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Array Vol 5  No. 2
November 1968
November - the peaceful waiting days before the onslaught of the
Christmas Season with its mad rush of Mailing Deadlines, Exams
and Police Blocks, so to fill a quiet interlude before the mayhem
here is your November Biblos,
Read!  Relax!  and prepare yourself for the hectic times ahead.
For your Happy Advent reading we offer;-
That most widely read item, Staff Changes, Promotions etc.
Collection for the Month "Alice"
Collectors Item. McGills Inventory 1915
St, Wibby Reports
Mary Macree Head,  Forestry/Agriculture Library
Serials Survey
Poem.  The Desk Attendant-Or-Anyone we Know?
Czechoslovakia - Vacation Time - 1968
With Helen in Moscow
Doodling with Diana
and other interesting items and announcements.
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20 STAFF  CHANGES
o  s a o
We Warmly  Welcome:
Bonnie McDonald
Richard  Howlett
Cheryl   Huchula
Anne  Severson
Joan Watson
Josephine  Cuff
Juliette  Croot
Brian  Ferris
Congratulations  to:
Anne Loh
Syl   Goi ran
Linda Lines
CIai re  Reynolds
L.A
L.A
L.A. 1
L.A. I
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Secretary I I
Stack Attendant
L.A.
L.A. Ill
L.A.
L.A.
L.A.
Stack Attendant
Acqu i sitions
Gov. Pubs.
Circu1ation
Gov. Pubs,
We Regretfully Say Good-Bye to:
Karol Parsons L,A. II
Kay McConnell L.A, IV
Phillip Hind Stack Attendant
James Jones L.A. I
Mitsue Obana L,A, I
Helen Kartar L.A, I II
Gwen Deachman L.A. IV
Cathy Batten L.A, I I I
NOTICE.
L.A. II
L.A. IV
L.A. II
L.A. Ill
Sedgewick
Sedgewick
Catalogu ing
Catalogu i ng
Curric. Lab,
Catalogu ing
Catalogu ing
Sedgewick
Gov, Pubs,
Sedgewi ck
Ci rculation
Gov, Pubs,
Gov. Pubs.
S.S.D.
Sedgewick
Cataloguing
Catalogu i ng
Catalogu ing
Sedgewick
CataloguIng
Now that the Monsoons have set in how would you like to liven up
those dreary Winter lunch hours?
It had been proposed that Biblos should sponsor a series of
programs or demonstrations on varying subjects, which might be of
interest to the staff,  Subjects already suggested include Gift
Wrapping, Flower Arrangements, Leather Craft, Make-Up and Hair
Styling, Fashion, you name it.
If we could arrange such demonstrations it might be necessary
to collect a nominal 25 - 50 cents per person to cover any fee
which might be entailed.
If you would be in favour of such a program would you sign the
notice outside the lunch room and also indicate what topic you
would be most interested in. 3
ALICE IN SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
On the occasion of its 40th. anniversary in 1965, the UBC
class of 1925 bought and presented to the Library the Lewis Carroll
collection of Victoria bookdealer R.D. Hilton Smith,  The collection, housed in a corner of Special Collections, includes more than
two hundred editions of Alice, about half of which have Sir John
Tenniel's familiar illustrations.  Particularly notable are a
facsimile of Carroll's original manuscript of Alice's Adventures
Underground with the author's illustrations, and two volumes autographed by Alice Hargreaves, for whom the story was written.
Some of the many parodies of Alice in Wonderland are in the
collections:  a few of the more colorful are Clara in Blunderland
(1904), a satire on English politics after the Boer War; Mai ice in
Kul turland (1914), a parody on the Kaiser's Germany; and Alice in the
Delighted States (1926).  As well, the collection includes sixty
books about Lewis Carroll (alias Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, by the
way), fifty editions of other books by him (e.g., A Fascinating
Mental Recreation for the Young:  Symbolic Logic!!)and twenty-
five musical and dramatic versions of his works (Humpty Dumpty: -a
Short Cantata for Children. ) Since 1965, about 30 items have
been added to the collection - Alice in Italian, Alice in Latin,
and even Alice in Hindi; a very fine Alice colouring book, and
Alice on LP records with the New York Woodwind Q_uintet.
