The 14th Albert Lahmer memorial lecture
Thursday May 11, 2017, at 8 p.m.
The Community Room, Lillian H. Smith branch
Robert McCracken Peck
“The Remarkable Nature of Edward Lear”
Edward Lear (1812-1888) is best known for “The Owl and the Pussycat” and other nonsense poetry. Scholar Robert McCracken Peck, Curator of Art and Senior Fellow, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and author of the critically acclaimed The Natural History of Edward Lear (David R. Godine, fall, 2016) will discuss the remarkable life and natural history paintings of this beloved children’s writer, with a special focus on Lear’s children’s books.
The 11th annual Sybille Pantazzi Memorial Lecture
Thursday October 19, at 8 p.m.
Community Room, Lillian H. Smith branch
Judith Saltman and Gail Edwards
“Picturing Canada: The changing Face of Children’s book Illustration in Canada”
In their lecture, “Picturing Canada: The Changing Face of Children’s Book Illustration in Canada,” Professor Judith Saltman and Dr. Gail Edwards will explore change and continuity in the history of children’s publishing in Canada by looking at the picture books that the publishers have issued, and consider the challenges and rewards of publishing for children in a rapidly evolving global environment, focusing on the ways that image and text in Canadian picture books provide Canadian children with the opportunity to see their everyday lives and communities, and introduce them to ideas about region, about place, about history, about identity and belonging in a diverse, complex country.
The 30th Helen E. Stubbs Memorial Lecture
Thursday November 9, at 8 p.m.
Community Room, Lillian H. Smith branch.
“Reading For Freedom”
Deborah Ellis has won wide recognition for her ability to give a voice to children living in an unsafe world. At times controversial, her books have increased awareness of children’s lives in difficult circumstances. Her message is one of peace; and that books can help by showing how much we all have in common, rather than what separates us.
“Ancient Worlds and Their Stories: Wielders of Wonders”
March 11 – June 3
Long before Columbus made his historic journey, the globe was already humming with activity: artisans, poets, musicians, and travellers were building communities, exploring their worlds, and telling their stories. Come to the Osborne Collection to see books and artwork depicting ancient civilizations and their traditions, from art and architecture to songs and literature, and the amazing diversity of culture and creativity that existed long before 1492.