By Scott Paulson, Communications & Engagement,Exhibits & Events Coordinator
UC San Diego Library
Our Geisel Library building is indeed named after Dr. Seuss, and our visitors have expectations of specialized activities that have an educational/research component and, when possible, also involve Seussian creative participation. Exhibiting unusual bookmarks, along with reference materials that relay the history of these "quitter strips” and then encouraging visitors to make their own one-of-a-kind bookmarkers (using specialized tools and carefully collected supplies) is our newest annual event, with complete credit and many thanks to the inspiration and leadership of IFOB!
For IFOB’s Third Annual International Bookmark Day, the UC San Diego Library was proud to participate! We had wanted to join IFOB in the first and second year of the event—but the third time was the charm for us. We’re late, but we’re committed!
My live radio show, Ether Tale Radio Theatre, mainly does live radio drama, but we also discuss books and support/promote book events (poetry, too). We mention World Bookmark Day briefly at the beginning and then fast forward to 29:20 when we truly talk about it for around seven minutes.
The Exhibit - Installation
Below is a picture showing an early start in installing the UC San Diego Bookstore bookmarks for our Library exhibit.
You can see here that we’re using various lucite stands, so that the bookmarks can be shown at different height levels, helping to provide interest in an otherwise flat landscape.
At one point, we do move some of the bookmarks as far forward as possible in the exhibit case, for patrons whose eye-level view might be influenced by a wheelchair.
Some visitors can’t peer over the exhibit case lid, but they may be able to view better through the side and front glass panels of the cases.
The generous blank spots on these bookmarks allow the bookstore clerks to relay personal reviews!
The Exhibit - Featured Bookmarks
In the exhibit we showed bookmarks from our Library staff’s personal collections and official bookmarks from various UC San Diego offices, including the debut of a new bookmark from our campus Sustainability Resource Center.
I visited Susie Reneau’s hidden hillside art studio for an unrelated exhibit project and asked if I could buy these original bookmarks for my personal collection (and to exhibit in our World Bookmark Day exhibit.) Susie often works in black & white, but she is otherwise very colorful and very active. She is also a well-known, semi-retired bubble artist!---but not in the dancing, vaudeville sense. Her bubble shows are a floating family-friendly delight of physics and fun.
I enjoyed showing my personal bookmark collection, some self-made, some tourist art from recent travels, and many were impromptu gifts from friends and family who know that I can always use another bookmark!
Create Your Own Bookmark
On 25 February, World Bookmark Day, we held an event where visitors could make their very own one-of-a-kind bookmark at the exhibit site.
Of special interest was a demonstration of needlepoint bookmarks that was presented throughout our two-hour event.
The floor was busy, as visitors could choose from eight different stations to visit to create their own bookmark –all featuring different supplies and tools.
Bookmarks make great event fliers---we’ll be sure to promote our annual Paper Theatre Festival through bookmarks this year!
And I think we should celebrate the upcoming 30th anniversary of our Library chimes with a bookmark to remind people that we take song requests!