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Thursday, May 28, 2015
Founders' Building Hours: 8 am - 5 pm
Founders' Reference Desk: 9 am - 5 pm
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815-753-1995

Founders Memorial Library Exhibits - May-June 2015

"Celebrating Science Fiction & Fantasy"

The current exhibit draws from the library's books, scholarly monographs, pulp magazines, films and television series, to provide an overview of the breadth and depth of our holdings. Science fiction is largely defined by potential conceivability; fantasy contains elements of imagination and invention that do not seem possible in the universe we know. Science fiction (SF) has gone through many phases, and is certainly far from finished changing along with the society it entertains and stimulates; early science fiction was often serious in intent (cf. Shelley, Wells), while the middle era tended to be more purely escapist fare. Modern SF arguably covers all the bases in its exploration of what it means to be human-and not human, at times. Fantasy and horror have likewise evolved over time. Current writers often use ethnic beliefs and folktales in plotting fantasy works, as well. This exhibit is merely the tip of the iceberg that is our collection of books, magazines and visual media. Between the main stacks and the rich holdings of Rare Books, there is a true wealth of resources in these genres.

Contact persons: Mary Burns, (815) 793-1192 and David Lonergan, (815) 753-9866

Rare Books and Special Collections exhibit- 4th floor
"Celebrating Science Fiction & Fantasy" continued from first floor

Contact: Angela Schroeder, (815) 753-8091.

Southeast Asia Collection exhibits- 4th floor
"Fauna and Flora of Southeast Asia"
This summer the Southeast Asia collection is displaying materials on the plants and animals of Southeast Asia. Books and photos take you on a journey through the air, water and land of Southeast Asia, showcasing some of the most beautiful and colorful wildlife on the planet.

Contact: Joanna Kulma, 815-753-1819.