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Geisel Library hosts special dinner

COAST CITIES — The iconic Geisel Library building will be the setting for the upcoming UCSD Dinner in the Library.The University of California, San Diego will host its annual Dinner in the Library fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 14. The evening will include dinner, a silent auction and a keynote talk on “The Lost Art of Reading” by Los Angeles Times book critic David Ulin. Tickets are available now for the event, for $225 per person or $1,800 per table. Cocktails and the silent auction begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and guest speakers at 7 p.m. For more information or to register, visit Proceeds from the event will help to support the UC San Diego Library’s most pressing needs, including its collections, resources, and services.

Ulin is an award-winning author of several books, including “The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time” and “The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction, and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith,” which was selected as a Best Book by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune. His insightful essays, on topics ranging from the distinctive culture of Los Angeles to the state of contemporary literature, have appeared in numerous publications, including The Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times Book Review, and on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Ulin is also the editor of three anthologies: “Cape Cod Noir,” “Another City: Writing from Los Angeles,” and the Library of America’s “Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology,” which won a 2002 California Book Award.

In addition, the 2012 Geisel Citation for Library Philanthropy will be presented at the dinner to Don and Maryann Lyle, for their dedication and contributions to the Library. Don served as chair and longtime member of the University Librarian’s Advisory Board. In 2004, the couple established the Maryann and Don Lyle Collection Endowment for Engineering at the UC San Diego Library.

The UC San Diego Library provides access to more than seven million digital and print volumes, journals and multimedia materials to meet the intellectual needs of scholars, students, and community members. Library users have 24/7 digital access to almost 600,000 e-books, 42,000 e-periodicals, and about 300,000 items from the Library’s digitized local collections. Users can also browse the online catalog and other resources via the Library’s mobile app:

Sponsors of the 2012 Dinner in the Library include: Karen Dow, Elsevier B.V., Stan and Theresa Fleming, Salah Hassanein and Zandra Rhodes, Jeanne Jones and Don Breitenberg, Michel and Karen Kripalani, Lynn and Cole Owen, Charlie Robins, The Dr. Seuss Fund at The San Diego Foundation, The Evans Foundation, UC San Diego Alumni Association and Union Bank.