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National Library Week 'pops' onto campus

Hands-on workshop offered on creating pop-up and movable books


(l to r) Chui-chun Lee, director of the Sojourner Truth Library, Ellen G.K. Rubin, pop-up book collector and exhibition curator, and Robert Sabuda, best-selling author of pop-up books pose, with Sabuda's "America the Beautiful."

The Sojourner Truth Library will celebrate National Library Week, April 11 - 15, with a series of free public events.

On Tuesday, April 12, a panel of magazine insiders will discuss local publishing opportunities for local writers in a presentation, titled "Writing for Magazines: How, What, Where, and Why Not You?" Reed and Polly Sparling, editor-in-chief and senior editor of Hudson Valley Magazine, will join Elaine Fernandez, publisher of The Citizen, and Howard Good, magazine writer, book author and professor of Communication and Media at New Paltz, to share insights and advice for aspiring writers. The presentation will take place at 5 p.m.

Book artist Ed Hutchins will lead a hands-on workshop on creating pop-up and movable books from 1 - 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13. "The Secrets of Paper Animation" will teach participants to make moving pictures with interconnected mechanical parts that make heads wiggle, people flip-flop and objects fly across the page. All the action pages will be assembled into a movable book at the end of the session. Workshop materials are provided, but space is limited. Participants must register in advance by calling x3716 or by e-mail at

On Thursday, April 14, in conjunction with the exhibition, "Ideas in Motion: The History of Pop-Up and Movable Books," which is on view from April 11-30, the library will host a lecture at 2 p.m. in Lecture Center 100 with Rubin and Robert Sabuda, New York Times best-selling children's book creator. The lecture is followed by a book signing at 3:30 p.m.

The exhibition contains more than 80 examples of rare books and ephemera, presenting an historical overview of this 700-year-old genre. Ellen G.K. Rubin curates the exhibition from her own collection.

An Open Mic Coffeehouse will wrap up the week at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15. Writers of all literary genres are invited to join New Paltz faculty and students in sharing their poetry, prose and other creative work in a relaxed, friendly setting.

Beginning on April 11 and running through the end of the month, the campus community is encouraged to visit the National Library Week poster exhibit, "What We Read: Notable New Paltz Alumni Share their Favorite Books," on view in the Sojourner Truth Library Gallery. The exhibit features both locally and nationally-known SUNY New Paltz graduates, including Craig Shankles of PDQ Business Centers; Ira Fusfeld, publisher of the Kingston Daily Freeman; Ann Kalmbach, executive director of Women's Studio Workshop; Everton Henriques, co-founder of Panasonic Plasma Display Laboratory of America; author Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X; U.S. Representative Maurice Hinchey, and many others.

All events take place at the Sojourner Truth Library. For more information, contact Barbara Petruzzelli, assistant library director, at x3677 or visit the library Web site at

APRIL 11, 2005
Volume 3, Issue 7

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