Celebration of the Powell Society 2021 Digital Care Package

Thank you for your generous support of the UCLA Library. With students learning remotely, our Stressbusters program, which provides Bruins with stress-relieving activities during finals, were moved online. Inspired by this, we’ve made a virtual care package just for you, our donors! Scroll down to enjoy words of thanks from Library staff, a cheerful video from UCLA Health’s therapy animals, book and movie recommendations, and much more. You can even treat yourself to some sweets with a discount code from our sponsor, Sockerbit. Thank you for all you do!

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A letter from the Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian

Dear Friends of the UCLA Library,

In a year that has not been like any other, with your support, the Library has steadily worked over the past decade to be remote-ready. Our staff has been working diligently to make library services possible for students, staff members, and faculty. Since the pandemic, the UCLA Library has hosted numerous virtual events via Zoom and has been digitalizing library collections. I am grateful for your contributions which make library services possible during this time. We hope you enjoy this digital care package that was put together by our student workers and library staff. Thank you again and we hope to see you in-person very soon!

With warm regards,

Ginny Steel

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A Thank You Message from our Librarians

The UCLA Library staff wrote words of gratitude 📝

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Hello from our adorable friends at UCLA People-Animal Connection!

Thank you People-Animal Connection (PAC) for sharing this lovely video! Visit their website for more information. 🐕‍🦺

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Watch Virtual Events from our YouTube Channel 💻

UCLA Development Virtual Events

We would love to present to you our UCLA Library virtual events. Over the past year, our Library staff has been working diligently in a remote setting to give you an amazing virtual experience from the comfort of your home. We hope you enjoy hearing from our special guests on topics that might interest you!

"Dark Archives" Book Talk with Megan Rosenbloom

A discussion with UCLA Library's Collection Strategies Librarian Megan Rosenbloom on her book, Dark Archives: A Librarian's Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin. Rosenbloom introduced the concept and historical context for the 19th century practice of anthropodermic bibliopegy - or binding books in human skin - revealing the complicated truths it tells us about the birth of clinical medicine.

Drawn to Paradise: Jewish Musicians in Los Angeles

A presentation featuring Jewish and Israel Studies Librarian Diane Mizrachi and Music Librarian Matthew Vest. Using unique objects from the UCLA Library's collection, we'll explore the history of Jewish musicians who made important contributions to musical and cultural life in Los Angeles.

From the Map Room to the Grand Canyon: Library Collections in the Field

UCLA Librarian Wynn Tranfield shared how map collections are deployed in the sciences, from first year students exploring the SEL/Geology Library's Map Room to maps (and librarians!) accompanying upper level geology students as they gain essential fieldwork experience.

UCLA Library: Advancing Student Success in the Sciences

A discussion with UCLA science librarians on how they use "learner-led" design to help undergraduates excel in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. This approach, used in collaboration with the Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences (CEILS), improves retention of students from underrepresented groups in STEM.

UCLA Library Preservation Virtual Open House: June 18, 2020

A live presentation by the UCLA Library’s Preservation and Conservation Center experts. You’ll see first-hand how our team repairs, cares for, and makes accessible a variety of precious and useful materials. Our Preservation and Conservation Center staff provide an essential service for Library users, performing hands-on treatment for a wide range of items like books, archival manuscripts, works of art on paper, and many audio/visual formats. Their work keeps our collections in good health and available for use.

Telling UCLA's Stories: An Inside Look at the University Archives

Go deeper into UCLA’s history with University Archivist Heather Briston. Featuring materials from UCLA Library Special Collections, Briston shared stories of UCLA people, places, and events that you’ve never heard before.

UCLA Library Special Collections: Primary Sources and Knowledge Creation

UCLA Library Special Collections inspires discovery, cultivates knowledge, advances research, and preserves cultural heritage to create a distinctive learning environment for our community of scholars. During the live presentation, UCLA Librarians shared how they engage students at all levels with primary sources (including rare books, archives, manuscripts, and oral histories) as we invest in active spaces for active learning.

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Welcome to our Library Book Share. Read lovely recommendations from our Librarians 📚

Recommended Books from our Librarians

Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected by Nnedi Okorafor

From Frida Kahlo to Mary Shelly, she examines great artists and writers who have pushed through their limitations, using hardship to fuel their work. Through these compelling stories and her own, Nnedi reveals a universal truth: What we perceive as limitations have the potential to become our greatest strengths.

Work Makes Me Nervous : Overcome Anxiety and Build the Confidence to Succeed by Amy Lemley and Jonathan Berent

Filled with real stories of real people and a 21-day developmental program of practical exercises and effective stress-management techniques, Work Makes Me Nervous lays out a proven therapeutic method for dismantling the wall between you and your ability to excel at work.

Reclaiming the Fire: How Successful People Overcome Burnout by Steven Berglas

How does one deal with encore anxiety, the monotony of having to use talents that are no longer psychologically rewarding? Why is it that our national obsession with wealth traps people in careers that often lead them to wonder, "Is that all there is?"

What Happy People Know by Dan Baker

Research has shown that the root of unhappiness--fear--lies in the oldest, reptilian part of our brains, and negative reactions are often dictated by primal instincts. Dr. Baker uses evidence from the new science of happiness to show us how we can overcome this genetic predisposition toward negative reactions and lead a truly rich, happy, and healthy life.

