Monday, October 22, 2018

Melvil Mondays: The 300s

Monday, Monday...

It was too hard to pick one book from the 300-309 range, so we have a variety. The 300s are for the social sciences. You'll find "philosophy and theory" in the 300.1s, "miscellany" in the 300.2s, and "sociology and anthropology" in most of the rest of this range. This includes topics such as "Social interactions" and "Culture and institutions," so lots of good stuff in here.

Honey, I'm Home!: Sitcoms Selling the American Dream
by Gerard Jones
302.2345 J77
A Natural History of Love
by Diane Ackerman
302.3 A18

Why Empathy Matters
by J.D. Trout
303.372 T86

Propaganda and the Ethics of Persuasion
by Randal Marlin
303.375 M34

Bachelor Girl: The Secret History of Single Women int he Twentieth Century
by Betsy Israel
305.4896 I85
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
by Jared Diamond
304.28 D53

History of Prostitution Among All the People of the World
by P.L. Jacob
306.7409 J15, vol. 1&2

Friday, October 19, 2018

Friday Reads: The Great Lakes

Do you need a vacation... or at least a virtual one? Join our Serials Librarian, Judith Koveleskie, on a mental trip to the Great Lakes region with The Great Lakes by Pierre Berton. We hear the lake country is lovely this time of year. 

Judith Koveleskie with The Great Lakes by Pierre Berton

"The Great Lakes have always held a particular fascination for me, so finding this book on our shelves was a delight.   Although it is over twenty years old, I found it interesting because it was published in Canada and offered a somewhat different perspective on the lakes.  It included history, culture, geography and many other fascinating features along with gorgeous photographs.  One of the items on my bucket list is to take a cruise on all of the Great Lakes and this book has whetted my appetite for that adventure."

Monday, October 15, 2018

Melvil Mondays: The 200s

Happy Monday!

We are already to the 200s! The 200s collect the religion books. The 200.1-.9 section contains "standard subdivisions" (ask our cataloging librarian, Adam Pellman); 201-209 are "specific aspects of religion," as well as "specific topic[s] in comparative religion, religions other than Christianity."

South and Meso-American Native Spirituality
edited by Gary H. Gossen
200.98 S72

Can Christians Be Educated?
by Morton Kelsey
207 K29

The Wild Goats of Sin Gedi
by Herbert Weiner
209.5694 W42

Friday, October 12, 2018

Friday Reads: Mister Rogers Talks With Parents

Happy Friday! This week, public services librarian Kelly Clever shares her recent read, Mister Rogers Talks With Parents by Fred Rogers and Barry Head:

Kelly Clever with Mister Rogers Talks With Parents

"Since having my son (who had a meltdown in Rite Aid this morning, by the way), it has become very clear to me that no parent actually knows what they're doing. If anyone ever got close, though, I'd say it was probably Mister Rogers.

"Like nearly every other 80's baby in America, I grew up watching Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. This year is the 50th anniversary of the first episodes, and since I live near where he grew up as a boy, there have been a lot of celebrations going on. When I found out that he had written a book to parents, I knew I had to read it.

"I've been so impressed by Mister Rogers' deep study of early childhood development and education. The book is written in his trademark easy-to-understand style, but it's obvious from the front matter and many of the examples he uses throughout the book that he used the best available research and consulted with leading experts of the day as he developed his television episodes and other materials.

"While I usually tell our education and psychology students to look for more recent publications than a book from 1983, I think most of Mister Rogers' observations and advice stand the test of time. (Just make sure to also use plenty of more current stuff to see how the fields have progressed in the last 35 years.)

"If you're a Mister Rogers fan, you're in a great location; he grew up in Latrobe, just down Route 30 from SHU. Why not take an afternoon to go visit Adams Memorial Library (which has plenty of Mister Rogers and Daniel Tiger stuff throughout the building), walk over to Fred Rogers Memorial Park and take a selfie with the statue, stop by the Fred Rogers Center at St. Vincent College, and wrap up with a quiet visit to Mister Rogers' final resting place in Unity Cemetery?"

Monday, October 8, 2018

Melvil Mondays: The 100s

Welcome back!

This week we move on to the 100s. Hope your brain is warmed up and ready for this, because the 100s hold works on "Philosophy, parapsychology and occultism, [and] psychology."

