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September 25, 2009

Ann Arbor District Library Exhibit: Multicultural Children's Literature


Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room 7:00 – 8:30 pm

The Ann Arbor District Library and the Special Collections Library, University of Michigan are pleased to announce a special opening celebration for the District Library’s October- November exhibit The Future of Our Past: The Evolution of Multicultural Children’s Literature.

The celebration will take place on Friday, October 23 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and will feature music by jazz guitarist Jake Reichbart as well as elegant refreshments. The evening will also include several presentations by UM Special Collections staff, which will provide an overview to this outstanding exhibit of multicultural children’s literature.

This fascinating exhibit follows the evolution of multicultural children’s literature— from its origins in the folklore and folktales of a given people through the contemporary literature of each culture.

Careful examination of literature from around the world reveals patterns of growth and change that have occurred over the decades, and in many cases centuries, as each culture has become an integral part of the culture of the United States.

As the children’s literature of each individual culture has evolved it becomes more and more apparent that borders dissolve and boundaries become bridges—fostering greater understanding among cultures. The exhibit culminates by examining more closely the relationships built, bridges crossed, and barriers broken that play a role in the possible shape of multicultural children’s literature to come.

This children’s literature of the future would likely ask readers not to forget or to minimize cultural heritage, but to focus on the fluidity of culture within the literature that reduces categorization and celebrates universality.

Books from the University of Michigan Children’s Literature Collections will be included in this exhibit to highlight this evolution as well as material from many of the cultures on display.

The evening will be enhanced by the jazz sounds of Jake Reichbart. For the past 16 years, guitar virtuoso Jake Reichbart has been delighting audiences in the Great Lakes region and beyond, winning numerous praises and awards for his performances and recordings. While a noted bandleader and an in-demand sideman, Reichbart’s forte lies in his instrumental solo work, tastefully interpreting classic jazz and pop standards in a unique style, performing at casual settings, formal affairs, and concerts.

Please join us for this evening to enjoy this fine exhibit in an atmosphere of elegant refreshments and jazz. The exhibit will be on display in the Downtown Library’s lower level glass cases from Friday, October 17 through Sunday, November 29.

This opening celebration is a chance to view the exhibit, gain insight into its unique contents, listen to the jazz sounds of Jake Reichbart and enjoy delicious refreshments. Please join us for this opportunity to experience this delightful display.

The Downtown Library is located at 343 S. Fifth Avenue in Ann Arbor. For more information, call the Library at 734-327-4555.

Posted by kpfister at September 25, 2009 01:52 PM

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