President’s Circle 
2021 Learning Workshops

President's Circle

2021 Learning Workshops

President’s Circle members who give $3,000 or more in cumulative giving in 2020 may attend up to four workshops in 2021. These workshops will be offered several times throughout the year on different days and times to accommodate demand and our members’ schedules. The workshop calendar and registration information will be mailed to you in October.

Book History 101

In this introductory workshop, learn about the history of printing and the physical aspects of books printed during the hand-press era of 1450-1800. Learn to identify book formats, illustrations processes, and different types of paper. You will have the opportunity to apply what you have learned by examining rare books from the Library’s collections.

Famous Fakes and Forgeries

Explore the intrigue and human drama of some of the world’s famous rare book fakes, forgeries, and thefts. You will learn about two in particular. First is the attempt to sell a fake Galileo Sidereus Nuncius, second the sordid tale of John Holmes Jenkins, a notable rare book dealer who died under mysterious circumstances in the mid-1990s.

For Mathematics Lovers

This hands-on mathematics workshop will provide you with a historical discussion of a mathematician and an opportunity to look at relevant rare books from the Library’s History of Science Collection. You will also have a chance to work through some mathematical exercises, which draw directly from those primary sources to explore the evolution of mathematical concepts.

From Offer to Shelf: Life Cycle of a Rare Book Acquisition

Among the most frequently asked questions from Library patrons is: “Where do you find items for the collection?” In this talk, we will walk through the acquisition process from beginning to end for two types of books – one purchased by the Library and one acquired as a gift. This talk provides an in-depth look at the behind the scenes work of the Library and its staff.

Natural Science Illustration: A Hands-on Workshop

Explore science illustrations of the natural world through images found in the Library’s history of science collection. Then participate in an introductory hands-on art workshop with the Library’s staff designer who will offer tips for how to find inspiration from nature to create your own artwork.

From Offer to Shelf: Life Cycle of a Rare Book Acquisition

Among the most frequently asked questions from Library patrons is: “Where do you find items for the collection?” In this talk, we will walk through the acquisition process from beginning to end for two types of books – one purchased by the Library and one acquired as a gift. This talk provides an in-depth look at the behind the scenes work of the Library and its staff.

Natural Science Illustration: A Hands-on Workshop

Explore science illustrations of the natural world through images found in the Library’s history of science collection. Then participate in an introductory hands-on art workshop with the Library’s staff designer who will offer tips for how to find inspiration from nature to create your own artwork.