Maurice Sendak Exhibit

maurice sendak the memorial exhibition

November 13, 2021 to January 31, 2022

This exhibit at the Fort Worth Public Library- Central features a retrospective of original paintings and illustrations by acclaimed children's author and illustrator Maurice Sendak.  Admission is free for this engaging experience unlike anything presented before by your Fort Worth Public Library. 

Exhibit Hours

Sunday            12:00 PM–06:00 PM

Monday           12:00 PM–08:00 PM

Tuesday           10:00 AM–08:00 PM

Wednesday     10:00 AM–08:00 PM

Thursday         10:00 AM–08:00 PM

Friday               10:00 AM–06:00 PM

Saturday          10:00 AM–06:00 PM

Free parking is currently available in the independently managed Sundance Square Garage 3 (420 Throckmorton St.) - entrance is located on 3rd St., just past the Taylor St. intersection. There are two-hour and 10-hour parking meters around the library, with free parking after 6 p.m. on weekdays and on all day Saturday and Sunday. 

All library locations will celebrate this unique exhibit with wonderful programming for adults, children and families. Find one near you!

maurice sendak sketched portraitMaurice Sendak illustrated more than one hundred picture books throughout his 60-year career including the 1963 classic and Caldecott Medal awarded Where the Wild Things Are, as well as Chicken Soup with Rice and In the Night Kitchen. 

Born in Brooklyn in 1928 to Jewish immigrant parents from northern Poland, Sendak grew up idolizing the storytelling abilities of his father, Philip, and his big brother, Jack. Aside from a few night classes in art after graduating high school, Sendak is a largely self-taught artist.  Throughout his career, he has taken characters, stories, and inspirations from his own neighbors, family, pop culture, historical sources and long-held childhood memories. 

He won numerous awards as both an artist and illustrator, including a Caldecott Award, a Newberry medal, the international Hans Christian Andersen Award, a National Book Award, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and a National Medal of Arts.  His books continue to be read by millions of children and adults and have been translated into dozens of languages and enjoyed all over the world. 


Additional Programs

upside down monster horns

Nov. 13

2 - 3 p.m.

Come roar your terrible roars and gnash your terrible teeth along with us as we celebrate the classic “Where the Wild Things Are”! We will be kicking off the opening of our Maurice Sendak exhibit with an interactive reading of the book, followed by crafts and activities for kids of all ages.

cartoon monster and leaves

Adult Wild Rumpus After Hours

Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy a viewing of the Maurice Sendak exhibit, mocktails, monster terrarium building, musical performance and more.

cartoon crown and music notes

Perfect for toddlers and their caregivers. Come make a rumpus with Max and the Wild Things! Create your own party scepters and join us for a fun and noisy dance party!  

sink or float

School-age children are invited to explore a sensory science activity inspired by Where the Wild Things Are. Make your own sailboat with different materials and see if you can sail it to the land of the wild things! 

tops of the heads drawn in cartoon

Families are invited to take a journey to the land of the Wild Things and become a Wild Thing yourself! Create your own monster parts and become the leader of the Wild Rumpus!

cartoon monster and leaves

Let’s all take a journey to Where the Wild Things Are by creating our own land of the Wild Things! Families are invited to make trees, dream jars, and yarn-wrapped wild things.

shadow of monster horns

School-age children will enjoy a unique and magical shadow puppet play based on the classic “Where the Wild Things Are”. Then experiment with light, engineer a puppet, and create your own shadow puppet story!