We made it to week 2, which means the Hannon Library’s Tutoring Center is now open to support our students with free peer-based tutoring! 


Our peer tutors are current SOU students, specializing in Math, Science, and Writing general topics, with specific subject and class expertise varying by term and tutor.


Tutors cannot do your work for you, but can provide guidance to help you be successful: by answering questions and providing feedback, assisting with understanding concepts, sharing time-management and planning techniques, and offering tips to improve your writing abilities for any class.


Students can make an appointment for 30 or 60 minute sessions either in person or on Zoom (or drop-in per tutor availability). Tutoring sessions can be individual or in small groups when applicable. 


To make an appointment, see weekly hours, tutor bios, and other tutoring resources visit the Tutoring Center website.

Our tutors look forward to empowering you with skills and encouragement!


Hey there, history enthusiasts!


We’re thrilled to introduce our next guest for the Friends of the Hannon Library Speaker Series: the one and only Jeffrey Max LaLande. Mark your calendars for October 12, 2023, at 5:30 pm, as we take a fascinating journey through Southern Oregon’s past and explore his incredible book, The Jackson County Rebellion.

Meet Jeffrey Max LaLande: Historian and More

Dr. Jeffrey Max LaLande isn’t your typical historian. With a Ph.D. in American history and over three decades of digging into the past as an archaeologist with the U.S. Forest Service, he’s a historical detective, unearthing stories that deserve the spotlight. His passion for bringing the hidden tales of Southern Oregon to life is infectious!

Discover the Forgotten: The Jackson County Rebellion

Ever heard of the Jackson County Rebellion? You’re not alone! This almost-forgotten piece of history comes alive through LaLande’s meticulous research and dedication. Join us as he breathes life into a chapter that time nearly left behind.

Get Ready to Time Travel

You’re invited to an evening of historical rediscovery on October 12. LaLande will share the secrets and stories from The Jackson County Rebellion and more. This is your chance to learn from a true historian and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of our region’s past.


Can’t make it in person? No worries! Join us via Zoom using this link: https://sou.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Q8JieYkGTTy0ofMPwr9Erw


We are thrilled to announce the upcoming release of No Use Pretending, a compelling collection of stories by the talented writer and librarian, Thomas Dodson. The book delves into the complex and often poignant aspects of human existence, exploring themes of suffering, addictive attachments, and the search for solace. The stories traverse various genres, shedding light on contemporary issues such as fracking and drone warfare.

Thomas Dodson has generously agreed to join us on November 9th at 5:30 PM in the Meese Room at Hannon Library for a reading and an enlightening Q&A session. In case you can’t join us in person, worry not! We’ve organized a live Zoom session, so you can still be part of this enriching experience. Just follow this link to connect with us virtually.

To give you a taste of what to expect and to pique your interest further, we have prepared an interview with Thomas Dodson, diving into the heart of No Use Pretending.

Interview with Thomas Dodson


1. Can you tell us a bit about the inspiration behind your book, No Use Pretending?

 I wrote, revised, and published these stories over ten years, so there they draw from many different sources. Sometimes it’s something in the news—bee hive heists in California, anthropogenic earthquakes in Oklahoma, the opioid epidemic—and other times it can be something more personal.

I have a great love for and fascination with the city of New Orleans, for example. I lived there for a couple of years before Katrina, and one of the stories is about the grief I felt about all that was lost after the storm. I didn’t want to write a “Katrina story,” though, and also didn’t want to present myself as either a native or a cultural insider. So, in my NOLA story, the main character is someone who has never been there before, encountering this strange and wonderful place for the first time, but seeing it through the lens of personal grief—he’s just lost his son in a bicycle accident and has come to New Orleans to claim the body.

2. The stories in No Use Pretending span diverse genres and touch on pressing issues like fracking and drone warfare. How did you choose the range of genres and topics for this collection, and what impact do you hope these stories will have on readers?

In terms of genres and formal elements and so on, I was really just trying things out. It’s different now, but not that long ago, a lot of fiction writers consciously began with the short story form—honing their craft writing stories before taking on a novel. I like that approach and so sort of see the book as my journeyman work, a space to experiment and find out what I’m good at as a writer. 

In terms of the issues raised in the stories, my hope would be that reading one of them has the potential to be eye-opening or unsettling—in the sense of “oh, this issue is more complicated than I thought it was; maybe what I thought was my settled position on this isn’t nuanced enough.” That kind of invitation for the reader to think about, or perhaps reconsider, an issue is what I’m going for—something very different, I believe, than trying to tell the reader how they “ought” to think and feel about something. I find that approach incredibly condescending and do all that I can to avoid it.

