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Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library membership provides our Friends with the opportunity to contribute to the life of the Library and the College.

The Library benefits from annual membership dues and endowment income that:

  • Employs undergraduate and graduate interns in Special Collections
  • Purchases new materials to build our collections
  • Conserves sensitive bindings and fragile books
  • Improves services to students and faculty using the Bryn Mawr Library today


Calendar of Events

Kris Graves: The Testament Project

September 21 - December 18, 2016

11 am - 4:30 pm daily

Class of 1912 Rare Book Room, Canaday Library

Kris Graves exhibits selections from his series The Testament Project, a collection of photographs, videos, and testimonials aimed to represent and explore blackness in contemporary America. Graves's portraits are flooded with brightly colored lights that complicate assumptions about what blackness looks like. An oversized, hot pink portrait of the artist's sister, Jessica, will greet visitors at the entrance to the gallery, even as she confronts the permanently installed painting of M. Carey Thomas by John Singer Sargent. The juxtaposition asks us to bear witness to the trauma of institutional exclusion of black students under Thomas's presidency, to attend to the persistence of traditional privileges, and to imagine a path forward toward transformation. More than 20 photographs, subject testimonials, and a video will be on view.

Artist's Lecture

Wednesday, September 21, 12:30 pm, Thomas 224

Sponsored by The Center for Visual Culture


Opening Reception

Wednesday, September 21, 5:00 pm, Canaday Library



To Increase Your Delight - Books from the Ellery Yale Wood Collection

September 16 – December 22, 2016
Open regular Library hours
Eva Jane Romaine Coombe ’52 Special Collections Suite
Gallery, Second Floor, Canaday Library

To Increase Your Delight samples the recent bequest of 10,000 children’s books to the College. The books were gathered by alumna Ellery Yale Wood (1952), a long-time resident of Wisbech, England. She started by collecting only the books that a girl in nineteenth-century England would have read -from her earliest picture books and ABCs through the novels she embraced as a young adult - but then expanded her interests. The collection contains early readers, chapter books, and young adult novels from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries, including fairy and folk tales, important illustrators, classics like A Little Princess and Mary Poppins, and fantasy novels from The Hobbit to Harry Potter.


A Celebration of the Ellery Yale Wood ’52 Children’s Book Collection

Monday, December 5, 2016

Harry Potter, Narnia, Cinderella, Mrs. Molesworth, and many more are part of the extraordinary collection of children’s and young adult books donated earlier this year by Ellery Yale Wood, Bryn Mawr class of 1952. Please join us for an open house to see some of the highlights from the collection, and then hear reflections on the books from students who have worked with the books; from Kate Thomas and Bethany Schneider in the English Department, who played such an important role in bringing the collection here; and from noted young adult novelist Catherine Gilbert Murdock ’88.

Schedule of Events

4:00 – 5:00 pm: Children’s Book Collection Open House

Special Collections Department, 2nd Floor, Canaday Library

5:00 – 6:00 pm: Children’s Books: Some Personal Views

Carpenter Library 21

Kate Thomas, Chair, Department of English

Bethany Schneider, Associate Professor of English

Students’ responses to the books:

Cassidy Gruber Baruth '19

Hannah Kolitz '17

Julia Moss '19

Isabella Nugent '18

Catherine Gilbert Murdock '88, author of Dairy Queen and other young adult novels.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library at Bryn Mawr College.


We often talk about the Ellery Yale Wood Collection on the Special Collections blog. Read more on the following topics:
Unpacking the collection when it arrived from England



Friday Finds


Making a Mark: Provenance in Fifteenth-Century Printed Books
Presentation by Daniel J. Crosby, Graduate Student in the Department of Greek, Latin, & Classical Studies

Friday, November 12
3:00-4:00 pm
Special Collections Seminar Room, 2nd Floor Canaday Library

Daniel Crosby will discuss his Summer 2016 project tracing the history of the ownership of 15th century books in Bryn Mawr's collections, a project done in conjunction with two international book history projects, the Provenance Online Project at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Material Evidence in Incunabula at the Consortium of European Research Libraries.



Friday Finds - A series of informal chats about historical and cultural objects in Bryn Mawr's Special Collections. All of the events begin at 3:00 in the Special Collections Seminar Room, on the second floor of Canaday Library, and last about an hour.

For additional information, contact the Special Collections Department:, 610-526-6576.

Exhibitions and public programming are sponsored by the Friends of the Bryn Mawr College Library.



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For additional information: 610-526-6576