The 100s are books about philosophy in general. The 101-109s hold philosophical theory, "miscellany of philosophy," reference materials for the study of philosophy, and more.
Plato's Sun: An Introduction to Philosophy
by Andrew Lawless
100 L41

Friday, October 5, 2018

Friday Reads: Night Film

Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian Adam Pellman is reading Night Film by Marisha Pessl. Here's his take:
Adam Pellman with Night Film

"On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova--a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years."--Publisher description.

I initially picked this novel up because it is, in part, about a mysterious film director, and I'm a big film buff.  It seemed right up my alley.  It's a really engaging mystery, and it's pretty spooky, too, so it was a good reading choice as we get close to Halloween.

Hours for Extended Weekend


October 7 (Sunday)                 CLOSED
October 8 - 9              8:00 a.m.  -  4:50 p.m.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Introducing Melvil Mondays: The 000s

Aliens in the Skies:
The New UFO Battle of the Scientists
by John G. Fuller
001.9 F96
We're starting a new blog and social media series! We're going to be exploring some of the books in our print collection. (Yes, we still have a print books collection.)

We're calling this series "Melvil Mondays" in honor of Melvil Dewey, the inventor of the Dewey Decimal Classification System, which we use here at Seton Hill to organize our collection.

We'll be working our way through the different "hundreds," one "ten" at a time. So this week we'll look at a book located somewhere between 000-009, and next time we'll peek at a book from the 100-109s, and so on. Eventually we hope to wrap back around to the "zeros" and go through the "zero-tens" and then to the "one-tens," etc. We'll see how it goes. It's an untraditional way to meander through Dewey, but this path will let us explore different fields of knowledge without getting too bogged down in any one discipline at a time.

First up are the Zeros! Here you'll find "Computer science, information, general works." And weirdness.

001-006 ambitiously attempts to house "knowledge, the book, systems, computer science." The 007-009 have not been assigned anything.

Amusingly, "knowledge" includes .9, "Controversial knowledge." So you'll find books about UFOs smushed up against programming manuals for Linux.

Friday, September 28, 2018

October DVD Spotlight: Horror Films

October is almost here, and that means it's horror movie season!  If you're looking for thrills and chills, Reeves Memorial Library has got you covered.  We've got scary movies about all manner of things that go bump in the night, from vampires and zombies to mutant animals and murderous aliens.  And let's not forget the scariest monster of all, humankind.

Featured titles include:

Audition (1999)
This cringe-inducing Japanese film, surely one of the most disturbing movies ever made, is both an extremely unsettling piece of revenge horror and a surprisingly affecting examination of loneliness.

The Exorcist (1973)
This horror classic, about a possessed teenage girl, is considered by many to be the scariest movie ever made.

Get Out (2017)
Jordan Peele's acclaimed hit, about a young African-American man's nightmarish weekend visit to his white girlfriend's parents' house, is the perfect combination of slowly-escalating unease, disturbing horror, and brilliant social commentary.

Nosferatu (1922)
This silent, expressionistic adaptation of the Dracula story features some of the most haunting imagery in all of cinema.

Shaun of the Dead (2004)
With equal parts horror and humor, this wildly entertaining film tells the story of a slacker who tries to win back his ex-girlfriend amid the chaos a zombie apocalypse.

The Thing (1982)
Tension and paranoia abound in John Carpenter's gory horror classic, about an Antarctic research station that comes under attack by a shapeshifting alien.

Stop by the library and check one out today ... if you dare.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Homecoming Book Sale

Seton Hill's Homecoming is approaching, and with it, our annual book sale!

As in past years, we'll be charging a dollar per vertical stacked inch. Pile up your purchases and we'll measure them at the desk! We encourage people to bring their own reusable bags, but we'll have a few plastic bags on hand if you forget yours.

28 (Fri.) 9:00 am – 4:50 pm
29 (Sat.) 9:00 am – 4:50 pm
30 (Sun.) 1:00 pm – 11:50 pm

Reeves Learning Commons Room 116 (near the front information desk on the main level)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The Non-Book Club!

Does reading a whole book just for fun sound impossible with everything else you have going on? Okay. But could you listen to a 30-minute podcast and chat about it over lunch? Then join the very low-stress The Non-Book Club at our inaugural meeting on Thursday (or, if that doesn't work with your schedule, catch us on Wednesday, September 19th)!

No grades, no attendance logs, no pressure! Just listen to a good story and join us as we share our thoughts on the first Thursdays and third Wednesdays of the month. Takeout lunch containers and/or brown bag lunches are encouraged. :)

Students, staff, and faculty are all welcome!

