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Fall 2013 Curator's Choice - The ABC of It


November 18, 2013

For Donors $250 or more.

Join Leonard S. Marcus, curator of The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter as he leads a behind-the-scenes tour and provides background on how he chose what to include and exclude from the exhibition. The ABC of It draws on collections across the Library to present the literature for children and teens against a sweeping backdrop of history, the arts, popular culture, and technological change.  

To reserve your spot, please call the Friends Office at 212.930.0653 or email

About the curator: Leonard S. Marcus has curated exhibitions on children's books and their illustration at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, where he is also a founding trustee; New School for Social Research; Vassar College Library; the Boston Athenaeum; Enoch Pratt Free Library; Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha); Katonah Museum of Art; and the Meridian International Center (Washington, DC). He has written numerous books about children's literature and the authors and artists who create them, and his incisive book reviews appeared in every issue of Parenting magazine for 21 years.

Support for The New York Public Library’s Exhibitions Program has been provided by Celeste Bartos, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos Exhibitions Fund, and Jonathan Altman. Additional support for The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter has been provided by the Bertha and Isaac Liberman Foundation, Inc., in memory of Ruth and Seymour Klein.

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