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DATE: Dec. 21, 2004

'Celebrating 175 Years of Illustrations in Children's Literature'

DEARBORN---The Alfred Berkowitz Gallery will host an exhibition called "Celebrating 175 Years of Illustrations in Children's Literature: The May G. Quigley Collection" Jan. 10 through Feb. 4.

A reception celebrating the exhibition will be held Jan. 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the gallery on the third floor of the Mardigian Library.

Toni Buzzeo, an award-winning children's author and UM-Dearborn alumna, will speak during the reception at 7:15 p.m. Raymond Kettel, associate professor of education and an expert on children's literature, will speak at 7:45 p.m.

Buzzeo's works include The Sea Chest, Dawdle Duckling, Little Loon and Papa, and Terrific Connections with Authors, Illustrators, and Storytellers. Her newest book, Ready or Not, Dawdle Duckling, will be published in January. Buzzeo will sign copies of her books at the reception.

The May G. Quigley Collection of Children's Literature contains more than 3,500 children's books, several of them dating back to the mid-1800s. It was donated to the University by the Grand Rapids Public Library in 2001. The collection was named for the first chief of the Children's Department in the Grand Rapids Public Library. Quigley, who served in that position from 1904 until her retirement in 1943, gathered the books that form the nucleus of the collection.

The collection, which includes many books that were particularly important in the development of children's literature, is used by UM-Dearborn students who are preparing to become teachers, as well as by faculty members and scholars from other institutions.

In one of the uses of the collection, Kettel requires students in a library science course to read and review books from the Quigley collection and compare ideas and values presented in them with those found in current publications.

The collection contains works written or illustrated by major figures in history of children's literature, including Kate Greenaway, Randolph Caldecott, Walter Crane and Arthur Rackham. The collection also includes a number of Michigan authors and topics in Michigan history.

Exhibition hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays Jan. 10 through Feb. 4. For more information, call 593-5058.

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