Who Lives in Storyland?

Take a look at the Devon Libraries Flickr page to see some great photos of the exhibition launch event back in April. Amanda Sabin from Double Elephant helped to get the Easter holidays off to a great start by guiding families through the process of monoprinting. The aim was to make a book cover inspired by the exhibition, and there were some very impressive creations!

What do you think of the exhibitions?

If you’ve seen Girls and Boys in Storyland at Exeter Central Library or the University Research Commons, then we hope you’ve enjoyed looking at the exhibits. Please let us know what you think by filling in a feedback form, or by posting a comment  here on the blog. Your feedback is crucial for helping us to prove that Exeter wants more exhibitions and events like this. Continue reading

The Little Folks Painting Book

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This gallery contains pages from a Victorian colouring book for you to print out and colour in! The outlines  were drawn by the popular illustrator, Kate Greenaway, for children to paint with watercolours. The “Little Folks” Painting Book also contained stories and verses, which were meant to inspire young artists and be of interest to … Continue reading

Collection of Children’s Historical Books at Taunton Library

Illustration by E. V. B. from from The Story Without an End

The exhibition at Exeter Central Library will also feature books on loan from Taunton Library, which houses the collection of Children’s Historical Books belonging to Somerset Libraries. The collection consists of about 1,800 works for children published between 1790 and 1910. It covers diverse subjects in a range of formats and includes nursery stories, fairy tales, poetry, verses, rhymes, songs, biography, religion, history, travel, geography, natural sciences, games, pastimes, alphabets, dictionaries and toy books. Continue reading

Easter Opening Times for Exhibitions

If you’re thinking of visiting the Girls and Boys in Storyland exhibitions over the Easter holidays (and we hope you are!) then please check the Easter opening times before your visit. Exeter Central Library is shut on Good Friday (6 April) and Easter Monday (9 April) but otherwise open as normal. The opening times for the University’s Research Commons can be found here.

 

Welcome!

Welcome to Girls and Boys in Storyland! This site will follow the progress of two exhibitions of early children’s literature, taking place at Exeter Central Library and the University of Exeter in April 2012. Both Central Library and the University have exciting collections of early children’s books and the exhibitions will showcase some of the highlights of each. From Margery Meanwell (aka Goody-Two Shoes) to Matt Merrythought (the boy who was always happy), the exhibitions will give you a chance to see how boys and girls were depicted in rhymes, stories and illustrations from the nineteenth- and early-twentieth centuries. Continue reading