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Spring has sprung, days are lighter and so is Biblos
this month, after January's massive production, both
in weight and content.
Panic not about the fact that this is headed the Feb/
March issue - we have not missed a month, just caught
up with our dates.
so   Hail to March the month of hope
For projects filled with depth and scope
For dreams of funds thrice '68
Ho! Hum!  What springtime fancies minds create!
And a happy April 1st to all you hopeful budgeteers.
University of British Columbia. _ 2 -
Welcome to:-
Anita Houston
Penny Vroom
David Kent
Gwen Tel 1ing
Ruth Schreier
L.A. I
L.A. I
L.A. I
L.A. I
L.A. I
Seri al s
Ci rculat ion
Congratulations tof-
Luba Kalmakov L.A. I I
Bessie Wong L.A. I
Mary Paterson L.A. I 1
Gudrun Hiemstra L.A, II
Serials to
Serials to
Serials to
Ci rculat ion to
L.A. Ill
L.A, I I
Seri al s
Seri als
Fa rewe 11 to:-
Cisca Schmall
Cheryl Huchula
Paul Deglau
Diana Browne
Gil 1Ian Mullen
L.A. I Catalogue
L.A. I Catalogue
Stack Supervisor Woodward
Flexowriter Operator Systems
Flexowrlter Operator Catalogue
Staff Changes above.
Centenary of Library Service page 3
Returning Travellers Reports 5
Hawaii, West Indies, Fiji take your choice...8
Dr. Fu Manchu - or - letter of the month 9
St, Wibby Reports 10
Collection for the Month 12
11 happened he re 13
Report from Serials 14
Collects, and welcome to our new columnist 14
More from Helen in Moscow 15
The Vancouver Public Library is observing the centenary of
Vancouver's first library,  Moodyville Mechanic's Institute
began lending books in I869.  The first Vancouver Public
Library was a small wooden building at the foot of Dun levy Street.
In 1903, the dignified Carnegie Free Library was opened at Main
& Hastings.  It served Vancouver readers until 1957, by which
time it had become woefully inadequate even with the addition of
a large annex.  In its early days, rules limited borrowers to
one book at a time, but they could borrow one every day.  Every
day except Sunday, that is.  Mr. Carnegie didn't believe that
Sunday was a good day for borrowing books, although it was all
right to read on that day.
On November 1, 1957, the splendid new building was opened at
Burrard and Robson.  Now in its 12th year of operation, it is
still an outstanding example of library concept and design,
To celebrate 100 years of library service in Vancouver, an interesting display has been arranged.  It includes books from
the Vancouver Public Library's original collection, old clippings,
Library Board minute-books and blow-ups of rare photographs
of the Library at various stages of its history.
Other memorabilia seldom seen by the public includes old letter
books - the finely scripted predecessors of todays carbon copies,
a Library Board minute-book from the year 1892; and one of the
first volumes presented to the Library in I869 - "A Memoir of
the Rev. Sidney Smith" by his daughter, Lady Holland.
Visitors to the Library will see a photograph of the tiny white
frame building sitting on a dirt road at the foot of Dunlevy
Street, a photograph recording the laying of the cornerstone of
the former Main & Hastings Street Branch, March 29, 1902; a
1927 view of the Sincere Grocery Company which was located at
the present site of the Main Branch.
One news story takes R.A. Douglas, one of theearly librarians,
to task for spending public money on "rare books with fine 4 -
bindings".     These  volumes  now constitute  some of the Library's
most  valuable  possessions.
A  history of  the  Library's  past  hundred years   is  currently  being
prepared  by members  of  the Library   staff,   and   is  due  for  publication
in   1969.
Reproduced   from  the "Buzzer"   February   I969,   by  permission  of Mr.   G.
Appleby, Ed.
HOW'S THIS FOR A TITLE?  (Book of Love, 1578)
A courtlie controversie of Cupids cautels [i.e. tricks]
conteyning five tragicall histories, very pithie, pleasant,
pitiful, and profitable: discoursed uppon wyth argumentes
of love, by three gentlemen and two gentlewomen, entermedled
with divers delicate sonets and rithmes, exceeding
delightfull to refresh the yrkesomnesse of tedious tyme.
Translated out of French as neare as our English phrase will
permit.. .[&c, S-c.]
jg Returning travellers report	
From January 1st to 19th my husband Steve, and myself exchanged
Vancouver, the city of ice and snow, for Honolulu, the city of
sun and palms, and horrors! - deluges of rain.
