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Hours - Temporarily closed, until February 22, 2021. May be opened by appointment
Through June, 2021. Rare Book Room, First Floor, Canaday Library
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. when the library is open | other times by appointment, SpecColl@brynmawr.edu.
Open to campus community members only until campus re-opens to visitors.
All events will take place on Zoom and are open to the public. Registration is required - follow the link for each event. Further news of events and Friday Finds will be posted as they are scheduled.
March 3, 2021, 7:30pm. “I” is for “Ideology”: Spelling Books and Primers as Cultural Battleground. A (Zoom) Lecture by Heather Klemann,Yale University
What are words like “surveillance” and “usurper” doing in spelling books for children? We might ask this question of the propagandistic Abécédaire de la cour de France (Alphabet Book of the Court of France, Paris, 1814) for young monsieurs and mademoiselles published during the Bourbon Restoration, where these words appear. Enlightenment children were (and still are) understood as a force of change through the humblest foundations of literacy. This talk examines how works like the Abécédaire or the patriotic Mother's Picture Alphabet (London, 1862) enfold children into political movements through performances of learning to read: turning pages, sounding words aloud, and connecting images to text.
Register at https://brynmawr.libcal.com/event/7442596
October 9, 2020. 12:00 - 1:00 pm. Friday Finds: Allison Mills Reads from The Ghost Collector. Allison Mills (College Archivist) reads from her first YA novel, The Ghost Collector. Rooted in a Cree worldview and inspired by the author’s great-grandmother’s stories, The Ghost Collector delves into questions of grief, loss, and the many ways people can linger after death. Allison will discuss ghosts, Indigenous literature, and writing for children and young adults with Professor Bethany Schneider. Read more about Allison's work at https://allisonmillswrites.com.
October 16, 2020. 11:30 am-12:30 pm. Friday Finds - ’24 ’31 Students Study Race. Digital Scholarship Summer Fellows Cindy Chea ('22), Hilana El-Mekkoussi ('21), Peyton Moriarty ('21), Tino Nguruve ('22), and Elizabeth Zhao ('22) spent the summer researching and building a digital exhibition on BMC history. '24 '31 Students Study Race tells the story of two conferences organized by Mawrters in 1924 and 1931 to foster dialogue about race, inviting Black students and intellectuals (including Black luminaries such as W.E.B. Du Bois and Alice Dunbar Nelson) to discuss race relations and racial justice with white students. The fellows will present their work on the project--from archival research to web design to data visualization--and why this history matters today.
October 23, 2020. 12:00 - 1:00 pm. Friday Finds - Story Hour. Our first Story Hour of the year! Students who helped curate The Girl's Own Book will share favorite children's stories. Esme Read, Lucy Verweij, and Beck Morawski (all '21) will read an old favorite about a bear of very little brain, an award-wining picture book from 1991 about perfection, and a beautifully illustrated nonsense book about the Google Bird written long before our Google was dreamed of.