Library to Hold Book Launch for New Dr. Seuss Book July 28

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Join us on Tuesday, July 28 in the Geisel Library’s Seuss Room Foyer from 11 am – 1 pm to celebrate and buy a copy of the new Dr. Seuss book, What Pet Should I Get?. The book, based on recently discovered materials given to the Library’s Mandeville Special Collections’ Dr. Seuss Collection, will be released by Random House on July 28. Copies of the book will be sold by the UC San Diego Bookstore and some of the original materials used in the book will be on display. “Boids & Beasties,” the annual exhibition of original drawings and sketches by Theodor Seuss Geisel, is also currently on view and includes original materials from the new book. Lemonade and animal crackers will be served!

Toy Piano Festival – 15th Anniversary Celebration

Join us for this special event, as we celebrate the Toy Piano Festival’s 15th Anniversary.

Sunday, August 30, 2015 @ 3:00pm

Monday, August 31, 2015 @ 12:00pm (noon)

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Since 2000, the UC San Diego Library has hosted a Toy Piano Festival on or around September 5 to honor the birthday of John Cage, the first composer to write a “serious” work for toy pianos.

This year’s festival will feature “the Queen of Boogie-Woogie,” Sue Palmer, who returns to the stage to perform an excellent array of toy piano pieces in addition to several other UC San Diego alumni composers. In honor of the event’s 15th anniversary, a special award will be presented to nearby music store, La Jolla Music, for their years supporting the local community’s musical and instrumental needs.

The toy piano collection at Geisel Library consists of actual instruments, commissioned scores, and extant literature and recordings. In May of 2001, the Library of Congress issued a subject heading and call number for toy piano scores because of the activities of the Toy Piano Collection at Geisel Library. The call number is: M 175 T69.

For more information about the event, contact Scott Paulson at (858) 822-5758 or spaulson@ucsd.edu.

14th Annual Paper Theatre Festival

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For the 14th year, the UC San Diego Library will celebrate the history, wonder and awe of Paper Theatre, a popular Victorian era theatrical souvenir and educational toy. Our weekend-long exhibit on August 7, 8 and 9 from noon – 3:oo p.m. in the Seuss Room of Geisel Library will include a large collection of colorful scale model theatres. Special Paper Theatre performances will also be held on Friday, August 7 at 12:30 p.m., and at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9.

About Paper Theatre

Paper theatre, also called “Table Top Theatre” or “Toy Theatre”, dates back to the Victorian Era. At that time, theatrical playhouses printed fine souvenir posters showing architectural elements of their theatre. Aspects of set design were shown on the posters along with drawings of actual actors of the company (shown in costume from a specific production).  Condensed scripts were included in these poster kits and paper doll players were soon seen in lively productions on a table top at home.

Families and hobbyists would cut out the proscenium, the curtain, etc., to create a scale model of that specific theatre. These paper theatre hobbyists ended up learning much about scenic design, lighting effects, sound effects, music, acting, directing, choreography—all through this paper theatre toy, and many aspects of theatre were introduced to producers and performers of all ages.

Theatre-goers often bought these paper theatre posters as souvenirs promoting an actual production they saw.  Those living far from the theatre district ordered paper theatres from a catalog and had them delivered to their small town as an educational toy for the household. A lot of cutting and pasting was involved but hours of educational fun and artistic exploration would follow. The many two-dimensional layers of a paper theatre add up to something with surprising depth and charm.

For more information, contact Scott Paulson at (858) 822-5758 or spaulson@ucsd.edu.

Steampunk Tea Draws Time-travelers, Explorers, and Victorians to Geisel Library

More than 100 time-travelers, explorers, and Victorians gathered at UC San Diego’s Geisel Library on Sunday, June 28, 2015 to revel in all things Steampunk. Guests–dressed in a wide range of Victorian-era-meets-modern-technology garb–sipped exotic teas, watched a Magic lantern show, and enjoyed chamber music performed on steampunk-inspired instruments.

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Special guests at this year’s party included science writers from the Arthur C. Clarke Center for the Human Imagination’s Clarion Writers’ Workshop, and Anastasia Hunter, leader of Gaslight Gathering, who read samplings of steampunk literature. Steampunkers also participated in a variety of hands-on activity booths, where they could curate a paper theatre display by selecting characters and scenery; assemble exotic take-home teabags; and design a ‘Cornell Box.’

The inventors among the group completed a patent application for their next Steampunk invention (hopefully some of which will come to fruition in time for next year’s gathering), while the brave and adventurous got a stamp in their passports so they could travel back in time via the magnificent Steampunk time machine. Steampunk first-timers were invited to stop by the milliner’s to have their heads measured for a traditional hat to be made in their honor, before visiting the ‘Mustard Bar’ where they taste-tested and submitted formal culinary reviews of the various curiosities.

Take a step back in time and view the photos from the event here. For more information about the Annual Steampunk Tea Party, contact Scott Paulson at spaulson@ucsd.edu.

 

Visit the East Learning Commons, Geisel Floor 2 for the Finals Week Stress Free Zone

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Geisel Steampunk Tea Party Set for June 28

Join futurists, adventurers, and writers  for this lively event!

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Back by popular demand, the Library is once again hosting a Steampunk Tea Party and all are welcome to attend this free, wild and whimsical event. Join fellow futurists, explorers and adventurers on Sunday, June 28, 2015 from 3 – 5 p.m. in Geisel Library West (1st floor) for light refreshments and lively chamber music performed on steampunk-inspired instruments.

