By Mary Getchell, Communications Director, Pierce County Library System
People will view an art exhibit from Maurice Sendak, author of “Where the Wild Things Are,” and participate in related events, all for free, at South Hill Pierce County Library, 15420 Meridian E., Saturday, July 9 – Friday, Aug. 19.
The traveling exhibit, In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak, explores the influence of cultural heritage on the imaginative worlds of the award-winning author/illustrator of more than 100 books.
Saturday, July 9, 10:30 a.m. Exhibit Unveiling
10:30 a.m. and noon. Let the Wild Rumpus Begin! Meet a creature from “Where the Wild Things Are.”
11 a.m. Dynamic Drumming. Japanese drum ensemble One World Taiko starts the Wild Rumpus with fluid movement and heart-pounding percussion.
Thursday, July 14, 2:30 p.m. “Where the Wild Things Are.” Join Max on his wild adventure in the film based on the book. Rated PG.
Tuesday, July 26, 7 p.m. Funny and Fanciful Folktale Illustrations. Storyteller Merna Ann Hecht honors Sendak’s Jewish Eastern European roots with Isaac Bashevis Singer’s “Zlateh the Goat and other Stories,” illustrated by Sendak. Ages 8 and up.
Saturday, July 30, 10:30 a.m.
Nutshell Kids, Wild Things and Other Maurice Sendak Stories. Watch short films and create crafts.
Sunday, July 31, 1:30 p.m. Beginning Genealogy. Sendak’s artistic journey led him to explore his family’s history and his Jewish identity. Learn how to start putting your family story together with Audrey Roley. Ages 8 and up.
Tuesday, Aug. 9, 7 p.m. Something Old, Something Nu: Stories in the Jewish Tradition. Share in the humor, warmth and wisdom of this diverse culture with storyteller Julie Miller.
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2:30 p.m. Playing with Stories. Learn lively folktales with storyteller Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald.
Temple Beth El and Friends of the South Hill Library provided funding for many of these free events. The Rosenbach Museum & Library, Philadelphia and Nextbook, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Jewish literature, culture, and ideas, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office organized and developed In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak. Grants from the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the David Berg Foundation, and an anonymous donor, with additional support from Tablet Magazine: A New Read on Jewish Life funded the national tour of the exhibit.