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Read a good book lately?

No, not a textbook, or a journal article, or any one of the many pieces of information you read for classes. We mean a good book, one with a captivating story that carries your mind away to a different world inhabited by memorable characters. The kind of story that stays with you long after you’ve returned to the obligations of homework and assigned reading. After all, librarians will be the first to say that sometimes books should be read purely for the joy of the written word.

That’s why Hannon Library is excited to introduce a new Featured Fiction Section. We’re making it easier for you to find that perfect recreational read.

Featured Fiction

Located within the first floor New Books Alcove, Featured Fiction brings some of the best available fiction books front and center in an easy-to-browse display. No need to roam through the shelves or search for titles in the catalog—just look for the book that catches your eye, right there at your fingertips.

This rotating collection is stocked with award-winning titles in multiple fiction genres, including short stories and books for young readers. Each book is hand-chosen by librarians to offer you a quality reading experience.

Let Us Know

At Hannon Library, we’re always looking for ways to provide our patrons with the best experiences possible. If you like the new Featured Fiction Section, or have suggestions for what we could do differently, let us know! Leave a comment or send us an email.

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Join writer and naturalist Pepper Trail for his talk “Voyage to the Origin of Species: Reminiscences of Charles Darwin.”

February 8, 2018, 4 pm
Hannon Library, Meese Room
Southern Oregon University

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Pepper Trail as Charles Darwin, February 8

Celebrating Charles Darwin

This event celebrates International Darwin Day, commemorating the birthday of Charles Darwin and his contributions to the sciences of biology and evolution. Learn about Darwin’s life “first hand” through this talk presented by Pepper Trail, as he assumes to the persona of Charles Darwin looking back on his childhood and youth, his famous voyage on the Beagle, and the events leading up to the publication of The Origin of Species.

As part of the Friends of Hannon Library Speaker Series, this event is free and open to the public. Attendees can get free campus parking for the event by visiting any campus parking meter and using this code: FHL0208.

For more information, contact Hannon Library Administration at or 541-552-6816. If you need disability accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Disability Resources at 541-552-6213 or

About Pepper Trail


Pepper Trail, Writer and Naturalist

Pepper Trail is an ornithologist at the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory and has a long-time interest in the life, ideas and writings of Charles Darwin. His portrayal of Darwin has entertained audiences from the Seattle Public Library to the Galapagos Islands. Trail is also a regular contributor to High Country News and the Jefferson Journal. As a writer, his poetry has appeared in Rattle, Cascadia Review and other publications. His collection Cascade-Siskiyou: Poems was a finalist for the 2016 Oregon Book Award in Poetry.

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Sue Naumes presents “Pear Box Labels: the History of the Rogue Valley” Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 4 pm at Southern Oregon University’s Hannon Library (Meese Room). This event is free and open to the public.

Pear box labels tell the story of Southern Oregon’s agricultural history, its economic wealth and, thanks to Sue Naumes, the story of Southern Oregon.

By 1910, Southern Oregon was in the throes of a land boom, the result of commercial pear cultivation and the railroad that brought those pears to national markets. Every box of pears packed had a label on its side, a bright and colorful label that pronounced the quality of the fruit and the excellence of a Rogue Valley’s company brand.

Naumes has been collecting pear box labels for most of her adult life, and each tells the story of a Rogue Valley grower, packer or shipper. Her collection is brilliant, graphically compelling and a fascinating insight into the politics and power struggles that began at the turn of the century. She’s found labels in burned out buildings, old warehouses, on eBay, at shows and in thrift shops. Her collection is extraordinary in its comprehensiveness and beauty, and Naumes knows the story behind every label.

Thanks to a 2017 Library Services and Technology Act grant to Southern Oregon University’s Hannon Library, Naumes’ pear box labels are being digitized and will made available through the Southern Oregon Digital Archives (SODA) in the Stories of Southern Oregon collection.

Naumes’ grandparents, John Peter and Dillie Naumes, settled in the Rogue Valley in 1929 and helped start the Associated Fruit Co. and began an agricultural enterprise that would become one of the largest in Southern Oregon. Naumes, Inc. was established in 1946 as the Nye & Naumes Packing House by Naumes’ father, William Joseph “Joe” Naumes Jr. and Stephen G. Nye Jr. selling product under the NANPAK label at 619 South Grape Street in Medford, Oregon. It was the first ground level fruit packing plant in the northwest setting a new efficiency standard in fruit packing house design. David Lawry bought up Associated Fruit in 1950 and in the mid-late 1960s Joe Naumes bought out Nye’s interest. In the 1970s, Joe Naumes’ children, Mike and Sue Naumes, returned to help manage the company.

Joe Naumes died on July 4, 1989. At the time of his death, the Naumes family owned 7,000 acres of fruit and nut trees in Washington, Oregon and California and was said to be the largest producer of Bosc pears in the world. Today, Mike Naumes, Laura Ernest Naumes and their children, Joe, Cynthia and Sean manage the family enterprise.

Hannon Library’s Southern Oregon Digital Archives display 18 collections that present a rich set of images, text and video on topics that range from locally discovered Chinese material culture, butterflies, First Nations, musical instruments, wine, agriculture and more. The Southern Oregon Digital Archives can be accessed at

For more information on the Feb. 1, 2018 program at Hannon Library or the Southern Oregon Digital Archives, call 541-552-6442. If you disability accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Disability Resources at 541-552-6213 or


Martin Luther King Jr.

Hannon Library will be closed on Monday, January 15 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Regular business hours will resume January 16.

View our complete schedule of building hours on our website.

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Come into the library this term, and you’ll notice something different: signs throughout the building indicating Quiet or Community Areas.

What’s that all about, you ask?

Last year we conducted a library user survey, asking SOU students for feedback about their experiences with Hannon’s materials, services, and resources. One of the responses that stood out the most was the need for different types of work atmospheres. Some students need a quiet place to study with limited disturbances. Meanwhile, other students come to the library seeking a place to discuss projects and work collaboratively in groups.

In order to provide the best possible experience for our different users, Hannon Library is implementing Quiet and Community Areas. Whether you want to enjoy the silence or have to discuss that upcoming class project, you can now find the space you need.

Quiet Areas

Looking for somewhere quiet? Head to the second floor of the building, where all common areas are now designated for quiet individual work. Conversations should be kept to whisper-levels, and all devices should be silent and/or used with headphones. Patrons intending to work quietly in groups are encouraged to use study rooms on the second floor, with doors kept closed to minimize disturbances to surrounding areas.

Community Areas

The first and third floors of the building are Community Areas where patrons are welcome to converse and work independently or in groups, as needed. We ask that phones and devices are still kept on silent and/or used with headphones in Community Areas.

Can’t remember which floor is which? Just look for the signs to point you in the right direction.

Questions about Quiet and Community Area guidelines can be directed to Library Administration at or 541-552-6816.