Reserve Your Spot for the 2018-19 Holocaust Living History Workshops

 

The 2018-19 Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLHW) series continues this fall with an exhibition, a documentary and eight compelling authors highlighting the diverse journeys of survivors and victims of the Holocaust. Every year the popular HLHW, co-sponsored by the UC San Diego Library and the UC San Diego Jewish Studies Program, invites high-caliber speakers to campus to share inspiring stories that broaden our understanding of the past, foster tolerance and preserve the memories of victims and survivors of the Holocaust.

All events are free and open to the public. The workshops are held on Wednesdays and Thursdays in Geisel Library’s Seuss Room from 5 to 7 p.m., with some exceptions. Due to the success of the program, registration is now required for all events. Walk-ins welcome based on space and availability. To register by phone, contact Ellysa Lim at (858) 534-1183. Read more…

UC San Diego Library’s Toy Piano Festival Returns with New Works Sept. 5 & 9

Toy Piano Festival
September 5, 2018 • Noon – 1 p.m.
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

The popular festival, now in its 18th year, will feature two performances this fall, the first at Geisel Library in the Seuss Room on September 5 at noon, and a special collaboration with the San Diego Public Library on Sunday, September 9 at 2:30 p.m. in the Neil Morgan Auditorium.

Join festival director Scott Paulson and his toy piano colleagues for a performance that will amuse listeners of all ages. Since 2000, the UC San Diego Library has hosted the Toy Piano Festival every September, to pay homage to the September 5 birthday of John Cage, the first composer to write a serious work for toy pianos.

In May of 2001, the Library of Congress issued a subject heading and call number for toy piano scores, at the request of Paulson, the Toy Piano Collection, and the events at Geisel Library. The call number is: M 175 T69. 

The toy piano collection at Geisel Library consists of commissioned scores, literature and recordings, and actual toy pianos, ranging from simple four-note novelty keyboards to three-octave baby grands. A selection of toy piano scores and instruments will be on stage at the San Diego Public Library event.

Both performances are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Scott Paulson at (858) 822-5758.

Got a Favorite Librarian? Nominate Them for Nationwide Award

Do you have a favorite UC San Diego librarian? Nominate them for a chance to win $5,000!

The American Library Association’s 11th annual I Love My Librarian Award is now open for nominations through October 1. The award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of the exceptional public, school, college, community college or university librarians. Every year, 10 inspirational librarians are selected as winners and receive $5,000, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City.  Read more…

San Diego Festival of Books Celebrates Local Literary Community

San Diego Festival of Books
Saturday, August 25
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Liberty Station, Point Loma

Grab a book and join us at the 2nd annual San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books at Liberty Station in Point Loma on Saturday, August 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The UC San Diego Library will be sharing a booth with the UC San Diego Bookstore!

This celebration of San Diego’s vibrant reading community joins thousands of local readers, writers and word lovers. The San Diego Festival of Books connects San Diego area readers, booksellers, authors and businesses around their common love of the written word.

Taiwan Film Posters Offer a Glimpse into Transpacific Community

 

        

Taiwan Film Posters Exhibit
August 6-September 6, 2018
Geisel Lobby, East Wing 

In late 2017, the UC San Diego Library celebrated the addition of Norman Spencer’s intimate photographs of key players in Chinese cinema to its East Asia Collection. The Library has been cataloging the collection of photographs and film posters and has started the process of digitizing the photographs for public viewing on the Library’s Digital Collections in the fall.

Spencer has taught at universities in Africa and China including Tianjin Foreign Cultures University and China Communications University in Beijing. He’s also written on African, West Indian and African American culture and politics. Spencer currently lives in New York City and is a full-time professor of English at State University of New York at Nassau.

This unique exhibit features about 12 posters from the Norman Spencer collection that stand witness to the thriving film industry in Taiwan and allows viewers to engage with the cultural dynamics of the larger transpacific community.  Read more…

“The Silent Films of Lois Weber” Highlights Influential Director and Vintage Media

The Silent Films of Lois Weber
Saturday, August 18
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Wisteria Cottage, La Jolla

The UC San Diego Library collaborates again with La Jolla Historical Society for a silent film screening on Saturday, August 18 on the lawn of Wisteria Cottage! Live music and sound effects for the films come courtesy of the Library’s very own Scott Paulson.

A brief slideshow calling attention to 1920’s silent films produced in La Jolla will be immediately followed by a 1916 feature film from director Lois Weber, a pioneer in film technique and subject matter during the silent film era. There will also be a featured slideshow preview of our upcoming collaborative summer 2019 Wisteria Cottage exhibition of “vintage multimedia.” The 2019 exhibition is based on four exhibits that Scott installed at Geisel Library in the past (local silent films, magic lantern slides and stereoscopic viewers).

Bring low chairs or blankets and a picnic dinner for a memorable evening under the stars!

The lawn opens at 7 p.m. and the film begins at 8 p.m.

