Build Imagination Collection

Build Imagination Open House

The Build Imagination collection is a set of 100 books about architecture, art, color, Legos, graphic design, shapes, and famous landmarks.

Made possible with a generous donation from the Rae Dumke Development Fund of the Michigan Architectural Foundation (MAF), this collection features fiction and non-fiction books on topics that help foster children's imaginations and raise awareness about architecture. 

Dumke is the former Executive Director of MAF, AIA Michigan (American Institute of Architects Michigan), and AIA Detroit. She currently serves on the MAF Board of Trustees. Upon her retirement, the Michigan Architectural Foundation established a dedicated Endowment Fund to honor her legacy of 43 years of service to AIA and MAF. Contributions to The Rae Dumke Endowment came from AIA members, the construction industry, friends, and family. A major funding event is the annual Dumke Open, a golf outing to raise funds for the Endowment.

Stephanie Klimmek, Head of Youth Services, Rae Dumke, and Doug Koschik, Library Director, unveiled the Baldwin Library's Build Imagination collection at an Open House on Saturday, September 26, 2015.

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In October 2016, the collection was presented to 5 hospitals and cancer centers around Michigan, including: C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital (Ann Arbor), Bronson Children’s Hospital (Kalamazoo), Renucci Hospitality House (Grand Rapids), Ronald McDonald House (Grand Rapids), and Munson Hospital Cowell Family Cancer Center (Traverse City).

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The Line

Moxie

Walk this World

A World of Your Own

Funny Machines for George the Sheep

Alphablock

Countablock

A is for Art Museum

Good Night, Michigan

Look, a Book!

Shape

The Three Little Pigs

Alphabet Everywhere

Numbers Everywhere

Roberto

A Magical Day with Matisse

City Signs

My Big Book of Trucks and Diggers

The Sun is Yellow

The Construction Alphabet Book

Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing

Going Places

Going Places

Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night?

Larry Gets Lost in Philadelphia

The Memory of an Elephant

The Game of Mix and Match

Press Here

If I Built a House

What Do You Do With an Idea?

Sky High

Home

The Great Wheel

Mr Rouse Builds His House

Watch This Space

Piero Ventura’s Book of Cities

A City Through Time

How Did They Build That Lighthouse

Unusual and Awesome Jobs In Math

How Did They Build That Zoo

Bridges and Tunnels

The Ultimate Construction Site Book

Super Cool Construction Activities with Max Axiom

The Chunnel

The Art of Construction

How Did They Build That Bridge

Bridges!

The Brooklyn Bridge

Beneath the Streets of Boston

Building a Road

A Year at a Farm

Build Your Own City

The LEGO Neighborhood Book

How Did They Build That? Skyscraper

A Year at a Construction Site

Big Buildings

How Did They Build That House

Look at That Building

How Did They Build That Stadium

Art Lab for Kids

The Future Architect's Handbook

Who Built That Skyscrapers

Skyscrapers

Architecture for Kids

The Future of Architecture

From Mud Huts to Skyscrapers

LEGO Architecture

Earth-Friendly Buildings, Bridges, and More

Architect

13 Architects Children Should Know

Building America

How Did They Build That Water Park

13 Sculptures Children Should Know

Graphic Design for Kids

13 Paintings Children Should Know

Maps

A Year on a Pirate Ship

All the Buildings in New York

13 Women Artists Children Should Know

13 Artists Children Should Know

The Great Pyramid

A Street Through Time

Parthenon

A Year in a Castle

Taj Mahal

Statue of Liberty

Empire State Building

Journey Around Chicago from A to Z

Diego Rivera: his world and ours

Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids: his life and ideas

Pantone Color Books

You Wouldn't Want to Be a Skyscraper Builder

Handmade Crafts

City

Amazing Buildings

Blocks

Bridges

Down Here

Make Space

Moving Blocks

Notre Dame

Pyramids of Egypt

Skyscrapers and Towers

Stadiums and coliseums

Timeline

Whose story is this, anyway?

Tunnels

Shapes by the sea

Shapes in the city

Shapes on the farm

The Line
Moxie
Walk this World
A World of Your Own
Funny Machines for George the Sheep
Alphablock
Countablock
A is for Art Museum
Good Night, Michigan
Look, a Book!
Shape
The Three Little Pigs
Alphabet Everywhere
Numbers Everywhere
Roberto
A Magical Day with Matisse
City Signs
My Big Book of Trucks and Diggers
The Sun is Yellow
The Construction Alphabet Book
Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing
Going Places
Going Places
Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night?
Larry Gets Lost in Philadelphia
The Memory of an Elephant
The Game of Mix and Match
Press Here
If I Built a House
What Do You Do With an Idea?
Sky High
Home
The Great Wheel
Mr Rouse Builds His House
Watch This Space
Piero Ventura’s Book of Cities
A City Through Time
How Did They Build That Lighthouse
Unusual and Awesome Jobs In Math
How Did They Build That Zoo
Bridges and Tunnels
The Ultimate Construction Site Book
Super Cool Construction Activities with Max Axiom
The Chunnel
The Art of Construction
How Did They Build That Bridge
Bridges!
The Brooklyn Bridge
Beneath the Streets of Boston
Building a Road
A Year at a Farm
Build Your Own City
The LEGO Neighborhood Book
How Did They Build That? Skyscraper
A Year at a Construction Site
Big Buildings
How Did They Build That House
Look at That Building
How Did They Build That Stadium
Art Lab for Kids
The Future Architect's Handbook
Who Built That Skyscrapers
Skyscrapers
Architecture for Kids
The Future of Architecture
From Mud Huts to Skyscrapers
LEGO Architecture
Earth-Friendly Buildings, Bridges, and More
Architect
13 Architects Children Should Know
Building America
How Did They Build That Water Park
13 Sculptures Children Should Know
Graphic Design for Kids
13 Paintings Children Should Know
Maps
A Year on a Pirate Ship
All the Buildings in New York
13 Women Artists Children Should Know
13 Artists Children Should Know
The Great Pyramid
A Street Through Time
Parthenon
A Year in a Castle
Taj Mahal
Statue of Liberty
Empire State Building
Journey Around Chicago from A to Z
Diego Rivera: his world and ours
Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids: his life and ideas
Pantone Color Books
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Skyscraper Builder
Handmade Crafts
City
Amazing Buildings
Blocks
Bridges
Down Here
Make Space
Moving Blocks
Notre Dame
Pyramids of Egypt
Skyscrapers and Towers
Stadiums and coliseums
Timeline
Whose story is this, anyway?
Tunnels
Shapes by the sea
Shapes in the city
Shapes on the farm