If you’re reading this, I bet that you love Hannon Library. Although anytime is that right time to love Hannon Library, right now is especially right for that. Why, you ask? Because it’s Love Your Library Month!

Love Your Library Month is an annual celebration of libraries across the country, and honestly (not that I’m biased or anything), there really is no better library to spend it at than this one.

For Love Your Library Month, most people say kind words, volunteer a couple hours, or spend a little bit of extra time kicking it at the library. You are not most people though—you’re an Ashlander, and Ashlanders have always been known for that little bit of extra flair with everything they do.

As a student who practically lives in the library, and as a library employee who does his best to help Hannon Library run smoothly, I’d like to give you 6 things you can do this month to love your library.

1. Share your art


Schneider Museum isn’t the only place on campus with art (no offense to Schneider—we love you guys!). If you’ve visited Hannon Library you probably know about the art that hangs on every floor throughout the building, but I’m guessing you may not know that nearly every piece of art comes from local talent.

Although not all pieces are accepted, anyone can submit a request to display their art in Hannon Library for free. To do this, email the library’s Art Manager at keenand1@sou.edu with “Art” in the subject line.

2. Volunteer for SOAR


While the name Southern Oregon Arts & Research Conference may not sound like the world’s wildest shindig, helping out with SOAR really is a great time.  Every year students present projects they’ve been working on throughout the year. Whether it’s short films or scientific research, SOAR always has something for everyone to enjoy.

Although SOAR is a campus-wide endeavor, Hannon Library serves as the SOAR headquarters. Volunteers get to work on arguably the biggest event at SOU, and their contribution is critical to pulling off a successful conference.Volunteers do everything from photography to crowd coordination, so you can find a role that suits you best.To inquire about volunteering contact soar@sou.edu.

3. Musical performances

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Here in Southern Oregon, we’re blessed to be in the middle of an artistic hub, and Hannon Library plays a big part of the artistic innovation of Ashland by hosting musical performances.

Although we tend to shy away from excessively boisterous music (so keep your hair metal band in your garage), we have hosted performances from harp players, a cappella groups, and pianists at Hannon Library.

If you are interested in donating your musical talents for a Music in the Library event contact Dale Vidar at vidmar@sou.edu

4. Become a Friend

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While Hannon Library does not have enemies, we do have a certain group of people that we call Friends. Friends of Hannon Library is a group of community members that support the library, put on lectures, and enjoy a long list of privileges (like checking out books and reserving study rooms as non SOU students!)

Unlike everything else at Hannon Library, it does cost some money to become a Friend. There are various levels of membership, each with their own set of privileges. The starting cost is just $45 a year. To inquire about becoming a Friend of Hannon Library, visit the Library Administration Office, email adminstu@sou.edu, or call 541-552-6816.

5. Donate a book or two  


With all the musical performances, lectures, and fine art in Hannon Library, sometimes it’s easy to forget that the primary purpose of the library is to provide students and the community with a place to find books and access materials. We accept any and all book donations, which are tax deductible. We also always accept DVDs and music CDs.

To donate materials call Library Circulation at 541-552-6860, or come in and talk to the workers at the Circulation Desk.

6. Give us your money


Although sometimes I wish that the books, internet, computers, staff, and building maintenance at Hannon Library were free, in the words of my favorite philosophers, The Wu Tang Clan, “cash rules everything around me,” and unfortunately the library is no exception to this rule.  

Without getting too deep into the political wormhole of Oregon legislature, over the last decade Oregon public universities have not been receiving the funds that they used to. Because of this, an occasional money donation goes a long way.

All money donations are tax deductible. To make a donation, contact Library Administration at adminstu@sou.edu or 541-552-6816 .

Well, you just read six different ways to get involved with your library. As a student employee here, I have to say, that if you’re looking for somewhere to give back, there are few environments as welcoming, friendly and homey as SOU’s Hannon Library. I hope to see you sometime this month, either playing piano at an event, showing off your latest painting,  or dropping off a book you know someone will enjoy. It’s always a great feeling to give back to places, like Hannon Library, that have given so much to students and the community.

~ By Alex Mesadieu


Get your calendars out and mark the date! The 2016 Book Fest is set for Saturday, October 8. This will be our 5th annual festival, and we’re looking forward to rolling out a great event for the wonderful literary community of Southern Oregon. We’ll have some blasts from the past as well as exciting changes, so stay tuned for more information.

