UPDATE on March 12 After much consultation and careful consideration, UBC Equity and Inclusion Office decided to cancel today’s IGNITE book club event. The cancellation of the event is a responsible decision in order to protect all our diverse communities. This is also following the safety precautions recommended by our provincial health authorities to best protect the health of the population with concerns around COVID-19 in large group settings. 

The Equity and Inclusion Office is still planning a conservation between Annahid Dashtgard and Shirin Eshghi Furuzawa, which will be recorded. They will be sharing the recording online when it’s ready.

Thursday, March 12, 2020
Asian Centre 1871 West Mall

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Asian Library Upper Floor

Join us for IGNITE, an ongoing series of engagements with racialized authors at UBC’s Vancouver campus. Annahid Dashtgard, author of Breaking the Ocean: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Reconciliation, will share insights into her works and finding joy amidst her experience of living as a racialized individual, author, and academic. Hosted by Shirin Eshghi, Head of UBC Asian Library.

6:15 PM to 7:30 PM
Reception with Persian Refreshments – Asian Centre Foyer
Performances – Asian Centre Auditorium

Nowruz, which literally means “a new day”, is the Persian New Year, celebrated for over 3,000 years by diverse communities in Western Asia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Black Sea Basin, the Balkans, and South Asia. Celebrated on the first day of Farvardin (The first month of Persian Calendars), Nowruz marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. It usually occurs around March 21, depending on where it is observed. The moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator and equalizes night and day is calculated exactly every year, and families gather together to celebrate the earth being reborn. The celebration usually starts Charshanbe Suri (Festive Wednesday) and ends with Sizdah Be Dar (Out With The Thirteen) which is on the thirteenth Farvardin. For Nowruz, people display a spread called Haft-Sin (Seven “S”s) which is an arrangement of seven symbolic items whose names start with the 15th letter in the Persian alphabet.

Free and open to all. Please register HERE.


The Wild Ride: In and Out of Years and Over a Century of Picturebooks is a chronological look at the evolution of the picturebook, one of the important literary art forms to emerge from the 20th Century. This exhibit is on display in IKBLC on the Level 2 foyer from March 4 through May 30, 2020.

Click on the book cover to take you to the UBC Library catalogue record for the item.


Understanding climate change: grades 7-12 / Laura Tucker, Lois Sherwood.

QC903 .T83 2019

Conducting educational research: guide to completing a thesis, dissertation, or action research project / Daniel J. Boudah.

LB1028 .B624 2020

Action research: improving schools and empowering educators / Craig A. Mertler.

LB1028.24 .M47 2020

The EAL teaching book: promoting success for multilingual learners / Jean Conteh.

LC3715 .C66 2019


Gather with students, faculty, staff and the broader UBC community on March 11 to learn, engage and discuss bold actions about how UBC can combat the climate emergency.

Our “Welcome Spring” Collection Spotlight is up. Picture books featured in this display include topics such as seasons, seasonal changes, life cycle and the water cycle.  Please see our “Curriculum Connections” below, linking these books and the BC Curriculum.

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Originating in Southwest China, tea is now one of the most popular drinks in the world. It is served differently from country to country. Visit our latest book display and explore the Asian Library collection on tea, its origin, history and culture.

The display is located at the Asian Centre foyer and will be up until March 7.

Our new Collection Spotlight is up. Pink Shirt Anti-Bullying Day is February 26, 2020.  The theme this year is ‘Lift Each Other Up.’


On February 11, UBC Library hosted a one-day workshop by renowned Japanese conservator Kazunori Oryū, who presented on Japanese scroll mounting and bookbinding in conservation. More than forty participants were in attendance, including local and out-of-town conservators, paper and print artists, members of Japanese heritage and cultural organizations, and UBC students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

In the workshop, Mr. Oryū not only outlined the basics of the structures and aesthetics of Japanese heritage materials as related to conservation, but also reported on his involvement as a technical supervisor in the multi-year rescue efforts for paper-based resources damaged during last October’s typhoon at the Kawasaki City Museum. Mr. Oryū also provided step-by-step demonstrations of how to handle heritage materials properly, and gave detailed explanations about preservation and conservation processes and techniques, using sample materials.

In the words of a participant, “thank you… for offering this fascinating event and for opening it up to the conservation community. Opportunities like this are rare.”

Mr. Oryū also met with library employees the following day to examine items from UBC Library’s own Japanese rare collections. He provided invaluable guidance with regards to the ongoing conservation needs of the items that were shown, and also espoused general strategies that could be used to care for the materials.

We are grateful to Mr. Oryū for sharing his time and expertise, and to Sheldon Armstrong, AUL Collections, for sponsoring this event.


Click on the book cover to take you to the UBC Library catalogue record for the item.

Guts / Raina Telgemeier

BF723.S75 T45 2019

Kings, queens, and in-betweens / Tanya Boteju.

PZ7.1.B6755 Kn 2019

How to read a book / Kwame Alexander

PZ7.A37723 Hw 2019

All the ways to be smart / Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys.

PZ7.1.B45146 Al 2019



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