Get Ready for a Seuss-tacular Celebration in Honor of Beloved Author’s Birthday

Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, the popular children’s author-illustrator of The Cat in the Hat, which diversified mainstream children’s literature, turns 114 on Friday, March 2, 2018.

Party plans are underway at the University of California San Diego campus to celebrate the ingenious and creative spirit of Dr. Seuss during a noontime birthday bash that will include a two-story inflatable cake with candles, a giant, inflatable Cat in the Hat wearing a red and white striped hat, birthday cake, and Seussian musical entertainment by the Teeny Tiny Pit Orchestra.

Coinciding with national Read Across America Day, Dr. Seuss fans near and far are invited to join the fun being held in front of Geisel Library, the university’s flagship building named in honor of Theodor and Audrey Geisel in 1995. UC San Diego’s Interim Audrey Geisel University Librarian Tammy Nickelson Dearie will be on hand to greet party-goers and serve cupcakes to the first 2,000 attendees.

“Few readers who have grown up in the last sixty years can imagine their childhood without the wonderfully whimsical images and rhymes of Dr. Seuss. The illustrations in the more than 60 books he wrote are timeless and draw both children and adults alike,” said Dearie. “We’re honored to host a cherished campus tradition that began in the early 90’s when the UC San Diego Library received its first gift from Audrey Geisel.”  Read more…

16th Annual Paper Theatre Festival: It’s the Smallest Show on Earth!

This Scale Model Educational Toy is Being Rediscovered and Celebrated at the UC San Diego Library

Festival Dates:
Saturday, February 10 • Noon to 5 p.m.
Sunday, February 11 • Noon to 5 p.m.
(impromptu performances throughout the day both Saturday and Sunday)

Monday, February 12 • 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
(special premiere performance from alumna Lily Huang at noon)
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

This three-day exhibit in the Seuss Room of Geisel Library features replicas of Victorian Era paper theatres as well as modern versions of the toy. Live performances are featured throughout each day.

In the Victorian Era, theatrical playhouses printed fine souvenir posters showing architectural elements of their theatre. Aspects of set design were shown on the posters along with representations 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, with many aspects of theatre arts being introduced to producers and performers of all ages.

From these posters, 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, blocking—all through this paper theatre toy. 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.

Exhibit and accompanying live events of this Paper Theatre Festival are free and open to the public. For more information Contact Scott Paulson via email at spaulson@ucsd.edu or by phone at (858) 822-5758.

For information about accessible parking on campus, click here.

UC San Diego Library Launches “Showcase Your Bookface” Contest

Channel your literary creativity and artistic spirit into creating your best bookface! Bookface is the growing trend of matching your face or part of your body to a book cover to illustrate a melding of life and art. The top five entries will receive a $20 Audrey’s Café gift card!

We encourage those interested in participating to browse and explore book covers for inspiration at the UC San Diego Bookstore, local bookstores, public libraries. 

Contest Details

Timing: Monday, February 5 (12:01 a.m. PST) – Wednesday, February 28 (11:59 p.m. PST)

How to enter:

  • Find the perfect book cover to capture your #Bookface.
  • Follow our Instagram page @ucsdlibrary then upload your entry to your Instagram account with the hashtag #GeiselBookface in the caption.

Who can enter: Current UC San Diego students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  

For the official rules and guidelines, click here. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, technical quality, and compliance with the contest rules.

Tips:

  • If the face on the book cover is the same size as your face, hold the book close; if smaller than your face, hold the book further away.
  • Get your friends involved (hold the book, take the picture, or have them pose with you).

Fantastic Fans of the African Diaspora

Fantastic Fans of the African Diaspora Exhibit
February 1-28, 2018
Geisel Lobby (near east wing)

An exhibit of Fantastic Fans of the African Diaspora is featured February 128 in Geisel Library on the UC San Diego campus for Black History Month.

Among the items on display in three flat cases near Geisel’s east wing (main floor) are hand-held paper fans from North America popular throughout the 1900’s. The fans were distributed throughout churches and at civic assembly meetings to keep cool and relay information. These fans were a particularly important advertising tool for the African-American community. Black-owned businesses could be advertised on one side of the fan and an inspirational message or uplifting graphic on the other.

Also on display, vintage  fans featuring iconic images and inspirational messages of the Civil Rights Movement, woven fans from the African continent, and souvenir fans from many nations relaying the African diaspora.

For more information about the exhibit contact Scott Paulson at spaulson@ucsd.edu.

Face to Face with Demjanjuk: The Elusive Quest for Closure

Face to Face with Demjanjuk: The Elusive Quest for Closure – with Martin Haas
Wednesday, February 7 • 5:00 pm
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

All HLHW events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Martin Haas

On Wednesday, February 7, the Holocaust Living History Workshop series will feature UC San Diego professor emeritus Martin Haas who will share the tragic history of his family’s death and his experience in court where he came face-to-face with the man who was involved in his family’s murder.