It was our first trip to the Hawaiian Islands and I am afraid we
acted like typical tourists and did all the touristy things.  We
had intended to visit both the islands of Oahu and Maui, but
were inflicted with the local disease.  Polynesian Paralysis and
could not drag ourselves away from Waikiki.
The weather had been generally bad before our arrival and we
days during
were very disappointed when it poured buckets,
our first week.  After
al1 you can get al 1 the
rain you could want in
Ah....but then the
torrents stopped, the
clouds parted, and
when the sun came out
wi th al1 its heat and
brilliance, we could
see why so many people
rave about Hawai i!
Sunning on the beach,
swimming, sai1i ng,
sunburn; dancing under
the stars, Chi-Chi's,
MaiTai's, Scorpions,
sunburn - everything combined to make a truly great holiday.
They say that when you first arrive in the Islands, you just sit
around and think - and then, after awhile, you just sit around.
- D, Kent.
Ah yes, the West Indies!  The chief results of my trip were:
a strong tan, good health, and an overwhelming yearning to return
there as soon as possible.
With a friend from northern Ontario (she left five feet of
snow) I spent five days on Tobago, then in Port of Spain boarded
a small island freighter which carried 50 cabin passengers and
about 150 deck passengers going home for Christmas.  We sailed by
night and had the day on several islands: Grenada, Barbados, St. _ 6 -
Lucia, Dominica, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Antigua; then two days
at sea to Jamaica, from where we flew home.
Impressions:  weather hot, but kept comfortable by the strong
trade winds; local people extremely pleasant, but their creole
accents a bit difficult to follow; shopping wonderful for tourists -
tax-free European imports, the best rum at Can.$2.00 for 40 ounces,
Canada is in evidence everywhere.  Our banks provide handsome
buildings, our government builds (and gives) the best docks and
artesian water systems; our elderly retireds live there in a tax-
free haven.
Would 1 want to live in the West Indies?  No, unless I could
come back here every few months for a change of climate.  But, as
I said before, I cannot wait to spend another winter holiday there.
And 1 now toss Angostura Bitters into all my food, including coffee!
Try it,
Eleanor Mercer
Bibliography Div.
Fiji is an early morning landscape
of fantastic hills seen through a
fine mist as the Orso.va  sails
slowly and silently through the gap
in the reef which marks the entrance
to Suva harbor,  Fiji is the police
band, in their navy shirts and white
pointed skirts, marching up and down
the wharf as they play "The Happy
Wanderer" to greet us,  Fiji is the
smell of copra, the narrow', twisting
streets of Suva, the Grand Pacific
Hotel, with its ceiling fans,
Burns Philp (South Seas) Ltd. and
Morris Hedstrom - the large department stores. - 7 -
Fiji   is   the  people  -  the  tall,   handsome,   strong  but  graceful
Fijians  with   their marvelous  erect  carr'iage which makes  us   feel   short
and  the equally  handsome,   but   in  a  different way,   Indians.      It   is
the  Fijian women   in  their   long   skirts  and  the   Indian women   in   their
saris.      It   is   the   rough  dirt   road  that   runs  around  the   island  of
Viti   Levu  - Queen's  Road   In  the  south,   King's  Road   in   the north.
It   is   the open-air  buses   that  charge  at you  around  corners  and  the
Indian  taxi-drivers  who  appear out  of nowhere,   coming  at you  on your
side  of  the   road.      It   is  driving  on   the   left.     It   is  horses  and oxen
all   over  the   road  all   the   time.     Fiji   is   brilliant   red   flame  trees
and  hibiscus   bushes  and   flowers   in  everyone's  hair.     Fiji   is   thatched
'bures'   with washing  plastered  on   their  sides,   and   it's  other washing
hung  on  barbed wire  clotheslines  -  you  don't  need  clothes-pins  that
way!     Fiji   is  coral   reefs with  brilliant   little  fish   flitting   in  and
out  and   it   is men  spear-fishing  on   those   reefs.     It   is   funny   little
terrier-type  dogs we  nicknamed   'south  seas  dogs'   because  they  do not
seem  to  exist  up  here,     Fiji   is   the  shops   in   Suva  and  Nadi   and
Lautoka  and  Ba  -  duty-free  and  crammed with   radios,   cameras  and   saris.
