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elaborate multi-colored illustration of the letter "b" with flourishes

Showcasing typography, calligraphy and the re-imaging of letters throughout history, this fascinating exhibit features 60 items, from a single elaborately decorated initial to paper constructions showing the alphabet in its entirety. Items from seven different collections with eight languages represented, are displayed by chronology, style, format and medium. Twenty-six items have been identified with a Scrabble® letter that enables viewers to engage in a scavenger hunt by locating each letter of the alphabet in the display.

The exhibit is on display in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library,  104 Paterno Library, University Park, through Sept. 10.


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The Painted Photograph: Selections from the B. & H. Henisch Photo-History Collection

antique photo case with overpainted photo of a woman in a blue dress

Photographers in the 19th and early 20th centuries enhanced their work with water colors, oil paints, chalk, charcoal and crayon to simulate the splendors of traditional oil portraits of the upper classes. This Penn State University Libraries' Special Collections exhibit on display through July 30 in the Hensich Room, 201A Pattee Library, University Park, shows the rich variety and range of techniques and materials used on a selection of painted photographs.


100 Years of the Pulitzers: Celebrating our Humanity

logo to commemorate the centennial of the Pulitzer Prize with an image of the medal to the right of the numerals for 100 enclosed in a circle

Featuring materials from the University Libraries’ arts and humanities collections, this exhibit, on display through Aug. 30, features the works of Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction and nonfiction writers, poets and playwrights who have championed the cause of social equality and democracy and who have significantly impacted American art and culture. The exhibit is located in the Diversity Studies Room, 203 Pattee Library, University Park.


Plastics: Knowledge and Information Taking Shape

colorful, plastic expandable toys

Exploring the ubiquitous world of polymers from polyester clothing to recycling, this exhibit, on display through August 9, 2017, is located in the Pattee Library central display cases and adjacent Sidewater Commons, University Park. The exhibit features the University Libraries' plastic-related books, 3D printing, and a recap of the "Great Book Move," a 2016 performative art event by Viennese artist Katrin Hornek.


7 p.m., documentary screening featuring films about, around, or in Iran, or made by Iranians, "79 minutes, 15 seconds with Abbas Kiarostami" directed by Seyfolah Samadian, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

Jul 5,
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Pop-Up Library for LEAP

4 p.m., Pop-up Library for LEAP, Redifer Commons lobby area, University Park.

Jul 6,
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Pop-up Library for LEAP

4 p.m., Pop-up Library for LEAP, Redifer Commons lobby area, University Park.

Jul 13,
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
PA Summer Academy at Penn State

1:30 p.m., discussion with co-directors Shelly Faust-Jones and Karen Walsh-Emma, about this three-week intensive program focused on enhancing independence skills for students transitioning to postsecondary education, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park.

Jul 18,
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Noon, Marla Okner, winner of the Albert M. Petska Eighth Air Force Archives Research Travel Award will present on her research, Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, University Park

Jul 20,
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm