There’s a famous quote by Mark Twain that goes, “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

So often, we forget the things we put our parents through and how much wisdom and life experience they passed on to us. If you asked a dad, they’ll tell you being a father is a tough job.

Hannon Library is glad to honor the people who sacrifice so much, take on that tough job, and support their children. Below are some of the great dads of Hannon Library:

By Alex Mesadieu

If you hear the roar of wheels being shoved across pavement tomorrow, don’t be alarmed. June 21 is Go Skate Day, a holiday where the only rule is to go out and skateboard.

“read the latest issue of Thrasher and Skateboarder Magazine through our online access portal”

The holiday started 12 years ago as a global celebration of skateboarding. Here on the west coast, the observance means a lot to some folks. The west coast is widely known as the Capital of Skateboarding, and Oregon certainly plays a hand in that. The enthusiasm Oregonians have for Skateboarding can be seen in towns like Eugene, which has 5 different skate parks despite only having a population of 159,190 people. Here in Jackson County, we have skate parks in almost every city, even in tiny towns like Talent and Gold Hill. Although many cities ban skateboarding in downtown districts, Portland, Oregon’s largest city, not only permits skateboarding but even marks special “skate routes” throughout the city.

While skateboarding is popular here in Oregon, not everyone on the staff at Hannon Library has the ability to spend the day kickflipping the Hannon Library 10 stair or mctwisting the Ashland Skate Park bowl. Despite this, we offer a cool space that skateboarders can use to relax and take a break.

So if you’re out skating tomorrow, come chill out here with us in between skate spots. At Hannon Library you can read the latest issue of Thrasher and Skateboarder Magazine through our online access portal, check out some of our incredible books on skateboarding like Slam (editor’s choice), or Skateboarding, Space and the City, or just take drink out of our water fountains and surf the web. We here at Hannon Library want to wish you a happy Go Skate Day.

By Alex Mesadieu

Don’t miss this newest display featuring a costume from the popular play, She Stoops to Conquer.

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Costume design by Clara Painter

She-Stoops-1280x1024This costume, designed by Clara Painter, was worn by Aleah Zimmer in the role of Miss Constance Neville in She Stoops to Conquer, a comedy written in the 1700s by Oliver Goldsmith. The play was performed by the SOU’s 2015-16 Theatre Program and directed by Dennis Smith.

Currently on display through the summer in the Bailey Area, second floor of the library.



This Saturday, we at Hannon Library gave hugs and tearful goodbyes to our student employees who graduated this year.


Alex Mesadieu, the man behind the blog

Hannon Library employs about 50 student workers who do everything from solving computer issues to hunting down mis-shelved books. With 14 different departments within the library, their work is essential to keeping the library functioning, and we’ll dearly miss the ones who are now off to bigger and better things.

We here at Hannon would like to say thanks and congratulations to our 31 employees who have graduated this year, including:

Amy Accongio, Amris Allemand, Reid Barbier, Sage Behan, Donica Burdette, Thomas Burns, Devyn McConnachie, Michal Dahl, Sam Edgerton, Dara Gomez, Mariah Gonzales, Tori Herstedt, Kyle Hultquist, Dylan Keenan, Kelsie Lawson, Amy Layton, Tamara Lee, Gabe Lenetsky, Brandon Lieske, Linnea Lopez, Alexander Mesadieu, McKenzie Oaks, Jacki Parsley, Morgan Pfeifer, Jacob Schultz, Jane Silva, Lora Stamper, Ali Tolomei, Hannah Theophil, and Dani Workman.

By Alex Mesadieu

Need more library time to get through the end of the school year? We’ve got extended hours for you during Finals Week:

Sunday 6/5  –  11 AM to 24 hours

Monday 6/6  –  open 24 hours*

Tuesday 6/7  –  open 24 hours*

Wednesday 6/8  – closed at 2 AM*

Thursday 6/9  –  8 AM to 2 AM*

Friday 6/10  –  8 AM to 5 PM

Saturday 6/11  –  closed

*8 AM to midnight for non-SOU patrons

And don’t forget, Sunday through Tuesday nights enjoy some complimentary snacks, coffee, and tea served up at midnight, courtesy of the Friends of Hannon Library.

For complete library hours, visit the library’s website at