You can see what we'll be listening to and where and when we're meeting on the The Non-Book Club page: This week, we're listening to episode 9 of the Levar Burton Reads podcast, the short story "1000-Year-Old Ghosts" by Laura Chow Reeve

Friday, August 31, 2018

Labor Day Weekend hours

The Library (the library office upstairs and the downstairs quiet study rooms with the books) will be CLOSED on September 2 & 3. Have a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend, everyone!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Reading Theme: Top 100

This month we’re featuring some of the titles on Modern Library’s100 Best Novels” list. While there are an awful lot of great novels not present on their list and they seem to have some significant cultural biases at play, it’s still a list of impressive writing.

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The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen
In this piercing story of innocence betrayed set in the thirties, the orphaned Portia is stranded in the sophisticated and politely treacherous world of her wealthy half-brother's home in London. There she encounters the attractive, carefree cad Eddie. To him, Portia is at once child and woman, and he fears her gushing love. To her, Eddie is the only reason to be alive. But when Eddie follows Portia to a sea-side resort, the flash of a cigarette lighter in a darkened cinema illuminates a stunning romantic betrayal--and sets in motion one of the most moving and desperate flights of the heart in modern literature. (Publisher’s summary)

Deliverance by James Dickey
The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance. (Publisher’s summary)

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
The tale of Carrie Meeber's rise to stardom in the theatre and George Hurstwood's slow decline captures the twin poles of exuberance and exhaustion in modern city life as never before. The premier example of American naturalism, Dreiser's remarkable first novel has deeply influenced such key writers as William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Saul Bellow, and Joyce Carol Oates. (Publisher’s summary)

A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes
After a terrible hurricane levels their Jamaican estate, the Bas-Thorntons decide to send their children back to the safety and comfort of England. On the way their ship is set upon by pirates, and the children are accidentally transferred to the pirate vessel. Jonsen, the well-meaning pirate captain, doesn't know how to dispose of his new cargo, while the children adjust with surprising ease to their new life. As this strange company drifts around the Caribbean, events turn more frightening and the pirates find themselves increasingly incriminated by the children's fates. The most shocking betrayal, however, will take place only after the return to civilization. (Publisher’s summary)

The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
Written in gritty, journalistic detail, the story follows an army platoon of foot soldiers who are fighting for the possession of the Japanese-held island of Anopopei. Composed in 1948, The Naked and the Dead is representative of the best in twentieth-century American writing. (Publisher’s summary)

Under the Net by Iris Murdoch
Jake Donaghue, garrulous artist, meets Hugo Belfounder, silent philosopher.

Jake, hack writer and sponger, now penniless flat-hunter, seeks out an old girlfriend, Anna Quentin, and her glamorous actress sister, Sadie. He resumes acquaintance with formidable Hugo, whose ‘philosophy’ he once presumptuously dared to interpret. These meetings involve Jake and his eccentric servant-companion, Finn, in a series of adventures that include the kidnapping of a film-star dog and a political riot in a film-set of ancient Rome. Jake, fascinated, longs to learn Hugo’s secret. Perhaps Hugo’s secret is Hugo himself? Admonished, enlightened, Jake hopes at last to become a real writer. (Publisher’s summary)

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
The American poet John Shade is dead. His last poem, 'Pale Fire', is put into a book, together with a preface, a lengthy commentary and notes by Shade's editor, Charles Kinbote. Known on campus as the 'Great Beaver', Kinbote is haughty, inquisitive, intolerant, but is he also mad, bad - and even dangerous? As his wildly eccentric annotations slide into the personal and the fantastical, Kinbote reveals perhaps more than he should. (Publisher’s summary)

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
Saleem Sinai was born at midnight, the midnight of India's independence, and found himself mysteriously "handcuffed to history" by the coincidence. He is one of 1,001 children born at the midnight hour, each of them endowed with an extraordinary talent - and whose privilege and curse it is to be both master and victims of their times. Through Saleem's gifts - inner ear and wildly sensitive sense of smell - we are drawn into a fascinating family saga set against the vast, colourful background of the India of the 20th century. (Publisher’s summary)

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
At the staid Marcia Blaine School for Girls in Edinburgh, Scotland, teacher extraordinaire Miss Jean Brodie is unmistakably, and outspokenly, in her prime. She is passionate in the application of her unorthodox teaching methods and strives to bring out the best in each one of her students. Determined to instill in them independence, passion, and ambition, Miss Brodie advises them, "Safety does not come first. Goodness, Truth, and Beauty come first. Follow me." And they do--but one of them will betray her. (Publisher’s summary)

