Collector's Corner Group to Visit Inland Empire Special Collections Libraries

A.K. Smiley Public Library

A.K. Smiley Public Library

You are invited to join University Librarian Brian Schottlaender and other book lovers on Friday, April 24, 2015, for a unique, behind-the-scenes tour of two outstanding Inland Empire special collections libraries. Space is limited so please contact Christina Continelli at the Library by April 17 to reserve a spot (ccontinelli@ucsd.edu; 858-534-1183. Keep reading for more details!

The tour includes an excursion to the A.K. Smiley Public Library in Redlands and UC Riverside's Special Collections and Archives, housed in the university's Rivera Library. We will have lunch with UCR's University Librarian, Steve Mandeville-Gamble, at the iconic Mission Inn, a National Historic Landmark and the crown jewel of the Inland Empire.

The A.K. Smiley Public Library, which opened its doors in 1898, is home to an extensive collection of California history and memorabilia. Built with funding from philanthropists Alfred and Albert K. Smiley, the exterior of the building was designed in a Moorish style, featuring solid brick walls, stained glass windows, and a heavy red-tiled roof. This architectural gem is on the National Register of Historic Places and is also designated a California State Landmark.

At the Smiley Library, head librarian Don McCue and archivist Nathan Gonzales will give our group a special tour of their California heritage collection and Carnegie Indian collection. We will also have the opportunity to visit the Lincoln Memorial Shrine, adjacent to the library.

Rivera Library UC Riverside

After lunch with Steve Mandeville-Gamble at the Mission Inn, we will head to the UC Riverside campus to visit their Special Collections and Archives. Library staff will guide us through key works of the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy, the largest publicly-accessible collection of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and utopian literature in the world. Other highlights of our visit will include the Petko Collection on the History of the Book and Printing, the Tuskegee Airmen Archive, and an outstanding collection of Medieval illuminated manuscripts.

The cost of the tour is $80 per person, which includes transportation, lunch, snacks, and gratuity. We will depart from the San Diego Supercomputer Center on the UC San Diego campus at 8:30 a.m. and will return at 6 p.m.

To register, please contact Christina Continelli no later than Friday, April 17, 2015 at either 858-534-1183 or ccontinelli@ucsd.edu. Payment is by check only. We hope you can join us!

Exhibits & Events

"National Poetry Month."

  • April 1 - April 30
  • Various Library Locations.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"HLHW: Growing Up in the Shadow of the Holocaust: A Roundtable Discussion."

  • April 15, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Seuss Room, Geisel Library.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"Earth Week Green Maker Fair."

  • April 22, 11:30 - 1:00pm
  • Seuss Room, Geisel Library.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"HLHW: "I Had to Clean My Heart" A Film by Robert Schneider and Alberto Lau."

  • April 22, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Holocaust Living History Workshop.
  • Seuss Room, Geisel Library
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"National Preservation Week: Pop-Up Exhibits & Events."

  • April 26 - May 2
  • Geisel Library locations.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"HLHW: Randol Schoenberg, “star” of “Woman in Gold."

  • May 6, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Hojel Hall, Copley International Conference Center.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

"Library Chimes Featured in La Jolla Symphony Premiere."

  • May 2 and May 3
  • Mandeville Auditorium.
  • For more information:
  • Webpage.

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