In 2009, Haas participated as a co-plaintiff in the Bavarian Superior Court case against the Ukrainian-born Ivan Demjanjuk, a U.S. citizen who had participated in the mass-extermination of European Jews during World War II. What does it mean to come face to face with a man who was involved in the murder of one’s family? Does a belated reckoning such as the Munich trial permit true closure?

In this talk, Haas relates the tragic history of his family and shares his experience in court. Born into a Dutch-Jewish family, Haas spent WWII in hiding with a Catholic family. In 1946 he was adopted by a distant relative and emigrated to Israel where he would earn a degree in electrical engineering and serve three years in the Israeli Army. He subsequently studied biophysics at UC Berkeley and obtained his Ph.D. in biology. In 1981 Haas joined the UC San Diego faculty as professor of biology and oncology.

 For more information, visit our website at library.ucsd.edu/hlhwFor information about accessible parking on campus, click hereMore information about parking on campus.

Let Loose in Seuss: Graduate Student Open House

Geisel Library Open House for Graduate Students
Friday, February 23 • 6-8 p.m.
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Heads up, graduate students! You’re invited to a special after-hours event in Geisel Library. Come check out our space without the crowds and explore some of the great resources and spaces available. Meet and socialize with librarian research specialists, enjoy free food, sample beer, and participate in a scavenger hunt (don’t forget to bring a valid ID). We look forward to meeting you!

Winter Writing Series Features Dream Delivery Poet, Tarot illustrator, and Russian Flash Fiction Writer


UC San Diego’s New Writing Series is excited to announce their upcoming  readings from Mathias Svalina, Cristy C. Road, and Linor Goralik. The writing series are free and open to the public!

Mathias Svalina – Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – Geisel Library, Seuss Room at 4:30 pm

Mathias Svalina

Mathias Svalina is the author of five books, including The Wine-Dark Sea, Wastoid, & Destruction Myth. His writing has been widely published & anthologized, & has received awards from The Pushcart Prize, The Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, & New Michigan Press, among others. In 2006 he co-founded the small press Octopus Books, for which he continues to be an editor. He started the Dream Delivery Service in 2014 & has traveled around the country delivering dreams every day to subscribers in various American cities including San Diego. The Dream Delivery Service has held residencies with MCA Denver, MOCA Tucson, Austin Modern, & The University of Arizona Poetry Center, & has been profiled on BBC World News, & NPR’s Morning EditionRead more…

Pacific Standard Time: Latin American Artists’ Books

Pacific Standard Time: Latin American Artists’ Books
Friday, January 5, 2018 – Saturday, April 7, 2018
Geisel Library, 2nd (main) floor, west wing

Southern California cultural institutions are currently celebrating Latin American and Latino/a art through Pacific Standard Time, a collaborative effort initiated by the Getty Foundation. From San Diego to Santa Barbara, museums, libraries, and galleries are mounting exhibitions about ancient or pre-modern worlds, others are hosting studies of individual artists in the modern and contemporary environments.

The UC San Diego Library has chosen to draw on one of its strengths and explore Latin American and Latino/a artists’ books published in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The artists hail from Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, Cuba, and the United States.  All of the works exhibited are drawn from Special Collections & Archives, which houses the Library’s extensive collection of artists’ books.

Artists’ books go beyond the traditional book format in their wide-ranging use of materials and methods of presentation. Artists’ books may be accordion, scroll, box, sculpture, painted, or any other form. They can be in a variety of media. The subject matter can be anything, and they may be unique or mass produced. Books selected for this exhibition provide examples of the richness of the artists’ books collection in the UC San Diego Library as well as acknowledge the significance of Latin American and Latino/a resources to the UC San Diego community.


“Celebrating Pacific Standard Time at UC San Diego Library”
Friday, January 5, 2018 – Monday, April 2, 2018 
Geisel Library, first floor

A complementary exhibit highlighting Latin American and Latino/a art from the Library’s Arts Collection is on view near the Media Desk on the 1st floor. The Library has pulled together publications from the Arts Collection including related exhibition catalogues, museum catalogues, monographs, and other print documentation. Enjoy!

Parking Impact for Library Events on January 17, 2018

Please be aware that due to several events across campus, parking at UC San Diego will be limited on Wednesday, January 17 for the Holocaust Living History Workshop lecture with William Lerach. The Holocaust Litigations: Defining Guilt, Extracting Reparations event starts at 5 p.m. Please allow 10-15 minutes to purchase a permit, park, and walk to Geisel Library.

We encourage all attendees to park in the Gilman Parking Structure. Please note an attendant will be on hand as you enter the structure to purchase a permit. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Upcoming Library Workshops – Research Databases & Managing References

The UC San Diego Library is offering a large selection of workshops this Winter for all UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff. All workshops are free.

For more information and to register please go to:
http://library.ucsd.edu/visit/library-workshops/index.html

***Search Series – Library Databases and Search Tools***

PubMed: The Basics
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2:30 – 4:00 pm

PubMed: Beyond the Essentials
Thursday, Feb. 15, 10:00 – 11:30 am

***Information Management Series***

Citations – Which Tool to Use?
Thursday, Feb. 22, 10:00 – 11:30 am  Read more…

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