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Bill and Melinda Gates during their visit to the Oslo Opera House in June 2009.

Stanford's 2014 Commencement speakers are philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates. You can read about them and about Commencement Weekend both in this article from the Stanford Report and on the 2014 Commencement website. Commencement will take place in the Stanford Stadium on Sunday, June 15.

Take a look at SearchWorks for titles by Bill Gates and by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation available in the libraries. You can also view biographical information about Bill Gates and Melinda Gates in the Biography in Context database.

Stanford's graduating seniors are now eligible for a free month of NYT Now, including full text of top stories (marked by a green diamond on the NYT homepage), as well as an app for iPhone and iPod touch. (All Stanford affiliates qualify for an education discount and daily online passes.)

ASSU Hymns for Sunday School Teachers (Philadelphia, 1826)

Two years after its founding in 1824, the American Sunday School Union published Hymns for Sunday School Teachers, a copy of which is now in the Music Library. Measuring a mere 10 cm. in height and 76 pages in length, it may be one of the smallest items in our collections.  It joins 17 other publications by the Union in the Stanford Libraries.

The Stanford Libraries recently acquired a collection of 214 libretti of French opera and ballets in first and early editions, from the 17th-19th centuries. The major concentration is in 18th-century material, with significant representation of the works of major composers of the period, Dalayrac, Duni, Grétry, Lully, Monsigny, Philidor, Alexandre Piccinni and Nicolas Piccinni. The inclusion of first and early editions provides the opportunity for comparison of first performances and revivals. Libretti are important records of performance history, often including details such as names of the cast, choreographers, set designers, dancers, and other musicians involved in the production.

Green Library with Shumway Fountain

Green Library will have some special hours over the next couple of weeks:

Memorial Day Weekend:

  • Saturday, May 24, 10:00 am to 10:00 pm (normal hours)
  • Sunday, May 25, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (early closure)
  • Monday, May 26, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (University holiday, early closure)

Extended hours for finals:

  • Friday, May 30, 8:00 am to 12:00 am
  • Saturday, June 1, 10:00 am to 12:00 am
  • Friday, June 6, 8:00 am to 12:00 am
  • Saturday, June 7, 10:00 am to 12:00 am

Come in and see us. Good luck with your final papers and exams!

East Asia Library homepage

The new East Asia Library homepage is now live! There you find the latest information about the library and discover the treasures held by our Chinese, Japanese and Korean collections. Of particular interest is our Library move information page with important dates and information about our move to Lathrop Library during this summer.

chinese brush painting class exhibition

The works of Continuing Studies ART221: The Art of Chinese Brush Painting Class Art Exhibit 2014 are on display in the East Asia Library from May 18 - 23.

Portrait of Joseph Haydn by Thomas Hardy (1791)

On May 24, Dr. Robert Huw Morgan conducted the University Singers and the Memorial Church Choir in a performance of Haydn’s Creation in Bing Concert Hall. This post highlights two important items in the Memorial Library of Music related to the work: a letter written by Haydn to his English friend Dr. Charles Burney (1726-1814), who helped Haydn arrange for the initial sale of the English-language edition of the full score; and one of the earliest copies of that score, which bears Haydn’s personal stamp on the title page. Burney is best known for his A General History of Music, (4 vols., 1776-89), a monumental publication that set a new standard for works on music history and historiography.

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