Cotsen Children's Library to celebrate reopening of public gallery, Bookscape, on Saturday, Apr. 28



The Cotsen Children’s Library will celebrate re-opening its public gallery, Bookscape, on Saturday, April 28th from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with arts and crafts activities and literary-themed giveaways for children. 

Patrons are invited to visit the gallery on the first floor of Firestone Library and craft their own illuminated three-dimensional letter, as well as stroll through a field of alphabet letters. All visitors will be entered in several giveaways for gift baskets, which will include books, art supplies, activities, and more. Guests dressed as literary characters will receive an extra entry into the giveaway. 

The children’s public gallery, known for its whimsical décor such as a two-story bonsai tree, will officially open its doors on Monday, April 23rd at 9:00 a.m, and all are welcome to visit before the re-opening celebration. As part of the Firestone Library Renovation Project, Cotsen Library temporarily closed for system upgrades in the summer of 2017. The renovation did not impact the Library’s décor. 

All gallery programs will resume on Friday, April 27th with a Tiger Tales story time for children ages three to five from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Anica Mrose Rissi, author of the Anna, Banana series, will read her latest book, The Teacher’s Pet, followed by a hands-on project. Cotsen’s weekly story time, To Be Continued, intended for children ages six to eight, will resume Wednesday, May 2nd from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

The Cotsen Children’s Library, a unit within the Department of Special Collections at Princeton University Library, collects illustrated children’s books, manuscripts, original artwork, prints, and educational toys from the 15th century to the present day as a benefaction of Lloyd E. Cotsen ’50. Throughout the year, the Library hosts various free programs and events and serves as a resource for children, families, librarians, and educators. (Please note: Cotsen’s collection is not in circulation.)

For more information on Cotsen Children’s Library and their scheduled programming, visit their website, or contact Dana Sheridan, Education & Outreach Coordinator for Cotsen Children's Library.

Written by Stephanie Ramírez, Library Communications Assistant, and Dana Sheridan, Education & Outreach Coordinator for Cotsen Children's Library


A note to Princeton University Library patrons: 

The Cotsen Children's Library re-opening celebration may cause more noise than usual in the Firestone Library lobby and first floor, especially the Graham, Dulles, and Scribner Reading Rooms. For quiet study spaces, please visit the second or third floors.