It   is  clear  turquoise water and  hot   sandy  beaches  -  coconut  palms   and
curious   sea  shells  and   flying  fish.      It   is  also high jungle  country
with  orchids   sprouting   from  the  tree  tops  and  wild  pig   tracks   in   the
mud.      It   is  taro  and  walu  and  bananas  and  huge  sugar-cane  fields,
with   tiny  children  dragging oxen  around   by  the  nose.     It   is  the  South
Pacific  Sugar Mills  and   the  smell   of molasses  at  Lautoka.     Most  of
all,   though,   it   is   the  Fijians with  their wonderful   warmth  and
friendliness.      It   is  having  strangers  smile  and wish you "Good
morning"  or call   "Bula  -  hello"   as  you  drive  by.      It   is  also  days   like
our New Year's  Day.
On  New Year's  Day we  drive  up   into  the Nausori   Highlands   -  high
jungle  above  and   to  the  east  of  the Nadi   Plain.     About  40 miles   in  we
come  to  a  small   native  village  called  Bukuya  where  everything  seems
very  natural   and   relatively  primitive.     As  we  stand  talking   to  a  group
of children which magically pops  up  as  soon  as we   stop   the  car we
become  aware of a  group of  about  6 men  advancing  down  the   road.
They  are   liberally  covered with mud  and  one  has  a  bucket   in   his  hand.
Their  Fijian   features,   normally  so welcoming,   are  stern,   and   to  be
honest,   frightening.     We want   to  turn  and   run  but  we  stand our
ground,   smiling  weakly,   thoughts  of  the   last missionary  to  be  eaten
in  Fiji   a  scant  50  years   ago   running  unhappily  through  our  heads.
The man with  the  bucket   reaches  Earl,     sticks  out  his  hand  and   says
fiercely,   "Happy  New Year!"    As   I   watch   in  horror he   reaches   in   the - 8 -
bucket and hauls out a huge handful of mud which he plasters over
the front of Earl's shirt. At this point they all burst out
laughing and after a stunned moment we join in. After they have
all had a turn applying mud to Earl they use up the rest of the mud
on me - and believe me there was lots to go around! And there we
stand, covered with red mud, front and back - a quaint old Fijian
New Year's custom.  Not the way most people get plastered at New
And so we leave Fiji, remembering the native New Year's lunch we
were invited to, the 'mekes1 (concerts, really, of singing and
dancing) and the fact that everyone there - even in Bukuya - knew
something about Canada.  I hope if they visit us their welcome
from Canadians will be as warm as ours was from them.  Really what
I want to say to all Fijians is "Sa mothe...vinaka vaka levu" -
Goodbye...thank you very muchf"
Suzanne Dodson - 9 -
Shades  of Dr.   Fu  Manchu.,.but   for   real	
This   letter   is   reprinted   in   its  entirety  from  Factotum,   Queen's
University,   January   1969.
GUOZI   SHUDIAN China  Publications
P.O.   Box 399,   Peking,   China Centre.
Our  Ref.;   68EM/1316
Queen's  University Library
Kingston,   Ontario
Dear  Si rs
Your order of October 28, I968 has been received.  The book you
need is a counter-revolutionary biography of the common enemy of
the people Chiang Kai-chek.  This book has long been out of print
permanently.  We are therefore returning you the order herewith.
At present this lackey of U.S. imperialism still illegally
occupies our sacred territory Taiwan and is engaged in counterrevolutionary activities in every possible way, committing towering crimes against our compatriots on Taiwan.  The 700 million
Chinese people armed with Mao Tse-tung's though are determined
to liberate our Taiwan.
Very truly yours,
China Publications Centre
Li Zhi'ou - 10 -
WHOOPS!!  we goofed.  Apologies
to Mr. Hutchison for linking
him to the wrong Ann.  (Jan, issue)
Of course, as stated elsewhere in
the issue, it should have read
Ann Gil landers of Science - who
married Mr. Hutchison.
Note from the other Ann - Gardner
that is - to the effect that "She
is still shopping",..
Help celebrate 100 years of
service to the Community (see
further details page 3)  Same
place March 3 - 22 a showing
of motion pictures and still
photos by professional B.C.
Woodward Library celebrated St.
