The library, along with the rest of the college, will be closed on July 4th and 5th to celebrate the holiday. Normal summer hours resume on Monday, July 8th.
Next week, March 11-15, is spring break, so the library will be open for limited hours: 8 am – 4:30pm. Saturday, March 16th the library will be closed. Normal hours resume on the 18th.
Today (well, yesterday in places with more forgiving weather) marks the start of Open Education Week. Throughout the week the library will be working to spread awareness of open educational resources (OER), learning content and tools that are freely available to all. For students who struggle to meet the expense of textbooks, and for faculty who work to educate around that struggle, OER represents a promising alternative.
Coming soon: an event co-supported by the library and the Center for Teaching in observance of Black History Month. We hope you will join us for a meaningful discussion on James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk, facilitated by Professor Renee Gaines. The story is one that still resonates today with its themes of love, racism and social injustice. Faculty, staff, and students are all welcome. Copies of the book, in text and audiobook form, available at the service desk while supplies last!
With the end of finals fast approaching, now is a good time to think about some nonrequired reading for the winter break. Here are a few recent acquisitions that you might enjoy reading before diving back into the next semester.
The Line Becomes a River : Dispatches from the Border, by Francisco Cantú
“A former Border Patrol agent’s haunting experience of an unnatural divide and the lives caught on either side, struggling to cross or to defend it”
There There, by Tommy Orange
“A multi-generational, relentlessly paced story about violence and recovery, hope and loss, identity and power, dislocation and communion, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people.”
Washington Black, by Esi Edugyan
“Escape is only the beginning. From the brutal cane plantations of Barbados to the icy wastes of the Canadian Arctic, from the mud-filled streets of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco, Washington Black is the tale – inspired by a true story – of a world destroyed and the search to make it whole again.”
The library will be open with limited hours during the break (M-F, 8-4:30) and the winter session (M-F, 8-6) for you to stop by and pick up one of these titles, along with all of your usual library needs.
September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month, and you’d better believe we have a display for it. Come take a look at some choice selections from our collection that are by and/or about people who hail from the many Spanish-speaking countries in our hemisphere. OK, it might also include people from Spain. And possibly also Brazil, which is latinx but they speak Portuguese? You could spend a long time researching the naming conventions around the Venn diagram of who is hispanic, latinx, both, or neither. It’s tangled! Better yet, learn something about this broad and rich culture. If nothing else, the knowledge might help you befriend someone who can hook you up with some abuela-crafted pasteles 🤤
This semester’s book club selection is Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. It was chosen from NPR’s Great American Read list, which was compiled from a survey of Americans’ most-loved novels. They call the novel:
A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the story follows the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates in an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions.
You can stop by the library for a copy of the book and join us for a discussion in the library on Oct. 24 at 12:30pm.