3. The characters in your stories are often holding on to a lot of emotional pain and seek relief through addictive behaviors. Could you share how you developed these characters and their stories, and what message you intend to convey through their experiences?

Just about everyone I know, myself included, has had an unhealthy relationship with alcohol or something like that at some time in their life. I think a lot of the time substance abuse is a way for people to try to deal with loneliness or feeling like an outsider, or like you’re consistently being judged and misunderstood, that you don’t have a community that accepts you. 

That’s an intolerable feeling for most people, and if you feel powerless to change the situation, you go looking for relief wherever you can find it. A lot of people find temporary relief in addictive attachments. Unfortunately, over time, those attachments inevitably make things worse rather than better, leading to more isolation, now compounded by shame. 

The Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön talks about it like this: It’s like having scabies, a condition which causes terrible itching. Scratching provides temporary symptom relief, but over time it makes the condition worse. It can be very hard to choose to endure the itching, even knowing that this is what will lead to its eventual cessation. When the discomfort is so great, it’s hard to turn away from what has soothed the symptoms in the past. I guess in the stories that deal with addiction, I’d like the reader to develop a greater empathy for people in that dilemma (or perhaps for themselves, if they see their experience reflected in the characters), even if the things these characters do to deal with their pain can seem selfish or crazy or self-destructive.

4. The collection explores a wide array of themes and emotions. Are there specific messages or takeaways you hope readers will carry with them after reading No Use Pretending?

I think maybe just that being a human being and trying to do the right thing (especially the way modern society is organized) is very hard, that everyone is struggling in ways we can’t see, and that everyone is worthy of empathy. 

Also, that having empathy for someone (or for a character) isn’t the same thing as approving of what they do or endorsing their ideas. I think sometimes people conflate understanding and empathy with complicity; I find that attitude very unfortunate and limiting. I like how Garth Greenwell puts it in a recent essay in The Yale Review: “Art can offer us this crucial moral training, placing us in the impossible position…of cherishing the existence of others we cannot bear.”


Stay tuned for the event on November 9th, where we will hear directly from Thomas Dodson and gain deeper insights into the captivating world of No Use Pretending.


Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with a talented author and explore the complexities of the human condition through the lens of his exceptional storytelling. Join us for an enriching literary experience on November 9th! 


For those unable to attend in person, join our live Zoom session through this link here.

It’s the middle of the term, and you know what that means: It’s time for the Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP) event in Hannon Library! 

What is this event lovingly referred to as LNAP by generations of students past? In a nutshell, the library stays open late with food, fun, and services to help you get an early start on term projects and set yourself up for success.

If you’re feeling stressed as due dates and deadlines creep ever closer—or you just like staying up late and eating pizza—this is the event for you.

2023 Fall LNAP

When: Wednesday, November 8, 2022 from 8 pm to midnight
Where: Hannon Library, First Floor

What to expect:

  • Free pizza and drinks to fuel your late night study session (while supplies last)
    • Extended hours in the Tutoring Center
    • Research assistance
    • A chance to win a raffle for a special prize!
  • Special guests from across campus to help with advising and other topics
    • And much more!

If you would like more information about the Long Night Against Procrastination, email Hannon Library at library@sou.edu. If you need disability accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Disability Resources at (541) 552-6213 or dss@sou.edu.

Hannon Library has been awarded a $19,600 grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), administered by the State Library of Oregon. 


The grant funds will be used for improving our Course Reserves textbook buying program, encouraging the use of open educational resources (OER), and expanding the accessibility of our collection. Upon learning that we received the LSTA grant, Carrie Forbes, University Librarian, said: “This grant will not only allow for the creation of best practices for textbook reserves, but most importantly, will increase student success and retention through the equitable access of course materials.”


Many SOU students struggle to afford their course materials and Hannon Library is well positioned to improve accessibility initiatives on campus. The grant funding will allow us to explore textbook affordability from different avenues: purchasing print and electronic course materials, providing print copies of open textbooks, and using controlled digital lending to distribute course materials. The data and feedback gained from this project will allow us to assess faculty and student needs, promote alternatives to high-cost textbooks, and create more sustainable models for course reserves.


Hannon Library will partner with faculty teaching general chemistry to make print copies of OER available to students for the full term. In addition, our membership in the Orbis Cascade Alliance will ensure that we can share best practices with the wider region of academic libraries to potentially improve services across the state and region. 


The timeframe for the LSTA grant is July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024. Hannon Library is honored to be selected for this grant program and can’t wait to see the impact for our campus community!