Events at Collins Library – Spring 2017


Saturday, February 25:  Celebrate African American Storytelling in the Rocking Chair Room with Kimi Irene Ginn.
Kimi Irene Ginn will join the Rocking Chair Reading Room to share the traditions of African American Storytelling and celebrate Black History Month. Join us for this wonderful morning. We will also be showcasing books for children that celebrate diversity and inclusion, and as usual, have a wonderful art activity! Kimi’s programs are packed with information and activities. She provides a fun way to experience the historical, educational, and entertaining aspects of storytelling. Learn more about her programs at: Collins Memorial Library Rocking Chair Reading Room, 10:00–11:30 a.m.


Tuesday, March 7:  Behind the Archives Door. Professor Eric Orlin will discuss a 1538 printed edition of Plutarch’s Lives held in the Collins Library collection.  Plutarch was a prolific Greek writer of the early 2nd century CE, leaving us more different texts than any other ancient author.  He was also one of the most popular authors throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, as most of his works offered moral guidance on how individuals both great and small should live their lives. This presentation will discuss the place of the Collins Library text in the context of early printing as well as focusing on some oddities of our particular text and the story of its arrival at Puget Sound.  All are welcome for light refreshments and an informal lecture.  Archives & Special Collections Seminar room, 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 8:  30 Years of Bookmaking at Bloodroot Press
Jean Buescher Bartlett, founder and owner of Bloodroot Press, an Ann Arbor-based studio and binder will talk about where she gets ideas and how she has incorporated them into her limited edition letterpress and one-of-a-kind artists’ books over the last 30 years. 5:30–6:00 p.m. coffee/conversation, 6 p.m. presentation, Library 020.

Wednesday, March 22:  Chasing Elephants: Conservationists, Politicians, Farmers and the Problem of Ivory. Rachel DeMotts, Professor of Environmental Studies and Director, Environmental Policy and Decision-Making,  and Parakh Hoon, Professor of Political Science, South Puget Sound Community College. Coffee and conversation, 5:00–5:50 p.m. in the Elephant Gallery. Lecture at 5:30 p.m., Collins Library Room 020.


Thursday, June 8:  Puget Sound Book Artists 2017 – Exhibit Opening
Northwest Musings. June 1 – July 28, 2017
Opening Reception: 5:00–7:00 p.m., The Link, Collins Library.


Wednesday, July 19:  Puget Sound Book Artists 2017 – Panel Discussion
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

(more information forthcoming)


Thursday, September 7:  David Wertheimer, Director of Community and Civic Engagement at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Join us for our monthly Behind the Archives Door lecture series! David Wertheimer is an avid book collector. He began collecting as an after school hobby while in the sixth grade, wandering the shops on Fourth Avenue in New York City. David will discuss his start as a book collector, some of his favorites pieces from his personal collection, and how he insures the long-term preservation of the books in his personal collection. All are welcome for light refreshments and an informal lecture. Archives & Special Collections Seminar room. 4:00–5:00 p.m.

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