Maurice Sendak Memorial Exhibition

Sunday February 10, 2019

50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons

The Ben May Main Library is hosting the Maurice Sendak Memorial Exhibition, a retrospective of original works sure to delight both children and adults alike. The author and illustrator of more than 50 children’s books, Sendak is best known for the 1963 children’s classic, Where the Wild Things Are.

Where the Wild Things Are has been adapted into an animated short, a feature length film, and an opera. This classic tale has sold over 19 million copies and translated into many, different languages. It is frequently voted the number one picture book by several publications, including School Library Journal, and was also awarded the 1964 Caldecott Medal Award.

The Exhibit is comprised of 50 original works by Sendak from his earliest pencil drawings done while in high school to a bronze sculpture, presented to the author as a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators.

In addition to housing the Exhibit, the Library is offering special programming in relation to the Exhibit for both children and adults. An illustrator workshop, themed story times, crafts, movies, and a custom built children’s area featuring Max’s boat from Where the Wild Things Are are on tap during the Exhibit’s display.

For more information, please call 251-494-2298 or visit our website at

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A special thanks to the Friends of the Mobile Public Library for their generous sponsorship of the Maurice Sendak Memorial Exhibition.


Location: Ben May Main Library
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