Maurice Sendak Exhibit

About the Exhibit

The Maurice Sendak Exhibit is a retrospective of original works by the beloved children’s book illustrator and author of Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak.

The exhibit includes 50 of Sendak’s works celebrating his heartfelt art. We encourage library customers of all ages and backgrounds to dive into the WILD world of Maurice Sendak this summer and enjoy his art exhibition as well as his books at the Library.

The art will be displayed in the atrium at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library from June 15 – July 9, 2019.

Sneak a Peak of the Exhibit Art

 

Special thanks to the lenders to the exhibition and to AFANYC for their support.

 

 

About Maurice Sendak

Sendak is the author of more than 20 books and the illustrator of over 80 books. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York and spent much of his time gazing out his bedroom window while drawing. Sendak’s work is significant because of his use of surrealism in children’s literature. When Where the Wild Things Are was released in the early ‘60s it was controversial for its dark thematic material for a children’s story. Sendak chose to depict an imaginary world that was rooted in reality, because he believed in being honest with his young audience. He said he did not want to depict his characters as he thought they looked, but as he thought they felt. Sendak passed away in 2012, at the age of 83, from complications of a stroke. His art lives on in the heart of both children and adults around the world who have cherished his books.

 

WILD About Reading Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading program (June 1 – July 31) gives children, teens and adults the opportunity to earn prizes while they read for fun and promote the importance of reading in our communities. We are excited for this year’s theme to include Maurice Sendak, honoring his contribution to children’s literature. It is our goal to get our customers truly WILD about their reading experience and we encourage you to join us for a variety of programs throughout the summer.

Learn More about Summer Reading

 

Making the Connection

Parents are encouraged to read some of Sendak’s works to their child and talk about the familiar-looking art in the exhibition that they may recognize from his books. They may also want to engage with their child by asking questions about the characters and themes depicted in Sendak’s books. Asking simple questions and listening is a great way to get your child thinking more deeply about a book or experience and a great way for parents to make memories with their children.

 

Planning Your Visit

You do not have to be a customer of the Metropolitan Library System to visit the exhibit; however, we would encourage you to sign up for a library card during your visit. Tickets are not required to get into the exhibit. Paid parking is available on the street around the library as well as in the Arts District Parking Garage across the street from the library. The exhibit is self-guided.

The Downtown Library is a stop for the Oklahoma City Streetcar. Fares start at $1 and allow you to visit Midtown and Bricktown.

Exhibit Dates

Saturday, June 15th -  Tuesday, July 9th, 2019. 
The Maurice Sendak Memorial Exhibit will be closed on Thursday, July 4th, 2019. 

 

Exhibit Hours

Monday - Thursday 9am - 9pm

Friday 9am - 6pm

Saturday 9am - 5pm

Sunday 1pm - 6pm

The Ronald J Norick Downtown Library is located at 300 Park Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73102

 

Events @ the Downtown Library

Pony Storytime

August 24, 2019
10:00am - 11:00am
Downtown Library
Registration
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Children's Program Room (Downtown)
Age Group: Birth-PreK, Kids
Program Type: Books & Reading, Child Development & Parenting, Family Programs, Live Performances & Entertainment, Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 1
Event Description:
Join us for a galloping good storytime all about horses. Our friends from Flames to Hope, Inc. in Noble, OK will be bringing a special guest-- a miniature pony! ...

Sundays Together

August 25, 2019
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Children's Area (Downtown)
Age Group: All Ages, Birth-PreK, Kids, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Child Development & Parenting
Event Description:
World Around Us! Let's learn about the community around us! Join your neighbors in gardening, mural painting, eco-minded projects, collaborating with local artists, and more. We will learn and grow together! This program is part of our Sundays Togeth...

Art Outside the Lines

August 28, 2019
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Children's Program Room (Downtown)
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Description:
Join us for a fantastic evening of creativity and art exploration! We will be creating unique art each month inspired by well known artists. Attendees will be provided with the necessary supplies to create their own take-home art. This is a recurring...

Playtime

August 29, 2019
10:00am - 11:00am
Downtown Library
Registration
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Children's Program Room (Downtown)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Books & Reading, Child Development & Parenting
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 27
Event Description:
Sharing in playtime is an excellent way to help children build social skills, promote learning, and discover that the library is a destination for fun! Children will have the opportunity to practice skills such as: following directions, socializing w...

Storytime Saturdays

August 31, 2019
10:00am - 11:00am
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Children's Program Room (Downtown)
Age Group: Birth-PreK, Kids
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Books & Reading, Storytimes
Event Description:
A story time for the entire family at your Downtown Library! Join us as skilled librarians introduce little ones to the library and show parents/caregivers invaluable information on reading readiness and creating excitement about reading. We will rea...

LEGO Club

September 4, 2019
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Downtown Library
Registration
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Children's Program Room (Downtown)
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Continuing Education, DIY & Hobbies, Science & STEAM
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 29
Event Description:
LEGO club encourages children to learn while having fun! Creativity, problem solving, and teamwork are some of the skills that "playing" with LEGOS can teach children.  Join us on the first Wednesday of each month to complete a LEGO challenge. Al...

123! Play with Me!

September 5, 2019
10:00am - 11:00am
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Children's Program Room (Downtown)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Child Development & Parenting, Storytimes
Event Description:

123! Play with Me! is a four-week series for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, parents, and caregivers. Fun and play-based, this program provides an environment rich with toys, books, and art activities and an opportunity for families to spend time together, make new friends, and talk one-on-one with early childhood and family support specialists.

This is a recurring event and takes place on September 5, 19, and 26.  This event is held at multiple libraries. ...

Art Moves- Amanda Hoddy

September 5, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Atrium (Downtown)
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Cultural Experiences
Event Description:
Please join us for Art Moves, an Arts Council OKC initiative that provides free arts events in downtown OKC. This performance will be a painting demonstration from Amanda Hoddy (adult coloring book illustrator). ...

 

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