Monday, September 26, 2011

New Exhibition: Colors of Singapore

"Water Lilies." Photo by Falon Deimler '13

The main stairwell is looking a little brighter in Musselman Library with the arrival of the Colors of Singapore photography exhibition. During the summer, Joseph Miller '13, Falon Deimler '13 and Alice Wolfkill '12 accompanied Professor VoonChin Phua on a research trip to Singapore. Their photographs, inspired by the country's vibrant colors and culture, are on display in the Library stairwell. 

Falon Deimler '13 writes, "One of the four 'Asian Tigers' or economic strongholds of Asia, Singapore is a young and highly modernized island nation. Its citizens are proud of the country's economic successes and enjoy all of the benefits of its innovative, competitive, and sophisticated society. Despite Singapore's emergence as an economic power, it maintains an unmistakably vibrant character through the fusion of its modernism with the rich cultural heritage of its people. This exhibit aims to demonstrate the 'Colors of Singapore,' of its architecture as well as its people, in order to capture and share the brilliance of a venture through the nation's most frequented tourist attractions, as well as its captivating local sights."

The Colors of Singapore exhibition will run through December 16, 2011 in the Musselman Library main stairwell.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Banned Books Week!

Feel like reading a dangerous book? Come to Musselman Library during Banned Books Week, September 24 through October 1, and check out the banned books display to discover which books have been considered so dangerous or offensive that people have tried to remove them from libraries and schools across the country.

This display will feature banned books and highlight the reasons given for wanting these books off the shelves. Stop by to learn which book was condemned because it would "corrupt the minds of young people", or to find a book that is "blasphemous and undermines morality". And, after you visit the display, why not also check out one of these banned books and celebrate your freedom to read!

Look for this display starting Friday evening, on the main floor of Musselman Library, where it will remain through the following week.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Late for Tea at the Deer Palace

Please join us tomorrow, September 13th, at 7PM in the Pennsylvania Hall Lyceum for a discussion of the book Late for Tea at the Deer Palace, by Tamara Chalabi. The discussion will be led by Professor Karen Pinto, of the history department, and is the premier event in the “Conflict and Resistance in the Middle East” series.

In Late for Tea, Chalabi looks at the modern history of Iraq through the story of her own family, who played a significant political role in Iraq since the time of the Ottoman Empire. She is the daughter of Ahmed Chalabi, the controversial Iraqi politician and former exile who helped the U.S. plan the 2003 invasion and overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Weaving historical fact with stories from her own family history, Chalabi offers an engaging portrait of Middle Eastern family life and social history.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, September 05, 2011

Music to your ears…

Musselman Library’s Notes at Noon series resumes on Wednesday, 9/14/11.  Start the semester with a concert of vocal music by Rachmaninoff, Barber, and Bernstein.  Sunderman Conservatory of Music faculty members Leah Schenck-Crowne (voice) and Scott Crowne (piano) will perform in the library apse (main floor). Leah Crowne

Bring a lunch, relax, and enjoy great music! 

Thursday, September 01, 2011

While You Were Out

Welcome back, students!

If you've been to the library this semester, you might have noticed that we made some changes to the main floor during the summer.

We added round tables around the pillars, which is where the lab computers are located. Some of these tables have open spaces where you can do your work on your own computer, complete with easier access to electrical outlets.

The reference collection has moved. Instead of being in the middle of the floor, the reference stacks are now against the walls. It really opens up the space. I bet you didn't know we have a patio back there, did you?

Can't find the printer? Don't worry! It's still nearby, under the big painting at the end of the circulation desk. You'll find staplers and a three-hole punch there, too.