Fuse #8

Saturday, June 02, 2007

The Chain Letters of Blogdom

I done been memed by Mentor Texts & More.

Is it called a meme because it's all about me me?


Irregardless, there are rules to this sort of thing. Observe.

Each player lists 8 facts/habits about themselves. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning before those facts/habits are listed. At the end of the post, the player then tags 8 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

We are in a contrary mood today, however. I will do the tag, but I talk enough about myself as it is. Now you want to know more? 8 facts? I'm feeling dull at the moment, so I'll instead offer you 8 facts you might not know about my workplace, The Central Children's Room of New York Public Library instead.

  1. We have Eric P. Kelly's Trumpeter of Krakow Newbery Medal. No, really! It's in a cute little green velvet case. I've shown it to people who were unaware that the Newbery was an actual honest-to-goodness medal medal. Well, it is, and this is what it looks like.

  2. We have a bunch o' original paintings by N.C. Wyeth from an edition of Robin Hood he illustrated.

  3. We have a couple cut paper scenes by Hans Christian Andersen. Andersen enjoyed cutting paper into complex little scenes which he would hand out for fun. We have two, I think.

  4. We have a collection of letters sent to a little girl. As a child she would write to famous authors and illustrators and she saved all their responses. In her later years, these were donated to the Central Children's Room. One by L. Leslie Brooke (I still feel the Caldecott should have been named the Brooke Medal) is a lovely little creation involving unhappy balloons.

  5. We have the real Mary Poppins umbrella. Author P.L. Travers donated it to the library. Yet another item Disney will never get its greedy paws on. HA!

  6. We try to keep every single drawing done in this library by its illustrator. That means that we've a lot of great James Marshall and Jose Aruego pictures done long long ago on butcher paper.

  7. We're currently about to digitize our entire collection pre-1923. Then it will be available for free online. We're also sending books off-site to a remote storage facility where they will be available only by request.

  8. We've an original woodcut by Wanda Gag from her book Millions of Cats. It's quite lovely.
I'd meme 8 more people, but honestly I don't want anyone to feel obligated. If you think it would be fun, however, go wild.

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At 8:14 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


It's not because of me-me, though they've certainly evolved that way.

At 12:52 PM , Blogger John Peters said...

Some commentary on the above:

1. Came with a small autographed collection of Mr. Kelly's books. Possibly a bequest. A Caldecott to complement it would be nice (hint).

2.From ROBIN HOOD and some other books. Not being an art gallery, we don't have the wall space to display all of them at once, but we do put up three or four, and switch them every few years.

3. We have four, in two frames. Andersen was famous enough for doing this that Arthur Rackham shows him in action in the frontispiece to his edition of Fairy Tales. You can get a sense of what the papercuts (not ours--they're from elsewhere) look like from the illus in Brust's AMAZING PAPER CUTTINGS OF HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN (1994).

4. Just one of the cool items stashed away in our Old Book Room, available to see by appointment.

5. On display, with the very cat (who could look at a king) and several other knickknacks. We've never tried it out.

6. Yah, and Glen Rounds left a drawing on a cardboard box. Art conservators who get the full 50 cent tour tend to leave in tears.

7. The Internet Archive is doing the work, and it'll all be open-source, available free of charge. Finished sometime next year, probably.

8. Weellll, better than that, really, we have an original zinc block.

John Peters
Supervising Librarian
Central Children's Room

At 3:34 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Thanks for the clarification, John! We should put this on our website, yes yes?

At 9:14 PM , Blogger Kristi said...

I want to work at your library!

At 10:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just in case some newby happens by your BLOG, you probably should include your feature item -- the original Pooh Bear and his friends. (excepting Christopher Robin, who was a real boy and grew up.)

-librarian fan of Fuse 8

At 11:47 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Good point. Pooh gets a bit of a swelled head if I talk him up too much, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't include him.

At 11:25 AM , Blogger Saints and Spinners said...

Regarding #6: I left DCH in tears because of that very issue. All those drawings just kept away in drawers... it makes me cry like a little girl.

At 5:12 PM , Blogger Brooke said...

Oh, I totally second the idea that the Caldecott should have been named the Brooke Medal.


At 5:06 PM , Blogger kittenpie said...

The drawings kill me too. St. Agnes ghot a lovely set of Raschka ones one newsprint in charcoal. Like that'll last! Grrr.

I'm particularly fond of the Carle samples (having been there when he came by)and the Bemelmans drawings.

At 4:43 PM , Blogger Suzanne said...

a Wanda Gag woodcut? fun!

Wikipedia says that a meme is a unit of cultural information that propagates from one mind to another as a theoretical unit of cultural evolution and diffusion, but I like your interpretation better.


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