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
Wallace Stegner's Pultizer Prize-winning novel is a story of discovery—personal, historical, and geographical. Confined to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to write his grandparents' remarkable story, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the surface of America's western frontier. But his research reveals even more about his own life than he's willing to admit. What emerges is an enthralling portrait of four generations in the life of an American family. (Publisher’s summary)

Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
Lord Copper, newspaper magnate and proprietor of the "Daily Beast", has always prided himself on his intuitive flair for spotting ace reporters. That is not to say he has not made the odd blunder, however, and may in a moment of weakness make another. Acting on a dinner-party tip from Mrs Algernon Smith, he feels convinced that he has hit on just the chap to cover a promising little war in the African Republic of Ishmaelia. One of Waugh's most exuberant comedies, "Scoop" is a brilliantly irreverent satire of "Fleet Street" and its hectic pursuit of hot news. (Publisher’s summary)

Join us for board game night!

Join us on Tuesday, August 28th at 7:00 p.m. in Reeves 116 for a fun round of the board game Pandemic. Pandemic is a favorite from the library's game collection, but feel free to bring your own favorite board or card game to play, too! Bring a friend or drop by on your own and make some new friends.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Friday Reads: The Quiet Side of Passion

Our Serials Librarian, Judith Koveleskie, has been ready a cozy mystery-- perfect for the dropping temperatures!

Judith Koveleskie with The Quiet Side of Passion by Alexander McCall Smith

"As usual this cozy mystery with a large dose of philosophical musings does not disappoint. Alexander McCall Smith offers in a gentle way keen insights on our modern world along with commentary on the universal realities that are timeless."

Isabel becomes involved in a delicate paternity case in the twelfth installment of the beloved Isabel Dalhousie Series. Isabel finds herself befriended by Patricia, a single mother whose son, Basil, goes to school with Isabel's son. Isabel discovers that Basil is the product of an affair Patricia had with a well-known Edinburgh organist, also named Basil, who was, rumor has it, initially reluctant to contribute financially to the child's upkeep. Though Isabel doesn't really like Patricia, she tries to be civil and supportive, but when she sees Patricia in the company of an unscrupulous man who peddles fake antiquities, her suspicions are aroused and she begins to investigate the paternity of Basil Jr. When Isabel takes her suspicions to Basil Sr., she finds that, although paying child support is taking a severe financial toll on him, he likes the idea of being the boy's father and, in fact, wishes he could have more of a relationship with Basil Jr. Patricia, however, has no interest in Basil Sr. taking a more hands-on role in Basil Jr.'s parenting, even as she continues to accept his financial support. Should Isabel help someone who doesn't want to be helped? As Isabel navigates this ethically-complex situation, she is also dealing with her niece, Cat, who has taken up with a tattoo artist. Isabel considers herself open-minded, but has Cat pushed it too far this time? As ever, Isabel must use her kindness and keen intelligence to determine the right course of action. --Google Books

Friday, August 17, 2018

August-September DVD Spotlight: The AFI Top 100

From now until the end of September, Reeves Memorial Library is spotlighting those films in our collection that have been included in the American Film Institute's 2007 list of the 100 greatest American films of all time.  This display was inspired by the recently-launched podcast Unspooled, in which co-hosts Amy Nicholson and Paul Scheer watch and discuss one film from the AFI list each week.  We've got nearly half of the titles on the list, including the film taking the top spot, Orson Welles's Citizen Kane (1941).  From undisputed classics like Casablanca (1942) and Singin' in the Rain (1952), to modern favorites like The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and The Sixth Sense (1999), there's something for everyone in this month's display.

Other featured titles include:

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Stanley Kubrick's monumental science fiction epic is a challenging, beautiful work of cinematic art that still inspires awe 50 years after its release.

The Godfather (1972)
Far more than just a simple gangster film, Francis Ford Coppola's great mafia epic is both a sweeping family saga and an incisive examination of the corrupting influence of power.

