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Traveling exhibit to help S.L. Library hail its 100th

A national traveling art exhibit is coming to Utah beginning Valentine's Day to help the Salt Lake City Library celebrate its centennial.

"Once Upon a Page: The Art of Children's Books" includes original works of art by some of the most distinguished and honored illustrators of children's books, said Colleen McLaughlin, community relations manager for the Salt Lake Public library.Drawn from the Mazza Centennial Collection at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio, the exhibit will be at the Main Library's Atrium Gallery, 209 E. 500 South, from Saturday, Feb. 14, through March 13.

It then will move to the city's five branch libraries, where it will remain through March 28.

The collection, from which "Once Upon a Page is Drawn," began with the donation of a handful of original works and now contains more than 1,000 illustrations from children's literature, all diverse in style and medium.

Among artists whose works are featured in the traveling exhibit are Palmer Cox, creator of the popular late 19th century "Brownies Series;" the celebrated African-American artist Lois Mailou Jones; and Dorothy Lathrop, the first recipient of the Caldecott Medal for children's illustrations in 1939.

Also included is the work of such well-known artists as Jim Arnosky, Ruth Heller, William Pene du Bois, Michael Hague, Maurice Sendak and Tasha Tudor.

Individuals interested in serving as docents during the exhibit and in attending a training session at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, are encouraged to call the library at 524-8200. More information about the exhibit is available by calling 524-8200.