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Catch the "Wild Things" Exhibit and Wild Happenings July-August

June 24, 2022 — All ages can celebrate the wonder of “Where the Wild Things Are” author/illustrator Maurice Sendak during a July-August exhibit and some “wild” programs at the Library Center.

 The exhibit collection includes 50 original sketches, imaginative illustrations and works on paper by the beloved children’s book illustrator and author of “Where the Wild Things Are.” The exhibit was underwritten by the Friends of the Springfield-Greene County Libraries. Special thanks to the lenders of the exhibition and to AFANYC for their support.

            During the exhibit:

  • Kids can explore more “Wild Things” with Sendak’s books, hands-on activities and crafts in the Children’s Department.
  • Everyone enjoy “Wild Things of the Ozarks” with a staff-produced display in the Library Center concourse July-August.
  • Don’t miss our Wild Rumpus! Friday, July 22, 6:30 p.m. for age 2-grade 4 in the Library Center auditorium. Follow Max on his grand adventure with a reading of "Where the Wild Things Are" as our friends from Springfield Ballet dance along to the story. Then we’ll roar, gnash our teeth and dance as the ballet leads us in our very own Wild Rumpus! You’ll also get to take home a free copy of Maurice Sendak’s beloved book; available while supplies last.
  • Learn about Wild Things of the Ozarks on Saturday, July 30, at 4 p.m. for adults in the Library Center auditorium. From Hoop Snakes and Gollywogs to the Ozarks Howler, Wowzer and Momo, terrible animals and Paul Bunyan-type men of incredible strength make up the mythology of the Ozarks. Dr. Brooks Blevins, author of "A History of the Ozarks," and the Noel Boyd Professor of Ozarks Studies at Missouri State University, will flesh out the tall tales of creatures roaming the hills and hollers. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the event. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

 Maurice Sendak is the author of more than 20 books and illustrated over 80 books by other writers. His most critically acclaimed work includes “Where the Wild Things Are.” 





Kathleen O'Dell
Community Relations Director
(417) 616-0564
Sarah Jane Rosendahl
(417) 616-0566

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