Biographical Note anon.
•Lewis Carroll's' life, though short, had nearly Victoria's span -
from 1832 until I898; this, coupled with the fact that he produced,
in the Alice narrative, two veritable best-sellers, might indicate
a participation in the main stream of revelation and unfoldment of
those memorable years.  But, despite the friendships with the great
which he enjoyed - Ruskin, Tennyson, Rossetti and a host of others -
he left little or no mark on his generation, and the creations of
his fancy may well enjoy an immortality in Legend long after his
own name of Dodgson is forgotten (or attributed to a quite different
author who wrote mathematical treatises!), and even the magic of
'Lewis Carroll' cease to flutter any young girl's breast. He might have found his vocation as a priest - a destiny from which
an impediment of speech excluded him; as he lived, sheltered by
Oxford's endowments, he just declined into harmless eccentricity.
But there were many people, themselves unknown, for whom his
personality was real and warm; which is the reward of living.
THE DELIGHTFUL ILLUSTRATIONS
FROM THE ORIGINAL "ALICE".
Victorian  evolution  of  present-day  problems??? COLLECTORS   ITEM,.
MC  GILL  UNIVERSITY  COLLEGE
SUMMARY  OF  INVENTORY
and
VALUATION   OF BUILDINGS  AND   EQUIPMENT
August  31st   1915
Building  and  Fixtures   ,,,.,.,„............,...........   $17,379.85
LlbrarV Books   .............   1,910
Furnishings   ,,...,.       431.75   .......... 2,341.75
Mechanical   Department:
Equipment ......... 3,309.30
Desk, Stools etc ....,.,,  380.00 .......... - 3,689.30
Chemistry Department .,,.,„...,,,.,,...,.............. 1,633.25
Physics Department ........,.,,..,,..,~.,,,.,.,........ , 3,310.00
Office   ................................................ 437.00
Other  Furnishings    .,.,.,..,,...,,.,.....,......, 1,949.30
(Signed) $32,059.45
(Signed)   G.R.   Kendall. ST.  W1BBY REPORTS....
O    Q    O    O    '
PAINTINGS of B.C. wildflowers by
Mrs. Suzanne Dodson, head of Gov.
Pubs., are currently being shown
at the 2nd Exhibition of International Botanical Art at the Hunt
Botanical Library in Pittsburgh.
Suzanne's flowers also appeared
in the Vernon Art Gallery Oct, 10,
11, and 12th.
ORIGINAL DESIGNS by Evelyn Roth
of the Fine Arts Dept. were shown
in"Artists in Fashion" at the
Burnaby Art Gallery on Oct, 22nd.
SOCIAL NOTE. The Library Assts.
Assoc, has booked the Cecil Green
Park for a Wine and Cheese Party
on the night of Friday, January
3rd, 1969.  More details later but
keep that night free.
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS has a new
display, fourth in the series on
Canada: Manitoba in maps, pictures, manuscripts and books from
early exploration and settlement
to the Northwest Rebellion of
1885 and the completion of the
CP.R.
BEST WISHES to the former Derica
de Beauchamp-Dennigan of Inter-
Li brary Loan back from Europe
with a brand new husband and name
Derica de Beauchamp Roberts. Also
to„ the gal from Keypunch formerly
known as Miss Shirley Bouchard
now to be officially addressed as
Mrs, John Archibald.
FROM THE WOODWARD LIBRARY - Anyone
interested should drop in and see
the displays by the 1st year med.
students.  The
change each we
Currently.,LSD
and related
Hallucinagens.
Also on di spl
is an attrac-
t ive work on
quadrupeds,
bi rds, fIsh,
edited and pu
1i shed by Joh
Johnson M,D,
1657.
CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. & Mrs,
Paul Deglau proud parents of a
son, Ivan.  Paul is in the
Woodward Library originally of
Sedgewi ck,
THE GALLERY, 2 exhibitions Nov.
