018 Event time: 6:30 pm, doors open; 7:00 pm, reading Signing to follow    Parking note: Please be...

       Nnedi Okorafor @ Book Week, UMN

      Nnedi Okorafor WHEN?  OCTOBER 25, 2018  5:30-6:15 p.m. Reception and Opening  6:15-7:00 p.m. Nnedi Okorafor, “The Many Faces of Fiction”  7:00-7:30 p.m. Discussion and Q&A  7:30-8:30 p.m. Book signing  WHERE? McNamara Alumni...

      The Secret Lives of Books exhibit opens September 18

      The Wangensteen Historical Library's new exhibit — "The Secret Lives of Books" — reveals the past and present secret lives of books and tells their captivating stories of health, illness, and the human experience. In an evolving exhibit experience, guest-curated exhibit vignettes will be changed each month to reveal more stories about rare books and their intersections with current events, historical experiences, and the research programs at the University of Minnesota.

      Black Magic Woman: Rituals of the Divine Feminine

      The University Libraries' artist in residence program aims to promote using historical collections as a way to inspire works of art, build connections between artists and archives, and support artists who use historical sources in their work. In this blog post, artist Valerie Caesar discusses her work in the archives, which focused on this question: What is the wonder of blackness?

      Reflections from an artist-in-residence

      Working with archival materials in quiet reading rooms for many hours during my spring residency at the UMN Libraries' Archives & Special Collections was a contemplative, productive, at times intense, surprising, and overall gratifying experience. I conducted research primarily in two collections: the Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRCA) and the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine. My research objectives broadly included the Guatemalan Civil War, migration and trauma, historical conceptions of 'The Tropics,' mosquito-borne illnesses, indigenous treatments, and the confluence of race and disease.