Book Arts Faire on May 1 to Celebrate Books & Geisel Library's 40th Anniversary

San Diego Book Arts and the UC San Diego Mandeville Special Collections Library will hold a Book Arts Faire on May 1 from 1 to 4 p.m., to celebrate both the art of the book as well as the 40th anniversary of the Geisel Library building at UCSD.

The event, which will be held in the Seuss Room in Geisel Library, is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Parking on the UCSD campus is free on Sunday.

The Faire will include displays of books by local fine presses, including Brighton Press, Bay Park Press, and Scripps College Press. Items on display will include miniature books, altered and sculptural books, and artist books from members of San Diego Book Arts.

The event will also include demonstrations of letterpress type-setting and letterpress printing; leather bookbinding techniques and book restoration; and book structures such as Jacob's ladder, flag book, mica, and origami. A make-a-book table for children will also be featured.

The Faire will also include a silent auction and raffle, with prizes ranging from art and book works to restaurant dinners and a vacation condo stay. All proceeds will benefit SDBA community education programs.

The San Diego Book Arts serve as an educational and creative resource for the community and to advance the book as a vital contemporary art form. San Diego Book Arts is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 as an outgrowth of a book arts presentation sponsored by the Artists Guild at the San Diego Museum of Art. Its membership has grown to over 150 people from all walks of life. Widely known for the quality of its programs and the energy of its leadership, it includes artists, collectors, graphic designers, bookbinders, conservators, librarians, teachers and literacy instructors.

Geisel Library, UCSD's flagship building, was completed in 1970 and formally dedicated in the spring of 1971. The building was designed by world-renowned architect William Pereira, who was known for his futuristic, space age designs. Named for Audrey and Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) in 1995, the Geisel Library building houses four separate libraries: The Arts Library; the Mandeville Special Collections Library; the Science & Engineering Library; and the Social Sciences & Humanities Library.

The Mandeville Special Collections Library is a major repository for rare and distinctive books, periodicals, maps, photographs, art works, recordings, and a wide range of archives to support teaching and scholarly research at UC San Diego. In addition to the AIWF collection, the Library houses many irreplaceable, one-of-a-kind collections, including: the Southworth Spanish Civil War Collection, the largest collection of its kind in the world; extensive holdings on California history and culture and Baja California history and politics; the Archive for New Poetry, one of the most comprehensive collections of post-1945 American poetry; and the Dr. Seuss Collection, a significant repository of the original art and works of Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss), which includes more than 8,500 items documenting the full range of Geisel's creative achievements.

The UC San Diego Libraries, ranked among the top 20 public academic research libraries in the nation, play an integral role in advancing and supporting the university's research, teaching, patient care, and public service missions. The nine libraries that make up the UCSD Library system provide access to more than 7 million digital and print volumes, journals, and multimedia materials to meet the knowledge demands of scholars, students, and members of the public. Each day, more than 7,300 people stream through one of the university's nine libraries. The Libraries' vast resources and services are accessed more than 87,500 times each day via the UCSD Libraries' Web site.

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