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Celebrate National Library Week at St. Thomas – April 6-9, 2021

You’re invited to celebrate with us!  It’s National Library Week and we hope you’ll enjoy the activities and featured services – the ever-popular Online Trivia Contest; Online Bingo, Coloring Pages, and Jigsaw Puzzles; Music and Media offerings; learn about our new Peer Research Assistants; and a special noon hour session with CAPS doctoral interns on Wednesday, April 7 on the Power of SleepREGISTER HERE to receive the Zoom link.

Look for our purple library tent during the week (Tuesday, April 6 through Friday, April 9) and stop by to pick up a goodie bag and ask anything you’d like!  We’re here to help and want you to have a great end-of-semester — and a fun Library Week!

For more information about the April 7 Power of Sleep conversation with the interns, please read here!

About National Library Week: 

The American Library Association in conjunction with the National Book Committee sponsored the first National Library Week in 1958 as a response to a 1957 survey that found that only 17% of Americans were currently reading a book. National Library Week continues as an annual event that promotes libraries of all types across the United States.

Libraries continue to grow beyond their original perception as repositories of books and computer banks to their current position as recognized community and cultural centers that promote learning and social connection.  Libraries are often seen as the heart of their community, whether it’s a small town, a city, or a university campus.

During the pandemic, library workers adapted resources and services to meet their users’ needs during these challenging times. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer endless opportunities to transform lives through education and lifelong learning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health and Well Being, Just for Fun, Libraries, News & Events

Library Invites you to a Winter Boost Zoom – Feb 24

Throughout the centuries, writers and poets have described a phenomenon often referred to as the “winter blues.”  People develop feelings of sadness, loss, and lethargy in the shorter, darker days of winter. They notice more tiredness, weight gain, and lack of interest in activities and social events.

However, some people experience a more exaggerated form of these symptoms. This condition is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

The St. Thomas Libraries invite students, faculty, and staff to a cozy noon-hour virtual discussion, Wednesday, February 24, 2021.  You’ll meet and hear our panelists: Max Crowder, Phil Imholte, and Matthew Mikesell – doctoral interns from Counseling and Psychological Services.

They’ll lead a discussion on Seasonal Affective Disorder, answer your questions, and offer some proven tips and strategies to help us all get a much needed Boost this Winter.

Be sure to REGISTER HERE.  Bring any questions you may have as well as any tips that have worked for you!

P.S.  You could win a door prize — and goodie bags for all!

Just for Fun, Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

You are invited to the library’s online Poetry Reading!

You are cordially invited to the library’s April Poetry Reading – and you may enjoy this event from the comfort of your own place!  Wherever you may be, we send you our wishes that things are going well for you with this selection of favorite poems shared by members of the St. Thomas community.

For 20 years the library hosted Poetry on the Patio during April – Poetry Month – outside on the library patio in late April.  Only a few times did we need to move it inside the library due to cold or rainy weather.

Now, during this time of social distancing, several members of the St. Thomas Community have recorded themselves reading their favorite poems for “Poetry On Your Patio.”   Thank you very much for tuning in – the link to the event here!

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Library invites poetry readers!

Hello St. Thomas Community!

The Library invites you to record yourself reading one of your favorite poems – then send it to us, and we’ll share it online in celebration of April Poetry Month!

You may be familiar with our library’s past Poetry on the Patio events – held each spring over a span of 20 years, with the final event in April, 2018.  When you have a chance, take a look and you can see each of those year’s reading program and accompanying video

We’d love to hear your readings, but online this time!

If you would be willing to participate please rsvp to jakimlinger@stthomas.edu soon – she will get back to you with details on what to include in your video.  You may use YouTube or Panopto to make your recording.  We’re hoping to receive your readings no later than Thursday, April 23 so please get in touch with Julie asap!

Thank you so much for considering doing this!

Just for Fun, Media/Music Collections, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Christmas Videos

Are you excited to get into the holiday spirit after you’ve aced all your finals? The Music and Media Collections has some great Christmas titles for you!

Pick up It’s a Wonderful Life, the unforgettable 1946 classic staring James Stewart and Donna Reed. This Frank Capra film follows George Bailey, a small-town man with a big heart who rediscovers the power of friendship at the time when he needs it most.  PS 3537 .T453 .I7 2006 DVD

Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas, 2006) tells the true story of Christmas on the battlefields of WWI. After nearly 5 months of fighting and several peace initiatives, allied and enemy forces called the Christmas Truce of 1914, coming together to share jokes and rations amid terrible war. PN 1997 .J69 2006 DVD

If you’re looking for a unique holiday title, check out Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, a one-act opera in which a young disabled boy tells tall tales. One night the Three Wise Men stop with the boy and his mother, bringing the gifts of healing and giving. M 1500 .M543 A4 2007 DVD

Catherine Deneuve leads an ensemble cast in Un conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale) about an iron-willed matriarch in need of a bone marrow transplant. Her dysfunctional family make the journey to healing a bumpy one. PN 1997 .C668 2009 DVD

‘Tis the season for murder in Hercule Poirot’s Christmas! This holiday special of beloved tv series Agatha Christie’s Poirot stars David Suchet as the celebrated Belgian detective who must spend his Christmas unraveling a twisted crime. PR 6005 .H66 H4 1996 DVD

Step back into the time of Charles Dickens with this definitive 1984 adaptation of Dicken’s beloved story, A Christmas Carol. Academy Award winner George C. Scott stars as Ebenezer Scrooge, a sad and miserly man who must learn from his past mistakes with the help of several ghosts. PR 4572 .C68 2009 DVD

All these titles and more can be found in the Music and Media Collections! We’re located in on the first floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library to the right of the Main Circulation desk.