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If you would like to be on our mailing list for announcements, including early notification when applications open, send an email to libraryevents@sou.edu.


Julie Helmandollar with her favorite book, Hamlet

Julie Helmandollar has lived an incredible life. She graduated high school with an associate’s degree at age 16. She is now 22 and already has worked as an English professor, taught beginning professors how to teach, and is now the coordinator for SOU’s Tutoring Center, an integral part of the Learning Commons at Hannon Library.

Helmandollar is ready for the new job. “This is kind of my dream job and my dream location,” she explains. “I have a lot of family history and interest in Ashland and the area.” With roots in Ashland extending back to the pioneer era, the Ashland area is close to her heart. Her great-great grandmother’s family traveled the Oregon Trail and settled in Ashland. “So we have family tombstones in the graveyard, and I had a great-great uncle that taught at the university.”

As someone that is finishing up her master thesis in English literature, it’s exciting for her to be in the middle of the culture of Ashland. Helmandollar says, “I’m a big book fanatic, so my perfect day is sitting down with a big book.” She continued, “I specialized in Renaissance literature and drama, which is partially why I’m tied to Ashland.”

Her inner bookworm is thrilled to be at Hannon Library. As her mother put it, “after hours you can play with all the books in the library.”

Julie is truly a motivated, fun, and inspirational worker, and we’re just as thrilled to have her with us.

By Alex Mesadieu


Bill Bateman lays out his cards, ready to perform a trick.

Bill Bateman is a magician, emcee, entertainer, and now the new Instructional Coordinator at SOU’s Center for Instructional Support, located at Hannon Library.

Bateman has a long background in a diverse range of professions, but he’s particularly enjoying his welcome here at Southern Oregon University. He comments, “I have not met anyone here who does not seem energetic, competent, caring. Working with these two,” referring to CIS staff Vicki Suter and Hart Wilson, “all the BS that goes with working a new job has just gone out of the way.”

Bateman explained how goofy and unique working at CIS can be. He told us that he and his co-workers use sock puppets occasionally to break the ice and release stress. Overall, Bateman has had positive experiences in Ashland. Bateman says, “I have a strong background in media: radio, television, film, I had a theatre company that I ran for a number of years in Portland. So the fact that this is a theatre and entertainment oriented community here is like yessss.”

Media and magic have long been a part of Bateman’s life. He says you can learn a lot about people based on their reactions to simple magic tricks. He says, “I’ve had people get angry, I’ve had people get offended, I’ve had one person say I was the devil.” Bateman uses his experience with magic to improve his work, explaining, “Generally within the first few minutes you form an opinion of someone whether you’re aware of it or not. I’m told most job interviews are done within the first 30 to 45 seconds. There’s this tipping point type quality to magic; magic requires you do the same things as you do as the Moodle guy, or the trainer, or the faculty member, to get the attention and trust of a class.”

Although Bateman has not performed magic for everyone at Hannon yet, he has done a little bit for students, who mostly respond positively. For Bateman, “Connecting to people is a basic necessity. A human need. You can die of loneliness; it’s a disease, I mean—look it up.”

He continues, “By talking to somebody, by interacting with them, by working through a situation where I’m able to catch their attention to astonish them…it’s a good way to reach people, it’s a good way to establish a one to one connection, and once you have made that connection then you’re ready to begin working.”

As a former employee of multiple universities, Bateman comes to SOU with a fresh perspective from a lifetime of experience. We at Hannon Library are excited to add him to our team.

By Alex Mesadieu

Got finals? Spend more time in the library during Quiet and Finals Weeks.

With the end of the term approaching, we know it can feel like there isn’t enough time to get all your work done. Well, we can’t stop the clock, but we can give you more time. Starting Sunday, November 29 until the end of the term, Hannon Library will be open late for students. See below for specific times. Late hours are open to SOU students only, so be prepared to show your student ID at the door.

Quiet Week – Don’t miss out on the Epic Nights, Thursday – Saturday, with a variety of snacks provided by EPIC.

Finals Week – Enjoy 24-hour days with coffee, tea, and cookies, compliments of the Friends of Hannon Library.

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