The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Library supports the research and interest needs of all scholars, students, and community members who wish to learn more about American art and cultural heritage. The library staff continuously assesses the collection to determine how it can be strengthened and improved. Our efforts in the Library are to equally engage and impact all who visit. The Library staff is taking positive steps to create a collection that reflects, supports, and promotes cultural and linguistic diversity, and incorporates a growing list of linguistically diverse titles in languages including German, French, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, and Spanish. Recently, we added a dozen Spanish language books to the children’s book area. A few examples of the new Spanish language books include:
El Cuadro de Mary, by Susan Blackaby, Ryan Haugen, and Carlos Ruiz. A story about a young girl named Mary. Mary paints a balloon, a tree, and a sun before realizing that her artwork is missing something very important.
Las formas en el arte, by Rebecca Rissman. Can you spot the shape? Find out about the different shapes you can find in art. Books in this series introduce children to different shapes in a range of situations. Each book uses simple, repetitive text to teach children basic vocabulary, and includes stunning photographs that show how shapes can be found in many places. In Art, children have to find a selection of shapes in paintings, sculptures, and other works of art.
In an effort to create a collection that serves diverse interests and communities, the Library staff encourages input from others regarding titles, topics, and languages so that the library appeals to a multilingual community.
We encourage you to stop by the Museum library, located on the third floor, and explore the collection; you will be amazed at all the library has to offer!