Current Displays

Concourse Display Case

28th Annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Award Winners

This display showcases winners of the 28th annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA).

The NEMBA Awards were presented at a public celebration on Thursday, May 26, in Kirby Ballroom on the UMD campus. The celebration included featured speaker Michael Fedo, a book fair, and refreshments.

The Awards

Each year, NEMBA recognizes books that best represent northeastern Minnesota in the areas of history, culture, heritage, or lifestyle. This year, 44 books published in 2015 were nominated.

NEMBA prizes are currently awarded in six categories: (1) Nonfiction (2) Fiction (3) Art, Photography (4) Children's Literature (5) Poetry, and (6) Memoir. 

The winning author in each category received a cash prize of $200. The winning author and the honorable mention in each category took home a glass plaque as well as 100 NEMBA book seals.

NEMBA is a free community event sponsored by the Kathryn A. Martin Library at UMD with financial support from Friends of the Duluth Public Library, Lake Superior Writers, TCF Bank, and the UMD Stores.

To view the winners, go to the NEMBA web page.

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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 this 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.

The 125th Anniversary of Skyline Parkway

The Kathryn A. Martin Library hosted an opening reception on Wednesday, July 6, 4:30-6:30 pm, to highlight its July display celebrating the history of Skyline Parkway.

The first section of Skyline Parkway, from Lincoln Park to Chester Park, was opened in 1891. The scenic roadway was Duluth's first tourist attraction and remains one of its most popular. 

In partnership with Friends of Skyline Parkway and the Duluth Preservation Alliance, the library invites the public to learn more about the history of Skyline Parkway through this informative display. UMD Archivist and Special Collections Curator Pat Maus, who created the display, hosted the opening event.

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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