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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
  • 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

Speak Book Cover

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

Book Cover of Women's Journey to Empowerment in the 21st Century

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

Book cover of Women's Place in the Andes

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

By Florence E. Babb

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Volunteer to Transcribe Documents

Have you put volunteer opportunities on hold over the past year due to concerns about the risk of in-person volunteering? Whether you’ve already found ways to give back lately or you’re just looking to join the growing population of volunteers who are donating their time without ever leaving their living room, Hannon Library Special Collections could use your support.

Special Collections and University Archives is an area within the library that contains materials of significant historical and research value that are too valuable, rare, or fragile to place in the open stacks. Many of these materials are primary sources that can elevate students’ research and cover a range of topics.

If you’d like to support the community that uses these resources within Hannon Library, Special Collections has an opportunity for you. Hannon Library is looking for volunteers who can transcribe several handwritten documents created between 1880 and 1939. The transcription of these documents will allow primary source materials to become keyword-searchable and more comfortable to read. Your donation of time will ultimately help student researchers and local historians by making these unique materials easier for them to use.

Who Can Participate

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Anyone with a computer, internet access, and Microsoft Word can participate in this transcription effort. History buffs may find this volunteer opportunity particularly rewarding as the materials that need transcribing document the experiences of Dr. Francis G. Swedenburg and the Anderson–Phillips family, including how their lives were affected by WWI’s bitter conflict and the Spanish flu.

For more information about this project and how to volunteer, visit Hannon Library’s online exhibit. For information explaining the transcription process, visit the How To Transcribe page.

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Come to Tutors Against Procrastination to get help with writing assignments as well as math and science courses! Don’t wait until quiet or finals week to start getting support from the SOU Tutoring Center. On March 3, from 7 to 11 pm, join our tutors on Zoom for drop-in style assistance. During the event, no appointments will be necessary.

To get support from the Writing Center during Tutors Against Procrastination, join this Zoom:

For help with math and science during the event, join this Zoom:

Get help with everything from brainstorming and outlining an essay or lab report to preparing for a statistics final. In addition to content, tutors can help with organization, share time-management techniques and even provide tips on note-taking. Tutors will not ever complete work for you, but they are there to support you as you complete your work, answer your questions, and provide the guidance you need to be successful.

If you can’t make it to Tutors Against Procrastination this term, but you still want help from a tutor, don’t worry. Visit our Tutoring Center LibGuide to make an appointment or find out about other drop-in sessions at

If you have any questions about this event, you can email