Books take unique, innovative forms in libraryR...

Books take unique, innovative forms in library’s summer exhibit

"Misunderstood Snakes" by children's author Richard Hatfield is one of the pop-up books on display in a new exhibit at MTSU's James E. Walker Library. (photo submitted)

“Big and Small, Wide and Tall: Pop-Up Books and the Function of Scale,” an exhibit demonstrating how size can be manipulated to make a book a work of art, is on display through Aug. 31 at MTSU’s James E. Walker Library.

Viewers may enjoy seeing a life-sized alien, three-dimensional art and petite natural wonders in this grouping of contemporary pop-up and movable books.

Organizers say the unusual books encourage readers to appreciate the imagination and artistry of their creators, and they also challenge readers to think about the nature of books and their traditional roles.

The free public exhibit is located in Walker Library’s Special Collections area on the fourth floor.

For more information, contact Kristen Keene at 615-898-5376 or

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