May 2003 - The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with The Newberry Library of Chicago and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) have named 40 public and academic libraries across the country as sites for the “Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend” traveling exhibit tour. This new exhibit commemorates the 400 th anniversary of the death of Queen Elizabeth I of England and encourages audiences not only to reacquaint themselves with the Queen, but also become more familiar with the historical and cultural forces that shaped her personality and her time, and examine the mixture of history and legend that continues to surround her today. The traveling exhibition is based on a major exhibition of the same title, which will open at The Newberry Library on September 30, 2003.
The libraries selected for the tour will host the exhibit for a six-week period between October 2003 and March 2006. Libraries will make the exhibit available for public viewing and host a number of educational programs and receptions to increase the public’s understanding and study of the exhibit and its themes. All showings of the exhibition and related programs will be free and open to the public.
The libraries selected for the tour are (in alphabetical order by state):
· University of Alabama Libraries, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
· City of Scottsdale Public Library System, Scottsdale, Ariz.
· Benicia Public Library, Benicia, Calif.
· Humboldt County Library, Eureka, Calif.
· Norlin Library, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colo.
· Montrose District Library, Montrose, Colo.
· Orange County Library System – Orlando Public Library, Orlando, Fla.
· West Georgia Regional Library, Carrollton, Ga.
· Wayne County Library, Jesup, Ga.
· Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Ill.
· Knox County Public Library, Vincennes, Ind.
· Council Bluffs Public Library, Council Bluffs, Iowa
· Kansas City, Kansas Public Library – West Wyandotte Branch, Kansas City, Kan.
· Ekstrom Library, University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky.
· Vermilion Parish Library, Abbeville, La.
· Ellender Memorial Library, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, La.
· Mount Wachusett Community College Library, Gardner, Mass.
· Livonia Public Library, Livonia, Mich.
· James W. Miller Learning Resources Center, Saint Cloud State University, Saint Cloud, Minn.
· Columbia Libraries, University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.
· Lincoln Libraries, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb.
· Omaha Public Library, Omaha, Neb.
· McGuire Air Force Base Library, McGuire AFB, N.J.
· J. Cloyd Miller Library, Western New Mexico University, Silver City, N.M.
· Lehman College Library, Bronx, N.Y.
· Henderson County Public Library, Hendersonville, N.C.
· Cameron Village Regional Library, Raleigh, N.C.
· Tiffin - Seneca Public Library, Tiffin, Ohio
· Grasselli Library, John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio
· Roger Williams University Library, Bristol, R.I.
· J. Drake Edens Library, Columbia College, Columbia, S.C.
· Greenville County Library System, Greenville, S.C.
· Grand Prairie Public Library System, Grand Prairie, Texas
· Harris County Public Library – Atascocita Branch Library, Humble, Texas
· Salt Lake City Public Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
· Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Fredericksburg, Va.
· Library of Virginia, Richmond, Va.
· Yakima Valley Regional Library – Summitview Branch, Yakima, Wash.
· Teton County Library, Jackson, Wyo.
· Park County Library System – Powell Branch Library, Powell, Wyo.
The Newberry Library is also developing an extensive Elizabeth I Web site that can be used by tour libraries to expand the thematic areas of the exhibition with supplementary information, links, and activities, as well as interactive browsing features, bibliographic resources, and enhanced views of the exhibition artifacts. The Web site will be active in October 2003 and will remain available for the duration of the traveling exhibition tour.
The ALA Public Programs Office fosters cultural programming by libraries of all types. Established in 1990, the office helps thousands of libraries nationwide develop and host programs that encourage dialogue among community members and works to establish libraries as cultural centers in their communities.