Friday, January 30, 2009

Children’s/Media Collections: The “Place-to-Be”

           

The TWU Libraries' Children's/Media Collections was a special place to be during the Fall 2008 semester, featuring several interesting displays and exhibits. In September-October, a variety of the collections' multimedia materials highlighting the role of women in aviation were on display to honor the trailblazing pioneer veterans of the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) who held their historic reunion at TWU's Woman's Collection and WASP Archive on the weekend of September 26-27. The exhibit featured numerous books on flight and military aircraft, airplane-themed pop-up and craft books, and a stream of one-of-a-kind hand-made real-life paper airplanes that greeted the WASP pilots and their guests upon entering the library.

In October, the Children's/Media Collections participated in TWU's "Asia and the Arts" month-long celebration. The collections' "Finding Asia in Children's Literature" exhibits, one on the Garden Level and the second, in the Blagg-Huey Library entrance lobby, featured a diversity of Asia-themed multimedia children's and young adult literature and folklore treasures, highlighted with a string of hand-made lanterns, and Asian cultural artifacts. One exhibit case devoted to celebrating the theme of universal world peace, featuring books about the story of Sadako and the thousand paper cranes featured the collections' famed mobile of Origami peace cranes designed by Children's/Media and TWU alumnae Mu-Chia Chen and Yoshie Kim.

In December, as has become a tradition, treasures from the Children's/Media Collections were on display in the Blagg-Huey Library lobby and on the Garden Level in a pair of exhibits for the holiday season. The exhibits, highlighting the spectrum of faiths and holiday practices, featured specially-themed cases celebrating the winter season and the beautiful choreography and music of The Nutcracker. On display from the collections were a set of elegant pop-up books, and from the Media Collection, a number of videotaped versions and long-playing audiodisc recordings of Tchaikovsky's famous holiday ballet.





DISPLAYS PLANNED FOR SPRING 2009

  • February: Black History Month, Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day, and Mardi GrasMarch
  • Dr. Seuss's Birthday (March 2), Women's History Month, Spring Break, St. Patrick's Day, Career Month
  • March 13-April 15: Deaf History Month
  • April: National Poetry Month, Spring, Easter, Earth Day
  • May: Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Memorial Day
  • June: Father's Day, Summer, Juneteenth (June 19)

--Ellen Perlow

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