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The movable book "Red Riding Hood" is a title among the Eberly Family Special Collections Library's items on display during the exhibition "What Big Eyes You Have! Looking at the Wolf in Fairy Tales"

Portrayed as big, bad and ravenous, the wolf in fairy tales is most often the villain, a beast who tricks and then devours both children and adults before meeting a violent end. “What Big Eyes You Have! Looking at the Wolf in Fairy Tales,” takes a close look at historical depictions of the wolf in well-known and lesser-known fairy tales, drawing from several sources among Special Collections Library materials. Highlights include early illustrated editions of fairy tales — especially those collected by Charles Perrault and the Grimm Brothers — as well as unusual and visually engaging pop-up, shaped and artists’ books. The variety of books on view, from “Little Red Riding Hood” and “The Three Little Pigs” to lesser-known titles, such as “The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids,” offer a trove of rich imagery for asking what the wolf symbolizes and what our complicated relationship with wolves — both real and imaginary — reveals about our own human nature.

“What Big Eyes You Have! Looking at the Wolf in Fairy Tales” is scheduled for display through Sunday, May 13, in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library Exhibition Room, 104 Paterno Library, on Penn State’s University Park campus.


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 Academic Libraries Around the World

logo to promote Academic Libraries Around the World exhibit with title encircled by colorful book spines extended outward

This exhibit features images and descriptions of libraries worldwide, materials from the University Libraries’ library science collections, items highlighting Penn State's Global Engagement Network peer libraries, plus new, interactive kiosks with additional content including a historical timeline. On display through Feb. 12, 2018, the exhibit is located in the Diversity Studies Room, 203 Pattee Library, University Park.


The History of Pattee Library and Paterno Library: Digital Timeline

1930s Pattee Library in snow with old cars parked along Pattee Mall and tall elm trees

This digital exhibit chronicles the University Libraries’ 162-year lifespan at the heart of the University Park campus, to raise awareness of the Libraries’ ongoing improvement to provide the most effective spaces and resources to meet the needs of students and researchers, and to encourage visitors to use the Libraries’ tangible and digital collections. On display on an iPad Pro kiosk, first floor central Pattee Library entrance, University Park. Visitors are encouraged to submit suggestions for the future of the Pattee Library and Paterno Library at the conclusion of the interactive display.



Exhibit information coming soon

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A pop-up display of Winter Olympics items from the Eberly Family Special Collections Library featuring original documents, tickets, brochures, photos, artifacts and more from past Olympic games.  The exhibit is open to the public 3-5 p.m. on Feb. 15 and 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 21. Details on Penn State News.

Feb 21, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm