Books in Bloom Set for May 5-7 in Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library

The exhibit pairs floral design with literature and academic materials. New this year, take a behind-the-scenes look at The Saint John's Bible.
Posted on May 3rd, 2017 by

Gustavus Library Associates, an affinity group promoting learning, literature, and the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library at Gustavus Adolphus College, will host its biennial Books in Bloom fundraiser in the library May 5-7, 2017.

Sponsored by the Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation and Kraus-Anderson Construction, as well as a generous group of display sponsors, the event will feature 23 floral arrangements that depict works of literature, film, or academic material as interpreted by the designer.

New this year, Books in Bloom will also feature a presentation on Saturday, May 6 at 1 p.m. by Mike Nordberg ’93 titled Inside The Saint John’s Bible. Nordberg will discuss the process behind the creation of the Saint John‘s Bible, which is the first handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery since the invention of the printing press in the 15th century. Gustavus received its heritage edition of The Saint John’s Bible through a generous gift from Åke Bonnier, bishop in the Diocese of Skara of the Church of Sweden, who served on the Gustavus Adolphus College Board of Trustrees from 2008-2015.

Books in Bloom is free and open to the public on May 5 from 3-5 p.m., May 6 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and May 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. To learn more about Gustavus Library Associates, read the Mankato Free Press feature or visit the organization’s website.


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