Renovations Almost Complete on Geisel’s 8th Floor & Tower Restrooms

Here are the latest developments on all the Geisel Library building upgrades. Geisel’s 8th floor will remain closed through Summer Quarter 2018 in order to create an updated, modern space for individual study. Construction work is ongoing and the 8th floor is expected to reopen for patron use on Monday, October 1.

Renovated restrooms on Geisel’s floors 4-7 will open on Monday, July 16. New ADA-accessible and gender-neutral restrooms are currently available on each floor.

New hydration stations on the 6th floor.

With the continuing need to provide quiet study space, Geisel’s 7th floor continues to serve as the temporary silent study floor during the closure of the 8th floor, and the Biomedical Library Building has been declared a Quiet Building indefinitely. The collection of oversized materials that was on Geisel’s 8th floor has been moved to the 6th floor. The Roger catalog can be used to find the current locations of any books.

The renovation of the 8th floor marks the next phase of the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI)which began in 2015 with the construction of Audrey’s Café. Responding to student, faculty and staff feedback, the renovation sets out to transform the interior public spaces of Geisel Library by dramatically enhancing the user experience through modern, technology-rich spaces that advance research and learning.

For the latest updates, visit lib.ucsd.edu/construction or follow our social media channels as the projects move along.

 

The UC San Diego Library Joins the Plastic-Free Challenge for a Month

 

 

Plastic Free July Exhibit
#choosetorefuse
July 1-31, 2018 
Geisel Lobby, East Wing 

The Library’s Sustainability Committee invites you to reduce your plastic consumption for the month of July!  Plastic is ubiquitous in packaging and convenience products, and going plastic-free can be surprisingly challenging but there are alternatives. Here are some steps that you can take each day to reduce your consumption of plastic:

  •  Refuse plastic straws by choosing no straw at all or substituting a glass or steel one.
  • Skip the bottled water by carrying your own refillable one.
  • Consider eliminating other types of plastic from your life such as plastic plates, plastic wrap, utensils and to-go boxes. Get creative and share your ideas!

Plastic Free July started in 2011 in Australia, and it has quickly become a global movement. The Library put together a modest display near Audrey’s Café. Please check it out and join us on this adventure. Sign up for the challenge.

Binational Artists’ Books Exhibition Explores Childhood Legends & Collective Imagination

Artists’ Books/Libros de Artista
July 1-31, 2018
Geisel West, 1st Floor 

This July, the UC San Diego Library is featuring a collaborative exhibition of “Artists’ Books” made by participants in the “Introduction to Book Arts” class at UC San Diego Extension taught by Michelle McCunney and in the “Libros de Artista” course at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California in Ensenada taught by Elena Pomar.

“Life is too short to miss out on a cheeseburger.”

Both groups have explored ways to express content through the combination of images and book structure. Their varied backgrounds and interests fed into books that are diverse in form and content. Included are stab-bound books, paper that has been marbled or pressed from paper pulp, stitched, scrolled or folded. There are narrative sequences, visual poems, informational and object books.

Also featured in the display is a collaborative accordion book with pages contributed by students and instructors from both groups. The theme for this piece was myths and legends from childhood and the collective imagination.

For more information about Book Arts classes at UC San Diego Extension, please visit extension.ucsd.edu/arts.

Dr. Seuss “Boids & Beasties” Exhibition on Display Through September

Photo Credit: Dr. Seuss Enterprises

“Dr. Seuss’s Boids & Beasties”
Monday, June 25-Sunday, October 7, 2018
Geisel Library, Main Floor

The UC San Diego Library is featuring its summer exhibition of selected original drawings by Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to his reading public as Dr. Seuss, on the main floor of Geisel Library through Sunday, October 7.  Dr. Seuss’s “Boids & Beasties” showcases his whimsical and fantastical creatures and creative talent.

Photo Credit: Dr. Seuss Enterprises

Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1904. A long-time resident of La Jolla, his personal collection of drawings, scrapbooks, sketches and other works were donated to UC San Diego after his death in 1991, a gift of his widow, Audrey Geisel.

Beloved by millions of children and grown-up children, Dr. Seuss books have entertained and educated for more than a half a century. In fabricating tales and bringing fantastic creatures to life in the imaginations of young and old alike, he has given is the Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, the Grinch, Yertle and the Turtle, The Lorax, the Sneetches and many more such memorable characters. His style of flamboyant, colorful illustrations and clever but simple rhymes has made his work recognizable throughout the world.

Less well known perhaps are Theodor Seuss Geisel’s early careers as an advertising and commercial artist in the 1920s and 1930s, and as an editorial cartoonist in the 1940s. Dr. Seuss’s “Boids and Beasties” draws from UC San Diego’s Dr. Seuss Collection to illustrate all aspects of Geisel’s work.

“Boids & Beasties” is Geisel’s own term for his fantastical creatures.

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