Monday, November 17, 2008

A Reading for Lincoln

Join us for the final Notes at Noon concert of the fall semester! On Tuesday, November 18th Musselman Library presents a special dramatic and musical tribute to Lincoln, as part of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial celebration. Richard Sautter will appear as James Murdoch, one of the most well-known actors in mid-19th century America. During the Civil War, Murdoch gave benefit readings in order to raise money for soldiers and also performed for Lincoln and other members of his administration.

In addition to Sautter’s dramatic reading, traditional music will be presented by the local group Tin Kettle. So, bring your lunch and a friend to the Library Apse at noon on the 18th, for a one-of-a-kind performance.

For those of you who cannot make it to the lunchtime concert, there will be a second performance Tuesday night in the Majestic Theatre (Cinema 1) at 8:00pm. The evening performance is co-sponsored by the Friends of Musselman Library, Adams County Library System, The Sunderman Conservatory of Music and Civil War Era Studies. Both events are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

You're the One That I Want! Ooo-oo-ooooo

Musselman Library is proud to announce that its very own book cart drill team, Gett Down With Your Funky Shelf, took 1st place in its category in the 2008 Gettysburg Halloween Parade. Team members include Ronalee Ciocco, Katherine Downton, Kayla Lenkner, Kerri Odess-Harnish, Susan Roach, Meggan Smith, Denise Weldon-Sivy, and Janelle Wertzberger, all of Musselman Library.

The defining characteristic of any book cart drill team is its moves, and this is where Gett Down With Your Funky Shelf stole the show. Katy Mattson (Office of Career Development) choreographed the 60-second routine scored by parade judges in Lincoln Square, as well as the marching routine performed continuously along the parade route. Team members dance through town to popular Grease songs “We Go Together”, “Grease is the Word”, “Summer Loving”, “Born to Hand Jive”, and “You’re the One That I Want.” The team won first place in its category (“marching groups”), finishing ahead of Franklin Township Elementary and Brownie Troop 894.

The team had assistance from other Gettysburians, as well. Travis Mathna (IT Audio-Visual Systems Integration & Support) provided the team’s music, which he projected from the Blue Bullet electric vehicle familiar to everyone on campus. Sharon Birch (IT Instructional Technologist) designed the 1950s car decorations on the book carts. Professors John Kovaleski (Visual Arts) and Jocelyn Swigger (Sunderman Conservatory of Music) carried the team banner with grace and style, adding a bit of their own fancy footwork to the mix.

Due to popular demand, an encore performance was held two days after the parade for members of the Gettysburg College community who missed the parade. The team marched around Stine Lake and reenacted their winning performance in front of the Library (video here). Curious faculty, staff and students (and even some preschoolers from the campus child care center) showed up to watch the event.

Check out more photos on the library’s Flickr page.

Stay tuned for an announcement about the documentary film! That's right, the library book cart drill team is the subject of a documentary film created by film studies students Anskar Fosse and Patricia Veasey. We plan to host a premiere showing (complete with director interviews) sometime this fall or in January. Anyone up for a red carpet event?

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Getting political at the library

After what seems like years (in fact, it was years) of campaigning, it’s hard to believe that the 2008 election has finally come to a close! Regardless of your joy or grief at the outcome, no one can deny that it has been quite an extraordinary race.

Palpable excitement and anticipation was more evident in the library and on campus than in past elections, and the library made a point of not letting students forget the importance of voting and voicing opinions about political issues.

The “graffiti board” where students scribbled their thoughts about the candidates started as a single panel, but expanded quickly to three. Lengthy, intelligent analyses were scrawled alongside comic quips (some a bit tasteless, but that’s part of the fun!). It was impossible to pass by without stopping to browse.

The library made voter registration forms available to students and built a website focused on the election. Decked out in election season d├ęcor—including bunting and our 2-D candidates dressed in elephant and donkey garb--the main floor of the library maintained a lighthearted tone, while never failing to remind us of our civic duty.

Thanks for participation and enthusiasm! If you have creative ideas for future election activities, please let us know.