There’s a new book display up in the library in honor of Women’s History Month. The theme for this year’s Women’s History Month book display is taken from a quote by 19th century author and activist Emma Lazarus, the author of the poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty.
“Until we are all free,we are none of us free.”
― Emma Lazarus
This idea was later echoed by Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela. King and Mandela were working toward freedom from racism and apartheid. Lazarus was encouraging American Jews to consider Jews in other parts of the world when she wrote these words in “Epistle to the Hebrews” in 1882.
The books collected in this month’s display consider impediments to women’s freedom in the U.S. and around the world, like gender-based violence and limits on reproductive freedom, and efforts to expand women’s rights and freedoms. Check them out!
February is Black History Month and one way to celebrate and honor Black history is to read and learn. Members of the CU student chapter of the NAACP put together a display of books in the library around these three themes: Black Authors, History, and Broaden Your Horizons.
The library thanks Lili Farrell, Janaya Richardson, Ruben Somda, and Snow Tsering for their work on this project.
How could you honor News Literacy Week? In a nutshell, care before you share, that is, do your part to stop the flood of misinformation in our current media environment by thinking twice before you share questionable content. Also:
Here’s a Public Service Announcement about News Literacy Week:
*”This annual event underscores the vital role of news literacy in a democracy and provides audiences with the knowledge, tools and abilities to become more news-literate. It also aims to inspire news consumers, educators and students to practice news literacy and to strengthen trust in news media by reinforcing the role of credible journalism. The week is presented by the News Literacy Project and The E.W. Scripps Company.”
**The News Literacy Project is “a nonpartisan national education nonprofit, provides programs and resources for educators and the public to teach, learn and share the abilities needed to be smart, active consumers of news and information and equal and engaged participants in a democracy.”
Read over break and then come discuss. Multiple copies available for check-out in the library.
The library and CU’s Peer Advocates for Change invite you to join us in reading the novel We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra. This book was the 2021* selection for Vermont Reads, a program of the Vermont Humanities Council.
Kickoff event Wednesday Feb. 9, 4:00 pm Come learn about the book and pick up a copy to read
Book discussion gathering Wednesday Feb. 23, 4:00 pm Come discuss the book, whether you’ve read all of it, some of it, or just want to learn about it or discuss the issues it raises
Both events are in the library gallery space, just to the left as you enter the library. Enjoy light refreshments at both events.
From the VHS website:
“Our Vermont Reads choice for 2021 is a novel in letters. It tells the paired stories of two very different teenage boys who are initially reluctant to participate in a pen-pal assignment from their high school English teacher, but ultimately grow well beyond the boundaries of the school project to reveal earth-shattering revelations about themselves and their families.
The novel contains many strands relevant to current community conversations including economic disparities, how veterans return from war, domestic violence, opioid addiction, bullying, and coming out. But lest it sound too heavy, it is also a beautiful story of friendship, poetry, coming of age, and aspiring to move beyond social expectations.”
There is plenty to talk about in this compelling and emotional book!
Ask for the library’s copies at the circulation desk. If the library’s copies are all checked out, please see your public library for a copy.
It’s that time of the year when final papers and projects are being assigned, many involving independent research. Like many things at Castleton, support is available. In addition to the Academic Support Center, librarians are here to help too.
Miranda Axworthy and Charlotte Gerstein are the two Reference and Instruction Librarians at Castleton. We are ready to help with any information or research needs you may have. Often we help students refine their topic or find relevant, appropriate sources for a research project.
Author Neil Gaiman said, “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.” While there isn’t always a right answer, librarians can help you quickly find the kinds of sources you need.
You can make an appointment with either of us through the Appointments link on the library website or here. We can meet with you in person or by Zoom. You can email us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or simply email@example.com. You also can get help 24/7 through our chat service. This link pops out a chat widget. We cooperate with librarians in other time zones, so a trained librarian will answer and chat with you about whatever you need help with.
Don’t be shy! We are here for you. And look at our friendly faces! We don’t bite and we love to help students.
It’s that strange and disorienting time of the year when we turn back time, or, rather, we turn our clocks back an hour to end daylight savings time. To be on time for whatever you have going on from this Sunday on, turn back your clocks one hour by 2:00 a.m. Sunday, November 7.
Since this time of year gets us thinking about time, the library put together a display of books related to the concept of time, like the physics of time, stories of time travel, ways we measure time, work-life balance, advice on time management, and more. Click above to see the list of books included in the display or come in any TIME the library is open to check it out.
We are creating a list of potential participants willing to help us with user research and testing as we work toward a new unified library website. Your input will help us design a website that works for you. If you are interested in helping or would like to know more about the research and what testing would entail check out the Panel Signup.
Baseball might be on your mind right now too. Certainly Hispanic baseball players have made a significant contribution to the sport. See an extensive online exhibit from the National Museum of American History called “¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues.”
From the exhibit website: “Baseball is the national pastime. But it’s also an American export, one with a tradition that’s constantly evolving. ¡Pleibol! shares the experiences of Latinas and Latinos whose love for the game and incredible talent have changed baseball and transformed American culture forever.
Throughout the last century, Latinas and Latinos have used baseball to chase their dreams, challenge prejudice, and build communities. Whether in the barrios or the big leagues, in rural backyards or barn-storming travel teams, they left a mark on how we see, hear, and play the game.”
This exhibit uses the terms Latinas and Latinos. You might have also seen the term Latinx for a gender-neutral alternative. Click to read an article from the Pew Research Center to help you understand “Who is Hispanic?”
From the article: “The terms ‘Hispanic’ and ‘Latino’ are pan-ethnic terms meant to describe – and summarize – the population of people living in the U.S. of that ethnic background…
Some have drawn sharp distinctions between these two terms, saying for example that Hispanics are people from Spain or from Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America (this excludes Brazil, where Portuguese is the official language), while Latinos are people from Latin America regardless of language (this includes Brazil but excludes Spain and Portugal).”
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.