7th - 23 rd Rauchenberg8 s
"Dante's Inferno" from the
Museum of Modern Art New York,
(drawings)
Nov 8th-24th
Alfred Siemens Photographs,
"Saint with Earphones and other
images",  Mr, Siemens is with
the Dept, of Geography U,B,C,
INFORMATION FOR new members on
staff.  The Gallery is in the
basement of the Library two
flights down from the entrance
of the Fine Arts Department,
Take a walk down at lunch time
and drop in at the Museum of
Anthropology on the way - it is
fascinating,
SPECIAL GOODBYE to Gwenn Deach-
man Sedge, who could't be
leaving for a happier reason.
Keep us informed Gwen. ST.   W1BBY  WANTS  TO  KNOW
o   a  o   o  •
WHO was the phantom organist
that Sunday evening at 8 p.m. -
rather good we understand - and
when does the clock tower strike
again?!
WHAT every happened to the Great
Sit-in - and non-activism,
NOW that it has been decided
who should ring the bell in the
Brock Annex - where the h,.,! is
the bell?!
AND HAS the Commissionaire in
the front hall recovered from
the shock of the "flustered"
lady who, obviously under the
impression that she was at the
downtown bus terminal wanted to
know the way to the Seattle Bus!
Honest!.,..,,,...
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
Biblos will do it again! - but
with a difference,
A Pros and Nons Christmas
get together will be held.
Friday, December 20th
between the hours 3-5
In the Staff Lunchroom on
the 7th floor.
THE WORD I S OUT,.............
Make whoopee with Wibby
around the Wassail Bowl
(spiced - we hope)
SERENA KOTTMEIER - Alias
Mrs. Newman is having a show
of her graphics in the work
area of the Humanities Office
(Ri dington Room).
Jill Wade on the Conference Circuit
I went to the national convention of the Community Planning
Association of Canada in Victoria, October 5th to 9th,  C.P.A.C,
a citizen's organization and the delegates included local
government officials, executive members from C.P.A.C. national
and branch offices, and professional planners.  I was the only
1ibrarian present and attended because a better subject knowedge
would help me in my reference work.  The theme of the conference
was "Building human values into the community" and the speakers,
ranging from Dr. Gordon Shrum to an SFU professor, stimulated
some lively discussion.
i s &
MARY MACAREE - HEAD OF
FORESTRY/AGRICULTURE
Born into a family of farmers, Mary early showed interest in the agricultural
sciences by experimenting
with chickens as playthings.
A little later she embarked
on a close study of calves;
the result, recorded for
posterity in a photo of a
sad-faced, bald two-year-
old, was a dose of ringworm
and early acquaintance with
the razor.
Her suffering in the cause
of science did not daunt
her, however.  She next tested the effect of sound on
the bovine race by singing
to the cattle penned in for
the winter.  The result—
inconclusive—probably because she had not learned techniques of scientfic sampling.
Perhaps to remedy this lack she turned her attention to education,
mingling only in farming matters at harvest time and in university
holidays, but her interests now had turned away from the land, not
to be reactivated for a number of years—never mind how many.
In this period she taught in Scotland, Quebec, and B.C., married,
travelled a little, and in general passed the time pleasantly enough, latterly in the library's catalogue division. But the call
of the land was still audible so at last she answered it and came
to Forestry/Agriculture*
z8EJkk..m£i Attention  Serials,
out?"   ........
