Children and their books is the theme of the exhibit currently on display in Walker Library’s Special Collections. A variety of books selected from its holdings provide insight into the varied character and appearance of books for children manufactured in the 19th century.
The aim of the exhibit is to present books which demonstrate different ways children (and the adults around them), engaged with books in the 19th century. Whether in the context of home, church or school, books served as a mediator between children and their world during an important formative period of American history.
Highlights of the show include numerous19th century movable books, many never exhibited, as well as one of the smallest books in the collection.
The exhibit will be on display through summer 2010.