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A World of Puzzles

IU's Lily Library displays a selection of mechanical puzzles ranging from antique Chinese puzzles to the Rubik's Cube.

Indiana University’s Lily Library displays a selection of mechanical puzzles ranging from antique Chinese puzzles to the Rubik’s Cube. Curator, Jillian Hinchliffe, explains what makes this exhibit unique.

“What’s great about this collection is that it’s a really good interface between the library and the public,” Hinchliffe explained. “Because I think there’s this conception that, in rare book library, you have to go in and be very quick. You’re not allowed to have fun. You aren’t allowed to touch anything. And that’s not what this room is about at all. We want people to come in and enjoy the puzzles and get hands-on with some of them, just like we want people to come in and enjoy the rest of the collection.”

A Celebration of the World’s Most Iconic Puzzle exhibit will be on display at the Lily Library‘s Slocum Puzzle Room until August 15th.

David Wood

Originally from Leavenworth, Kansas, David Wood moved to Bloomington in 2005. He received his Bachelor of Music from Kansas State University, and his Master of Music from the University of North Texas. He studied ensemble direction at the Jacobs School of Music's Early Music Institute and joined WFIU in 2006 as an announcer. In 2008 he became WFIU's Music Director and also served as Art Bureau Chief from 2008-2013. David’s interests include Irish music and language (particularly traditional singing), music and religion, running, the outdoors, and, of course, classical music!

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