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Looking for something to do this weekend?

Consider heading to the Enoch Pratt Central Library to check out Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition – 50 Years, Works, Reasons​, a retrospective of original works by the late, great Maurice Sendak. The artwork is presented with heartfelt words from 50 extraordinary people, whose lives were all touched by this beloved author and illustrator. The exhibit also has a section displaying re-imaginations of Sendak work by other artists and illustrators. This section was curated by MICA Illustration professor Shadra Strickland and features pieces by many members of the MICA community including our own Marianne Sade!
The exhibition starts this Saturday, October 18, and runs through January 4, 2015. For more information visit the Enoch Pratt Library’s event page.


An old book about even older books!

Color plates from the 1897 edition of Facsimiles from Early Printed Books in the British Museum by Alfred W. Pollard, located in our Folio Room (Z121 .B7 Folio).



Staff member Mary Alessi is at it again, creating a Halloween display on our white board.  
Come by and check out some of these scary movies!

Staff member Mary Alessi is at it again, creating a Halloween display on our white board.  

Come by and check out some of these scary movies!



mdhsphotographs:

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Mount Royal Station1400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, Marylandcirca 1907John Dubas (fl. 1905-1973)(Possibly 5x7 inch glass negative)Arthur U. Hooper Memorial CollectionBaltimore City Life Museum CollectionMaryland Historical SocietyMC9070

mdhsphotographs:

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Mount Royal Station
1400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, Maryland
circa 1907
John Dubas (fl. 1905-1973)
(Possibly 5x7 inch glass negative)
Arthur U. Hooper Memorial Collection
Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Maryland Historical Society
MC9070



Come check out our It Was A Book First exhibit! 

It Was A Book First features books that inspired famed movie adaptations. Some are familiar, others are not.  Did you know that Clueless, directed by Amy Heckerling, is a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma



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Have you thought about what you’re going to be for Halloween?

Here are a few special effects and stage makeup books to inspire you!

Making Faces, Playing God: Identity and the Art of Transformational Makeup by Thomas Morawetz (PN2068 .M59 2001 stacks).

A Complete Guide to Special Effects Makeup by Tokyo SFX Makeup Workshop (PN2068 .C595 2012 stacks).

Stage Makeup by Henry Buckman (PN2068 .B73 quarto).

Stage Makeup by Richard Corson (PN2068 .C65 2000 quarto).



A mystical gem from our special collections!

Our 1877 edition of Isis Unveiled is inscribed and signed by H. P. Blavatsky (BP561 .I7 1877 V.1 located in the cage). 

Helena Petronova Blavatsky was a Russian philosopher and occultist.  In 1875, Blavatsky and two other colleagues established the Theosophical Society.  One of the main purposes of the Theosophical Society was “to form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or color.”  Blavatsky is often referred to as “The Mother of the New Age Movement.”

To see anything in our special collections, please ask a reference librarian for assistance.



Our Book Sale was a great success!  Thanks to everyone who made it out for the event!



Our own Aaron Blickenstaff created this great advertisement for our Used Book Sale! 
Tomorrow, October 10th, from 8:30 through 4, we’ll be selling gently used and well loved books with a special focus on art.  Art magazines, zines and catalogs will also be on sale.  Tables will be set up outside the library, near the entrance to the Bunting Center.  We will accept cash and FLEX for all purchases.

Our own Aaron Blickenstaff created this great advertisement for our Used Book Sale! 

Tomorrow, October 10th, from 8:30 through 4, we’ll be selling gently used and well loved books with a special focus on art. 
Art magazines, zines and catalogs will also be on sale.

Tables will be set up outside the library, near the entrance to the Bunting Center.

We will accept cash and FLEX for all purchases.