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Meanwhile, Back in the Children’s Center . . .

Figures that the minute I go on maternity leave my workplace (the Children’s Center at 42nd Street in the main branch of NYPL) goes and gets itself something neat.  Check it out.

The exhibit is called Children’s Book Illustrators and Authors Come Alive.  That’s a title I admittedly find rather amusing since it implies that these folks have risen from their grave to display their work in the Children’s Center.  Zombie art!  At any rate this is the first time the room has displayed art of any kind, so we’re rather thrilled.  The current exhibit features eleven different author/illustrators, all of whom published books in the 2010/11 season.  Some other shots:

And that’s not all!  For about two years now the room has been sitting on a painting created specifically for the Children’s Center by none other than Todd Parr himself.  Now the art is up for one and all to see and it melds with the space so beautifully that the last three times I was there I failed to even notice it.  Voila!

The exhibit of art is up from now until the end of the year.  The Todd Parr painting may well be permanent.  If you would like to view any of these, please be so good as to stop by.  I’ll be around after September 15th and would be happy to give you a little tour.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Nice. Will have to pop in an check it out.

  2. I love seeing Cooper’s book in the lead picture for your blog entry! Farm is among my favorite picture books and one that I practically insist libraries in my area purchase because it so perfectly captures the mood of rural Michigan (where our high school STILL has a drive your tractor to school day). I can’t tell you how many times I have wanted to take pictures of the chocolate brown soil of a field that is ready for planting and the “dirt” fields right next to it. I am just about ready to head to our local coffee shop and sit at the boys’ table, which often has farmers at it and hear about what the heat is doing to the various crops. I guess I should also say that I love seeing the pictures of ALL the various artwork in the library. I wish I could come down in September for a tour.