Owens welcomes the return of the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum to the Findlay-area Campus with original illustrations from children’s books featuring reading, writing and arithmetic as the Library Gallery presents “Reading, Writing & Rithmetic: Illustrations from Children’s Alphabet and Counting Books”, March 29 – April 20.
“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.
Twenty children’s book illustrations are featured in the “Reading, Writing & Rithmetic” exhibit to include “On Market Street” by author Arnold Lobel and illustrator Anita Lobel, “Hullabaloo ABC” by author Beverly Cleary and illustrator Ted Rand, “The Icky Bug Counting Book” by author Jerry Pallotta and illustrator Ralph Masiello and “Pigs from A to Z” by author and illustrator Arthur Geisert.
The Findlay-area Campus “Reading, Writing & Rithmetic” exhibit is being presented in conjunction with the celebration of April as Month of the Young Child. In addition, the exhibit is designed to encourage children to take interest in literacy and libraries as the College recognizes National Library Week, April 8-14.
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 Ext. 3088.