Valentine's Day by crowning Helen
Allen as "Queen of Hearts",  She
was presented with a scrap-book
composed of valentine wishes from
her many appreciative co-workers,
revealing an amazing source of
previously unsuspected talents.
(How about a public showing? Ed,)
Library, is on a cover again -
featured in this month's Issue of
"La Presse Medicale".
A display on the history of medical
education, by the first year, History
of Medicine students.
On the second floor, there is an
interesting display on mushrooms.
This includes the beautifully illustrated "Mushrooms, Russian and
History" by Valentina and Wassen-
non-circulating, a Guide to Common
Mushrooms of
B ri ti sh Colum-
bia by R.J,
Bondini and
two books on
Mushroom Cookery.  If you
want to "turn
on", the display also includes "Les
on Menique",
see the permanent display on
"Infant Feeding Through the
Ages" which is also on the
second floor.  This includes
an early Americal blown glass
nursing bottle with glass
nipple, an 18th Century pewter
feeding bottle and many other
interesting early infant feeding
Mavis Balshaw, Cataloguing
off to Peru!!
Graham Elliston, Bibliography,
joining the senoritas in Mexico,
Janet Lenko, Sedgewick, already
"sunning it up" in Hawaii, and
Diana Cooper, Fine Arts, our
resident artist, enjoying
Austria and those gay Viennese
nights. And who was that seen
registering at a "downtown hotel"
 with his own wife *
ONE RESULT of that column in the
Sun.  One book returned by one
wife, from one husband's downtown office - length of "loan" 11
about 4 years.
former Maya Veleglavac of
the Biomedical Branch Library
V.G.H., Now Mrs. Muir.
Systems, and his wife, Pat,
on the birth of daughter
Just ine,
Linda Putnam, Cataloguing,
Property Mistress for Barefoot
in the Park. March 13-15th St.
James Auditorium,  Joan Cosar,
Serials, visited Fort St. John
with the B.C. Tel. Choir (see
page 14),  Bernie Olson &
Heather Jones appeared very
successfully in the Greater
Vancouver Operatic Society's
production of Oklahoma.
Congratulations to Claudia Kaye
wife of Doug Kaye of the Record
Collection who received the
highest honours in the Metropolitan Opera Company Auditions
recently held in Vancouver.
Then on to Seattle where she
placed second.  Claudia is
presently in Library School.
THE GALLERY.  Tues, Feb. 25 -
Sat. March 15.  Three studies
in the human and aestetic uses
of cloth of diverse sorts; their
twisting, turning, basting,
coloring: their knittings and
purl ings "
1) Human envelopes from' 1885-1935
loaned by Mr. I. Sayers
2) West African Fabrics loaned by
Mr. Abi Jones.
3) Tie-dyed and paste resist cotton
by Mrs. Penny Gouldstone.
Nureyev move over....
We hear David Miller of Acquisitions
is "pulling on the points". Good
luck, David!  Also in Acquisitions -
long distance call for - Nickolas -
Riddle..When is a student not a
student? When he's storming
the beaches at Spanish Banks,
WHICH brings us to the student who
checks his symbol in at the Main
Loan Desk before entering the
stacks.  The symbol, a foot long
construction spike complete with
cement bulb at one end.  Symbol
of what?  Protest against the proposed road.  Any more questions.
Does the rule still apply about not
having husbands, boyfriends, etc.,
in the staffroom for lunch, coffee,
etc?  If so perhaps a friendly
reminder could be made to certain
people over this,
signed,.,a frustrated employee
(who can never find a table.)
Answer...it does...and here is the
friendly reminder to whom it may
to all you lucky Irishmen - and
all you other less fortunate mortals.
Must go find my friend Pat and
banish a few more snakes from the
See you next month. - 12 -
Special Collections Division houses files of three newspapers published by the Japanese community in Vancouver before W.W. II.  The
most complete file is that of Taj riku N ippo (The Continental News)
which ran from 1907 to Dec. 6ih~,   1941 .  It published news from all
over the world but concentrated on events in Japan (always on the
front page) and in the Japanese community here.  There are columns on
public opinion, education, arts, family counselling, and serial
stories, as well as advertisements, mostly for Japanese businesses in
Vancouver.  One of the early editors, in his inaugural column, told
his "brethren" in this foreign land that newspapers are the eyes and
ears of a society, and have a great influence on it; this impartially
is essential.  He encouraged his brethren, saying that their future
was ful1 of hope.
