Special Collections News
On November 17, 2017, students of associate librarian George Germek’s The Story of the Book first year seminar visited the Free Public Library of Philadelphia for a tour of its Rare Book Department. Librarians from the Free Public presented an up-close presentation of its rare and remarkable collection of medieval manuscripts. Students also saw the presentation “Big and Small, Books for All,” which displayed tiny books as small as your fingernail, to tomes a few feet tall. Many thanks to the staff at the Free Public Library of Philadelphia for a great day.
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On November 18, 2016, students of George Germek's first year seminar, The Story of the Book, along with students of the History Department and Honors School, enjoyed a special opportunity to tour the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City. Roger Wieck, Department Head of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at the world-renown Morgan Library, graciously provided a private, ninety-minute presentation on the Morgan's collection of medieval Books of Hours. Students also got the chance to tour other areas of the Morgan Library, and saw the original manuscript of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, a Gutenberg Bible, the works of Charlotte Bronte, and many important cultural artifacts.
Already weary of saccharine Christmas music? Don't despair: the Monmouth University library provides Christmas fare of a higher caliber. The Monday after Thanksgiving (11/28) our traditional Christmas display on the second floor of the library (outside the Lewis Mumford Room) will be up! Featuring an array of rare books - from Dickens to Thackeray - the myriad works nonetheless share a full-throated embrace of yuletide cheer. Hope to see you soon!