.Kathy Kent  asks,   "How do we   really  come
A survey was   recently conducted   in  the  States "to determine  the
extent   to which American  College  students  could  gauge  trends   in
foreign  thought   through  the  foreign  news   serials"   received   in  the
libraries.     The   results  appear  in  the May   issue of COLLEGE AND
RESEARCH   LIBRARIES  29   (3)   213-218,
Every  third  U.S.   Library   listed   in  the Americal   Library  Directory
and with  a  budget over $25,000 was  sent  a questionnaire  (350   libraries)
The  serials   listed  for checking were cited   in "Atlas"   I96I-I965
(every 3rd   issue  selected).     Any  serial   selected was mentioned  2 or
more  times   in  any  given  article   in "Atlas",     258 out  of  the 350
questionnaires were  filled   in  and   returned,
How does U.B..C.   stand on  the  basis of this  survey?    A quick check
through  the weekly cumulated  Serials   Check-In  List   turned  up 34 of
the 90   titles   listed   in  the questionnaire.     The  average  number of
titles held  by  the   15   responding   libraries with  budgets of
$1,000,000  plus was 30,     (A few more may have  been missed on  the UBC
listing  through different  form of entry  and  fast  flipping,)
UBC's  breakdown  of  the 34 titles  by  publishing  country was  as
follows:
No.   Titles %
England
France
Russia
W,   Germany
Poland
China   (Mainland)
Hong  Kong
India
Austral ia
Kenya
Phi 11ipines
12
5
5
4
35.3
14.7
14.7
11.6
2.9
2.9
2.9
2,9
2.9
2.9
2.9 10
The actual proportion of those IN ENGLISH is much higher -
19 or 61,8%,
Of the 90 titles chosen for the survey, those published in the
following countries were not represented in U.B.C, holdings:
Albania, Austria, Republic of South Africa, Brazil,
Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Egypt, E, Germany, Ghana, Greece,
Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand,
Nigeria, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunis, Yugoslavia,
This does not necessarily indicate that UBC Library fails to
subscribe to foreign periodicals.  We have many foreign journals,
as a look at the print-out will quickly show, but most concern
specific areas rather than general popular news media.  The
lack appears to be in the daily-weekly type of general foreign news
sources.
The magical number 3 pervades this survey and statistics are
rather like politics- they fool all of the people some of the
time, some of the people all of the time, but not all of
the people all of the time.  Serials division - how do we
really come out in this survey on general "trends in foreign
thought" serials, and does the "nature of University research"
preclude subscribing to many of these "ephermeral" publications?
The Annual Meeting of the Library Assistants Association was
held October 17th, 1968, at which time the Executive for
1967/68 resigned.
The new executive elected by acclaimation then took office
for the year 1968/69, they are,..
Chairman Mrs, Pat LaVac, Law Library
Vice Chairman Mr, John Johnson, Circulation
Secretary/Treasurer Miss Tannis Havelock, Circulation
1st Member at Large Mrs. Janet Lenko, Sedgewick
2nd Member at Large Mrs, Dorothy Sheppard, Woodward
a report for the year was read to the membership and Financial
Statement, audited by Mr. John Lomax was approved.  Funds at
present date $404,66.
« * a a a 11
POEM
The Desk Attendant
■Ml—u  .1     ■  ■  i     i 11 in —mum    -i *  i
See the gleeful  Desk Attendants ever dealing while they can
The un-inspected canned beef of the intellect of man;
Dealing out the brains of sages and the poet's heart devine
(Receiving for said poet's heart ofttimes a two-cent fine);
Serene amid the tumult for new novels manifold, -
For new novels out this afternoon but thirty minutes old;-
Calm and cool amid the tumult see the Desk Attendant stand
With contentment on her features and a date-stamp in her hand.
As they feed beasts at the circus to appease their hungering rage,
So she throws this man a poet and she drops that man a sage;
And her wild beasts growl in fury when they do not like her meat,-
When the sage is tough and fibrous and the bard not over-sweet;
And some retire in frenzy, lashing wrathfully about,
When the intellectual spare-rib that they most affect is out.
But she feeds'em, and she leads'em, and beguiles 'em with
sweet guile,
And wounds 'em with her two-cent fine and heals  '.em with her
sm i 1 e.
Oh, the gleesome Desk Attendant—who shall estimate her glee?
Get some mightier bard to sing it—'tis a theme too big for me!
From the Song of the Library Staff
Composed by Sam Walter Foss.
Somerville (Mass,) Public Library
and read by him at the
Annual Meeting of the Amer, Lib, Assoc.
1906,
N.B.  We do have more.  The Cataloguer, the Head Librarian etc.
