If you like books, libraries, architecture, and science fiction, you might want to sign up for an all-day tour Friday, April 24, with UC San Diego’s University Librarian, Brian Schottlaender, to visit some of the Inland Empire’s most spectacular libraries.
The tour will start at the A.K. Smiley Public Library in Redlands, an architectural gem and a designated historic landmark which opened in 1898. Participants will get a custom tour by Library director Don McCue and will learn about the Smiley’s rare and valuable materials from Special Collections director, Nathan Gonzales. This stop will include a visit to the Lincoln Memorial Shrine just next door.
From Redlands, the group will head to Riverside for an informal lunch at the amazing Mission Inn with Steve Mandeville-Gamble, UC Riverside’s university librarian. After lunch, participants will have time to explore the stunning and unusual Mission Inn before departing for the UC Riverside campus, and a tour of UC Riverside’s Special Collections & Archives. At UCR, library staff will share highlights of the collection, including the Library’s Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy, the largest publicly-accessible collection of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and utopian literature in the world.
The all-day excursion will begin with an 8:30 a.m. departure by coach from the Supercomputer Center on the UC San Diego campus, and will return at approximately 6 p.m. The fee to attend is $80 per person, which includes transportation, lunch, snacks, and gratuity. Seating is limited to 25 people!
To register, please contact Christina Continelli no later than Friday, April 17, 2015
at 858-534-1183, or firstname.lastname@example.org.