Former area librarian being featured at KSU for her pop-up collection

A former area librarian is being featured at Kent State University for a her pop-up book collection.

Carol Davis, who retired from the Leetonia library in 2003, recently donated over 500 pop-up books to the university library and has now been invited to speak about collecting the books a special symposium next month.

Davis, who lives in Greenford, said she started collecting the books about 30 years ago, buying her first one for a friend while in Columbus. It was about the Royal Family.

“[My friend] was really interested in the Royal Family and I thought [the book] was something neat for her,” Davis said about the purchase that spawned three decades of devotion.

“I bought them anytime something new came out,” she said.

But 30 years is a long time and Davis said she did not know what her adult children would want with all the books.

“I figured the library was a perfect place for them to be,” she said. “It took a whole pick up bed to get them there.”

Davis will join two other collectors at the Pop It! Move It! Use It! Programming, Selecting and Exploring Children’s Movable Books symposium May 2 in the second floor Governance Chambers at the university’s student center. The event will feature renowned children’s pop-up book artist and paper engineer Robert Sabuda.

The event is sponsored by the School of Library and Information Science and School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University, and the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System (NEO-RLS). For information about the symposium visit