If the demand is great enough we will publish!1,!!'.! 12
CZECHOSLOVAKIA-VACATION TIME I968      Kay McConnell
We were met at Brno airport by an exceptionally large
welcoming committee consisting of hundreds of Russian MiG
aircraft, tanks, arti1leryguns and thousands of Russian soldiers,
These were the occupying forces that had been in Czechoslovakia
since August 21st, When I told the Czechoslovaks that it was
my first time in the Eastern European country, they would laugh
and say "I bet it's the first time you have been in an occupied
country too,'"
After not being allowed to speak freely for 20 years,
we found the people had a great propensity for conversation.
Interviews scheduled for one hour often lasted for two or
three hours because there was so much they wanted to say and
they realized that time to speak freely might be too short.
Everyone from factory worker to government officials spoke
endlessly about what the country had been like, what they had
planned, and what they hoped for the future.
The greatest frustration for the people was not knowing
what was happening between their government and Moscow
because press censorship was reinforced after August 2lst.
Until then the populace was well informed by the news media
and everyone was interested.  It impressed us that even people
with a minimum of education understood the implications of the
economic reform.
Everywhere was evidence of the country's complete unity.
Every store window had pictures of Dubcek and Svoboda; many
buildings were draped in black; daily conversation was entirely
directed towards the invasion, and the overwhelming attitude
was one of anger and confusion,  St, Wenceslas is the patron
saint of Czechoslovakia and September 28th is his saints day,
St. Wenceslas Square that evening was covered with flowers in
memory of those killed during the invasion.  There were hundreds
of people, old and young, who sang the national anthem over and
over in a minor key.  It was the most moving experience of our
stay. 13
Where ever we went we were impressed by the Czech-
oslovakians as a nation of brave, pround, strong, hopeful
people who managed to keep their spirit by subtle humour and
fierce nationalism.
DON'T FORGET - If you want relief from that lunchtime monotony sign
the notice outside the lunchroom1 or talk to one of the Biblos sta~f
if you have any other suggestions.
Staff are  for your   information again.
Pat LaVac Law
Shannon McJannet Cataloguing
Joan Sandilands Information & Orientation
Georgia Macrae Cataloguing
Pam Piddington Cataloguing
Diana Colquhoun Circulation
Martina Cipolli Systems Development
Lynda Moss Woodward
Heather Hailey Biblo. Searching
Donna Richards Cataloguing
Bruce Stephenson Acquisitions 14
WITH HELEN (erstwhile of the Science Div.) IN MOSCOW
Well, here I am in Moscow and a whole month has gone by.  I
guess it's about time I let you know what's been happening,
After spending 2 hectic days in Leningrad, we arrived in
Moscow August 31st at 8 a.m. We were met at the station and
driven to our temporary quarters.  The first thing that really
made me realize I was in Moscow was the sight of the Moscow
State University.  We arrived at the dorms which are called
"The Home of Students".  These are temporary quarters for all
the students (new ones), foreign and Soviet, before they are
billeted out to permanent dorms.  We were shown our room, the
washroom, shower, and given tickets for our meals because at
this point we hadn't received our stipend as yet. We literally
fell on our beds because we were so exhausted from our hectic
experience in Leningrad where I managed to hurt or dislocate
my back lifting the heavy suitcases on to the train in a mad
rush to get in out of a torrential downpour.
We rested up a bit, washed our grimy paws and headed for
breakfast.  We had salad (tomatoes with sour cream), rice
with a little meat and coffee.  Somehow we stuck out like
sore thumbs because in the dining area we were the only
white girls there, the rest were from Africa, Algeria etc.,
and somehow everyone seemed to know we were from Canada!
