“Enigma – Decipher Victory”

An exhibit dedicated to the Polish cryptologists who broke the Enigma on display in the Elihu Burritt Library until November 15, 2016

The exhibit tells the story of the contribution that Polish mathematicians made to braking the Enigma code, Germany’s highly sophisticated cipher used for sending classified messages. Their names are: Jerzy Rozycki, Henryk Zygalski and Marian Rejewski. The Enigma code was generated by a machine invented by a German scientist at the end of WWI.  Several countries had teams working to try to break the code, but they had met with little success. It wasn’t until the three Polish mathematicians joined the Polish General Staff’s Cipher Bureau in Warsaw in the early 1920’s that progress was made. Later, in early 1939, two British codebreakers from Bletchley Park, Alastair Denniston and Dilly Knox, met with members of the Polish Cipher Bureau at a secret facility near Warsaw to share information about the Enigma code. In addition, theoretical mathematician Alan Turing, also from Bletchley Park, met with the Polish codebreakers. Their collaboration led to the development of a machine capable of breaking the more complex codes used by Germans during WWII.

To read more about the Enigma please check:

Breaking the code by Hugh Whitemore

Enigma : how the Poles broke the Nazi code by Władysław Kozaczuk & Jerzy Straszak

Codebreakers : the inside story of Bletchley Park by F.H. Hinsley, Alan Stripp


Open-Ended A Book Talk

Please join us for book presentation sponsored by

the Modern language Department and the Elihu Burritt Library

Open-Ended by Prof. A. Pablo Iannone, Department of Philosophy

Wednesday, October 26, 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Elihu Burritt Library, Special Collections Room 2nd floor




Ebenezer Don Carlos Bassett

The Elihu Burritt Library is celebrating the Ebenezer D. Bassett Day with a display of archival materials and other publications related to Ebenezer D. Bassett, the first African American student who attended New Britain Normal School (presently CCSU) in 1852-1853.

The display is available for viewing on the 3rd floor during the library’s opening hours.

This year the Bassett Day celebration, organized by the Ebenezer D. Bassett Committee, will take place on Monday October 17, from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. in Bellin Gallery, Student Center.

For more information please go to: http://www.ccsu.edu/bassett/index.html





Trick-or-Treat @ the Library!

Our annual Trick-or-Treat e-resource fair is back!

Join us on the first floor on October 25th from 1-4 p.m. for prizes and candy!!  Burritt Librarians will be available for short (5 minutes or less) demonstrations.  For each demonstration, you will receive a raffle ticket.  You can get up to 8 raffle tickets for a chance to win a brand new Kindle Fire!

For the full details visit:  http://library.ccsu.edu/wp/trickortreat/ 



A Touch of Sinatra!

Please join us on Sunday, October 16 at 3 pm in Torp Theater

The Italian Resource Center and The Elihu Burritt Library


A Touch of Sinatra

A musical show about the life and music of Frank Sinatra

Performed by Donnie Fararro; Written and Narrated by Joe Gilligan

3:00 – 4:25 pm

 Intermission and Italian style refreshments

4:30 – 5:00 pm

Followed by a movie Stanno Tutti Bene (Everybody is Fine)

(In Italian with English subtitles)

5:00 – 7:00 pm

The event is free and open to the public!

For more information please contact Dr. Passaro at: Passaro@ccsu.edu


CAUTION: Banned Books on Display!


Banned Books Week (Sept. 25-Oct. 1) is an annual event celebrating our freedom to read without censorship. This week, we’ll be emphasizing the need for free and open access of information and commemorating several works, including Gone with the Wind, Slaughterhouse-Five, To Kill a Mockingbird, and even the Harry Potter series, that have been banned in the U.S.

Thanks to the hard work of library staff, instructors, students, and community members, many of these works and others on display on the first floor of the Burritt Library have remained accessible to the public and inspired critical dialogue on what it means to be human.

Any of the books featured in the Banned Books Week display can be borrowed! If you would like to borrow any of the books in the display case, please see the staff member at the Circulation Desk for assistance.

For more information about Banned Books Week as well as lists of banned and challenged books throughout history, please visit the American Library Association Banned Books Week webpage at http://www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek.  

Ice Cream Breaker on September 27th

The Burritt Library will be hosting their 2nd annual Ice Cream Breaker on the first floor of the library next Tuesday the 27th from 2-3:30pm.

New and returning students can find out information on what services the library offers and how to use them via short demonstrations.  After the demos get your ice cream cup and enter the raffle for some great prizes.  Here’s how it works:

For each demo you attend you will receive a raffle ticket so you can enter for prizes. Raffle prizes will be drawn at 3:30 (you do not need to present to win).

The prizes are as follows:

Grand prize: Burritt prize pack! $20 Starbucks card, a Burritt library hoodie and t-shirt, a travel mug, and USB drive.
Runners up (3): $10 Starbucks card, a travel mug, and USB drive.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/burrittlibrary/ for more info!  Hope to see you there!


Welcome IDTRC to the Library!


The Instructional Design Technology Resource Center (IDTRC) located on the 3rd Floor of the Elihu Burritt Library.                                                         

Grand opening today (9/19) from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Office location: back left corner of the floor as you exit the elevator/main stairwell.

Hours: M – Th 8a.m. – 5p.m., F – 8a.m. – 4 p.m.



Photos from the “5 Minutes of My Favorite Book” reading!

The first annual “5 Minutes of my Favorite Book” reading was a success!

On behalf of the Elihu Burritt Library and the Friends of the Library  Board thank you to all who participated in this fun event!


Dr. Carl Antonucci, Library Director, reads Son of Italy by Pascal D’Angelo


Prof. Gilbert Gigliotti, Carmina I.v by Horace


President Jack Miller, The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown


Interim President Dr. Susan Pease,       

The Egyptian by Mika Waltari



Provost Carl Lovitt,  The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


Prof. Evelyn Philips,  Pedagogy of Oppressed by Paulo Freire


Chief of Police Gregory B. Sneed, The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell, by Oren Harari


Dean Ken Colwell,  Journey to Ixtlan by Carlos Castenada 


Kimberly Farrington, Librarian, Persuasion by Jane Austen



Prof. Mary Ann Mahony                                      Prof. Matthew Specter         Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney               The Magic Mountain by                                                                                                      Thomas Mann



Prof. Matthew Ciscel                            Prof. Nanjundiah Sadanand

Das Brot (The Bread) by Wolfgang  A Peoples History of the United            Borchert                                                         States  by Howard Zinn


Dr. Richard Bachoo, Moby Dick by Herman Melville


Richard C. Mullins, ITBD Director      Prof. Stephen Cohen

The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward              Bleeding Edge by Thomas                                                                                                 Pynchon


Renata Vickrey, Archivist, with 5 min timers!


All books chosen for the reading are available in the Burritt Library.