Last month (yes, it’s December now!) we brought to you our first library crawl. But since there are a lot of libraries at UC Berkeley (in case you didn’t know), one crawl simply wasn’t enough. In this crawl, we bring to you Morrison, Bancroft and the Law Library. We hope this helps in finding a place to (pretend to) study during RRR Week, and we wish you the very best of luck on your finals.

Note: the Law Library is not open to undergraduates during Finals period.

Morrison Library – Eunice Choi

Morrison

Morrison

  • A quietness that isn’t intimidating like Main Stacks but instead allows people to fully focus on their reading/work.
  • A nice view of Morrison.

    A nice view of Morrison.

  • Extremely comfortable, squishy couches and seats of various kinds that make reading a read more »

gather round for stories“Story Hour in the library.” What a beautiful bunch of words. We’re word-hounds, you see, and there’s nothing we like more than having stories read to us (except maybe having poems read to us).

If this sounds extraordinarily appealing to you (as it well should), get yourself over to the Morrison Library on the second Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. for a good ol’ fashioned reading series — mark it down on your desk calendar, friends, because that’s hard to remember.

You can thank the English department for creating this lovely little time for students to escape the unyielding pressures of academia and take a visit to the library for once …

Now you’re probably thinking: Hold the horses! Why should we spend any more time in the library than we have to? And we at the Clog will tell you: Go for the stories, young padawan. You go for the stories.

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Story Hour in the library [site]


Robert Hass, Pulitzer Prize winner, former Poet Laureate and all-around baller.

Robert Hass: Pulitzer Prize winner, former Poet Laureate and all-around baller.

Is there a better way to spend your lunchtime than by listening to the soothing sounds of poetry being read aloud? No. The answer, friends, is obvious, especially when you take into consideration that the poetry in question is being read by Pulitzer Prize winner and former Poet Laureate Robert Hass.

Really, guys, this is a no-brainer. It’s like story time, but more grown up and more better.

Find your way to the Morrison Library (better known as that room in Doe with the cushy sofas where everyone used to go for napping purposes until the librarians cracked down on the napping) on Thursday, Sept. 1. The readings start just after noon and last until almost 1 p.m., so if you cleverly managed to avoid classes during peak lunch hours, you know where to go.

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Lunch Poems [UC Berkeley Events]


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You may not have heard about “American Born Chinese,” Gene Yang’s graphic novel about being Chinese in America, dealing with race, assimilation and culture. And that would be a shame. Okay, we haven’t read it yet either, but it came highly recommended at our indie bookstore. And guess what? Gene Yang himself will be at Story Hour in the Morrison Library tomorrow Dec. 2 from 5-6 p.m.

This is the last Story Hour of 2010, so it should be a good ‘un. “American Born Chinese” is the first graphic novel ever nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the Printz Award too. Yang also just published two other graphic novels in 2010 called “Prime Baby” and “Animal Crackers.”

Seriously, you guys, watching authors speak about their work is always interesting. And indie graphic novelists are that much more interesting. What else are you doing tomorrow? Go learn some stuff.

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UC Berkeley Story Hour 2010-11 [Site]


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We know you’re all literary types (your Moleskine notebook proves it) so we figured you’d be down for an event of the literary variety. So without further ado, we rejoice to inform you that tonight Oct. 13 in Morrison Library in Doe, author Adina Hoffman (winner of the 2009 Wingate award) will be speaking from 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Hoffman’s book, “My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness,” is a biography of Palestinian poet Taha Mohammed Ali. It is, in fact, “the first biography of a Palestinian writer written in English.” And she won the Wingate for it, which according to the events blurb is also known as “the Jewish Booker prize.”

So even though the title makes it sound a tad emo, this book is promoting goodwill in Israeli-Palestinian relations. And surely that’s worth a little sit-down in the best room of Doe Library. What else are you doing tonight?

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Author talk: My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness [UC Berkeley Events Calendar]


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Story hour hasn’t been this exciting since we sat on the carpet cross-legged gazing up at Ms. Teacher as she read us the latest of Spot’s adventures. And the adventure continues at Morrison Library (a.k.a. the BEST LIBRARY EVER) this Thursday, April 8, from 5-6 p.m. with Michelle Richmond.

Richmond, the author of “Dream of the Blue Room,” “No One You Know” and “The Year of Fog,” sounds pretty darn awesome. She’s got an MFA, for one thing, and she just won the 2009 Hillsdale Award for Fiction. Listen to the description from her website of her latest book, and you’ll see what we mean: it’s a story “about two sisters, an unsolved murder, an ancient mathematical puzzle, and the power of stories read more »


Once in the Jurassic about 150 million years ago, a Berkeley legend was born: beat poet Gary Snyder. This man is so much more than Jack Kerouac’s zen sidekick in Dharma Bums. He is a sailor. He is a logger. He is a former Berkeley grad student in the Oriental languages department. He’s got a mind like compost. And he’s a literary badass.

Snyder will read selections from Riprap at the Morrison Library this Friday, Nov. 13 from 4-6:30 p.m to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his groundbreaking work.

Be there, or be hay for the horses.

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UC Berkeley Events Calender [site]


While the economy goes all to hell one multinational Wall Street banking Goliath at a time, libraries are still lending things out for free. The Graphic Arts Loan Collection that the Clog reported about earlier this summer is now up and running at ye old Morrison Library, making Berkeley one of the few brave universities across the nation — alongside MIT and Oberlin — that’s made the decision to condemn works of fine art to potential vandalization by lending pieces out to its general student populace. Except not, because Berkeley students are fine, upstanding citizens! Also each piece is valued at 600 dollars or less.  Yes, even the brand names.

If free framed art sounds cool enough to lure you and your trendily destitute ways away from the ultra popular Rasterbator, you can peruse the selection of over 700 prints at your leisure here. A sampling of the more interesting ones under the jump: read more »