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What’s New in Featured Fiction

With summer upon us, it’s a perfect time to escape into a good book. But with so many books to choose from, where does a hopeful reader start?

Fortunately, you don’t need to look any further than our Featured Fiction collection, which is stocked with award-winning titles in multiple fiction genres. Located within the first floor New Books Alcove, our Featured Fiction books are thoughtfully selected and regularly updated in order to provide you with quality reading choices. Best of all, these hot summer reads are conveniently displayed where you can browse easily without having to roam through the stacks or search for titles in the catalog.

Liked It? Rec It!

Ever love a book so much that you can’t wait to tell everyone about it? If you enjoyed reading one of our Featured Fiction books, we’d love to hear about it. Comment cards are available next to the book display, giving you the opportunity to share a few thoughts about what you liked about the book and why you recommend it to other readers.

image of comment card asking for book titles and a short review

Liked It? Rec It!

Submitted comments are turned into custom “Hannon Recs” bookmarks that help identify hot picks for future readers. So don’t be shy! Let us know what you have to say about our selection of summer reads.

two theatre costumes

The library has a new costume display, on loan from the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University theatre program.

theatre costumes

Designed by Brandon McCowan

These two costumes are from the 2018 production of The Rover by Aphra Behn, directed by Dawn Monique Williams. Both costumes were designed by Brandon McCowan and were worn by Angela Hernandez as Angelica and Ian Fyfield as Don Pedro.

The display can be viewed on the second floor, Periodicals Department, through the summer.

geology map of Cascade-Siskiyou region

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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


textile art depicting ships on an ocean

Join the Friends of Hannon Library and the Studio Art Quilt Associates as they present “Blending Poetry & Cloth.”

April 12, 2018
4-5 pm
Hannon Library, Meese Room
SOU Campus

This event features an exhibit of textile art, created by Oregon artists, accompanied by inspiring poetry readings recited by SOU students. Exhibiting artists will also be available to discuss their art and creative methods.

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 using the following code with SOU’s parking system: FHL0412.

Art Quilt Exhibit

Poetry and art have been inextricably linked for as long as they have both been in existence—one illuminating the other and requiring the use of multiple senses, each breathing life into each other. Powerful combinations are created when the two art forms come together in thought-provoking ways.

To create the Blending Poetry & Cloth exhibit, artists were required to reference a piece of poetry, song, or quotation in creating their composition. Seventy SAQA Oregon members entered the competition, jurored by Patricia Clark, founder of Atelier 6000 Print Workshop in Bend, Oregon.

The resulting exhibit demonstrates not only the scope of artistic vision among Oregon SAQA members but also the consistent level of high achievement in the use of quilting as an art medium. The exhibit will be on display in Hannon Library’s Meese Room (LIB305) beginning April 4 through April 12.


About SAQA

The Studio Art Quilt Associates is an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting art quilting and the artists that create these unique artworks. SAQA is an information resource on all things art quilt related for association members as well as the public.

Founded in 1989 by an initial group of 50 artists, SAQA members now number more than 3,400 artists, teachers, collectors, gallery owners, museum curators, and corporate sponsers.

More Info

For more information about this event, 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

book pages folded to form a heart

It’s Valentine’s Day! And to show all of our patrons some love on this loveliest of days, Hannon Library is bringing back Blind Date with a Book!

Today only, patrons visiting the library can take a chance on literary love by stopping by the Blind Date display table located in the Main Lobby on the first floor. Choose a book from the display—any book! Whichever one speaks to your heart. Will you find a new love? Rediscover an old flame? Don’t miss your shot to find out! And the book is free for you to keep, so you have nothing to lose. Hurry, though, before they’re all gone.

Valentine's Day book display

Today only! While supplies last!

Blind Date books are donated by library staff, as a token of our appreciation for all of our wonderful patrons.