In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak

In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak, a traveling American Library Association exhibit, will be on view at HTFL March 8-April 20.

Popular children’s author Maurice Sendak’s typically American childhood in New York City inspired many of his most beloved books, such as Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen. Illustrations in those works are populated with friends, family, and the sights, sounds and smells of New York in the 1930s. But Sendak was also drawn to photos of ancestors, and he developed a fascination with the shtetl world of European Jews. This exhibit, curated by Patrick Rodgers of the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia, reveals the push and pull of New and Old Worlds in Sendak’s work and shows how Sendak’s artistic journey has led him deeper into his own family’s history and his Jewish identity.

In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak was organized by the Rosenbach Museum & Library, Philadelphia, and developed by Nextbook, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Jewish literature, culture, and ideas, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The national tour of the exhibit has been made possible by grants from Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the David Berg Foundation, and an anonymous donor, with additional support from Tablet Magazine: A New Read on Jewish Life.



Come celebrate the Opening of In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak on Thursday, March 8th, 7-9pm at the Library.

The Opening is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

This event is funded in part by the Friends of the Haverford Township Free Library.
Additional thanks to our Major Events Business Sponsors:
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Beginning March 8th, through July 15th, the Rosenbach Musem and Library will offer FREE admission to holders of Delware County Library System cards. 

Accompanying the In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak will be a series of programs. For complete program listing, please visit the Sendak Program Series Page.

These programs have been supported in part by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Federal-State Partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support provided by the Barbash Family Fund, the Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations, and individual donors.