Current Displays

Concourse Display Case

28th Annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Award Winners

This display showcases winners of the 28th annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA).

The NEMBA Awards were presented at a public celebration on Thursday, May 26, in Kirby Ballroom on the UMD campus. The celebration included featured speaker Michael Fedo, a book fair, and refreshments.

The Awards

Each year, NEMBA recognizes books that best represent northeastern Minnesota in the areas of history, culture, heritage, or lifestyle. This year, 44 books published in 2015 were nominated.

NEMBA prizes are currently awarded in six categories: (1) Nonfiction (2) Fiction (3) Art, Photography (4) Children's Literature (5) Poetry, and (6) Memoir. 

The winning author in each category received a cash prize of $200. The winning author and the honorable mention in each category took home a glass plaque as well as 100 NEMBA book seals.

NEMBA is a free community event sponsored by the Kathryn A. Martin Library at UMD with financial support from Friends of the Duluth Public Library, Lake Superior Writers, TCF Bank, and the UMD Stores.

To view the winners, go to the NEMBA web page.

First Floor Interior Displays

Sculpture Artist Dale Chihuly

Visitors to the Kathryn A. Martin Library often ask about the glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly suspended above the library's entrance foyer. The piece, entitled "Clear and Silver Chandelier," was so-called because silver was melted into the glass medium as it was blown. Inspired by nature, especially aspects of the sea, Chihuly is an internationally known glass artist with roots in the abstract expressionist movement.

This display contains photographs and information to provide an in-depth look at this experimental sculpture artist. The Martin Library Chihuly exhibits playful use of color and inventive forms, with individual cylindrical forms attached via plastic-coated wires to a hidden flat metal strip.

Martin Library has an extensive collection of books and other materials related to art and art history. Items in this display are available for checkout. Ask at the Circulation desk for assistance.

The 125th Anniversary of Skyline Parkway

The Kathryn A. Martin Library will host an opening reception on Wednesday, July 6, 4:30-6:30 pm, to highlight its July display celebrating the history of Skyline Parkway.

The first section of Skyline Parkway, from Lincoln Park to Chester Park, was opened in 1891. The scenic roadway was Duluth's first tourist attraction and remains one of its most popular. 

In partnership with Friends of Skyline Parkway and the Duluth Preservation Alliance, the library invites the public to learn more about the history of Skyline Parkway and enjoy light refreshments. UMD Archivist and Special Collections Curator Pat Maus, who created the display, will host the event.

For more information, call 218-726-8526.

Caps, Caps for Sale

An exhibit featuring the Michael S. Berman Political Collection is in the table-case in the Kathryn A. Martin Library lobby.

Content includes a selection of caps from the 1988 to 2000 presidential campaigns.

People have always worn hats. To protect from weather, to keep warm, to look fashionable, or to add a few inches of height to their frames. Today, we also use them to persuade and to advertise our point of view—as in politics.

The Michael S. Berman Political Collection is part of Martin Library's Archives and Special Collections. Berman, a longtime Democrat and UMD alumnus (class of 1961), held a number of roles in presidential politics after he completed law school. 

Fourth Floor Display

All Shakespeare!

In anticipation of the arrival at UMD of the 1623 First Folio volume of almost all of Shakespeare's plays (36 in total, including 18 never published before), an ALL SHAKESPEARE display is featured on the Kathryn A. Martin Library's fourth floor.

The Library teamed with the English Department and the Tweed Museum of Art to successfully compete for the opportunity to showcase the FIRST FOLIO volume on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Museum. The First Folio will be at UMD in October 2016.

Martin Library's Archives and Special Collections drew upon selected items to create this display, documenting the fact that Shakespeare has had a consistent local presence from the 1880s forward.

Display themes include Shakespeare and the Bible, Shakespeare and Duluth, as well as Shakespeare and UMD.

Playbills and programs from early Duluth show that residents in 1884 attended a production of Macbeth in the Grand Opera House. The Duluth Playhouse and Blackthorn Theater mounted productions into the 1970s. UMD's theater department student productions included Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night in the 1930s, and just last month the department produced All's Well That Ends Well.

The display includes an 1888 Annual Report showing that Duluth public school libraries held volumes of Shakespeare. 

Four volumes from the Ramseyer Bible collection are opened to source passages of familiar phrases William Shakespeare modified and used in Richard II, Julius Ceasar, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and A Winter's Tale.


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