High Noon (1952)
Gary Cooper gives an Oscar-winning lead performance in this suspenseful classic, about a retiring marshal who must face a gang of vengeful outlaws on his own after being abandoned by his cowardly fellow townspeople.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Steven Spielberg's influential, grittily realistic World War II film, about a small group of American soldiers on a rescue mission behind enemy lines, is both a grisly reminder of the horrors of war and a moving testament to the honor and courage of those who have given their lives fighting for freedom.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Oscar-winner Jodie Foster plays a young FBI cadet who must seek help from imprisoned cannibal murderer Hannibal Lecter in order to catch another serial killer.

The Wizard of Oz (1939)
This perennial favorite follows Kansas farm girl Dorothy, who must find her way back home after being magically transported to the land of Oz, where she and her new friends must defeat the evil Wicked Witch of the West.

Stop by the library and check one out today!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Friday Reads: The Republic of Pirates

Arrrr! Public Services Librarian Kelly Clever has been spending the summer (mentally) in the Caribbean with Blackbeard & Co.
Kelly Clever with The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard

"The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates the Man Who Brought Them Down by Colin Woodard book popped up on an Audible sale list. While I didn't want to use one of my audiobook credits on it, I was interested enough to get a print copy from the public library. My family often vacations on the Outer Banks, where the legacy of Edward Thatch (Blackbeard) and other pirates is still remembered.

"I enjoy history, so I'm enjoying the book, but it's not exactly a page-turner. There's a lot of detail, and while sometimes that's delightful, it can also bog things down. There are also a lot of details that I didn't really want to know; the 1700s were a cruel time, and it's been hard to read about a lot of the suffering endured by everyone but particularly by slaves and children.

"Still, I'm glad that I picked up this book. My favorite story so far has been about the eight pirates who captured a wine merchant ship and decided that it was REALLY important that they all get hammered drunk in the middle of a horrific storm, leaving the operation of the ship to their captives. I think I would have conducted my own risk/benefit analysis somewhat differently in those circumstances."

Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday Reads: Independence Day

Today our Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian, Adam Pellman, shares a seasonally-appropriate book from our fiction collection.

Adam Pellman with Independence Day by Richard Ford

"With the July 4th holiday having just passed, I thought it would be an ideal time to read a novel set during that time of year, Richard Ford's Pulitzer Prize-winning Independence Day.  The novel is a follow-up to Ford's celebrated 1986 novel The Sportswriter, which follows divorced sportswriter Frank Bascombe as he grapples with his failed marriage, the death of his young son, and his assorted unfulfilled aspirations.  Independence Day picks up several year later, during the July 4th holiday weekend in 1988, as Frank, now a realtor, continues to deal with his many failings.  He struggles to close a home sale with a bickering out-of-state couple, his relationship with his girlfriend is crumbling, and his two-day road trip with his troubled teenage son, who lives with Frank's remarried ex-wife, does not go as planned.

"It's a beautifully-written novel, and Ford makes the seemingly mundane details of everyday life feel fresh and compelling.  Frank has many flaws, and I don't recall finding him all that likeable when I read The Sportswriter about five years ago.  But I have a great deal more sympathy for Frank in this book, maybe because I'm now closer to his age, and have more life experience under my belt."

Monday, July 2, 2018

Closed 4th of July

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The Library will be CLOSED on Wednesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.

We are wishing all a safe and happy celebration!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Friday Reads: Another Country

Two summer Friday Reads for you in a row! Judith Koveleskie recently read Another Country by Mary Pipher and wanted to share. 

Judith Koveleskie with Another Country by Mary Pipher, Ph.D.

"Another Country by Mary Pipher, Ph.D., was written nearly twenty years ago, but it is still relevant in navigating the 'generation gap.'   This term was popular a few years ago, when referring to the differences between parents and teenagers, but it is equally relevant in the relationships between adult children and older parents.  
"The author is a psychologist who offers insights about the different ways that parents and children view emotions, independence, and aging.   She also includes numerous interviews with older people at various stages in their life journeys.  
"One particularly interesting concept is that age cannot fully define a person.   She points out that formerly anyone over 65 was ​old.   ​Now, however, those in good health can be considered 'young old' and their lives do not differ much from the lives they lived as younger people.  However, ​gradually or ​​suddenly their health can change and they become 'old old' with many different needs and in many cases a completely different way of relating to others.

"The book also discusses the gifts that each generation has to give to each other.   With the aging of the 'baby-boomer' generation and the increase in typical lifespans, we have a larger elderly population than ever.  As a nation, we should find better ways of caring for the 'old old' as well as learning the lessons that they have to teach us."

