Photo by Steven Dominguez

In honor of the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare, SOU’s Hannon Library will host an afternoon of Shakespearean highlights, featuring Geoff Ridden.

April 20, 2016
4:00 PM
Meese Room
free parking

Geoff Ridden is an actor, musician, and Shakespeare scholar. Ridden will discuss and perform music from Shakespeare’s plays. Following the presentation, Hannon Library’s Special Collections will offer a viewing of Shakespeare’s Second Folio of 1632 and Fourth Folio of 1685. Other treasures from the Margery Bailey Collection will be displayed, including sixteenth-century histories of the British Isles. Also on display will be a costume from an Oregon Shakespeare Festival production of As You Like It.

Shakespeare folio 4thSponsored by the Friends of Hannon Library, this event is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available in the lot behind the library. For more information, contact Library Administration at or 541-552-6816.

Come and vote in the SOU Super Tuesday primary at Hannon Library! This Super Tuesday game will go on for the entire month of March. At the end of month we’ll tally the votes and announce the results. Visit the election display located on the first floor of the library, in front of the Reference Desk. 

It’s a great way to get yourself ready for the November 2016 election—not to mention, it’s also fun! 

And while you’re there, don’t forget to check out the display honoring Women’s History Month. 

The SOU Super Tuesday is solely an academic activity to promote civic awareness. Southern Oregon University and Hannon Library do not endorse any particular candidate, political party, or ideological perspective, nor do we seek to influence actual election outcomes. We encourage civil discourse and ask participants to be respectful of all viewpoints.

Hannon Library is delighted to host this new collection of photography by student artist, Donica Burdette. This exhibit is on display in the library’s Retzlaff Gallery, located on the third floor, through March 2016.


I enjoy taking photos in my free time, usually in places where I am centered and calm. Photography has always been a creative outlet that I can partake in without the pressures of painting on a canvas. I’m directly capturing something that already beautifully exists in its essence. The photos design themselves since compositions, colors, shadows, and lines are already present in our world, it’s just my personal enjoyment to capture them.


I am a senior and art major here at SOU and have chosen painting and drawing as my core focus of study. With these mediums, I enjoy making organically inspired, imagined forms. Photography acts as a separate outlet to channel my creativity, where I can utilize my artistic skills and balance my visual processes.


I’ve never displayed my photography publicly and was excited and nervous to put together an exhibit for the Retzlaff Gallery in Hannon Library. Printing, matting, and hanging the images were new yet educating processes that I hope to do again.

~ By Donica Burdette

Whether old or young, everyone can appreciate a great peanut butter sandwich. That’s why Hannon Library has provided a charming display case for Peanut Butter Lovers Month, located on the second floor, in the Children’s Collection of the library.

Peanut butter was first patented in November 1895, by John Kellogg, an occasion that has been celebrated by peanut farmers for years until National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month was establish in 1995.


A jar of peanuts sits among intriguing children’s novels of characters and adventures all around peanut butter.

By Donica Burdette

Thnxgiving1The display All About Turkeys, located on the first floor in the Learning Commons, provides facts about the history of the turkey and how this now iconic bird has been integrated as a national symbol of Thanksgiving. This display also includes information about the annual presidential pardoning of the turkey, and visual guides of turkey distribution across the Unites States.

Thnxgiving2Located next to All about Turkeys, the display Thanksgiving Declared a Holiday attracts students and viewers alike with historical information of how Thanksgiving became what it is today. The processes and developments of how the Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789 was created are available to view.

Thnxgiving3Have A Happy Thanksgiving, located on the third floor in Taylor Mezzanine, displays an artistic array of autumn flowers and leaves, capturing the essence of November in a developed and informative way. Books about Thanksgiving are displayed and provide information about the harvest feast for viewers.

By Donica Burdette