Imaginary Worlds: Storytelling in Pictures & Words
October 13 – January 5
The Sayles Gorham Children’s Library and Philbrick Rare Book Room at the Providence Athenæum present an exhibition showcasing the Old Juveniles Collection of Children’s Literature and the great talent of generations of artists and authors who give children windows to worlds they could only imagine.
Titles exhibited include:
Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper, by Charles Perrault, [American, circa 1840]. Originally published in French by the author in 1697.
Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift, London, 1726.
Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, by Lewis Carroll, London, 1886. A facsimile of the original manuscript book afterwards developed into Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with illustrations by the author.
Winnie-the-Pooh, by A.A. Milne. Illustrated by Ernest Shepard. First American edition. New York, 1926.
Le Petit Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Illustrated by the author. First edition. New York, 1943.
Other books include Babar, the Velveteen Rabbit, Goodnight Moon, Where the Wild Things Are, Madeline, Eloise, and Curious George.
Friday, October 13, 3:30-6pm (drop-in), followed by a special Family Movie Night in the Reading Room. While no registration is required for the opening, please let us know if you plan to attend the Family Movie Night by contacting Lindsay at 401-421-6970 x17 or email@example.com.
Open gallery hours
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12-6pm
Related children’s programming
Sunday, November 5, 2-4pm | The Great Retro Read-In
Enjoy an afternoon of reading and exploring the often beautiful, sometimes odd, and always delightful children’s books from our “retro” Raven Room children’s collection. These visibly well-loved books reflect the decades of delight brought to the children who borrowed them. Come discover old favorites and make new friends! Refreshments will be served (because what fun is an afternoon reading session without cookies?).
Free & open to the public; all ages welcome. No registration required.
Sunday, November 19, 2:30-3:30pm | Afternoon Tea with Madeline
Lovely Madeline has been our guest in the Imaginary Worlds exhibit since October and before she goes back home to Halsey St., she would very much like you to join her for a tea party! The very kind lady who is Madeline’s special friend will join us to share enchanting stories of Madeline’s happy days on Halsey St., a short Madeline film, and a reading. Tea and cookies will be served. If you happen to have a Madeline friend of your own she is welcome to join the fun!
Free & open to the public; ages 5+. Please register with Lindsay at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-421-6970 x17.
Saturday, December 2, 2-3:30pm | Book Crafting Workshop
This is a chance to create your own handmade book that you can decorate and fill with your stories, thoughts, dreams, and anything your heart desires. They also make lovely gifts for family and friends! Grown-ups can join the fun as well.
Free & open to the public; ages 5+. Registration required. Please contact Lindsay at 401-421-6970 x17 or email@example.com to register.