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Moving Magic: Movable Books and Their Mechanics

Tuesday, July 13 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Though many think of pop-up books as mainly for children, books with moving parts have been around for centuries and encompass all genres. The Rare Book Collections contain movable books and cards from the 15th century to the present, with 16th-century spinning wheels known as volvelles, 19th-century medical books with flaps, Victorian tunnel books, and books by the famous paper engineer Lothar Meggendorfer. Join Curator of Rare Books Cassie Brand as she explores various mechanical techniques and shows how movable books delight and entertain people of all ages.

Free and open to all, pre-registration required.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Arts & Culture



University Libraries
Event Contact

Cassie Brand | cassie.brand@wustl.edu

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