Library event brings the fun back to books


2:13 pm February 6, 2022

Through fascinating images and historical texts, the Millennium Library in Norwich seeks to inspire children again through books.

On the second floor of the Norwich Heritage Centre, records specialist Chris Tracy and community librarian Rachel Ridealgh are turning the page after Covid and hosting their ‘Boards, Bindings and Type’ event to get kids more excited about writes it.

Rachel Ridealgh helps children make books during the craft segment of the event.
– Credit: Chris Tracy

Chris said: “We’ll have a special selection of books for kids to watch.

“They will be able to see how the books have developed and changed over time and also see how the books were constructed back then.

“Rachel will then lead a book-making class where kids can try their hand at crafting and binding their own books.”

The free event, which will be held on February 17, will take advantage of a host of publications that are all accessible to everyone from the library itself.

Chris said: “There’s no final decision yet on all the books we’ll be using, but we have a few in store.”

The Nuremberg Chronicle, showing the construction of Noah's Ark, contains over 1000 illustrations.

The Nuremberg Chronicle, showing the construction of Noah’s Ark, contains over 1000 illustrations.
– Credit: Chris Tracy

Young people who attend however will be treated to books such as ‘the magnificent’ Nuremberg Chronicle – one of the most famous early printed books in 1493 with over 1000 woodcut illustrations.

Another book to include is the Hortus Sanitatis which is a “natural history encyclopedia printed in 1491” with page after page of vividly colored images dating back hundreds of years.

The Hortus Sanitatis blends a beautiful mix of natural history and mythical creatures.

A glimpse of the Hortus Sanitatis which mixes a beautiful mix of natural history and mythical creatures.
– Credit: Chris Tracy

“We want to release a lot of fantastic books and then see where kids’ imaginations take them,” Chris added.

“The main thing we want to do is to involve young people and make them understand that these books and the library itself are part of their history and heritage.”

In the past, the library has partnered with scholars from the University of East Anglia’s ‘Unlocking the Archives’ project.

And while the upcoming event isn’t directly associated with this time around, it was heavily inspired by it.

Chris said: “The more we can use the collections, the better – we want to make these wonderful books known to as many people as possible and accessible for everyone to come and see.”

Boards, Bindings and Type event announcement

The free event will take place on February 17 and is suitable for children aged 8-14.
– Credit: Chris Tracy


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