By Sarah Pavey

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Comedy, Music, and Improvisation! Noonartsound in the Library, May 7

Noon to 1pm    Tuesday, May 7, 2019     O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Room 108    University of St. Thomas

This final presentation of the 2018-2019 noonartsound series, Let’s Play! Comedy, Music, and Improvisation, will focus on the concept of improvisation in daily life and its importance as an agility-based life skill. Interactive exercises along with musical demonstrations will be featured!   Free and open to all, we hope you will join us!

About our presenters:

Since 1984, Dr Chris Kachian has directed one of the largest guitar programs in the USA at the University of St Thomas where he is professor of music. He has lectured in music of Europe, the Americas, the Twentieth-Century, the World, the United States, Film, Protest, Mathematics, and Guitar Pedagogy and Guitar Literature. He is also head of the UST Music Business, Recording Arts, and the Popular Music degrees. 2001 – 2005, he became the Director of Guitar Studies for MMTA for whom he lead – authored and edited the nation’s first comprehensive, multi-genre guitar pedagogy syllabus. In 2011, he wrote the film score for Per Bianca, which won Best Film at the Minnesota 48-Hour Film Festival and won a screening at the Cannes Film Festival. Dr. Kachian is concert touring this summer to Sweden, Greece, Israel, Jordan and Italy.

Professor Bernard Armada came to St. Thomas in 1997 and teaches rhetoric, public speaking, and argumentation in the Department of Communication and Journalism. He has studied and performed sketch comedy, improvisation, and music around the Twin Cities for over fifteen years. He is a staunch believer that the fundamental principles of improv can greatly improve people’s personal and professional lives.

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Play with Eastern bookbinding techniques!

picture of stab binding

We invite you to register for a workshop on Japanese Stab Binding!  Experts from the Minnesota Center for Book Arts will help you create a journal that you can use as you wish!

Come to the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Room 102, on Wednesday, April 10 at 10am for an hour-long class.  Materials will be provided for you at no cost.

Limited space is available so be sure to RSVP to to Merrie Davidson by noon on Wednesday, March 27!

 

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Library hosts successful Therapy Pets Night, March 14

All tucked in and ready to go home after a fun night cuddling with Tommies!

O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library student worker, Hongwei Cui, helps nine bunnies and one Guinea pig snuggle into their wagon for a ride to their vehicle and a good night’s sleep.  The animals had been busy befriending students at the March 14th Therapy Pets Night in the Library!

Bunnies, Guinea pigs, and dogs will be back at the library on Thursday, May 16th, from 6-8 pm.

Open to all  – we hope you can come!

Art, Just for Fun, Libraries, Music, News & Events

noonartsound: Art & Music as Contemplative Experiences

All are invited to attend the March 5th noonartsound presentation, featuring Drs. Craig Eliason (Art History) and Vanessa Cornett (Music), speaking about Art and Music as Contemplative Experiences, at noon in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Room 108.

“How do human beings experience the arts?  Specifically, how do we direct our attention when perceiving a piece of art or music?  Can a more contemplative encounter with an artistic or musical work enlighten our intellectual understanding of it?  Join us as we explore the distinct processes of analyzing the arts (by assessing, scrutinizing, contextualizing) and simply experiencing them with an attitude of open mindfulness (without judgment, in the present moment).”   – Dr. Vanessa Cornett

About the presenters:                     

Dr. Craig Eliason

 

                                           

 

Dr. Craig Eliason is a professor in the Art History department and teaches courses on modern art and design.  He researches the history of the design of printing types, and is a practicing type designer as well.

 

Dr. Vanessa Cornett

 

 

Dr. Vanessa Cornett teaches piano performance and other courses in the Music department.  An advisor for the UST Project for Mindfulness and Contemplation, she enjoys exploring the applications of mindfulness in the performing arts, and contempative practices in higher education.

 

About noonartsound:

Chris Kachian, Music department professor, started moderating noonartsound 8 years ago with Shelly Nordtorp-Madson. It began as a demo-lecture series of music performance and talks by art historians, and has morphed into everything from politics and propaganda, leadership and motivation, music and monuments, etc.   Hosted by the Library in the O’Shaughnessy Room at noon six times throughout the academic year, all are welcome to bring lunch and enjoy a light dessert.

As Dr. Kachian says, “It’s way cool.  Just to give you an idea about how diverse this has all become, Bernie Armada (the UST linguistics prof and a standup improv comedian) and I are talking about “improvisation as an apocalyptic life skill” later this spring semester.”

Please plan to join us!  Bring your lunch if you wish – light dessert will be provided.