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Every year around this time, librarian Cecilia Puerto creates an altar in the Chicano Collection (Room LL126) to celebrate Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. And every year, people place such lovely, tender, and sometimes even amusing mementos on the altar as their way of remembering a deceased loved one. Here are a few photos of the 2010 altar. It’s going to be up through November 4. Perhaps there’s someone special you’d like to remember this year?

Day of the Dead altar 2010
Day of the Dead altar 2010
Day of the Dead altar 2010

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Stephen GutierrezPatricia Eakins

Which would you rather do, watch a movie or listen to poetry? We’re offering you the chance to do both tonight.

Authors Patricia Eakins and Stephen Gutierrez will be sharing their works at 7 p.m. in Room LL430. This reading is free and brought to you by the Hugh Hyde Living Writers Series. Eakins is the author of The Hungry Girls and Other Stories and The Marvelous Adventures of Pierre Baptiste, which won both the NYU Press Prize for Fiction and the Capricorn Fiction Award of the Writer’s Voice. Her work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Parnassus, Conjunctions, and The Paris Review, which awarded her the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction. In 1997, The Hungry Girls was made into a work of theatre by the performance ensemble Collision Theory. Gutierrez is the author of Live from Fresno y Los and Elements. He teaches at California State University, East Bay.

Also at 7 p.m., we’re presenting Part 2 of the Ken Burns documentary Mark Twain. The movie will be shown in Room 1500 of the Student Services Building, and it’s also free.

Two entertaining events, both free. Hard choice!

There’s a lot going on today in the library. First, the new exhibit “Unidos Por la Causa: The Chicana and Chicano Experience in San Diego” officially opens. It’s located in the Reference Services area and runs through December 31. The exhibit displays photos, art and documents from the early years of the Chicano movement in San Diego.

Next up, in conjunction with the exhibit, is a lecture by Martin Gómez, city librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library. He’ll discuss “Archiving a Movement” at 7 p.m. tonight in Room LL430 of the library.

Also at 7 p.m. is the second installment of our Mark Twain Movie Nights. We’ll be showing Part I of the Ken Burns documentary Mark Twain in Room 1500 of the Student Services Building. It’s free, so all you need to bring is yourself and some popcorn!

Read more about the exhibit in SignOnSanDiego.

Check out this video of Seth Mallios discussing the “San Diego Industry” mural during the dedication on October 5.

Martha CollinsThe Hugh Hyde Living Writers Series continues tomorrow night (October 12) with a reading by an exceptional writer, Martha Collins. The reading will be held in Room LL430 at 7 p.m.

Collins is the author of a book-length poem, Blue Front, which was chosen as one of “25 Books to Remember from 2006” by the New York Public Library. She also authored four other books of poetry: Some Things Words Can Do; A History of a Small Life on a Windy Planet; The Arrangement of Space, winner of the Peregrine Smith Poetry Competition; and The Catastrophe of Rainbows.

Collins established the creative writing program at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and is currently editor-at-large for FIELD magazine and one of the editors of the Oberlin College Press. She has received fellowships from the NEA and the Ingram Merrill Foundation and has won three Pushcart Prizes.

Hope you can make it tomorrow night!

Talking, laughter, cameras, and eating in Reference Services? Really? That can’t be right…can it?

Yes, it can, and yesterday around 3:30 p.m., that’s exactly what was going on as the library held the dedication ceremony for the second restored WPA-era mural, “San Diego Industry.”

Painted by student George Sorenson in 1936, the mural’s original home was in the basement of Hardy Tower, which in the 1930s housed SDSU’s first library as well as art classrooms. Damaged by renovations and lost for years behind ceiling tiles, the mural was found accidently in 2004 and underwent restoration before being relocated to its new permanent home on the wall behind the Reference Desk.

We listened to speeches by Interim Dean Jon Cawthorne, SDSU President Stephen Weber, and Professor Seth Mallios, who spearheaded the effort to restore the mural. The artist’s son, George Sorensen, flew in from Oregon to help us celebrate. The local media filmed the event to share with the rest of San Diego. We talked, laughed, and noshed on canapés and lemon bars. And the mural was dedicated. But what we also celebrated was the dedication of so many individuals—library staff, faculty, and administrators; members of our Friends of the Library; donors from outside organizations; Seth Mallios and President Weber; and many more—who saw the value in preserving a piece of SDSU’s history, who brought to fruition what seemed like an impossible task. Kudos to all of you hard-working dreamers. You pulled it off!

Want to learn more about the murals of SDSU? Here’s a few links:

The Depression-Era Murals of San Diego State University
San Diego Union-Tribune
Uncovering Local Art and Industry: The Discovery of Hidden WPA-Era Murals at San Diego State University

Enjoy some photos from Tuesday’s dedication. If you’d like to see more, visit our Flickr page.

George Sorensen being interviewed

George Sorensen was interviewed regarding his father's mural.

Seth Mallios and the mural

Seth Mallios, chair of SDSU's Anthropology Department, discusses the mural's history.

SDSU President Stephen Weber

SDSU President Stephen Weber shares some thoughts about the mural.

"San Diego Industry" mural

San Diego Industry in its permanent home in the Library Addition.

Open Air Theatre, 1968

Open Air Theatre, 1968(Photo courtesy of Special Collections and University Archives)

Open Air Theatre, 2010

Open Air Theatre, 2010