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The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter

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

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. 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.

Opening Sign to ABC of It

Can I come on the Weekend?

We do realize that not everyone can visit on the weekdays therefore have two Saturdays open when the doors will be open. 

The morning of Saturday February 23rd, the doors will be open from 9:00 am to noon.

We will be doing our docent training and if you want us to practice on you, you are welcome to visit then.


Continuing Education/ Community Open House

Saturday, 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.

Are you open at night?

We are open until 7:00, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Can I bring my book group/the scout group/a class?

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

Is this exhibit okay for children?

Darren Terpstra, Exhibit Director with Poky Little Puppy

Yes and no. It is most appropriate for visitors over ten-years-old. Yet, recently we had a few younger visitors who were fascinated by the original art as well as the the featured elements of books that we love and the the sharing of how children’s books are part of our lives and history.

How long should I plan to spend in the exhibit?


At least two hours. Most visitors wish that they had more time to pore over the materials and read Leonard S. Marcus’s commentary.

How Can I Buy the Catalog?

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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