Steampunk refers to a sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Besides gazing at the creative props and costumes worn by fellow guests, there will be plenty of steampunk-friendly and Victoriana-chic curiosities on display. Guest speaker Anastasia Hunter, leader of Gaslight Gathering, will also highlight a sampling of steampunk literature.

Special guests include writers from the Arthur C. Clarke Center for the Human Imagination‘s Clarion Writers’ Workshop, which is being held on the UC San Diego campus June 21 – August 20, 2015. Established in 1968, the Clarion Writers’ Workshop is the oldest workshop of its kind and is widely recognized as a premier proving and training ground for aspiring writers of fantasy and science fiction.

For more information about the 2015 Steampunk Tea event, contact spaulson@ucsd.edu.

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Seuss Room Screening – 1915 Expo

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Bring your lunch for a virtual picnic in the Park with a vintage screening of the original opening ceremonies of Balboa Park!

Step back in time 100 years to relive the moment when San Diego commemorated the opening of the Panama Canal and launched the City as an international venue.

Join us in the Seuss room on Friday, June 19, 2015 for refreshing drinks starting at 12:30 p.m. Then grab a seat on a picnic blanket to enjoy your lunch while viewing two exquisite vintage silent films, A Glimpse of the San Diego Expo (1915) and Fatty and Mabel at the San Diego Exposition (1915). As a special treat, the Fatty Arbuckle film will be shown on a 16mm projector at the appropriate silent film speed of 16 frames per second. Both screenings will be accompanied by live music from the era and other sounds from the Library’s very own musical group, Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra (TTPO).

This special screening is in conjunction with San Diego Welcomes the World, an exhibition of materials from the Library’s Special Collections & Archives on display in Geisel Library (2nd Floor West). Sheet music found in this exhibit will also be performed at the event by TTPO.

Artistic Display Brings Zooplankton Into Focus

UCSD student’s art show inspired by collaboration with the Jaffe Lab at Scripps

Original Article Written By: Brittany Hook, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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Artistic depictions of zooplankton currently adorn the walls of UC San Diego’s Geisel Library, as well as the entrance of the Biomedical Library, thanks to a showcase created by UC San Diego biology student and artist Elizabeth Stringer.

Stringer’s two-part exhibit, My Meditations End in Reverie, was inspired by the time she has spent working as a volunteer in the Jaffe Laboratory for Underwater Imagery and in the Physical-Biological Interactions Lab of biological oceanographer Peter Franks at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, a part of UC San Diego. The exhibit’s paintings and backlit photographs bring to life the mysterious world of zooplankton, microscopic animals that float near the surface in marine environments.

This project has allowed Stringer, a double major in human biology and studio arts, to combine her passion for science with the arts. “I use my art practice to express my own passion that I have for biology and to play and make sense of the biological facts swimming in my head,” said Stringer. Read more…

Missing: The Fate of the Nazi Concentration Camp Archives

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Don’t miss the final Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLHW) of the 2014-2015 academic year on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 in the Seuss Room of the Geisel Library from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The workshop, The Fate of the Nazi Concentration Camp Archives, will feature J.J. Surbeck, a Swiss-educated attorney who served 16 years with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The ICRC was founded in 1863 as a private Swiss organization, striving to ensure protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and help reunite POWs and uprooted civilians with their families. In 1864, it persuaded governments to adopt the first Geneva Convention, the treaty that required armies to care for wounded soldiers, whatever side they were on.

With the Nazi conquest of most of Europe resulting in the displacement of millions of individuals, the British Red Cross and the ICRC began working together to trace victims of incarceration, forced labor, and relocation in 1943. This effort eventually led to the establishment of the

International Tracing Service (ITS), which is now a massive archive in Bad Arolsen, Germany containing 30 million records on the survivors and victims of the Nazi concentration camps.

Surbeck will discuss the inter-workings and history of the ICRC and the role it played in WWII. This event is free and open to the public. No reservation necessary. Refreshments will be served.

For more information about the HLHW, which is sponsored by the UC San Diego Library and Judaic Studies Program, please contact Susanne Hillman at hlhw@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661.

‘San Diego Welcomes the World’ Salutes Centenary of Panama–California Exposition of 1915

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San Diego Welcomes the World, an exhibition of materials from the Library’s Special Collections & Archives, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, which commemorated the opening of the Panama Canal, and launched the City as an international venue. The construction of the Panama Canal was an immense engineering feat, dramatically cutting the distance and cost of international shipping by opening a passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It also proved to be an excellent opportunity for enhancing San Diego’s profile–as it would become the first port north of the Panama Canal on the West Coast of the United States.  The event also provided San Diego leaders with the impetus for transforming Balboa Park from an undeveloped, arid property, into a lush and distinctly Spanish paradise. The 1915 Exposition led to both the greening of Balboa Park as well as the creation of the park’s cultural institutions and stunning Spanish Revival architecture.

The exhibition, which is on display on the main floor in Geisel Library (2nd floor, West Wing) until July 5, 2015, includes images of some of the few permanent structures designed for the fair, including the California Tower and dome, the Cabrillo Bridge, and the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Other items in the exhibit include souvenir books and postcards, newspaper articles, sheet music, a special student admittance pass, maps of the Canal, and more.

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