Having eaten somewhat, we went back to our room and sat there
either staring at each other or out of the window,  A few
hours later we were told that two more girls were to join us
(they were German) Our Room had 4 beds with no cupboard space,
as it was temporary, so we lived out of suitcases until the 4th,
Finally, Sunday afternoon, after checking the German girls'
Moscow map, we decided to venture forth into Moscow city to find
my friend.  This was rather frightening and a real test for our
Russian.  We got to the bus stop and after deliberating as to how
we were going to ask and which one to pick on, we blurted out
our questions.  The girl was extemely nice and helpful, giving 15
to where to get off and make the proper transfer, what the
fare was on the bus and Metro and how far we were to go by
Metro,  Knowing what we felt like even though we knew the
language, I can imagine what it must be like for those who
know not a word! We arrived at our destination, after
checking with other people to make sure we were heading in the
right direction, only to discover that they had gone to the
summer house for the weekend.  We were almost on the verge
tears. Anyway, I left a note with our address and we
headed for home neavy hearted.  We even got home without
getting lost,  I forgot to mention that we had some money
left from the 3 rubles each that we got in Leningrad.  On
our way home, we discovered a theatre right next door and so
we took in a movie that night,  Admission was only 40k each.
It was a very good film,  That same evening we were very
venturesome and walked to the University,  It was only a 10,
min. walk,  1 must say the building itself is very impressive
and the grounds around are very beautiful.  The main path to
the front is terraced like it is in front of UBC Library.
The walk is made of red sand with circular plots of flowers
every so often.  There are also a great number of silver
fir trees and linden trees with silver birch interspersed,
I might say the grounds are comparable to UBC,
The following day brought news from my friend with explicit
instructions as to how to get there,  When we finally did
arrive there, I was never so happy to see anyone as them.
We had a real homecoming!  I felt that I was able to face
any problem that might arise.
After another 2 days wait, we were finally picked up and
taken to our permanent quarters,  We have a room for 3.
My girl friend, myself and now another girl from Chile,
The room has 3 single beds with 3 bedside cabinets, a large
dining table with 4 chairs.  We have 1 clothes closet for
the three of us and a large bookcase-writing desk type,
which serves as a food cupboard and bookshelf for our books.
There is also a kitchen with 3 small 2 element gas  stoves.
This is invariably invaded by the Viet Namese girls doing 16
their cooking,  I have managed to do something in cooking
but not very much.  When one doesn't have all things one is used
to having, it proves very difficult.  I've also devised a new
method of making toast without a      \
toaster.  I spear the bread (
with a fork and hold it over
the element. How's that for
improvi sation!
Finally the two of us
decided it was high time to
report to the Canadian
Embassy,  We arrived there
walked through the doors and
felt as though we were back at
home again.  We signed the
visitors' book and were
ushered into a large drawing
room.  Lo and behold what did
we see - Canadian newspapers,
and magazines.  We practically
ate them up.  So now we are up
to date on news back home. We
also had a nice chat with one
of the receptionists who was
very helpful in giving us some
useful addresses and tips.
The first Secretary came in lateVJ
and invited us to dinner the
following evening.  By the way, his name is Mr, Howard Morgan,
I must tell you about the dinner,  We had a scotch before dinner.
For dinner we had chicken, peas and carrots, rice with a delicious sauce and tomatoes.  This was followed by the most heavenly sour cream apple pie, followed by coffee and a liquer 'Irish
Mist1,  That meal was the first Canadian type meal we had since
our arrival. We went away feeling that things weren't that bad.
However, there is one thing I can't get used to as yet -
and that is the shopping system,.! shall try to explain.  First
of all the various products are divided into different stores. 17
A store for bread and confectionary products; one for dairy
products and sausages with a few pieces of meat.  Another for
fruits and vegetables. A separate one for potatoes; one for
shoes; one for clothes; one for jewelry; one for household
goods.  However, there are some huge 'Universal Magazines'
downtown almost equivalent to our dept. stores.  Now to buy
something.  Everything is sold in grams of kilograms!  If you
want only 100 gr. of some food article you push through a
line to find the price (if your arith, isn't too good), then
you return to the cashier, pay the exact amount for your article,
get your check, return to the counter line-up, eventually
getting your article.  So you see one has to have a great deal
of patience, which I have not.  However, if you get to the stores
between 11-12 or 2-4, there aren't very many people.  After
5 p.m. it is hectic, because people are off work.  Not many
people here do shopping to last a week like we do at home, they
pick up things every day.  But I must say, there are a few
things here which I find very good e.g. milk, butter, cottage
cheese, cheeses, sour cream, bread torts (cake) - no^aj-ti f i ci al
creams for icings, champagne (red,)
There is also a Gastronom where one can
buy food products with foreign currency-
things are considerably cheaper, but I'm
not about to spend my few dollars on
trivialities like food!  I've visited
a dollar clothing store.  The furs are
gorgeous and very reasonable.  The
fur hats are also very nice; also
very good trans, radios, stereo
recorders, sewing machines, fridges,
cameras, very nice Italian knits
(reasonably priced).
