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B is for Book: Children’s Stories Through the Centuries (September 2020 - December 2023)

B is for Book

"All grown-ups were once children...but only few of them remember it."
- The Little Prince

From fables and fairytales, ABC and lesson books, to picture books, modern readers and beloved stories, children’s literature has evolved over the centuries to provide delight and inspiring life lessons for countless children. Hundreds of wonderful examples have been a part of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library’s collections since 1896 when the Buffalo Public Library opened one of the first reading rooms designed specifically for children.

The B is for Book exhibition features special collections of early works including alphabet and instructional books, magazines and Mother Goose editions, as well as the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen plus some Dr. Seuss classics! This new exhibit brings to life captivating works of imagination and presents the results of nearly four centuries of children’s book publishing.

Discover new early storybook characters and revisit old favorites with colorful, engaging graphics and a variety of play opportunities.  Copies of books that children can browse will be available in the exhibit for children of all ages to explore and enjoy!

B is for Book exhibition is located on the 2nd floor of the downtown Central Library in the Collections Gallery.  For library information and open hours, click here.