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Maurice Sendak Display at Laramie County Library

Author Maurice Sendak with "Where the Wild Things Are" character (Spencer Platt/Getty)

The Laramie County Library was chosen as one of the locations to host a Maurice Sendak display called “In A Nutshell, The Worlds of Maurice Sendak.”

Sendak is the author of more than 100 picture books including “Where The Wild Things Are” and “In The Night Kitchen.” The exhibit and associated events explore Sendak’s childhood as a first generation Jewish American growing up in Brooklyn.

Through the displays, the author explains how the creatures in “Where The Wild Things Are” were exaggerated portraits of his jewish relatives. Some of his other books, including “In The Night Kitchen” decribe scenes from New York in the 1930’s and 40’s.

Next Tuesday, June 7th, the library will host a Sendak Film Night in the Cottonwood Room from six until 8:30 p.m. Both films to be shown include adult content.

They’ll be screening “Higglety Pigglety Pop!” and the new HBO special “Tell Them Anything You Want.”

Other upcoming events with this exhibit include a discussion on June 15th on “How the Holocaust Changed Sendak and Changes Us Today” led by Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman. It will take place in the Sunflower Room from seven to 8:30 p.m.

On June 16, the Interfaith Discussion Series continues with “Abraham, Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths.” And June 20th a Jewish Geneology Session will be held with Elaine Hayes, Special Collections Librarian, helping to trace family’s Jewish ancestry.

One of the films to be shown on Tuesday, “

Maurice Sendak with co-directors Lance Bangs, Spike Jonze and Vice President of HBO Original Programming John Hoffman (Michael Loccisano/Getty)

Tell Them Anything You Want,” is an HBO documentary about Maurice Sendak. It was co-directed by Spike Jonz, who directed the movie “Where The Wild Things Are,” and Lance Bangs.

Bangs says it is an intimate portrait of the author shot entirely inside “the world” of his home in Connecticut.

Find out more about the documentary at or better yet, attend the free screen coming up on June 7.

See this unique exhibit while you still can at the Laramie County Library.

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