Sabatini plaque unveiling

A new plaque at the entrance to the library’s Alice C. Sabatini Gallery will welcome visitors with Sabatini’s drawings and will commemorate her life and work.

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On Alice C. Sabatini’s birth anniversary, people will gather to remember her and appreciate her artistry as a plaque is unveiled at the entrance to the gallery named in her honor. A public reception will take place 2 p.m. Sat. Feb. 28.

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Alice C. Sabatini drew the animals of the Topeka Zoo.

The plaque will include changeable bronze relief plates with six of Alice’s drawings. The plates will change periodically. Visitors can make rubbings of the drawings to take home. Read an interview with the designer of the plaque, local artist Janet Zoble.

Alice C. Sabatini (1931-1997) was a beloved educator, artist, designer, illustrator, philanthropist and children’s advocate. Over many years, Alice worked closely with Gary K. Clarke when he was the director of the World Famous Topeka Zoo. Alice drew the zoo’s animals and her images were used for zoo publicity.

Leah Sewell

Leah is the Communications Editor for the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, which basically means she’s an observer, collector and creator of library stories. She’s a veteran publisher and magazine editor who has brought her passion for all things literary and writerly to library communications. Leah has an MFA in writing from the University of Nebraska, is a published poet and author, a graphic designer, and has a very healthy obsession with books, podcasts, art and from-scratch cooking. She lives in Topeka with her two wily kids and a similarly unruly to-read pile.