Celebrate Banned Books Week! Read Your Favorite Banned Book!
From September 24th til October 1st
According to the American Library Association:
Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.
Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week. BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.
The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings. Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections. Imagine how many more books might be challenged—and possibly banned or restricted—if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.
For more info visit: http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm or visit the display on the 2nd floor of the library!
Are you planning to study or work abroad? Have you always wanted to learn a new language in a way that’s engaging and fun? Give Mango a try! Mango is an online language learning system teaching practical conversation skills for a wide variety of popular languages, such as Spanish, German, French, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Russian, and many others. The first time you use Mango you may want to set up a personal profile. This will allow you to keep track of your learning progress and re-enter the program where you left off. If you just want to explore first, use the “START LEARNING” button.
You can start using Mango from the library website! Amuse-toi bien!
The unofficial library mascot, this beautiful red tailed hawk has been visiting this 4th floor window for some time, and we finally got a picture of him! He likes to perch on the sill and explore the library’s resources! All photos were taken by Norm Ferriere.
Snapshot Day @ CCSU Elihu Burritt Library
April 13, 2011
Free cookies and coffee at Jazzman’ Café from 2:00 – 3:30 pm (while supplies last)
*Be a “Read” model. Come get you picture taken with your favorite book (or journal or magazine) or borrow one from our collection. (Your free color 8.5 X 11 picture or bookmark will be printed while you wait).*
Examples of celebrity Read posters can be found at http://www.alastore.ala.org/SearchResult.aspx?CategoryID=158
My Dream Library Contest:
Students! Submit an idea (minimum of 100 words—drawings, etc. are also most welcome!) for your ideal library space or service.
Entries will be judged on creativity, practicality (sorry… no paint ball in the library!), and value to the CCSU community. Winners will be chosen by a library committee. The winners of round one will receive a gift card and have their names announced at Library Snapshot Day on April 13th!
Round one entries must be received by April 12th. Submit your ideas to Susan Slaga – firstname.lastname@example.org or Debbie Herman – email@example.com. (Please make sure you receive an email response after you submit something). Electronic graphic files should be submitted as pdf or jpeg file.
Written copies can also be submitted in the suggestion box at the table near the Circulation Desk. (If your item is too large to fit the suggestion box please contact Susan Slaga or Debbie Herman to drop it off).
The CCSU Community will be able to vote for the grand prize winner on the library’s website.
The top prize is a Nook e-reader!
The latest issue of the library newsletter is available! Get up-to-date on the library renovation, new exhibits, and upcoming events. It also includes features on student research habits, the Google Art Project, and challenges faced by mature students returning to school. We hope you enjoy the new issue. A PDF version is also available.
CCSU Elihu Burritt Library Presents:
Sicko Silenced: The Perils of Censorship in 21st Century America
March 16, 7:00 pm, Vance Academic Center, Room 105
Join us for a conversation with those who are at the forefront of the censorship battles, followed by a screening of SICKO. The panelists will discuss free-speech and community standards issues as well as the balance between the two. Our panelists include:
Nels P. Highberg, Chair of Rhetoric and Professional Writing and former Director of the Program in Gender Studies at the University of Hartford.
Marcus Hatfield, Reporter from the Journal Inquirer.
Peter Chase, Director of the Plainville Public Library and Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee for the Connecticut Library Association.
Our moderator will be John Dankosky, WNPR News Director and Host, and CCSU Faculty.
SICKO, released on June 29, 2007, is an Independent film that tackles health care issues in America. The facts according to Academy Award winning filmmaker Michael Moore’s research are controversial to some. The recent cancellation of a library screening of the film by the Enfield Town Council prompted Reporter Marcus Hatfield to break the story about the incident. This reminds us that censorship does indeed occur, even in a state with a highly-educated populace such as Connecticut.
This disturbing incident was preceded last November by the National Portrait Gallery’s removal of David Wojnarowicz’s video A Fire In My Belly from the exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference And Desire in American Portraiture in response to complaints from the Catholic League as well as incoming House Speaker John Boehner, and Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s declaration that the video is a form of “hate speech.”
Half of the 6,000 languages spoken in the world are endangered. Celebrating International Mother Language Day, this exhibition will feature books on endangered languages in the CCSU Elihu Burritt Library from February 22 to March 7. A world map provides the locations of these languages and the degree of endangerment. This exhibition is sponsored by CCSU Diversity Grant.
The library will also host an exhibition of Endangered Alphabets, funded by the English Department and a Free iPad. This unique exhibition features carvings of endangered alphabets by the artist, Tim Brookes. Tim Brookes is a Vermont travel writer and artist, who wants to raise awareness of vanishing languages.
Prof. Lee and Tim Brookes will hold a public lecture on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 2 p.m. in Special Collections reading room, Burritt library. The event is free and public is cordially invited.
Please contact Dr. Seunghun Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org) for questions or Special Collections at 860 832-2085
Optimizing library services for mobility is the new frontier in libraries! As the number of smart phone and iPod users increases, libraries, library vendors, and publishers are developing mobile interfaces for their products. We’ve collected as many of these as we were able to find in a new LibGuide devoted to mobile apps, widgets & tools. The guide also features library Facebook applications and widgets.
If you discover a cool new mobile library tool, please let us know!