Have you been looking for an excuse to visit the lovely and historic Peabody Library? Well, then why not swing by during this weekend’s Baltimore Book Festival? Friendly Rare Books and Manuscripts staff will be on hand to give tours and answer all your burning questions about the library. We just ask that you leave the Festival’s famous fried dough and lemonade outside!

Tours will be available on Friday, September 24 from 2-6 and on Saturday, September 25 from 11-2. In addition to tours, library staff will also be on hand to give a series of casual talks about the collection:

Friday, September 24
3pm Go Wild with Natural History: Library Assistant Paul Espinosa will showcase an amazing variety of science and natural history books, juxtaposing over 400 years of written history!
6pm Western Women Travelers in the Middle East (1800-1930): Take a step back into history with Chella Vaidyanathan, Curator of 19th & 20th Century Historical Collections. Enjoy your armchair travel to the Middle East with Western women travelers and learn what they thought about the Middle Eastern society and culture! Also, take a sneak peak at the Harem life.
Saturday, September 25
11am Go Wild (Yet Again) with Natural History: Library Assistant Paul Espinosa will showcase an amazing variety of science and natural history books, juxtaposing over 400 years of written history!
1pm Baltimore Bound: Boost your sense of civic pride with Outreach Coordinator Heidi Herr by viewing amazing books and prints documenting the 19th and early 20th century Baltimore scene. From mastodons to Parisian auto bandits, there is bound to be something to spark your interest in Baltimore’s esteemed bibliographic history!


One thought on “Visit the Peabody Library at the Baltimore Book Festival!

  1. I took my family to the festival this morning, and in the Peabody library we were treated to a great presentation by Paul on rare books. We all had a wonderful time looking at books on botanic and natural history, and with Chella at books on Western women traveling to the Middle East. It was worth seeing and we had a very nice time!

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