Minor Memorial Library in Roxbury will present a program, "Modernist in the Nursery: The Art of Legendary Illustrator Leonard Weisgard," May 16 at 2 p.m.

Leonard Marcus, a renowned children's book historian and biographer of Margaret Wise Brown, will lead the program at the South Street library.

Weisgard, who worked with Margaret Wise Brown on many beloved children's books such as the "Noisy" books and "The Little Island," was a Caldecott Award-winning illustrator of more than 300 books.

Born in New Haven in 1916, he was educated at Pratt Institute in New York. In 1953, he and his wife Phyllis moved full time to Roxbury and lived there with his growing family until they all moved to Denmark in 1969.

During the years he lived in Roxbury, Weisgard was deeply involved with children's education.

He lectured extensively and worked closely with The American Library Association.

He gave copies of many of his books to the Roxbury Library, each inscribed with a fanciful drawing and his signature.

Marcus became a good friend of Leonard Weisgard and the whole Weisgard family in the course of researching and writing his biography of Margaret Wise Brown.

For more information, call the South Street library at 860-350-2181.