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Libraries offer fun and informative activities on Rutgers Day, Sat. April 25th

Members of the Libraries' Rutgers Day planning committee.

The Rutgers University Libraries are proud to participate in the broad gamut of activities on Rutgers Day, Saturday April 25th. We invite members of the public, Rutgers alumni, and Rutgers community members to stop by the Alexander Library and the Art Library, to take part in one, some, or all of our Rutgers Day events.

Find your Roots workshop
All day, Alexander Library, lower level (New Jersey Reading Room)
Staff members will offer a brief orientation to the vast genealogical resources of Special Collections and University Archives, which include family Bible records, emigrant registrars, records of the New Jersey Genealogical Society and the Daughters of the American Revolution, and cemetery inscriptions.

Meet and talk with the author of Asbury Park: Between Music and Municipal Madness
1:00 - 2:00 pm, Alexander Library
Helen Pike, travel writer and author of four books, will transport visitors to a bygone era, when this now-struggling shore town glittered with movie premieres, swanky restaurants, elegant theaters, and boardwalk promenades by wealthy vacationers in tuxedos and evening gowns.

Open House: East Asian Library
All day, Alexander Library, 2nd floor
Browse the holdings of this specialized library, which contains over 150,000 books in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean and rare materials from East Asia. On display for Rutgers Day - an exhibition of large scale photographs from the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing

Scavenger Hunt
All day, Alexander Library
Children of all ages will receive passbooks with a map to six attractions in Alexander Library. When participants' passbooks are stamped at all six locations, the passbook holder will receive a prize at the information kiosk outside Alexander Library.

Information kiosks
Outside Alexander Library and Art Library
Meet with knowledgeable librarians and libraries staff and learn about library collections, services, facilities, and online resources. Take your hardest questions and try your best to 'Stump a Librarian.'

Special Collections spring exhibition - "Harrison A.Williams and Great Society Liberalism, 1959-1981"
View photographs, official documents, memorabilia, and other rare items that illuminate the philosophy of liberalism - the view that an active government can be a positive force for social justice and social welfare - as exemplified by the legislative career of United States Senator from New Jersey Senator Harrison Williams, Jr.. The exhibit examines many of the Great Society initiatives of the 1960s and 1970s -- including those concerned with civil rights, education, health, labor, the elderly, environmental conservation, and metropolitan affairs.

Photo exhibition of Lyon, France & the Festival of Lights
All day, Art Library
The Art Library invites visitors to view photographs of Lyon, France by Simon Firkins. These photographs include images of the architecture of the city, as well as images of Lyon's famous Festival of Lights, held each December.

Exhibition on Charles Darwin
All day, Alexander Library lobby
On display in the lobby of the Alexander Library is a small exhibition, "Charles Darwin and the Origin of Species." This exhibition of early editions of Darwin's works is from the personal collection of Professor David Axelrod of the Department of Genetics, and is one of many events at Rutgers and throughout the world celebrating the bicentennial of Darwin's birth.

For more information on Libraries activities during Rutgers Day, contact the Libraries Rutgers Day coordinator Rose Barbalace at 732.932.7851, ex. 110 or by email at

Posted April 7, 2009; revised April 9, 2009