Friday, June 1, 2018

Friday Reads: Educated

We won't have a Friday Reads every Friday during the summer, but you'll see us share a book now and then. We hope you're also getting a chance to read some good books this summer!

Today Public Services Librarian Kelly Clever tells us about a book she read recently-- Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.

Kelly Clever with Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

"Tara Westover was 'homeschooled' (more on the scare quotes in a sec) in the mountains of southeastern Idaho in a fundamentalist Mormon family. Her father was a mentally-ill survivalist who was obsessed with the coming of The End. He ruled the family with an iron fist and put his children to work salvaging scrap metal from his junkyard. Since the medical establishment was a tool of the Illuminati, injuries (including third-degree burns, concussions, broken bones, and more) were treated at home by her mother, a self-taught herbalist. The kids’ labor was more important than their education, so anything beyond learning to read and basic arithmetic was left to each child to self-direct from a handful of musty textbooks in the basement.

"Everything changed when Tara’s older brother, Tyler, the third of the seven children, taught himself enough to take the ACT and get into college. Their dad tried to stop him from going to BYU to be brainwashed by the liberal professors, but Tyler persisted. Years later, he persuaded Tara to follow in his footsteps. Going to college also got her away from the second-oldest brother, who had already broken several of her bones in violent rages to which their parents turned a blind eye. Tara was 17 when she first entered a classroom, and she had a steep learning curve as she first heard of the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement, realized that most people washed their hands after using the bathroom, and discovered that ibuprofen could fix an ache in minutes instead of days.

"Eventually, though the mentorship of her bishop, her roommates, and her professors, Tara won fellowships that enabled her to study in Cambridge and at Harvard; today she holds a Ph.D. in history.

"This book was incredibly difficult to read, but I implore everyone who can handle it to read it. I grew up in the religious homeschooling movement of the ‘90s; I’m three years older than Tara Westover. My family also lived in semi-isolation out in the mountains and got pretty into Y2K prep, but my parents believed strongly in education, including college (even for girls, which was unusual in those circles). They took us to the doctor and dentist regularly and were never violent or negligent. But I was always aware that there were other families out there who were much farther down the spectrum. I absolutely believe Tara, because I am all too familiar with the patterns, the family dynamics, and the mindsets that she describes."

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Memorial Day Weekend hours

Memorial Day Weekend LIBRARY hours:

Thursday, May 24th: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
Friday, May 25th - Monday, May 28th: CLOSED

Friday, May 4, 2018

Finals Hours

Finals are upon us!

LIBRARY hours (the office and the rooms with the books!); the Learning Commons space upstairs will be open 24/7!

  • May 7 - 10                            8:00 a.m.  –  9:50 p.m.
  • May 11                                  8:00 a.m.  -  4:50 p.m.
  • May 12 - 13                          CLOSED

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Throwback Thursday: May Court

Today we're exploring another extinct Seton Hill tradition: the May Court and the May Day celebrations, generally. Once upon a time, May Day was the biggest "student event" of the Seton Hill year and was officially devoted to the celebration of the Virgin Mary.

May Day trumpeters

May pole

These two photos are from May Day 1925. We see the "May Court" with the heralds trumpeting their arrival. You can see that a couple of the girls behind the trumpeters are carrying elaborate baskets, while others have bouquets or armloads of blossoms. In the second photo, we get to see a May Pole; while May Day celebrations have died off in the United States over the decades, many of us probably got to participate in one of these as children. 

May Queen and King
King and Queen of May: Grace Boslett, '33, and Barbara Yahner, 32

This shot is dated 1932, and here we get to see a few curious trends emerging. First, the "King and Queen of May" are now wearing renaissance costumes instead of the (mostly) contemporary clothing of seven years earlier. Second, yes, the King is named Barbara. 

The May Court was chosen in a similar fashion to modern-day Homecoming courts-- by vote-- and the May King was a separate voting category from May Queen. So Barbara and any runners-up for May King were nominated for the May King role. 

dancer with flower wreath on front lawn
Mary Gertrude Jones, May Day 1934

You may recognize the location of this 1934 photo. Part of the May Day festivities were a parade to the front lawn (in front of what is now the Administration building). In the background behind the dancer, you can see girls sitting around on the grass, while the court is seated upon a raised dais. 

May Court

This 1936 May Court features a mixture of 30's and Renaissance clothing. Here, again, we have a female May King, and here, again, the King is taller than the Queen. The rest of the court, other than the heralds, are wearing dresses. 

