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The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter

By February 17, 2019May 13th, 2021The Kerlan Blog
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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 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.

You are invited 

The opening event is a conversation between

Lisa Von Drasek, curator and Leonard S. Marcus, guest curator


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Doors open at 5:30

NOTE: We will be over at Willey Hall so that there will be plenty of seats. Reception and book signing at Elmer L. Andersen Library.

Please visit to RSVP.

Events Not to Miss

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 Serie (CEUs available)

Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
Wednesday, March 6: The Writers (Joyce Sidman, Brenda Child, John Coy)
Wednesday, March 13: The Artists (Betsy Bowen, Nancy Carlson, Marlena Myles)
Wednesday, March 20: The Making of the Exhibit (Lisa Von Drasek, Mary Schultz, Darren Terpstra, Lauren Stringer)
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 (CEUs available)

NOTE: This is open to the general public as well as OLLI members

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?

The ABC of It Why Children’s Books Matter, The Book

Exhibit catalog may be purchased from the University of Minnesota Press, at this link:





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