Event—Public Programming

Forbidden Pop-Up Books


Salacious stories, tawdry tidbits, and provocative pictures can be found in the most surprising places. Like pop-up books!

Copy of the Roman de la Rose, 1840s. Call number: VAULT Case MS folio Y 7675 .R7184

This program will be held in-person at the Newberry.

Before they were made for children, pop-up books were made for adults. In this event led by Suzanne Karr Schmidt, curator of Pop-Up Books through the Ages, you’ll discover the surprisingly provocative content of pop-up books of the past.

This program is being held in conjunction with the Newberry exhibition Pop-Up Books through the Agesgenerously supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Professor James H. Marrow and Dr. Emily Rose, Alan Templeton, Diane and Richard Weinberg, and The Movable Book Society.


Suzanne Karr Schmidt is the Newberry’s George Amos Poole III Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts and curator of the exhibition, Pop-Up Books through the Ages.

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This program is free and open to all. Advance registration required.


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Pop-Up Books through the Ages

Mar 21–Jul 15, 2023

Pop-up books have a longer history than you might think. For centuries, books with interactive flaps, dials, and other moving parts have captivated readers of all ages. 

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