Media Contact: Kassandra Timothe, Public Information Officer
City of North Miami
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North Miami, FL – 11/14/2016

Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Caps For Sale with us!

The Friends of the North Miami Public Library and the Slobodkina Foundation present a special event and exhibition to honor author and artist Esphyr Slobodkina and her children’s classic Caps for Sale.  The North Miami Public Library will offer interactive programs and lectures alongside the traveling exhibition, Caps for Sale & Other Tales: The Art & History of a Storybook and its Maker  from November 16, 2016 to December 12, 2016.      

The exhibition explores the early life and work of Esphyr Slobodkina (1908-2002), a founding member of the influential American Abstract Artists, and the fascinating story behind the making of Caps for Sale.  Slobodkina was among the first female American artists to explore abstraction and the first to use collage as an illustrational technique in American children’s books.

On Thursday, November 17th at 6:30 p.m. the Slobodkina Foundation will present The Story of Esphyr Slobodkina, an art talk followed by a reception at the North Miami Public Library (835 NE 132 Street).  The program is specifically geared towards strengthening mature adults’ self-perception with an emphasis placed on Slobodkina’s multitudinous life achievements.  The Slobodkina Foundation will also offer children’s performances of Slobodkina’s children’s classic Caps for Sale and The Wonderful Feast.  Children attending the presentations on Wednesday, November 16th at 9:30 a.m. or at 4:30 p.m. will receive a free copy of More Caps for Sale.  Educational materials and activities will be available at the Library and on the Foundation’s Website   

For information on programs, field trip opportunities, or other details, please contact Lucia Gonzalez, Library Director at 305-335-8215 or by email at   

About the Friends of the Library: The Friends of the North Miami Public Library group was incorporated under the laws of Florida as a not-for-profit organization in 1983. The founders and members are everyday users of the library and your neighbors. The Friends play an important advocacy role especially in regards to funding issues.  Library cultural programs and events as well as other family literacy initiatives are funded by the Friends.  The Annual Book Sale at the library is an example of a Friends project. All purchases, donations and membership fees are tax deductible.       

About the Slobodkina Foundation: In the year 2000, Esphyr Slobodkina formed the Slobodkina Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit company. The Foundation consisted of 11 board members, and the Slobodkina House & Museum functioned under Slobodkina’s direction as President until 2003. In 2003, the Board of Directors elected Ann Marie Sayer, Slobodkina’s executive director and seven year companion, as president of the Slobodkina Foundation.  Today, the charitable Slobodkina Foundation actively preserves the legacy of Slobodkina’s prolific and unusually multifaceted career through traveling exhibitions, programs for children of all ages, and an online presence.
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