Preschoolers visit Special Collections

Posted on: Monday, November 28, 2011 - 3:20pm

Sixteen students from the Bloedel Donovan Pre-School visited Special Collections on Wednesday, November 23rd.  Part of a general tour of the library, the pre-schoolers came to Special Collections to see the "kid's books."

They may have the distinction of being the youngest students ever to use the materials in Special Collections and spend time in the Research Room. 

Tamara and Visitor
Selections from the Helene Whitson Collection of pop-up books were available on the tables.   "Titanic," a pop-up book by Martin Jenkins and illustrated by Brian Sanders was a favorite.   The book opens to reveal a three-dimensional model of the Titanic that is 2 1/2 feet long, and includes six pop-up scenes of the interior, menu cards, and personal histories. Helene Whitson Collection
Parents enjoyed viewing "The Historie of the World," by Sir Walter Raleigh, printed in 1634, the oldest book in the library.  The library's own Gabe Gossett attended with spouse Gillian, Blake (5) and Sylvia (2).  Blake came away with a "pronounced enthusiasm for books," and Sylvia liked the chairs in the Reading Room, because when sitting on a chair, "she could see over the edge of the table." Bloedel Donovan Preschool