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 first editions to personal manuscripts. The books on display include those published during Eugene’s life, some signed by the author, and many published by his estate. Of note, is the previously unpublished manuscript, Lena and the Old Witch, published in a limited run by the Eugene Field House Foundation in 2000.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.
Lullabies are nearly as old as human civilization. They are a tradition that is passed down from generation to generation through the cradle and are a child’s first introduction to society. A calming story spoken or sung, lullabies soothe the fears of the young and provide a sense of comfort.
Eugene Field was a father and a lover of poetry; perhaps that is why he wrote so many lullabies. His poems range from stories of love’s protection to fanciful delights of fantasy. One of his series of verse reflects the heritage of different cultures, including Armenian, Jewish, Sicilian, and Japanese.
In the library exhibit Eugene and His Works: The Adoration of the Children’s Poet on display are various publications of Field’s lullabies from individual books of “Wynken, Blyken, and Nod” to signed copies of “Western Verse”, and so much more.
Future Library Exhibits
Christmas Prose and Christmas Verse
November 2018 – January 2019
This holiday season the Eugene Field Library will be taking an in depth look at Eugene Field’s book Christmas Prose and Christmas Verse. Drawn from the book will be images and tales of the winter season. Prominently on display will be copies of the book itself. Come see how Field interpreted the traditions of Christmas and created his own.
Eugene and Julia: The Love Story of the Fields
February – June 2019
The saying “love at first sight” could never be more true when it comes to Eugene and Julia Field. From their whirlwind courtship, to their undying love throughout marriage, Eugene and Julia: The Story of the Fields will highlight the depth of their love through letters and the recounting of their lives together. This is a story you’ll be sure to fall in love with.
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