Eugene Field Library
About the Eugene Field Library
The Eugene Field Library is home to the Gleich Collection, the largest privately-owned collection of Eugene Field’s works. Within it are various volumes of literature written by the beloved Children’s Poet, ranging from books to personal letters. The books on display are those published during Eugene’s life and well after his death, including some signed by the author. Of note, is the previously unpublished manuscript, Lena and the Old Witch, published in a limited run by the Eugene Field House Foundation in 2000. The library can be utilized for research purpose through appointment only.
Pop-In for Pop-Ups: A Peek at the Popular Book
November 2017 – February 2018
For over the last 600 years paper engineering has astonished and entertained the world, becoming more than just a tool of science. Transforming from the simple movement of two pieces of paper sliding against each other, to the springs and motions of today’s movables, the pop-up element continues to entertain. Pop-In for Pop-Ups: A Peek at the Popular Book focuses on the artwork and mechanisms of movable books. Here you will find artistic pop-ups for children and adults dating from the late 19th century to the present day. From the basic designs of Benjamin and Geraldine Clyne of Jolly Jump-Ups, to the mastery of Robert Sabuda, all evolutions of the pop-up are represented by the artwork on display.
Future Library Exhibits
Childhood and the Children’s Poet: A look at Victorian Childhood showcases childhood during the Victorian period by using the works of Eugene Field and other artifacts of childhood. Coming March 2018.
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and the Cards Were All Out highlights the classic Christmas tale A Visit from St. Nicholas, as well as displaying festive holiday cards. Coming November 2018.
Field’s of Love: The story of Eugene and Julia Part 1, this exhibit is a two-part exhibit exploring the love story of Eugene and Julia Field through letters. Part one will focus on the letters between them from courtship to their wedding. Coming February 2019.
Field’s of Love: The story of Eugene and Julia Part 2, this exhibit is a two-part exhibit exploring the love story of Eugene and Julia Field through letters. Part two will focus on the letters between them through their marriage until Eugene’s death in 1895. Coming June 2019.
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