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Picnic Day in 1921 when Pete, Molly the cow’s son, attempted to break his mother’s record of 97 hours and 11 minutes walk from Berkeley to Davis. (Special Collections/UC Davis Library)

Picnic Day Preview: Parade, Scavenger Hunt, Storytime and More!

Join us at Shields Library for our annual Picnic Day Open House from 11am-2pm on Saturday, April 13th. This year, we have new activities and exhibits  plus Special Collections will be marching in the parade!

In the Parade

See our University Archives come to life through historical costumes from Picnic Days of earlier decades, starting with the first one in 1909. The parade starts at 10:15 at North Quad Ave across from Wickson Hall. After the parade, grab a free cookie at Shields while they last and check out our activities below!

Children’s Storytime

► English Professor Frances Dolan will read picture books for young children in the Shields Library Courtyard at 11:15, 12:15 and 1:15.

Featured Exhibits

A Sustainable Groove: 50 Years of the Whole Earth Festival

► All Aboard: Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad

► Harry Potter Turns 21

#ShieldsAdventure Scavenger Hunt

 Get a free water bottle or coffee mug when you complete our scavenger hunt!

 Grab a “passport” and explore the ways Shields Library is being transformed into a more modern and comfortable place to study. Travel to mystery destinations around Shields and check out our new study spaces, artwork and technology!

Free Book Covers

 Grab a free science or environmental book cover!

Coloring for All Ages

 Relax and color a train-themed coloring sheet celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad.


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