Current Displays

Concourse Display Case

Banned Books Week 2016

Our concourse display contains a selection of controversial and censored books as the Kathryn A. Martin Library celebrates Banned Books Week 2016. Each year, libraries around America showcase books that have been challenged, removed, or banned in some communities. On Tuesday, September 27, from 2 to 4 pm, library staff will join with Duluth Public Library to present a display and facts about banned titles. Join us in our library entrance lobby. For more information, check out the American Library Association page on Banned Books Week, celebrating the freedom to read.

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First Floor Interior Displays

Sculpture Artist Dale Chihuly

Visitors to the Kathryn A. Martin Library often ask about the glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly suspended above the library's entrance foyer. The piece, entitled "Clear and Silver Chandelier," is so-called because silver was melted into the glass medium as it was blown. Inspired by nature, especially aspects of the sea, Chihuly is an internationally known glass artist with roots in the abstract expressionist movement. The Martin Library Chihuly exhibits playful use of color and inventive forms, with individual cylindrical forms attached via plastic-coated wires to a hidden flat metal strip.

This display contains photographs, information, and library materials to provide an in-depth look at an experimental sculpture artist, including his influences and artists with whom he has frequently collaborated.

Martin Library has an extensive collection of books and other materials related to art and art history. Items in this display are available for checkout. Ask at the Circulation desk for assistance.

Reading on the Topic "Black Lives Matter"

Libraries throughout the United States are compiling reading lists, especially ones geared toward young readers, to help people broaden their understanding of a movement for social justice and racial equity.

Hennepin County Library, Minnesota's largest library system, was one of the first to respond to requests from parents who asked for help in talking to their kids about recent violence and unrest.

As reported in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “It’s in the DNA of a library to do this,” Henepin County Library Director Lois Langer Thompson said. “Reading is part of the healing and helps us understand.” The Kathryn A. Martin Library collection contains almost all of the 17 titles on the teen reading list.

We are displaying those along with books for mature readers in this exhibit. If you wish to check out any of the library materials, ask for assistance at the Circulation desk.

A Presidential Campaign, 1984

An exhibit featuring the Michael S. Berman Political Collection is in the table-case in the Kathryn A. Martin Library lobby.

In 1984 former Vice President Walter Mondale (Minnesota) was the Democratic candidate in the Presidential election. His running mate, Geraldine Ferraro, was the first female vice presidential candidate to represent a major American political party.

The Michael S. Berman Political Collection includes materials gathered during UMD alumnus Mike Berman’s work as campaign coordinator for Mondale’s presidential campaign. The display features administrative documents from the campaign, including a copy of the Republican Party’s “opposition research” on Walter Mondale. These documents reveal the complexity, depth of detail, and logistical planning involved in mounting a major campaign on a national scale.

The Berman Political Collection is held by Kathryn A. Martin Library’s Archives and Special Collections unit.

Fourth Floor Display

All Shakespeare!

In anticipation of the arrival at UMD of the 1623 First Folio volume of almost all of Shakespeare's plays (36 in total, including 18 never published before), an ALL SHAKESPEARE display is featured on the Kathryn A. Martin Library's fourth floor.

The Library teamed with the English Department and the Tweed Museum of Art to successfully compete for the opportunity to showcase the FIRST FOLIO volume on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Museum. The First Folio will be at UMD in October 2016.

Martin Library's Archives and Special Collections drew upon selected items to create this display, documenting the fact that Shakespeare has had a consistent local presence from the 1880s forward.

Display themes include Shakespeare and the Bible, Shakespeare and Duluth, as well as Shakespeare and UMD.

Playbills and programs from early Duluth show that residents in 1884 attended a production of Macbeth in the Grand Opera House. The Duluth Playhouse and Blackthorn Theater mounted productions into the 1970s. UMD's theater department student productions included Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night in the 1930s, and just last month the department produced All's Well That Ends Well.

The display includes an 1888 Annual Report showing that Duluth public school libraries held volumes of Shakespeare. 

Four volumes from the Ramseyer Bible collection are opened to source passages of familiar phrases William Shakespeare modified and used in Richard II, Julius Ceasar, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and A Winter's Tale.


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