On display at the Library Station is a stellar collection of illuminated manuscripts, books and book illustrations from the Mercantile Library in St. Louis, the oldest library west of the Mississippi.
Build your own book! A “Book Arts” workshop for middle school children and their parents10 a.m.- noon in the story hour room for grades 6-8
Judith Fowler, professor of art and design, and her team will lead children in composing, illustrating, decorating and binding books of their own making. They will be joined by MSU Library Science Professor David Richards, who will show samples of writing from ancient civilizations, and Distinguished Professor Joel Chaston, who is a specialist in children’s writing.
The Art of the Book: A pubic lecture by John Hoover1- 2:30 p.m. in the story hour room for all ages
John Hoover, executive director of the Mercantile Library, will discuss the art of the book using examples from the Mercantile Library’s extensive rare book collection. Hoover is past president of the Bibliographical Society of America and former vice president of the Missouri Center for the Book. He is on the history faculty of the University of Missouri-St. Louis and teaches in the museum studies graduate program.