During 1941, the newspaper expressed concern about the actions of
the Japanese government and the situation of Japanese people in foreic
countries.  But even in the last issue of Dec. 6, 1941 (the day before
Pearl Harbour), the tone remained optimistic.
Between March and October, 1942, under the supervision of the B.C.
Security Commission, about 23,000 Japanese were evacuated from
"protected areas of B.C. and placed in settlements in the interior, ir
Alberta, and in Manitoba." The "Custodian of Alien Property" came int<
operation on March 4, 1942, and assumed from that date complete
responsibility for all Japanese matters in connection with Real Estate
personal effects, business and farms.
U.B.C. acquired the Japanese newspapers in 1943 when, "...the
Librarian made inquiries regarding the files of the Japanese newspapers printed in Vancouver before the outbreak of the war with Japan.
He found that the files proper had either been spirited away or placec
in vaults, but through the Custodian of Enemy Property he was able to
secure for the Library, files of all three of the local Japanese papei
for the last six or seven months they were published.  In each instanc
the final issue appeared on Saturday, Dec. 6, 1941." (Minutes of the
Senate Library Committee, Feb. 11, 1943). - 13 -
We knew it was a small world but really!!
The tedium of paying invoices was broken in the Serials Division
recently when they received a bill from Thailand reading thus:-
"enclosed please find
our bill #015667 being your
subscription to our BANGKOK POST.
We should be obliged if you would
let us have a cheque in settlement at your earliest convenience."
An added note read;  Our bill
collector will call on you in three
days time.  If you are not at home
please leave money due for this bill
with someone who will be at home.
Thank you".
If anyone should spot a little bill-
collector wandering around please
direct him to the division with the
melody telephone!
And how about this gem recently received in the Front Office
envelope addressed thusly:-
University of British Columbia
Man Library and National Library
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada - 14 -
On February 1st, while we in Vancouver were complaining about the
cold weather, Joan Cosar of Serials Division took off with the B.C.
Telephone Choir to present concerts to the residents of Fort St,
John, where the temperature was minus 55°!  A warm reception was
given the choir by the townspeople; apparently a chinook wind had
preceded the choir's arrival, bringing the temperature to minus 20°;
the choir, not the chinook got credit for the "warm spell",
Joan has been a member of the B.C. Telephone Choir for nearly three
years.  She reports that out of town concerts are performed in all
parts of the province, from Mission to Fort St. John; sponsored by
various service clubs, all profits from such concerts accruing to
the service club involved and used to promote their charitable works.
The forey into Fort St, John started with 80 members of the choir
and the conductor, Leslie W. Monk, boarding a chartered plane leaving Vancouver at 9 a.m. arriving in Fort St. John at 11.30 a.m.
Matinee and evening concerts were played to a SRO, extremely receptive audience.
Between concerts, the choir group were given a guided sightseeing
tour of the town, which took all of half an hour!
The group arrived back safely at 1 a.m., February 2nd and were grateful to return to the snows of Vancouver.
John Steinbeck, 66.
Norman Thomas, 84.
Saturday Evening Post, 148.
Canadian Citizenship Council, 28.
Pee Wee Russel1, 62.
John Stuart Mitchell, Mercenary.
Raymond Gram Swing (Good Evening),
RMH 15 -
Dear Science,
At long last here I am again. Probably thought I had forgotten
you all.  On the contrary, I just haven't had time before this
because I've been studying for exams.  We've just finished oral and
written exams, and now I'm on holiday (back to school on 7th).
First of all, thank you ever
so much for the letters and card!
Many, many thanks for the issue
of Biblos.  I was really thrilled
to get it.  It sure brought back
memories.'  Believe it or not I
still domi'ss ye ole Library!  Now
on with my diary!!  I guess you're
all interested in the exam system
here, or at least I hope so.  First    \j
of all, there are orals in each subject.
One must pass these before one can take
the written exams.'  And the marking
system is based'on a total of 5.  We had orals in everything (ec.
geog. histroy, literature, Russian, phonetics, grammar, newspaper
and comprehension).  For the first 3, here's what we had to know -
ec. geog., riwer, oceans, natural resources of USSR; history -
from primitive times up to the Decembrists; literature - Pushkin
and Hermontov (biography and works).  Each one in class had to
answer or discuss different things.  It was difficult, especially
when I had to make myself understood in Russian, and that's difficult
because each subject has its own vocabulary, although I understood
everything said and took notes in Russian.  Well, I guess I didn't
do too badly, got 5 in all three.
