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linda morris…almost gone. There’s only one more speaker in the lecture series segment of our yearlong “The Adventures of Mark Twain: A Centenary Celebration.” Our last speaker will be Linda Morris, professor of English, emerita, at the University of California, Davis, and author of Gender Play in Mark Twain: Cross-Dressing and Transgression. She’ll be speaking on “Escaping in Style: Racial and Gender Crossing in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” on May 4 at 3:30 p.m. in Room LL430. The SDSU Women’s Studies Department is kindly co-sponsoring this event.

Don’t fret…we have more Twain on the way this fall. The library’s Special Collections Department will host a Mark Twain exhibit that’s being loaned to us by Vanderbilt University, and we’ll be screening several films related to Mark Twain. I’ll let you know the dates, times, and locations as soon as they’re announced.


What the devil is going on here? A construction zone in Reference Services, are you serious?!? Why?

Can you guess?

Recently, the media have been chock-full of bad news. I pick up the newspaper with the same trepidation as when I start Chapter One of a Stephen King novel. So it was especially refreshing to read about the recent $4 million pledge made to the SDSU Library by our long-time friends, Charles and Robin Luby. Charles and Robin are SDSU alumni and have been very involved in SDSU programs over the years, with Robin serving on the library’s Friends of the SDSU Library Board. Their donation is beyond generous and will be put to good use. Thank you, Charles and Robin, for caring about the library and SDSU and for giving my tired, old eyes something positive to read. I think we all needed that!

Read more about the Lubys here, here, and here.

…and your professors. Have you heard of the Vince Meades Sheet Music Collection? You haven’t? Okay, then, listen up!

Vince Meades

Vince Meades hard at work in the Special Collections stacks

The Vince Meades Sheet Music Collection was donated to the SDSU Library by—who else?—Vince Meades, who spent many years assembling this collection before kindly donating it to Special Collections in 1998. The collection contains around 58,000 sheet music titles, and it literally grows by the week…Vince is the gift-er who keeps on giving. Vince continues to comb estate sales, garage sales, and antique stores for plum pieces, and he spends several mornings a week at Special Collections, sorting and cataloguing his recent acquisitions. He’s built this collection into one of the largest sheet music collections on the West Coast, and certainly the most impressive!
sheet music
So, musicians, are you looking for a piece by the Beatles? We’ve got it. A Broadway musical or the theme from Jaws? Yep, got those, too. If it was printed between 1835 and now, we probably have it. But if you can’t find the sheet music you’re looking for listed in the catalog, ask Vince…it just may be in the box of new gems he’s brought in that morning!

Vince Meades Sheet Music Collection
Vince Meades
Spring 2006 The Dome article about the collection

The Bat-PoetIf you’re not doing anything around, say, 4 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday), drop by Room LL430 in the library and spend an hour or so learning about The Bat-Poet. It’s not a who, it’s a what…the classic children’s book by Randall Jarrell. Richard Flynn, professor of literature and philosophy at Georgia Southern University, will be discussing this book and offering insights about its author. Flynn is the author of Randall Jarrell and the Lost World of Childhood, as well as articles about Jarrell and children’s literature in general. His talk is sponsored by SDSU’s National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature and the library.

Hardy Memorial Tower
Hardy Memorial Tower, circa 1931
(Photo courtesy of Special Collections and University Archives)

Hardy Memorial Tower

Hardy Memorial Tower, 2010

We have an “eventful” week coming up at the library, beginning with Jerry Griswold’s lecture on April 20 (see previous post). On April 21, two guest speakers will visit the library, the first being George Peale, professor of modern languages and literatures at CSU–Fullerton. His presentation, which will be given in Spanish, is titled “Dos Calas en las Estructuras Profundas de la Tragedia Moderna–El Caballero de Olmedo de Lope y Lorca.” The location is Room LL430 and the time 2 p.m. Sponsoring this event are the Sociedad Estudiantil de Lenguas, Artes 7 Culturas Hispanicas and the SDSU Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Also on April 21 will be a lecture given by Thomas Morgenfeld, a retired Navy captain and former test pilot. His talk will be held in Room LL430 at 7 p.m., and it’s sponsored by the SDSU Student Branch of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics.

The Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series continues on April 22 with a reading by mother and son authors Debra Ginsberg and Blaze Ginsberg. Come to Room LL430 at 7 p.m. and prepare to be enlightened!

Professor Jerry GriswoldThe SDSU Library’s “The Adventures of Mark Twain: A Centenary Celebration” continues on Tuesday, April 20, with a lecture by Jerry Griswold titled “Twain’s Twins, But I Repeat Myself.” The event will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Room LL430. It’s free, and you don’t need a reservation.

Griswold is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at SDSU and is the director of the National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature. He’s the author of seven books and has published more than 200 essays, including several about Mark Twain (see links below), in well known publications such as Paris Review, The Nation, The Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times Book Review.

Hope to see you there!

* Mark Twain, Doctor Van Dyke speech, 1906

Los Angeles Times
Parents’ Choice

celebration of kid's booksWe’re usually pretty adult around here. We’re quiet. We often study in solitude. We lose ourselves in our research and Internet usage, letting the hours slip by in blissful anonymity. And most of us who frequent this building are 18 and older. But that wasn’t the case today.

Today, we were invaded by a horde of red T-shirted three- and four-year olds. And their parents. And their teachers from the SDSU Children’s Center. And faculty from SDSU’s Children’s Literature Program and the National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature. And, to top it off, SDSU President Stephen Weber! Whew! And it was noisy. And busy. And totally rambunctious. And a whole heckuva lot of fun!

The first stop was the “A Is for Art” exhibit in the library’s Donor Hall. This exhibit is coordinated by the SDSU Children’s Center Board and contains artwork created individually and collectively by children at the SDSU Children’s Center.

The party then moved upstairs to the 4th floor of Love Library, where the children’s literature section is housed, for the Celebration of Kid’s Books. The National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature donated scores of new board books, novelty books, and picture books to the SDSU Children’s Center, and it was during this ceremony that the kids received the books. They also listened to storytelling by A.K. Jones, and I can promise you that it wasn’t only the kids who were worried about the fate of The Runaway Bunny! Kudos for the folks who organized this event–librarian Linda Salem and Professor Alida Allison–and to everyone else who pitched in to make this a fun and educational occasion for the children and their parents!

Books from the library’s children’s literature section can be checked out by anyone with library privileges. Stop by the children’s section and revisit a childhood favorite or get acquainted with a new release!

See the action on our Flickr photostream!

Do you ever wonder what people are saying about you? I did, so I cruised over to Twitter and typed in “SDSU Library.” Here’s a sample of tweets from this week:

So I step into the SDSU library bathroom and it looks like one big Hate Crime in here. [You tweet in the bathroom? Really?!?]

When Im not in class at USD Ill be at the #SDSU library (here currently) studying for the GMAT/ASTB for the month of April..get at meee

I favorited a YouTube video — SDSU Second Life Library Tour

omfg! i got ready to go to sdsu library but when i got in the car i found out it was closed! its a sign. dont do my homework?

Dear SDSU, Im not going to the Library, which is a glass building on stilts, if theres another earthquake. But thanks for the advise.

The SDSU library is a zoo… People just started singing happy birthday… What is this place? library. long day

Okay, some of the tweets were kind of cryptic, and others weren’t the most flattering, but as the old adage goes, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity. It’s when they stop talking about you that you have to worry.”

Flickr Photos

SDSU Library on Twitter

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