Holiday Treats!

Are you eagerly anticipating traditional holiday foods? Or, perhaps you are interested in baking some cakes and cookies? Celebrate the spirit of the season with some cool recipes from our library and other collections that are available online for free. If you are in the mood to try out pudding, check out Plum Pudding: of […]


Not Just Christmas and Hanukkah

Certainly, Christmas and Hanukkah are not the only well known holidays taking place in December. The month has been a time for celebration throughout history, as far back as the origins of Buddhism and the ancient Roman Empire. Bodhi Day, traditionally celebrated on December 8th, celebrates the enlightenment of Siddhartha Gautama, the originator of Buddhism. Celebrations […]


The Notorious R.B.G.

Are you a fan of the inimitable Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Or, perhaps you have some other supreme crush. Regardless, you now have new ways to see the important work of the Supreme Court through the Making of Modern Law: U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs 1832-1978 database. Do an author search for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, […]


Civil Rights History Immersion in Birmingham, AL

Recently I traveled to Birmingham, AL with my husband, somewhat on a whim for a long weekend.  We solicited advice from friends on what we shouldn’t miss in the city, and the one thing that kept coming up in the recommendations was a trip to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.  We added that to our […]


Science Fiction and Fantasy in Fall Classes

Hello again from your Sci Fi Librarian, with some tips about expressing your love of sci fi  and/or fantasy — reading *or* writing —  in classes being offered this Fall. (Read the full class description to see any restrictions.) In Visual Reality (Art, AS.371.149), students are encouraged to create representations of “alternative realities, those realities […]


My Solo Travels in Greece: A POC in Paradise, Part II

Part II: WOC in the World This is the second part of my travelogue regarding my trip to Greece back in May 2017. The first installment is Part I: Microaggressions in Mykonos, and is written through an intersectional lens, particularly through the color of my skin. Continuing with the discussion of intersectionality, this latest installment […]


Why Not Read About Summer?

Image of books on a beach

The academic year is over, the Memorial Day picnic leftovers are in the fridge, and you’re starting to plan your summer activities. If you’re like me, one of the most important summer activities is summer reading! Trashy novels, breezy beach reads, it’s all waiting for you. Well, why not read about summer? A subject search […]


My Solo Travels in Greece: A POC in Paradise

Part I:  Microaggressions in Mykonos  When I was asked to write a travelogue on my two-week sojourn to Greece, I could not help but write this through a lens of intersectionality. As a person of color (POC) and a young woman, solo traveling in predominantly white countries intensifies my experiences in these overlapping identities. My […]


Library Tourism

he Reading Room in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (National Library of France), Paris.

At some point, we all travel and explore new places. While you’re globe-trotting, don’t forget to visit libraries! Seriously, some libraries are tourist attractions and well-worth a visit. Even the New York Times has recognized this insider’s tip! You could start close to home, in Washington DC, at the Library of Congress. The Jefferson Building, […]