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All Friends of Hannon Library members are invited to join the Board of the Friends of Hannon Library for the Annual Members Meeting on April 29 at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Register for the webinar here 

The Members Meeting will include a greeting from Sophia Bogle, president of the Board of the Friends of Hannon Library, and a summary of what the Friends worked on during the pandemic. Also on the agenda is an overview of next year’s Speaker Series, Cultural Connection, and votes on new bylaws and the new standing rule. The meeting will also include a report from Dale Vidmar, Hannon Library’s Interim University Librarian, and a vote to elect board members. There will be time for questions at the end of the meeting.

For any questions regarding the meeting or interest in becoming a board member, please contact Sophia Bogle at sophiaswbogle@gmail.com.

Once you register for the webinar, you will receive an email confirmation with a link to access the event. If you have not done so already, you may want to download Zoom before the event at 6:00 p.m. on April 29. If you have questions about using Zoom, please contact libraryevents@sou.edu.

 

 

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April is National Poetry Month, and this year marks the 25th annual celebration of poets and poetry. This year, you can attend Poetry & the Creative Mind online and for free on April 29 at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time for the first time. Poetry & the Creative Mind will feature actors, dancers, artists, musicians, and public figures reading favorite poetry. Register for free here

Poem in Your Pocket Day 2021 will be on Thursday, April 29. If you are out and about on April 29, you can write down or print out a poem to carry with you throughout the day. If you’d like to get involved from home, poets.org has some great ideas for how to do so, including sharing a poem on social media using the hashtag #PocketPoem. 

If you’d like more ideas for how to celebrate National Poetry Month and Poem in Your Pocket Day this year, Poets.org has amassed a collection of 30 ways to celebrate at home or online

You can continue to celebrate poets and poetry through April and beyond by checking out poetry from Hannon Library. The selection of books below includes books that are new to Hannon Library, award winners and nominees, and books about reading poetry. 

Recommended Poetry

African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song edited by Kevin Young

Book Cover of African American Poetry 250 Years of Struggle and Song by Kevin Young

Check it out here.

An American Sunrise: Poems by Joy Harjo

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Check it out here.

Ararat by Louise Glück

Book Cover of Ararat by Louise Glück

Check it out here.

DMZ Colony by Don Mee Choi

Book Cover of DMZ Colony by Don Mee Choi

Check it out here.

Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry edited by Joanne V. Gabbin and Lauren K. Alleyne; foreword by Rita Dove

Book Cover of Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry edited by Joanne V. Gabbin and Lauren K. Alleyne; foreword by Rita Dove

Check it out here.

How to Carry Water: Selected Poems of Lucille Clifton by Lucille Clifton

Book Cover of How to Carry Water: Selected Poems of Lucille Clifton by Lucille Clifton

Check it out here.

Post Colonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz

Check it out here.

The Seven Ages by Louise Glück

Book Cover of The Seven Ages by Louise Glück

Check it out here.

The Tradition by Jericho Brown

Book Cover of The Tradition By Jericho Brown

Check it out here.

A Treatise on Stars by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge

Book Cover of A Treatise on Stars by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge

Check it out here.

When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through by Joy Harjo (Editor), LeAnne Howe (Executive Associate Editor), Jennifer Elise Foerster (Associate Editor)

Book Cover of When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through by Joy Harjo (Editor), LeAnne Howe (Executive Associate Editor), Jennifer Elise Foerster (Associate Editor)

 

Books About Reading Poetry

How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry by Edward Hirsch

Book Cover of How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry by Edward Hirsch

Check it out here.

The Poem Is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them by Stephanie Burt

Book Cover of The Poem Is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them by Stephanie Burt

Check it out here.

 

 

 

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April 4 through 10, 2021, is National Library Week, a time to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries of all types across the country each April. The theme for this year’s National Library Week is “Welcome to your library,” which promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building. This week, Hannon Library encourages all students, faculty, staff, community members and Friends of Hannon Library to explore and access virtual services.

Key Dates

Hannon Library invites its community to observe National Library Week and participate in celebrations throughout the week. 

  • On Monday, April 5, the State of America’s Libraries Report is released, which includes the Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2020. The books are listed at the bottom of this post, and many are available at Hannon Library. 
  • Tuesday, April 6, is National Library Workers Day, a day to celebrate the dedication and service of library workers.
  • Wednesday, April 7, is National Library Outreach Day, a day to recognize library outreach and library professionals who bring services to those in need.
  • Thursday, April 8, is Take Action for Libraries Day, a day to rally advocates to support libraries.