May Queen
This unnamed student was May Queen in 1937.

Student crowning Mary statue

And here we have a student crowning Mary with flowers in the Grotto in 1947. 

May Day celebrations at Seton Hill, as in much of the rest of the country, began to fade out shortly after World War II. May 1st is also known as International Workers' Day, which was widely observed in communist countries, making it more problematic for many Americans during the Cold War. 

For more information about the history of May Day, you can find more on

Friday, April 27, 2018

Friday Reads: Target Africa

Friday, Friday! For this week's Friday Reads, Serials Librarian Judith Koveleskie tells us about a new book in the library collection-- Target Africa: Ideological Neocolonialism in the Twenty-First Century.

Judith Koveleskie with Target Africa

"Target Africa: Ideological Neocolonialism in the Twenty-First Century is a new book by Obianuju Edeocha, a Nigerian woman who is the founder of Culture of Life Africa, an initiative dedicated to the promotion and propagation of the Gospel of Life in Africa through the dissemination of good information, sensitization and education.  After following her on Twitter, @obianuju, I couldn’t wait to read her book.  

"Since the end of colonization, Africa has struggled with socio-economic and political problems.   This book reveals the Western influence over Africa that is rarely talked about.  It tells the story of foreign aid with strings attached; the story of Africa targeted and recolonized by wealthy donors.  Many wealthy individuals and NGO’s are promoting their own solutions to Africa’s problems, rather than listening to and valuing the opinions and culture of the people they seek to help.

"She says, 'Like many of the Africans in the 1950’s who longed for independence from their colonial masters, I long for independence from our twenty-first-century neocolonial masters so that Africans can rule themselves in a manner that befits their values and aspirations.'”

Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday Reads: The Tipping Point

It's Friday! You made it! This week, Library Director David Stanley tells us about a book he's currently reading, The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell.

David Stanley is reading The Tipping Point. 

"The book to read if you want to think about why things happen. How do epidemics start? Why was Paul Revere’s ride so successful when William Dawes’s was not? How do some things become 'the in thing' for young people, or older people, to have to have? What causes rises and falls in crime rates? These and more are discussed. According to the author they all follow a similar developmental process which leads to a tipping point. It makes you look at just about all events with a new curiosity."

Friday, April 13, 2018

Friday Reads: Dreamland

TGIF! Today our Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian, Adam Pellman, shares about the book he's reading, Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones.

Adam is reading Dreamland

"Our country is facing a public health emergency, as tens of thousands of Americans die every year of overdoses from opioids such as prescription painkillers and heroin, and millions more are addicted to these same substances.  Dreamland explains how this epidemic came to be.

"The author, an investigative journalist and author of two previous non-fiction books about Mexico and Mexican immigration, presents a clear-eyed history of the problem.  The book's focus is two-fold.  Part of the story follows the development, marketing, and unfettered prescription of pain medications like OxyContin in the 1990s and early 2000s, which led to extensive drug abuse and related crime.  The book's other main focus is the expansion of a black tar heroin trafficking network based in a small county in western Mexico, where the heroin trade became a cottage industry of sorts.  These two developments coalesced into a perfect storm, as heroin dealers found a ready client base in towns already devastated by painkiller abuse.

"The book is illuminating and heartbreaking in equal measure, and it's written in a compulsively readable style that gives it the feel of a true crime narrative.  It's timely, essential reading for anyone interested in this topic, or anyone who has been touched by tragedy as a result of this epidemic.  Much of the book focuses on my native Ohio, where addiction to painkillers, heroin, and fentanyl has been widespread, so this is a story that hits close to home for me."

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Lantern Chain

Today for Throwback Thursday, we're exploring another old SHC tradition. Once upon a time, the College had a "big sisters" and "little sisters" mentoring program, similar to many sororities today. Junior girls would be paired with first-year students to help them adjust to college life.

girls carrying lanterns

girls seated in the gym in circles, half of each circle wearing white and the other half wearing black

Though these photos in the old Sullivan Gym may look like a creepy cult's religious ritual, they are actually from what was called the Lantern Chain ceremony. The Senior "big sisters" would pass the lanterns to their Sophomore "little sisters." This symbolized that the little sisters were assuming the role of big sisterhood and would be becoming the mentors the following year.
girls form an X shape as part of ceremony

girls assume another formation

This set of photos originally appeared in the 1954 Chevron publication. Thanks, as always, to Bill Black in the SHU Archives for the pictures and the stories!