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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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 Depth of Field

Depth of Field exhibit photo

An unfiltered look at war photography and its impact on audiences, this exhibit seeks to highlight the intersections of the history of war in the Middle East with the history of war photography, especially the work of women, and how visual literacy plays a role in how we interpret and understand those intersections. Additional features include iPad Pro kiosks offering interactive elements and photographs by Keith Shapiro that document daily life in 1990s Syria.  On display through Aug. 14, 2018, in the Diversity Studies Room, ground floor central Pattee Library, University Park.


1968: Student Activism at Penn State and Beyond

1968 Exhibit logo

Using archival documents, photographs, and books from the Eberly Family Special Collections Library, this student-curated exhibit highlights the social and political turbulence of the late 1960s, across the country and around the world. Part of the larger "Moments of Change: Remembering '68" project. the exhibit is on display through July 31, 2018 in Franklin Atrium, Pattee Library, University Park.



Home: Contemporary Indigenous Artists Responding  

Home exhibit logoA visual arts exhibit showcasing the work of 12 indigenous artists using the medium of printmaking , who each adopt a unique perspective from which to consider the ideas of community, place, and belonging. "Home" is on display through Aug. 31 in the Walter and Doris Goldstein Music and Media Center, second floor West Pattee Library, University Park.   


Penn State’s second annual Human Library encourages participants to engage in conversations that challenge stereotypes. Difficult questions will be expected, appreciated and answered. Faculty, students and staff can check out a “book” to learn more about another person’s experiences in a supportive, safe environment. Sign up to “read” a human book during 45-minute sessions from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 20, in Pattee Library and Paterno Library. Those unable to “borrow” a human book are encouraged to attend the 11 a.m. Showcase Panel in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, featuring a synopsis of several “books.” 

Apr 20, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to join this supportive writing community to work on or complete written assignments and projects,  Tutors and librarians will be availalbe to assist with writing and research needs. Two sessions to choose from: 3:30-7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. to midnight. Snacks and coffee will be provided, including free pizza for registered writers between sessions.

Apr 22, 3:30 pm to Apr 23, 12:00 am