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Race Matters: A Castleton Dialogue

The library is helping to organize and publicize this series of events inspired by Black History Month.

All events are free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the community

Book Display
Relevent books are on exhibit in the library. See a list of what’s on display.

Study group
For anyone looking for ways to learn or teach about race, racism, and the experiences of our community members of color. Come to any or all, participate or just listen.

See suggested resources for self-study

Fri. 2/15 12:00 pm       Discussion of possible sources for self-study
Tues. 2/19 5:00 pm      Introduction of chosen sources for self-study
Tues. 3/5 5:00 pm       Sharing of sources read/viewed over break
Fri. 3/8 12:00 pm        Sharing of sources read/viewed over break
Location: Library Media Center Viewing Room (LMCVR)

Green Book film screening
SGA is showing the 2018 feature film “Green Book” twice
When a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx is hired to drive a world-class Black pianist on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger as well as unexpected humanity and humor—they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.
Fri. 2/15 4:00 pm
Sun. 2/17 8:00 pm
Location: Jeffords auditorium
More about the film: https://www.greenbookfilm.com

Green Book brown bag discussion
Bring your lunch and discuss the film
Mon. 2/18 12:00 pm
Location: Library Media Center Viewing Room (LMCVR)

Speaker: Adam Taylor, Superintendent of Rutland City Public Schools
“Disrupting Inequities in Education”
Thurs. 2/21 12:30 pm
Location: Jeffords auditorium

A couple of opportunities beyond our campus, in Rutland:

Monday Feb 18 at noon – Dreams into Action: A Community Conversation about Race at Grace Church, 8 Court Street, Rutland City. Featuring Etan Nasreddin-Longo, Co-chair of the Fair and Impartial Policing Committee of the Vermont State Police and the chair of the Attorney General’s Racial Disparities in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System Advisory Panel; Mickie and Neil Richardson, citizen activists from Randolph; and Rutland NAACP President Tabitha Pohl-Moore. This event is free and lunch will be served. https://www.facebook.com/events/285747175442551/

Saturday Feb 23 at 1 pm More than a Month at Fox Room, Rutland Free Library, 10 Court St, Rutland City. The public is invited to join the Rutland-area branch of the NAACP for a free screening of More Than a Month, Shukree Hassan Tilghman’s exploration of Black History Month in a “post-racial” America. Tilghman examines the idea of ethnic heritage months, and asks whether relegating African American history to the shortest month of the year – and separating it from American history as a whole – denigrates the role of black people and black culture. A film about what it means to be an American, More Than A Month reveals Tilghman’s journey to reconcile his own conflicting feelings about identity and history.
Contact pac@naacprutland.org

Attention science fiction and fantasy fans

A selection of science fiction and fantasy DVDs are currently on display in the library.

You can get recommendations of what to watch from these lists:

Speaking of science fiction and fantasy, the group that puts on the Vermont Renaissance Faires is putting on its first Sci-Fi and Fantasy Expo in April.  You can find them on Facebook:

Planning for the summer or your future?

Find resources to learn more about careers, job-hunting, work abroad, internships, summer jobs, and more, on the library’s

Career and Post-Graduation Planning Guide 

Includes these pages:

College/Graduate/Professional Studies

Job hunting

Careers by major

Study/work/volunteer abroad


Starting a business

Grants and funding

Summer jobs/internships

Life after college

Visit Castleton’s Office of Career Services for personal assistance, and more!

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 reference@castleton.edu.

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.

BoredPanda.com 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