It’s Earth Week at Castleton. See below for the week’s events. Also check out the books on display in the library on environmental topics. And, take a look at some learning resources compiled on a Sustainability guide, featuring materials on reducing food waste.
Come take a look at an exhibit in the library gallery now through April 7, curated by Academic Support Center Director Jennifer-Kristina Jones. Textile arts, apparel, ceramics and elaborate Ukrainian Easter eggs called pysanky are on exhibit, as well as educational materials about the traditional motifs and techniques of these arts.
Exhibit objects are on loan from Yana Walder and the family of Olena Lilia Kricka, maternal grandmother of Jennifer-Kristina Jones.
Also on display in the library is a set of books related to Ukrainian history and culture.
Also available, with both of these exhibits, are packets of sunflower seeds provided by “Vermont Plants Sunflowers for Ukraine,” a Vermont-based community action group. Their mission is
“to inspire countless acts of solidarity with the people of Ukraine by sharing thousands of free seed packets and inspiring the planting of hundreds of thousands of sunflowers in every corner of Vermont. Come late summer and fall, our message of multi-colored sunflowers splashed against our blue Vermont sky will give us all hope and inspiration for positive action. Every seed planted will be a statement of solidarity.”
All are welcome to take some seeds and plant them to contribute to this effort.
Jennifer-Kristina Jones has also organized a lecture and a workshop celebrating and educating about the Ukrainian tradition of pysanty Easter eggs.
March 30, 2023 12:30 pm Herrick Auditorium—Lecture Christine Levy—Pysanky artist Christine Levy is a self-taught artist who works primarily in two art forms: pysanky (Ukrainian Easter eggs) and ceramics. As a second generation Ukrainian American, she learned the history, significance, and art of pysanky as it is passed down through family traditions. She has been writing pysanky most of her life, starting when she was about ten. Christine lives in upstate NY in rural Washington County and has an art studio in nearby Cambridge NY where she works and teaches. She participates with the Ukrainian community in sharing the beautiful tradition of pysanky with anyone who has an interest. Website: http://christinelevy.com
March 30, 2023 1:30 pm Fine Arts Center—Instruction Open only to students of Castleton University. Please register for this hands-on class in beginner pysanky writing with Professor Schemm. Space is limited to ten students.
This year’s Vermont Reads book choice is The Most Costly Journey: Stories of Migrant Farmworkers in Vermont, Drawn by New England Cartoonists. The library has multiple copies, so come on in, ask for a copy at the circulation desk, and check one out. You can see a preview of the book online.
On Thursday, April 13th at 6:30 pm in the Hoff Hall conference room, in a joint program put on by the Castleton University library and the Castleton Free Library, you can come discuss the book, and meet representatives of the nonprofit organization Migrant Justice as well as local farmworkers. They will talk about the challenges they face as well as the organizing work that Migrant Justice is doing to improve conditions for farmworkers through the Milk with Dignity Campaign.
On February 7th, Vermont State Colleges leadership announced a plan for the libraries in the system to go “all-digital” on July 1 when four of the colleges join to become Vermont State University. Castleton faculty, staff, students, and community members gathered in the library on February 13 to express their appreciation for library staff whose jobs would be eliminated on July 1 and the books in the library that are also at risk. You can read the coverage of these events in the student newspaper, The Spartan. You can read about the VSC’s plan for the libraries, and the media coverage of this plan and the opposition to it in this compilation of sources. Double click on an item in the list to open it in another tab.
The new display in the library is on this theme, with books about…books, reading, libraries, best practices in academic libraries, and digital media. All are welcome to come peruse this exhibit and consider and imagine libraries of the past and libraries of the future, and check out some of these books while you still can. You can see a list of the books included in the exhibit here.