12 Tiny Things: Simple Ways to Live a More Intentional Life by Heidi Barr & Ellie Roscher

In 12 Tiny Things Ellie Roscher and Heidi Barr journey with us through twelve essential areas of life: space, work, spirituality, food, style, nature, communication, home, sensuality, creativity, learning, and community. In each of these areas, we are invited to take one tiny action that is sure to open up growth and renewal.

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Enjoy our selection of music while you read a delightful book from our collection 🎶

UCLA Music Library Playlists

🎼 After the Night Falls by Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd

Featuring Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) and composer Harold Budd (passed away in December 2020), this recording is inspired by ambience, minimalism and new age.
  1. How Distant Your Heart (04:03)
  2. Avenue Of Shapes (03:27)
  3. Seven Thousand Sunny Years (06:19)
  4. She Is My Strength (02:52)
  5. Inside, A Golden Echo (03:24)
  6. Open Book (05:17)
  7. And Then I Turned Away (03:30)
  8. The Girl With Colorful Thoughts (04:26)
  9. Turn Off The Sun (04:58)

🎼 America's National Parks by Wadada Leo Smith

Inspired and provoked by the Ken Burns documentary “The National Parks: America's Best Idea”, Smith remarked, “I wanted to expand the idea of national parks, and also not make them into cathedrals, sacred ground for some kind of religious endeavor, as Burns did.
  1. New Orleans: The National Culture Park USA 1718 (20:59)
  2. Eileen Jackson Southern, 1920-2002: A Literary National Park (09:40)
  3. Yellowstone: The First National Park and the Spirit of America - The Mountains, Super-Volcano Caldera and Its Ecosystem (12:34)
  4. The Mississippi River: Dark and Deep Dreams Flow the River - A National Memorial Park c. 5000 BC (31:09)
  5. Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks: The Giant Forest, Great Canyon, Cliffs, Peaks, Waterfalls and Cave Systems 1890 (06:48)
  6. Yosemite: The Glaciers, the Falls, the Wells and the Valley of Goodwill 1890 (15:23)

🎼 Cosmic Music

Released after John Coltrane’s death in 1967, this album features Alice Coltrane. Pharoah Sanders, Rashied Ali and others.
  1. Manifestation (11:35)
  2. Lord, Help Me To Be (07:30)
  3. Reverend King (11:03)
  4. The Sun (04:00)

🎼 Innervisions by Stevie Wonder

Completely written, produced and arranged by Stevie Wonder, he even played every instrument on 7 of the 9 tracks. Themes include drug abuse “Too High” and systemic racism “Living for the City.
  1. Too High (04:36)
  2. Visions (05:24)
  3. Living For The City (07:24)
  4. Golden Lady (04:47)
  5. Higher Ground (03:42)
  6. Jesus Children Of America (04:10)
  7. All In Love Is Fair (03:42)
  8. Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing (04:45)
  9. He's Misstra Know-It-All (05:34)

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Watch Films and Televisions Hits 🎥

Recommendations from our Library Staff 📽️

Science Fiction / Fantasy

🎬 Away (2020) directed by Andrew Hinderaker

Commander Emma Green leaves behind her husband and daughter to lead an international crew of astronauts on a perilous three-year mission to Mars.


🎬 Chef (2014) directed by Jon Favreau

After igniting a Twitter war with a well-known culinary critic, a Los Angeles chef packs his knives, heads home to Miami and opens a food truck.

Travel / Architect

🎬 The World's Most Extraordinary Homes (2017) presented by Caroline Quentin and Piers Taylor

Award-winning architect Piers Taylor and actress/property enthusiast Caroline Quentin travel the world touring beautifully unconventional homes.

Zines / Graphic Novels

🎬 Moxie (2021) directed by Amy Poehler

Inspired by her mom's rebellious past and a confident new friend, a shy 16-year-old publishes an anonymous zine calling out sexism at her school.

Heart Warming / Reality TV

🎬 Tidying up with Marie Kondo (2019)

In a series of inspiring home makeovers, world-renowned tidying expert Marie Kondo helps clients clear out the clutter -- and choose joy.

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Biomedical Library has a present for you 🎁

Fill in the pages with colors of your choice 🖍️

Print our coloring pages to get started!

Maywill Dudley illustrated several books of fairy tales for Whitman Publishing (Racine, Wisconsin) in the 1930s, as well as two activity books: Let's Read and Paint (1934) and The Toy Shop: a Cut-out Book (1935).

Milton Bradley Company (Springfield, Massachusetts), the longtime publisher of board games and activity books, used a dozen of her illustrations in Health Posters to Color and Study.

Our coloring book has a variety of pages to be filled in by you:

Health poster featuring a girl picking oranges with the reminder to "eat some fruit every day"
A health poster featuring children drinking water out of a water fountain with the words "everyday drink at least four glasses of water between meals" engraved

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Powell Society's Special Guest

Stealing Home by Eric Nusbaum

Eric Nusbaum


Eric Nusbaum is the author of Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers and the Lives Caught in Between. Eric is a writer and former editor at VICE. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, The Daily Beast, Deadspin, and the Best American Sports Writing anthology. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Eric is a lifelong Dodger fan. Stealing Home shares the complicated history of Dodger Stadium, and is “a story about baseball, family, the American Dream, and the fight to turn Los Angeles into a big league city.”

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