How to Celebrate National Library Week 

  • For a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card from ALA, share what you love about Hannon Library on Instagram, Twitter, or on the I Love Libraries Facebook page. Use the hashtag #MyLibrary is, and tag Hannon Library (Instagram @SOU_Hannon, Twitter @HanLib, Facebook @HannonLibrary) between April 4 and April 10 at 10 am PT. 
  • Thank a library worker in person or on social media, or nominate a library worker for the Submit a Star program if you’d like them to be recognized by ALA. 
  • Visit Hannon Library in person (SOU staff, students, and faculty) or online at hanlib.sou.edu.
  • Try your hand at this PDF of the National Library Week Word Search, or unwind with a PDF of the National Library Week Coloring Page (Spanish | English).
  • Community members can consider becoming a Friend of Hannon Library.
  • Check out one of the Top 10 Frequently Challenged Books of 2020 from Hannon Library.

Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2020

1. George by Alex Gino

George Book Cover

2. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You Book Cover

(Request a summit copy)

3. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

All American Boys Book Cover

4. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

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5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie Book Cover

6. Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard, illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard, illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin Book Cover

7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Book Cover

8. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Book Cover

 

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

10. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Book Cover

 

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Hannon Library observes Freedom of Information Day by commemorating the birthday of the fourth president of the United States, James Madison, and focusing on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Many government documents are already publicly available to view at Hannon Library and online, but the FOIA enables individuals to request access to other records from federal agencies. 

book cover for James Madison by Jeff BroadwaterThe “Father of the United States Constitution,” James Madison

Often regarded as a supporter of openness in government and public access to government information, James Madison Jr. was born on March 16, 1751. The anniversary of his birth is the reason Freedom of Information Day is celebrated on March 16 each year. For an ebook about his life, consider reading James Madison: A Son of Virginia and a Founder of the Nation by Jeff Broadwater online.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 

Why care about the Freedom of Information Act? The FOIA promotes transparency and requires that federal government agencies share information requested under the FOIA unless it meets one of the nine exemptions permitted. If you’re interested in requesting information from a government agency, learning more about the FOIA and how to take advantage of it, consider checking out this FAQ

To dive deeper into the inner workings of the FOIA, you might consider taking a look at the Freedom of Information Act Guide online or view the physical copy at Hannon Library. This document covers details about fees and fee waivers, information about all nine exemptions, litigation considerations, and more. 

If you want to further your understanding of the more recent history of the FOIA, you can access fairly recent congressional committee hearings concerning the FOIA. Check out Ensuring Transparency Through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a hearing before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that took place on June 2, 2015. You can view the physical copy or take a look at it online

Another document you might be interested in is Open Government and Freedom of Information: Reinvigorating the Freedom of Information Act for the Digital Age, which details the hearing before the Committee on the Judiciary of the United States Senate that occurred on March 11, 2014. You can access this document online or in Hannon Library

You can find many other resources related to the FOIA at Hannon Library. SOU’s Hannon Library is a Federal Depository Library, so many Government Publications you may be interested in are easily accessible through our LibGuide. If you’re having trouble finding what you’re looking for, our qualified librarians can help you. To receive assistance, you can chat with a librarian during Chat Research hours or submit a message to Ask a Librarian anytime.

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Hannon Library is celebrating International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month by highlighting recent books which are international in focus and cover a breadth of topics. These titles were selected by Emily Miller-Francisco, Hannon Library’s Collection Development Librarian and gender, sexuality, and women’s studies subject librarian. Many of these books are available to access online as ebooks, and the others can be checked out from Hannon Library.

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Capable Women, Incapable States: Negotiating Violence and Rights in India

By Poulami Roychowdhury

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Gendered Commodity Chains: Seeing Women’s Work and Households in Global Production

By Wilma A. Dunaway

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Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists

By Jill Ahlberg Yohe and Teri Greeves

Edited by Laura Silver

Foreword by Kaywin Feldman

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Modern Girls on the Go: Gender, Mobility, and Labor in Japan

By Alisa Freedman, Christine R. Yano, and Laura Miller

Book cover of Song Walking

Song Walking: Women, Music, and Environmental Justice in an African Borderland

By Angela Impey

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Women and Violence: Global Lives in Focus 

Edited by Kathleen Nadeau and Sangita Rayamajh

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Women in World History: 1450 to the Present

By Bonnie G. Smith

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Women’s Journey to Empowerment in the 21st Century: A Transnational Feminist Analysis of Women’s Lives in Modern Times

By Kristen Zaleski, Annalisa Enrile, Eugenia L. Weiss, and Xiying Wang

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Women Made Visible Feminist Art and Media in Post-1968 Mexico City

By Gabriela Aceves Sepúlveda

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Women’s Place in the Andes: Engaging Decolonial Feminist Anthropology

By Florence E. Babb