The library is celebrating Black History Month this year with a book display on the theme of
Black Stories Matter
The books selected for the display in the library include recent popular and award-winning novels by Black authors, recent popular and award-winning books on the Black experience, like memoirs, books on important or previously neglected figures in Black history and culture, and books informing anti-racism work and education. Please come take a look and check out one of these books and learn from our most celebrated Black authors.
The books in this exhibit represent just a sampling of books we have on these topics in the library. To find more, consult our catalog. Also see a sampling of ebooks on anti-racism education in our EBSCO ebook collection. You can also access a wealth of additional resources on the library’s Race Matters guide, including reading lists and syllabi.
Eliminating racism in our society is the work of all of us. One way to get involved is to educate yourself. Reading is a way to educate yourself without asking people of color to do extra work.
And a big welcome to any new Spartans! The library is here for you! You can contact the library to arrange a one-on-one orientation to library resources and services. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. You can make an appointment with a librarian here. See our Ask a Librarian page to see all the ways you can get help using the library or get answers to questions you may have while doing research. Use the chat feature on our website to get help from a librarian any time of day or night, 24/7.
We use the Dewey Decimal System to organize our book collection by subject, like school libraries and public libraries. We have a few special sections, like our Casual Collection for recreational reading and self-help books. The stacks are “open,” meaning you can access all the books in the library on your own, with the exception of books professors put on reserve that we keep behind the circulation desk.
We hire work study students, so be in touch to learn more about these positions.
Again, welcome! We hope you’ll stop in and say hi and let us know how we can help you.
Come check out the bargains on hundreds of books in the library book sale, December 5 – December 22. The library gets donations of books from the community all year long, and we are also “weeding” our own book collection on a regular basis, so we can pass along these books to you for a song! (Not literally–it’s also a fundraiser for the library–but the prices are low!)
Paperbacks 50 cents
Children’s books 25 cents
Come browse and shop! Grab a last-minute gift or treat yourself with a book for break!!
As the year draws to a close, various book-related publications and news outlets post their picks of the best books of the year. There are also several book awards that choose finalists and winners each year. Your librarians compile these best books of the year lists and award winners on a guide, and also create a link to books from these lists the CU library has ordered or already added to our collection that you can find in our catalog. Take a look to find some of the best reads of the year!
November is designated Native American Heritage Month. From nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov: “The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum all join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.” You can also read about how Native American Heritage Month came about on this website.
Some other websites dedicated to Native American Heritage Month:
The library is featuring books by and about Native Americans this month. You can read memoirs, novels, histories, children’s books, and more, to learn about the experiences of contemporary and historic Native Americans. See the list of books included here. Some examples:
Also included in the exhibit in the library is a set of 3-D printed replicas of arrow points found around Lake Bomoseen in Castleton, from around 12,000 years ago. They were scanned here at CU’s Innovation Lab, and were donated to the college recently as part of the Benford collection.
“Since 2017, institutions, corporations, non-profits, and K-12 schools from across the nation have celebrated first-generation students, faculty, staff, and alumni on November 8 and highlighted the important contributions they make within their communities.”
“Join us in advancing an asset-based national narrative on first-generation student experiences and outcomes. Use November 8 to encourage your communities to better understand the systemic barriers plaguing higher education and the supports necessary for this important and resilient population to continue thriving.”
“November 8 was selected as the date…to honor the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act of 1965…Much like other hallmark legislation of that era, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, HEA was intended to help level a playing field that for too long had been weighed against Americans from minority and low-income backgrounds…Additionally, HEA ushered in programs, particularly the Federal TRIO programs, necessary for post-secondary access, retention, and completion for low-income, potential first-generation college graduates.”
The library has a book display up honoring authors and other accomplished individuals who were in the first generation in their family to go to college. You can see the list of books included here. Of course this is just a tiny sampling of the achievements of this resilient and persistent segment of the college graduate population.
Calvin Coolidge Library’s primary mission is to foster information literacy and provide our community with access to collections that support research, teaching and learning, intellectual curiosity and enrichment, and civic engagement.