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Fall 2014 Last Chance! Friends Exhibition Viewing Hours - The ABC of It


September 7, 2014
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 this exhibition has been provided by the Bertha and Isaac Liberman Foundation, Inc., in memory of Ruth and Seymour Klein.

For donors $40 or more

Enjoy three hours of private members-only viewing hours on the final day of this critically acclaimed exhibition.  The ABC of It is an examination of why children’s books are important: what and how do they teach children, and what do they reveal about the societies that produced them? Through a dynamic array of objects and activities, the exhibition celebrates the extraordinary richness, artistry, and diversity of children’s literature across cultures and time. 

Leonard S. Marcus, curator of the exhibition will also be on-hand from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to answer your questions and provide background on how he chose what to include and exclude from the exhibition. 

Please present your membership ID card or invitation, which admits four people. The event will be from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m..

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.

For more information, please call the Friends Office at 212.930.0653 or email