For the newspaper, we were given an article from Pravda to read,
then had to make up questions based on the article and discuss it,
to make sure we knew what we read.  The newspaper has a language of
i ts own as wel1!
In phonetics and comprehension, we listened to a taped story
twice, then into another room where we were asked questions on the
story by 3 Profs, and also had to read aloud a short excerpt.  The
next day we were given a story to read for 15 mins., then a break
of 10 mins. followed by questions on the story by 3 Profs.; to make
sure we remembered and understood what we read.  We were also asked 16
questions like where are you from, how long will you be here, what are
you going to study, etc.
For this session we had only 1 written exam.  A story was read tc
us twice, then we had to rewrite it in our own words, using our vast
vocab. accumulated by this time.  We had 3 hours, which 1 utilized to
the last minute.  In all of these I also received 5's.  It was more
difficult for me because all the teachers expected a great deal more
because I had had a previoi
knowledge of the language,
so consequently they were
bit more strict in marking
me'.  Knowing this, I had t>
study more. Study - you
should have seen me, I eve\
have to chuckle to myself,
now when I look back!  I
tried studying regular hou
for 2 days, but it didn't
work.  It was too noisy in
in the study.  It was more
like a gathering for gab
sessions and I couldn't
study in our room because
was like Grand Central
Station,  So I came up wit
an odd but marvellous solution.  After classes finished at 3 p.m. I wo
eat, go for a walk, then have a coffee, then down to the study hall. B
that time, most had retired to their rooms and it was nice and quiet.
So there I sat studying till 3 or 4 a.m. with coffee breaks every ]j  h
mainly to keep warm!  And so this went on for about a good 3 weeks.
Well, now on to more pleasant things in my life here.  I think I
mentioned there were 3 of us from Canada here in the prep. fac.  So co
Christmas Day, we received an invitation for Christmas dinner at the
embassy.  So Dec. 25th, off we went to the embassy.  As soon as we
stepped into the Taylor residence it was like taking a giant 10,000 mi
step and being at home.  Smell of turkey, decorations all over, a huge
decorated tree, fire place, the works!  We had a wonderful meal, turke
with all the trimmings, ■plum pudding and even gifts - a Scotch each fr
the ambassador.  We had a very pleasant day indeed, including playing
with the 4 Taylor children!  Sure didn't feel like going home and to
school the next day!  The next big occassion was New Years Eve.  Here
the dorms we had an official party Dec. 30th, to enable us to go to
M.S.U. on the 31st.  We decorated the study hall with all sorts of
streamers and decorations, some were bought, others were made by stude
had a nice big tree.  We had a live band for the dance.  During breaks - 17 -
students from various countries provided entertainment in the form of
skits, pantomimes, songs, dances, etc.  However, the music was mostly
jive, shake, etc. which is O.K. but I guess I
a bit old-fashioned and
Anyway a good time was
longed for a good fox-trot or a fast Viennese!
had by al ] !
So came the 31st.  We could get tickets to go to the 5 M.S. U.
parties or stay at home and celebrate.  We decided to stay at home for
two reasons - it was too cold and also, we were told by local students,
they weren't so good, which was confirmed by my room mate who came home
early. About 11 of us got together and celebrated.  One of the local
students and myself prepared a meal, the rest contributed 'zakuski' and
drinks.  So came 11.50, we turned on the radio, listened to N.Y. greetings
from the Kremlin and at 12 heard the Kremlin chimes and also pop went
the champagne cork.  I think we drank a toast to everybody and everything!
Champagne was followed by other liquid refreshments and music provided
by records and my tapes!  incredible as it may seem, I went  to bed
shortly after 12.30 with the flu which I had been fighting off for two
days!  As always I am the last to get sick.
