NYPL’s Children’s Book Exhibit is Brilliant

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The ABC of It is an examination of why children’s books are important: what and how they teach children, and what they reveal about the societies that produced them. Through a dynamic array of objects and creative spaces, the exhibition celebrates the extraordinary richness, artistry, and diversity of children’s literature across cultures and time. On exhibit at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Gottesman Exhibition Hall, now through March 23, 2014. If you haven’t already, go experience it!

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Goodnight Moon! Room at NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Gottesman Exhibition Hall

Bibliotheca Publica: An Endangered Species

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More art advocating for libraries! Mixed media artist, Mindy Nierenberg, is one of five artists featured in “5 x 5,” the Tufts University Art Gallery Summer 2008 Exhibition. Her site-specific art installation, “Bibliotheca Publicus: An Endangered Species,” calls attention to the current and very serious issue of public library budget cuts, while also highlighting the public library’s importance to the community it serves.

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[Mindy Nierenberg’s] Bibliotheca Publica: An Endangered Species pays homage to the public library as the artist’s refuge and laments the demise of the library as a cultural and funding priority. The installation has four components: quotations printed on recycled card catalog cards; altered hardcover books with handwritten notes by Medford residents about what they have discovered at the library; an oak card catalog case containing information about libraries and pieces of ephemera; and a library desk, chair, and lamp. -from the Tufts University Art Gallery website.

Also, as part of the installation, a slide show reveals local community members’ thoughts about their libraries and a space is set up where viewers may write postcards to local officials about the importance of funding their library. These postcards will be mailed at the close of the exhibition.

“5×5,” the Fifth Annual Juried Summer Exhibition at the Tufts University Art Gallery, will be held from June 5 –August 10, 2008. The gallery hours are Wednesdays to Sundays, noon to 5p.m. The Tufts University Art Gallery is located in the Aidekman Arts Center on Talbot Avenue on the Tufts University Campus in Medford, MA.

Stuck on Libraries

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My new-found favorite from the EqualAccess Showcase, a venue for participants to share their health, lifelong, or youth programming initiatives:

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The Ephrata Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board, with support from Penny Talbert, EqualAccess* Program participant, found a unique way to advocate for a ballot referendum to fund local libraries. To show their loyalty to the library and woo voters, 12 members of the Teen Advisory Board created a live art exhibit by attaching themselves to library computers and walls using duct tape.

*EqualAccess Libraries is a professional development program that trains public librarians in how to address their community’s most pressing needs through assessment and information gathering, development of strategic partnerships with local organizations, and the creation of innovative work plans that reflect their community’s unique character. The Access Programs provide flexible approaches to creating programs and services for health consumers, Baby Boomers and older adults, and youth.

EqualAccess was developed by Libraries for the Future.