Contact: Craig D'Ooge, Library of Congress (202) 707-9189

September 5, 1997

New "Gumby" Traveling Exhibit Supports "Building a Nation of Readers" Theme

"Adventures into Books: Gumby's World," a touring exhibition developed by the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito, California, promotes "Building a Nation of Readers," the Center for the Book's reading promotion theme for 1997-2000. The exhibition opens on November 18 at the museum's waterside location at the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge, where it will remain until April 10, 1998. Then it will tour to nine other children's museums that are members of the Youth Museum Exhibit Collaborative and located in Brooklyn, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Memphis, St. Paul, and Hull, Quebec.

"Gumby already is one of the Center for the Book's reading promotion 'spokescharacters,'" said center Director John Y. Cole, "so our involvement in this innovative exhibit is both appropriate and exciting. We also are pleased to continue the partnership with children's museums that began in 1994 with the Library-Head Start-Museum family literacy project."

In "Adventures into Books: Gumby's World," children can "walk into" giant books--the way Gumby, the popular clay animation figure, begins his adventures in his long-running television show. Visitors also receive a hands-on introduction to Gumby and the art of clay animation, and the opportunity to create their own books and to share their favorite books on-line. The exhibition, the first to feature Gumby, has been created with the support of Gumby creators Art and Gloria Clokey.

For public information, telephone (415) 487-4398. The media contact is Kathryn Eustis, (415) 824-6800.

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PR 97-142
ISSN 0731-3527

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