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The Art of Maurice Sendak 

When: Fridays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Continues through Oct. 18 2015
Price: free admission
Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are has stood the test of generations of children, offering them a gentle reminder that even when they misbehave their parents still love them. Which is why those same troublesome kids grow up to read it to their own children; it's the secret handshake passed down through the years that gets you through solitary confinement in a small, cluttered bedroom. The Art of Maurice Sendak, the new exhibition at the St. Louis Public Library's Central branch (1301 Olive Street; www.slpl.org), celebrates the life and works of a singularly fantastic children's author. The show is built around Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition — 50 Years, Works, Reasons, which includes 50 original works of art by the man himself. Other family-pleasing highlights include a life-size replica of Max's bedroom (you can lie in his bed and see the jungle above), a sailboat for sitting in and various monsters hidden throughout the library. There are numerous Sendak-related events at multiple branches, so pick up the full schedule when you visit. The Art of Maurice Sendak is open 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (September 5 through October 18). Admission is free.
— Paul Friswold

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