art of Mary Shelley and Frankenstein's Monster sitting together like a couple
Monster Hit: 200 Years of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Art by Raymond Jackson

The Friends of Hannon Library present local author Tod Davies as she discusses the impact of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein after 200 years.

Thursday, May 10
4-5 pm
Hannon Library, Meese Room

Published two centuries ago, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is the iconic fantasy horror story. Even now the story keeps its hold on enthralled and terrified audiences everywhere.

“Frankenstein’s Monster is one of the most compelling and influential images in just about all aspects of our culture: scientific, literary, popular and more. Why is that? How did it happen that a nineteen year old girl suddenly found her voice, and in telling that voice’s story, wove an unforgettable tale retold countless times the world over? I’ll delve into this mystery, maybe coming up with an answer or two, as we look at the history of the story itself, its ensuing popularity, and the many different versions spawned by Mary Shelley’s original monstrous hit.” —Tod Davies

Tod Davies

Davies is the author of The History of Arcadia visionary fiction series: Snotty Saves the Day, Lily the Silent, The Lizard Princess, and the upcoming Report to Megalopolis or The Post-modern Prometheus (August 2018). She has long been fascinated by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and looks forward to sharing thoughts (and maybe a few surprises) about it in this event.

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Tod Davies presents on May 10

More Info

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: FHL0510.

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

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It’s National Library Week! Celebrated this year from April 8 through 14, this is the 60th anniversary of the national event. So how can you show appreciation for the libraries in your life? We have a few suggestions below.

Learn more about National Library Week.

Ways to Celebrate

Say hello!

Nothing shows your appreciation better than a good, old-fashioned library visit. Hannon Library is open to everyone, so come on by. Check out our collections and services. Thank a librarian for their work and wish them a happy Library Week. Can’t get here in person? Visit is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Give recognition!

Tuesday, April 10 is National Library Workers Day, which was established in 2003 to give librarians and library staff recognition for their hard work and dedication. Nominate a library worker of your choice to the ALA Galaxy of Stars.

Buy books!

Because what would libraries be without books? In fact, Hannon Library is holding its Spring Book Sale this week, beginning Wednesday, April 11 and continuing through the weekend, while supplies last.

Attend an event!

Libraries are far more than just warehouses for books—they also serve as community hubs where people can gather to learn, work, and recreate. The Friends of Hannon Library will be hosting a special event, Blending Poetry and Cloth, on Thursday, April 12, at 4 pm. This art exhibit and presentation, featuring artists from the Studio Art Quilt Associates as well as SOU students, is free and open to the public.

Become a Friend!

In addition to organizing speaker events, the Friends of Hannon Library work to support the library with book and material purchases that the library otherwise would be unable to afford. Become a Friend today and help enrich our collections.

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Join Us!

Hannon Library celebrates its 65th anniversary as a Federal Depository Library with an event featuring faculty, student and guest speakers, an art exhibit of works created during the 2017 Bureau of Land Management-sponsored Artist-in-Residence program, and an open wine and cheese reception with all of the participating presenters and artists. This event will highlight the Cascade-Siskiyou bioregion, including the history of the area, related studies, and the education activities available about these lands.

Thursday, April 26, 2018
Presentations – 2 pm to 5:20 pm
Q&A Panel – 5:25 pm to 5:45 pm
Reception – 5:50 pm to 7:30 pm

For the complete event schedule, see this event overview. Presentations and reception will take place in Meese Room (LIB 305). Exhibit and demonstrations will be located in the third floor Taylor Mezzanine.

Special thanks goes to the Friends of Hannon Library for supporting this event, as well as to EdenVale, Schultz and Weisinger Family wineries for their generous donations.

More Information

This event is free and open to the public. Attendees can get free campus parking by using the following code with SOU’s parking meters or PayByPhone app: LIB547. (How To Use Parking Codes)

For more information, contact 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

Meet the Presenters

Christine Beekman has served as Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument’s Interpretive Specialist since 2015. Before that she spent 12 years as the Chief of Interpretation at Pecos National Historical Park near Santa Fe, New Mexico. Prior, she was the Education Specialist for the Southeast Utah Group of National Parks (i.e. Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Hovenweep and Natural Bridges National Monuments).

