Cookies and Cocoa: Study break treats

Enjoy cookies and cocoa for your evening study break on Monday, December 17, from 6:00 until supplies run out.  Stop in to the library, or if you’re already here, come on down to the circulation desk, where we’ll have cocoa and cookies and cookie-decorating supplies.  Stop and decorate a cookie and enjoy some warm treats as well as the warm support of your library staff during exam week!  Thanks to Sodexo for providing the treats.

Best Books of 2018

‘Tis the season!  The season when editors of various publications come out with their year-end lists of the best books of the year, that is.  Your library staff has compiled a list of those lists!  See our guide to the Best Books of 2018Here’s a list of some books from these lists the CU library already owns.

Once you take a look at the best books lists and would like to read one of these books, check the library catalog to see if a VSC library owns the book.   If not, CU faculty, staff, and students can request a book through interlibrary loan.  If there is a book the CU library doesn’t own that you think we should, let us know.  Email us at

To make an interlibrary loan request, click the Interlibrary Loan System link on the library website.  Log in with your CU credentials and then click on “Create Request.”

‘Tis also the season when time to read is on the horizon.  Enjoy a “best book” this winter break!

Fake News, Objectivity, Media Literacy: Opportunities to Learn More

Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays program

Objectivity in the Fake News Era

featuring Vermont Public Radio’s Jane Lindholm

Wednesday, December 5
7:00 pm
Rutland Free Library
10 Court St.

“VPR host Jane Lindholm offers ways for listeners to ensure that the news they are getting is accurate, and for news organizations to safeguard their reporting as fair and correct.”

More info

Resources for learning and teaching about “fake news,” critical thinking and media literacy:

Remembering Stan Lee

Beloved Marvel Comics publisher and creator of a legion of iconic superheros Stan Lee died November 12th at the age of 95.  Tributes to Lee are popping up all over, including a display of Marvel and comics-related books in the Castleton library. posted 30 artists’ tributes to Lee here.

Watch to learn more about Stan Lee’s legacy:

From Marvel:

From PBS:

Vermont Reads 2018: Bread and Roses, Too

Vermont Reads 2018
Bread and Roses, Too
by Katherine Paterson

“This historical novel tells the story of the 1912 “Bread and Roses” labor strike in the Lawrence, MA textile mills as seen through the eyes of a young Italian-American girl and a runaway boy.” (Vermont Humanities Council)

Every year the Vermont Humanities Council designates a “Vermont Reads” book, for Vermonters to share a common reading and cultural experience.  The 2018 book is the young adult novel Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson.*

Be a Vermont Reads participant!

You can check out a copy of the book at the circulation desk in the library.  We have multiple copies.

Join library staff for any or all of these events on Wednesday, Nov. 7:

  • Introduction to the book and the history it features, and book discussion
    4:00, Library Media Center Viewing Room
  • Dinner out for Italian food to celebrate the main character’s Italian heritage
    5:30, The Palms Restaurant, 36 Strongs Ave, Rutland
  • Author talk
    Katherine Paterson is the featured speaker as part of the First Wednesdays program
    7:00, Rutland Free Library
    10 Court St, Rutland

Learn more
Resources collected by VSC librarians
about the book and the historical events it’s based on

More Vermont Reads events around the state

If you want to get a jump on 2019, the 2019 Vermont Reads book is March: Book One, the first of a trilogy written by civil rights icon John Lewis, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and award-winning graphic artist Nate Powell.

*You might know some of Katherine Paterson’s other books like Bridge to Terabithia, Jacob Have I Loved, The Flint Heart, The King’s Equal, or The Day of the Pelican, which was 2010’s Vermont Reads book.

New database: Books & Authors

This year the Vermont Online Library added a new database, Books & Authors, now available to the CU community.  You can access it through our list of research databases (or through the link above).

Books & Authors helps you explore both fiction and non-fiction. It’s based on Gale’s award-winning What Do I Read Next? collection, but enhanced and updated. According to a review in Library Journal, “It combines the expert recommendations of nearly two dozen subject specialists with the community-building ethos of the Internet to guide readers to the next step beyond the authors, titles, and genres they already know and love.”

You can browse award-winners, expert picks and librarian’s favorites. Put in the title of a favorite book and get recommendations of books like it. Browse by genre, or search by subject, location, and historical period at once.

It is somewhat like GoodReads, but ad-free, and with proprietary content not available on the free internet.

Find your next read in Books & Authors, then check the CU library catalog to find our copy.  If we don’t own a copy, you can suggest we buy one and/or request it through interlibrary loan.



Mini-golf in the Library for Homecoming!

The library is hosting mini-golf again this year during Homecoming!

Come play:

Friday, Oct. 19, 7:00 – 9:00 pm


Saturday, Oct. 20, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Elections 2018

It’s an electrifying time of year, time to prepare to vote in local and statewide elections, and for Representatives and some Senators in Congress.

The Library’s mission includes providing our community with resources to be engaged citizens.

Check out our book display on voting and elections and the issues at the forefront of the 2018 General Election.

How to vote

For Vermonters already registered to vote: See the Vermont Secretary of State’s website for voters about where to vote and what will be on your ballot.

For students from any U.S. state who want to vote in Vermont, you can register to vote up to and including the day of the election, at the polling place.  More info and online registration here. If you live on campus, you can use your dorm address (below). The polling place for Castleton is the Fire Station at 273 Route 30 North.

For students from any U.S. state who want to vote absentee in your home state’s election, see Absentee voting from Ballotpedia.  Being a college student living in another state is considered an “excuse” for an absentee ballot. Pay attention to deadlines for requesting a ballot.

To see how badly your vote is needed in your state, you can check out Ballotpedia’s analysis of how contested certain seats are.

To learn more about the U.S. government and political parties and elections, you can get up to speed with this video series from Films on Demand: U.S. Government: How it Works (subscription material, log-in required for off-campus access).

For clarification of terms like liberal, conservative, Democrat, Republican, left, right, see this infographic.

Dorm addresses for voter registration

Adams Hall 139 University Drive
Audet House 104 University Drive
Babcock Hall 87 University Drive
Castleton Hall 112 University Drive
Ellis Hall 314 South Street
Haskell Hall 141 University Drive
Hoff Hall 338 South Street
Morrill Hall 220 University Drive
North House 100 University Drive
South House 108 University Drive
Wheeler Hall 240 University Drive

Haunts in the Library: Book Display and More

October is here and library staff  are feeling the Halloween spirit (or spirits!), especially Access Services Librarian Steph Traverse, who put together a book display featuring all things spooky.  Scary movies are on display in the DVD collection too.

Check out the spooky material Credo Reference has put together for you, and check out this clip from Films on Demand, What Happens to Our Brains When We Get Scared (subscription material, log-in required for off-campus access).


Back to School Book Exhibit


September means back to school for higher ed. and our K-12 neighbors.  For the month of September, the library displayed books on a wide variety of education-related topics, from online learning to teaching about race to teacher memoirs to sexual assault on campus to teenage brains to the value of a liberal arts education.  If you didn’t get a chance to check out the books on display in the library, you can browse the exhibit in the library catalog.