Well now I'll give you a weather report.
When we arrived it was very hot and dry
but windy all the time!  On the 7th we
had a rainfall and overnight it turned
cold.  I had to drag out all my winter
clothes and coat. To top it all
off, the heating was being fixed
so no heat.  There were nights
I was going to bed in 2 sweaters,
socks, gloves and hot waterbottle. 18
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One night it went down to - 20c. Two days later I had a
beautiful cold which I think was also a result from a change
of climate as well.  It has been cold all along now, I don't
think my winter coat will be enough for winter - I know that now!
Well, I have been attending Russian Classes for a month in the
preparatory faculty, but because Claudia and myself already have
a good working knowledge of Russian the teacher has given us a 3
page reading list of all the authors and their various works which
we have to have read by next September.  So in oime year we are
to be as well prepared for University as the Soviet students who
have been taking these works all along their 10 years in school.
Not much is it?  So here I sit-dictionaries in one hand and novel
in the other.  Fun and games! As for my accent in Russian, would
you believe it - it's Ukranian and not
Canadian.  I was sure it would be
Canadian.  I have already met a
few Russian boys, two of which
are Ukranian and come from the
same district as my parents, so
we spend all our free time speaking
Ukranian which of course is bad
for me.  I am also acting as
unofficial interpreter as well as
helping the Russian students
with their English homework.     „
Later I think I'll have
to ask them to help me with my Russia
We go to school 6 days a week -  -...-.----
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and   """—r
Friday - 6 hrs., Wednesday, Saturday - 4 hrs.
It's really amazing and annoying at times, because I can
understand everything that is said but when it comes to
speaking, my vocabulary is limited and I get all tongue-
twisted!  Well, I guess it takes time.
As yet, I haven't been doing too much sight-seeing for 2
reasons. One - it's too cold now, two - no one to go with
and I don't quite know my way around as yet!  You've probably 19
read about Moscovites going around everywhere reading.  This
is very true; from the youngest to the oldest,  For one -
bookstand newspapers are cheap and for another, it's quite
an achievement to have the lowest percentage of illiteracy
and many of the older folks are thrilled to be able to read.
Another thing I found quite embarrassing for me!  Their students
are very well versed in all aspects of education.  They are
able to quote figures, quotations and are up to date even with
Canadian statistics.  Whereas, speaking for myself, and
probably a lot of Canadian students also, what we learned of
history or English in high school, we have forgotten by now.
By now you are probably wondering if I'm home»sick.  Well,
I'll, be very honest.  Yes, more than you can imagine. My
thoughts often wonder back home and I begin thinking of what I'd
be doing right now at home, or what are the students like this
year at U,B,C,, what would I be doing at work right now.
There are no 2 ways about it = believe it Or not I really miss
work!!!!
Well I think I shall end for now, because if I keep on I'll
end up writing a book and you'll all have to wait until it's
published. After all of you have read this letter, I shall
expect tons and tons of letters from all of you.  Here is my
address:
U,S.S,R./CCCP,  Moscow B-218
Ul. Krzhizhanovskogo
Dom 18, Kor, 1, Kom, 47
Derevenko, Elena,
I am passing on my best regards to all of Science
Division, Basil, Anna, Diana and Lydia in Woodward, all Div,
heads and all the other staff members in the Library,  Please
write - you don't know what a joy it is to receive letters
from home!!!!!!
Sincerely,
Helen Derewenko. 

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