For the whole month of March, MOPA’s Dubois Library will be hosting a book drive, collecting new and used children’s books, in English and Spanish. The books will be given to Words Alive, a local non-profit that distributes books to underserved, low-income, and at-risk children, teens, and adults. Please consider donating any gently used (or new!) books for ages 0-18; donations can be dropped off inside MOPA, Tuesday- Sunday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm.
Out of the 20,000 books held in the Dubois Library, there are more than a few treasures; books that illustrate and document early photographic processes and subjects, or were created by seminal photographers who have left their indelible mark on our visual history. These books are incredible to see and touch and hold. They provide true connection to a medium and a past that is quickly changing and evolving.
I have vivid memories of my elementary school’s card catalog, the beautifully polished wood, the shiny brass handles on the drawers, and the mass of white and yellow cards, all heavily marked with pencil and typewriter ink. It all seems so quaint and antique now, and I nostalgically remember the process of finding a library book as such a lovely ritual.