New Haven is a city rife with libraries, but there's more to a library than just checking out books. This fall, why not take advantage of all the things they have to offer?
On display until October 1 at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (121 Wall St., New Haven; 203-432-2977, library.yale.edu/beinecke) are selections from the library's collection of American literature, and from its collection of children's literature. Highlights in an exhibition titled Multitudes: A Celebration of the Yale Collection of American Literature, 1911-2011 reveals the collection's strengths and its development in the last century. How Is a Book…Written? Illustrated? Printed? Bound? shows its audience, using excerpts from Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths, the evolution a pre-digital book undergoes from idea to ink-on-paper.
Across the New Haven Green, the Institute Library (847 Chapel St., New Haven; 203-562-4045, institutelibrary.org) hosts a book sale and open house in late September. The book sale (an effort to fund the library's renovations) will feature donated books and books from the library's collection, according to Executive Director William Baker. Tours of the library's facilities will be offered to nonmembers.
In October, the library will celebrate the re-opening of its third floor, replete with new space for reading, study, art exhibitions and lectures. In November, the building will accommodate a showing of photographs by Meredith Miller and Rob Rocke, as a part of the citywide Library Science exhibition coordinated by neighboring non-profit Artspace.
Nearby, at the main New Haven Public Library (133 Elm St., New Haven; 203-946-8130, cityofnewhaven.com/library) history buffs can learn from journalist Melinda Tuhus' discussion on Sept. 14 of civil uprisings against appalling work conditions in the coalfields of Blair Mountain, W.V. On Sept. 21, aspiring writers can get tips from journalist Douglas Malan, whose first book, Muzzy Field: Tales from a Forgotten Ballpark tells the story of the ballpark in Bristol, Conn. The next day, amateur grant-writers can sharpen their skills in a proposal-writing workshop.
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More than just books: The Institute Library (Mike Franzman photo)