So there I was in bed listening to
the kids dancing and singing in
the corridors until the wee hours
of the morning.  Well, for the       v
first time in my life I spend   f^^SZ^^iL
N.Y. day in bed.  By evening
I managed to get up but felt
rather washed out and for a
week thereafter. That evening
there was another party with
friends from M.S.U. who came to our dorms. However, I couldn't eat
or drink, just sat there enjoying myself nevertheless. And so to
classes the following day!  Because Christmas is not celebrated here,
N.Y. is a big thing.  You won't believe it, but they go all out for
N.Y.  The stores all decorated with decorations and lites.  People
by the thousands doing last minute shopping for gifts.  People in the
Metro carrying parcels, trees big and small.  In apartment windows
lighted trees glittering, snow gently falling.  It was like being at
home.  Gifts are given here on N.Y.  I got a lovely miniature model
of M.S.U. and a little black sly fox from one of the Russian students. 18 -
And so the day went by when suddenly it was my birthday right in the
middle of exams as well.  I really didn't think I would celebrate it
in any way shape or form.  But I sure got a surprise.  One of my
friends came down about 6 and suggested we go see our friends at
M.S.U.  Not wanting to study or stay home, I got dressed and out we
went.  When we arrived and I opened the door, there stood about 11
people all coming up and wishing me Happy Birthday, sat me down behin<
a table full of food and drinks and presented me with an armful of
presents.  1 was never so stunned In all my life!  What a wonderful
evening that turned out to be.
These were all Russian friends
which I have met in the past
months.  When I got home, I
found more presents lying on
my pillow from the kids in
our dorm.  What a mish-mash
of feelings I had inside.  It
was too, too much!  Never
expected anything like this
at al1.  It was great!
I think the greatest day in all
on the 17th.  I went to hear Richter,
the time I've been here came
the famous Russian pianist,
at M.S.U. He was fabulous!
accompanied by an orchestra
I understand he has left on
should come to Vancouver, I
He played some of Mozart's works
To see him was one of my biggest dreams,
a 6-week North American tour.  So if he
recommend him highly, well if you like
At this point, I think I'll give you a break and ramble on about
the weather. BRRRRRRRRJ.''  We've
been having temperatures ranging
from -22° to ~32°C. Wow, was the
cold!  Outside I could only last
for about 5 minutes, then had to
pop into a store to defrost then
out again and so on.  However,
the last couple of days have beer
warm (-2°C) with snow.  I had to
give in and buy myself a woollen
shawl for my head, so far with 2
or 3 sweaters and my Van, winter
coat I can still manage,
guess by now you're all wondering whether I've gotten used to things - 19 -
Yes, I have. Maybe it's because I feel more confident in utilizing
my Russian and have acquired patience for the line-ups.  So, if any
of you are ever in Moscow, here are some tid-bits of info. They
serve fabulous cocktails at the Moskva Restaurant, good coffee at
the Metropol hotel.  You can buy the best ground coffee in GUM!  You
will find the stores more to our style on the Neu Arbat.  There's
a fabulous souvenir shop on Kutuzovsky Prospekt across from the Hotel
Ukraina.  So slowly but surely I'm getting around Moscow, even
astonishing my Moscovite friends.  Discovered a fabulous place that
serves delicious shashliki (shish-kabob) not too far from where i live.
I think perhaps this semester, I will try to get out and see
more concerts, operas, plays, etc,, now that I have my bearings.  But
it is really difficult to get tickets. Almost have to apply months in
advance. You would be surprised at the fantastic attendance in
theatres!  Right now, there's a movie "Brothers Karamozov" playing in
4 parts, which I would like to see having seen it in Canada.
Now to catch up on news from home! How are things with the
Library? Any new happening, like a new Library building? What's SUB
like?  Has the clock tower been finished as yet?  Longer Library hours?
Any new branch libraries opened? Any other interesting news?
Gimny crickets, just look at my watch, it's 4 a.m., better get
some shut eye!  So I shall sign off for now.
Again, thanks for the letter and Biblos,  My best regards to
all of you.  Because I can't possibly write to all individually, I
would like to pass on many thanks to Anne Brearley and Barbara Gibson
for the cards and letters they sent me for Christmas! Anne and Valerie
thank you for your letters, and Rein - congratulations, daddy, say
hello to Lore,  My best regards to the "Three B's" in the front office,
also to the staff I know in Woodward and the branch libraries.  Oops,
I better stop or this will keep on going for another few pages and few
more hours!
Hoping to hear from all of you soon,
As always -
Science Division
Helen Derewenko speaking!
P.S, A Happy New Year to all and to all a Good Night! Zver long for lazy lunchbreaks
'.ell May is nearly here.
How tempting is a stony beach
And a sky thats always clear


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