Sendak Program Series

Learn more about each program by following the links:


L'Dor Vador: Sendak Connects With His Roots

Presented by Dr. Reena Sigman Friedman
Sunday, March 11 2pm

This lecture program will provide an historical context for Maurice Sendak's work by exploring the ways in which Jewish immigrants to America strove to maintain both their connections with relatives who remained in Europe and their memories of life in Eastern Europe.
Program is free and open to the public.
This program is funded in part by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

Sendak Book Discussion Series

Facilitated by Dr. Anne Horn of Temple University
Sundays, March 18, 25, April 1, 15 2pm

Join us for this four-part book discussion that will focus on exhibit themes such as: Sendak's experience as a child growing up in NY, the push and pull of New and Old Worlds in Sendak's work, his fascination with the shtetl world of European Jews, his use of fairy tales to tell bigger stories, and his own processing of the Holocaust.
This program is open to adults and high school students. 
Program Fee: $20. Participants will receive five Sendak books. Participants must register for the series in person at the reference desk at The Haverford Township Free Library beginning February 27th.
This program is funded in part by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

GNC: Sendak Special Edition

Presented by Sheli Hay and Hillary S. Kativa
Thrusday, April 12 3 -4:30 pm

Calling all teens in grades 6-12! Join us for a creative extravaganza as we take in Sendak's life and art and use these inspirations for own amazing artistic creations.
No registration required. 

Wild Rumpus! In the Children's Room

Saturday, March 24 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Come ROAR your most terrible ROAR at our Wild Rumpus for children of all ages and their families. Read Where the Wild Things Are, make your own Max crown and show your terrible claws!
No registration is required.

Yiddish in the Nutshell: The Stories and Music that Shaped the Wild Things!

Performed by Susan Leviton and Ken Ulansey
Sunday April 15 3pm

Join us for this music and storytelling program developed and performed by Susan Leviton and Ken Ulansey.The library will swell with the traditional sounds of Yiddish song and the Klezmer clarinet as patrons of all ages discover songs and stories which will bring Maurice Sendak's childhood neighborhood, family, and influences on his unforgettable characters into new focus. Susan Leviton, renowned Yiddish singer and storyteller will have props on hand for youngsters' participation, and translations will make every song fully accessible.
No registration required. 
This program is funded in part by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Additional support for this program has been provided by the Barbash Family Fund, the Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations and individual donors.

Gallery Tour of the new exhibit From Pen to Publisher: The Life of Three Sendak Picture Books at the Rosenbach Museum & Library

Tour given by Patrick Rodgers
Sunday, April 22nd 2pm

At the Rosenbach Museum and Library
2008 Delancey Place
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Enjoy an insider's look at the Museum's Sendak collection. This personal exhibition tour explores the process of Sendak's step-by-step creation and production of three books, The Sign on Rosie's Door, Outside Over There, and Brundibar. Participants will also tour the Rosenbach period house and rare book library as part of their visit.Tour given by Patrick Rodgers, Traveling Exhibitions Coordinator, Rosenbach Musem & Library.The tour is free, but participants will need to pay for admission to the Rosenbach Museum and Library.
This program is funded in part by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.