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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Waldo Library Exhibits show the variety of the Special Collections and Rare Books

Exhibits in Waldo Library this month are as varied as our many collections. Here are some from Special Collections and Rare Books Room.


Second floor has an LGBT Exhibit featuring photographs and stories by and about those in the LGBT community in honor of recent events in Orlando as well as Pride month. Books included illustrate the works of poet Langston Hughes, writer and professor Richard B. Hardy, and photographers Robert Mapplethorpe and Michael James O'Brien.

Another case on second floor features Michigan in a beautiful and historic viewpoint.  Examples from this collection show a picture of Tahquamenon Falls in the autumn, a photo of Tannery Falls , a photo of Arch Rock on Mackinaw Island, information about Kalamazoo's past celery growing history, Michigan's logging history, and there is a picture of the act that declared Michigan a state. This highlights Michigan in time for the summer travel season.

Both exhibits on the first floor are examples of early and modern Asian art. There is an example of the illustrated history of Korean costumes, early Chinese ceramics and ink drawings, early Japanese screen printing, and two works by modern Japanese artists. One is a work by Katsu Yoshida, one of Japan's top illustrators,  who does drawings of movie stars, jazz musicians, singers, and rock groups. The other is a graphic novel by Osamu Tezuka, who was a Japanese manga artist (known as the "father of manga," cartoonist, animator, film producer, and activist.

Welcome to Summer Sessions at WMU, Waldo Open Late

Waldo Library is open late during Summer sessions at Western Michigan University. Monday - Thursday open 8 a.m. until midnight, Sundays, noon until midnight. Circulation and reference services are here for patrons or places to read, research, browse, or have a team meeting. Quiet zones are designated on all 4 floors.

Please note special hours/closures of all 4 libraries for the Independence Holiday: Closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday; July 2, 3, and 4. This is for Waldo, Education, Music and Archives libraries. Hours listing: http://wmich.edu/library/hours/independenceday , or http://wmich.edu/library/hours . Precorded hours listing is easy to access from your phone: (269) 387-5155.