FINDLAY, Ohio – Owens Community College welcomes the return of the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum to the Findlay-area Campus with original illustrations from children’s books featuring many facets of childhood or bearhood as the Library Gallery presents “Fabulous Friends: Illustrations from Children’s Books”, April 1-17.
The Owens Findlay-area Campus Library is located on Bright Road in Findlay.
“Owens Community College’s Findlay-area Campus is delighted to have the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum return to the Library Gallery,” said Gail McCain, Owens Library Manager for the Findlay-area Campus. “The Mazza Museum is committed to helping children develop an interest in reading and literacy, as well as in preserving original artwork from children’s literature. This exhibit showcases the work of some of the most well-known children’s illustrators of our time, which is sure to delight Gallery visitors of all ages.”
The University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum was founded in 1982 and is the world’s first and largest museum devoted to the art of children’s picture books. Since its inception, the museum has collected over 5,000 original pieces from children’s literature. The goal of the Mazza Museum is to promote literacy among children, as well as to collect, exhibit and preserve original artwork from children’s picture books.
Nineteen children’s book illustrations are featured in the “Fabulous Friends” exhibit to include “Best Friends Together Again” by author and illustrator Aliki Brandenberg, “Gentleman Bear” by author and illustrator William Pene duBois and “Best Friends” by author and illustrator Steven Kellogg, among others.
The Findlay-area Campus “Fabulous Friends” exhibit is designed to encourage children to take interest in literacy and libraries as the College recognizes National Library Week, April 14-20.
Admission to the Findlay-area Campus Library Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information, contact the Library at (567) 429-3088 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 3088.