Beginning in January of 2015, Iowa public libraries of differing sizes will be exhibiting ICB's new Traveling History of the Book.
The “hands-on” exhibit is intended to bring to life the invention of writing, paper and books, telling the book’s story to both children and adults.
Historically accurate replicas of the book throughout history, as well as accompanying educational materials to assist libraries with programming are included. Miniature books, Braille books, a Rosetta stone replica and more accompany the handmade books of vellum and papyrus.
Libraries may display the items and use them for learning purposes. "The objects are made for handling," said University of Iowa Conservator Emeritus Gary Frost." Frost along with Timothy Barrett and Cheryl Jacobson, artisans at the University of Iowa, created book models, handmade paper and period calligraphy for the display. Iowa Center for the Book Advisory Council member, Brianna Glenn, co-chaired the committee with Barrett. "After years of thinking about how to take the story of the book out to libraries with fewer financial resources, we finally brought together the group that could make it possible," said Robin Martin, ICB Coordinator. "We want to include communities of different sizes who propose outreach opportunities."
There is no cost to libraries for the loan or shipping. Thirteen libraries have already indicated interest in hosting the display. It will be made available on a first-come first-serves basis during each calendar year. Loans are for one month. The exhibit must be free and open to the public.
For more information contact
Helen Dagley, Iowa Center for the Book Coordinator