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For Your Librarian Eyes Only: Exploring the 2018 Original Art Exhibit with the Society of Illustrators

SocietyIllustratorsSince I left New York about three years ago, I’ve found myself missing many of the things that go on there. Few events typify that FOMO more than this one. Librarians are the only people who are able to take part in this, and my envy is a depthless sea from which I can find no purchase.

For those of you in New York at this time, this usually sells out, but this year there are a couple tickets left. Get them while you can!


Please join us for this incredible and inspiring professional development opportunity.


The Artist’s Voice and Vocabulary in Picture Books


Monday, November 12, 2018

from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm 

at the Society of Illustrators

128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY


Join us for an in-depth exploration of the annual Original Art exhibit, featuring the very best illustration in books for children this year.

Art directors Laurent Linn (Simon & Schuster), Isabelle Warren Lynch (Random House Children’s Books) and Cecilia Yung (Penguin Books for Young Readers) will lead a gallery talk of this spectacular show for an up-close examination of the works on view.

Illustrators Susan Roth, John Parra and Laura Vaccaro Seeger will share their behind-the-scenes decisions and discuss and/or demonstrate their creative processes in the intimate gallery setting of the Society of Illustrators.

The day will conclude with a book signing and an opportunity to chat with your colleagues, the illustrators, and the art directors over a delicious buffet dinner.


1:00 pm          Gallery opens for check-in and preview of exhibit
2:00 pm          Welcome and Introduction by Cecilia Yung

About the 2018 Original Art Show by Laurent Linn

2:30 to 4 pm  Gallery Talk with Art Directors Laurent Linn, Isabel Warren Lynch and Cecilia Yung
4:15 pm          Presentation by Susan Roth
4:50 pm          Presentation by John Parra
5:25 pm          Presentation by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
6 pm               Q & A
6:30 pm          Book Signing
7 pm               Buffet Dinner

Non-refundable registration is $35.00

Includes a copy of the exhibition catalog (value $10),

gallery talk, presentations by three illustrators and delicious buffet dinner.

The speakers’ recent books will be available for purchase.


To register, please go to

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. I empathize with your desire to experience this event, Betsy. Your description of the day makes my mouth water and I’m not even an eligible librarian! It can be pure torture to want desperately to be in a place where you can not be. I send you my condolence.

  2. Paula Guiler says: