Have you visited our Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) yet here at The Carle? The BERL is a non-circulating research collection of roughly 3,000 professional resources and children’s books devoted to the study of children’s literature and the visual arts. The library is named for former Museum Trustee and Book Links Magazine founding editor Barbara Elleman (you may know her by her fabulous Top of the Shelf book reviews here on the blog). Barbara, with her husband Don, generously contributed the books that form the core of the collection. This library is a children’s book lover’s dream and a real amazing resource for teachers, librarians and students of children’s literature. If you haven’t visited yet, this weekend marks an excellent opportunity as we hold our first annual BERL lecture.
The BERL Lecture Series will feature the country’s preeminent scholars, book collectors, researchers, editors, authors and illustrators in the field of children’s literature. These events will be a must-see for all those serious children’s book lovers out there, especially if you’re like me and love learning everything you can about the literature, its history and the industry.
This first lecture will be presented by renowned editor, writer and teacher, Patricia Lee Gauch.
Patti and Ron Gauch
Patricia was Editorial Director of Philomel Books for almost 25 years and in that time worked with many well known authors and illustrators such as Eric Carle, Patricia Polacco, Brian Jacques, T.A. Barron, Andrew Clements and Loren Long. She was the editor behind three Caldecott medal-winning books: Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr, Lon Po Po by Ed Young and So You Want to Be President by Judith St. George, illustrated by David Small. She also edited Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskin, which won the 2010 National Book Award. In addition to editing, Patricia has also written 39 books of her own, including the Tanya series, and has taught writing and children’s literature at college level. What an amazing wealth of knowledge about children’s books and the industry she must have!
The lecture programming begins Friday, October 21st, with a workshop on picture books led by Patricia, called “Creating a Picture Book: An Editor’s Eye View.” Then on Saturday, October 22nd, we’ll be hosting an informal brunch with Patricia, who will be discussing specific art pieces from books she has ushered through the publication process. Following, Director Alix Kennedy will lead a sneak peek tour of the new Jules Feiffer exhibition, Growing Every Which Way But Up: The Children’s Book Art of Jules Feiffer, which opens to the public next week. Brunch is at 11:00 AM and cost is $25. Registration is required by calling 413-658-1126.
At 1pm Patricia will lead a spirited presentation in our Auditorium, called “The Picture Book as an Act of Mischief.” The lecture will celebrate the magic and mystery of the picture book as a key genre in literature for children. A book signing and reception will follow. Free with museum admission.
I am so excited for this series, offering the opportunity to meet and learn from some of the great and influential people of the children’s book world. Hope to see some of you this weekend!