Hope Braithwaite came to SOU because she wanted to further her education in natural history and teaching in a place that had excellent outdoor opportunities. She enjoyed education and biology courses, designing and implementing an environmental education program with her colleagues, and conducting research on dragonflies and damselflies of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

Jad D’Allura earned his Ph.D. in geology from UC Davis.  He worked for Texaco, spent a summer working at the JPL on earth imagery, and taught geology at SOU for 33 years before retiring. He currently teaches part time and supports the SOU Chemistry Department. He has been working in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument for most of his career and has finished a general map of the original Monument.

Linda Hilligoss currently holds a joint appointment in the School of  Education and the Environmental Education department. She also worked with Crater Lake National Park as the Education Coordinator for the Science & Learning Center and serves on state and national committees to promote science and environmental education.  Her research areas are in place-based education and teacher professional development with a focus on helping educators use the outdoors as an engaging learning laboratory.

Stewart Janes is professor of Environmental Education at SOU. His research interests include ornithology and the function of bird songs, raptor ecology, and the impact of forest management practices on bird populations.

Jeff LaLande graduated from Georgetown University in 1969 and later earned a PhD in American history at the University of Oregon. He had a 30-year career with the US Forest Service as an archaeologist and historian, and he is the author of several books and a number of published articles on the history of the region.

Suphasiri Muttamara (a.k.a. Jam) is from Bangkok, Thailand. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Conservation Biology from Mahidol University, Thailand, she worked with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as a project junior consultant in the mountains of the Northern region in Thailand. There, she worked with local schools, and students to develop ecotourism, and a curriculum that included the forest ecosystem that influences the community. Realizing education is the best way to conserve nature, she is now a graduate student in the M.S. in Environmental Education program at SOU.

Mabrie Ormes has always felt a passionate response to the visual world, and once she became a visual artist she never looked back. That was 45 years ago, and she still believes in Art’s power to influence the direction of history. She calls herself an all-American artist since she has lived in every region of the country. She is also proud to be a woman artist, whose point of view is “slant”: different, new, and needed if we are gracefully to negotiate the turns and tensions in our 21st century relations to each other and our planet.

Michael Parker is an aquatic ecologist, professor and former chair of the Biology Program at SOU where he teaches courses in Aquatic Ecology, Fish & Fisheries, Vertebrate Natural History and Herpetology. His research focuses on the conservation of aquatic organisms and the environments that sustain them.  He has been actively involved in research within the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, including a long-term study of a rare and federally-listed population of Oregon spotted frogs. 

Chelsea Rose is an historical archaeologist with the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA). She focuses her research on the settlement and development of the west.

Darlene Southworth retired from SOU as Professor Emerita of Biology and, along with scientific research, eventually discovered art through watercolor. Her painting has evolved from journal sketching to larger, more composed images. She experiments with color and technique of paint application to create innovative patterns and mosaics.

Matt Witt is a photographer and writer in Talent and has been Artist in Residence at Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Crater Lake National Park, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, and PLAYA at Summer Lake, Oregon. His work may be seen at

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Dotty Ormes

This event is hosted by Dotty Ormes, Government Information/Instruction Librarian at SOU’s Hannon Library. She also covers the subject specialties of Art, English, Political Science, Theater and Shakespeare Studies. She is a strong believer in free public access to government information, and she created the 65th anniversary event at Hannon Library to promote unique government resources that are available for SOU faculty and student research and for the public at large.

Government Publications Department

Hannon Library received the Depository Library of the Year Award in 2004 for its digital collection of significant government publications about the unique Southern Oregon bioregion. These collections will be featured as part of the anniversary celebration. Library displays will also address the importance of free access to government information, especially congressional information for student research and for community members, emphasizing the library’s role as the Federal Depository Library for the 2nd Congressional District of Oregon.

award recipient standing with award and local officials

From left to right: Judy Russell, Superintendent of Documents; Greg Walden. U.S. Congressman from the 2nd District of Oregon; former Oregon State Senator, Lenn Hannon, Southern Oregon University Documents Librarian, Deb Hollens; and Bruce James, Public Printer


colorful books displayed in a row

Hannon Library’s spring book sale approaches! Buy surplus books at amazing discount prices. The sale begins on Wednesday, April 11 and will continue through the weekend during regular building hours, while supplies last.

Pricing starts at $1 for paperbound books and $2 for hardcovers. Some books and materials of exceptional value will be individually prices, including a collection of antiquarian books and collectables. Cash or check only, please. Prices will reduce throughout the weekend, but don’t miss out on the best selections opening day!

All members of the SOU community and general public are welcome to partake of this seasonal sale. Revenue from sales goes towards helping Hannon Library purchase new books for its collections.

For more information, call the Circulation Desk at 541-552-6860.