LIMITED LIBRARY OPENING: The Library is opening two locations for Front Door Service: Excelsior Branch (opens Aug. 11) and the Main Library (opens Aug. 10). During our phased re-opening, patrons can only reserve items owned by those two locations. We will be opening more locations in September 2020 and will expand the number of branches that will be accepting reserves at the same time.
The story of Margery Williams Bianco, author of the beloved children's book The Velveteen Rabbit, and her daughter Pamela, a world-renowned child prodigy artist whose fame at one time greatly eclipses her mother's. But celebrity at such an early age exacts a great toll. Pamela's dreams elude her as she struggles with severe depressions, an overbearing father, an obsessive love affair, and a spectacularly misguided marriage. Throughout, her life raft is her mother. The glamorous art world of Europe and New York in the early 20th century and a supporting cast of luminaries, including Eugene O'Neill and his wife Agnes (Margery's niece), Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and Richard Hughes, author of A High Wind in Jamaica, provide a vivid backdrop to the Biancos' story.