This summer, we were fortunate to have two students working with us through the REAL program. As part of their work at the library, Jackie Ponce Chacon and Mirta Loja Guaman designed the Latinx Unidos book display that is in the lobby of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey library. We asked Jackie and Mirta for an introduction to their display.
Jackie and Mirta in front of their book display
Hello, our names are Jackie and Mirta,
We are excited that we got to work on this project because it’s significant to us and a way to represent our community. The Latinx community has been through many ups and downs these past few years, and we wanted to bring attention to the different problems that Latinos face while trying to “assimilate” in the United States. The books we chose for our display were inspired by the quote “They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds” by Dinos Christianopoulos. These books were written by Latinxs authors to help readers understand how their experiences either affected or influenced their lives. We hope you enjoy our selection of books, and at least check them out! 🙂
- Alvarez, Julia. How the García Girls Lost Their Accents. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2010.
- Burciaga, Jose Antonio. Drink Cultura : Chicanismo. 1st ed., Joshua Odell Editions, Capra Press, 1993.
- Cisneros, Sandra. La Casa En Mango Street. 25th Anniversary ed., Vintage Books, 2009.
- Deffebach, Nancy. María Izquierdo and Frida Kahlo : Challenging Visions in Modern Mexican Art. First ed., University of Texas Press, 2015.
- Díaz, Junot. Drown. Riverhead Books, 1997.
- Flores-González, Nilda. Citizens but Not Americans : Race and Belonging among Latino Millennials. New York University Press, 2017.
- Hellman, Judith Adler. The World of Mexican Migrants : the Rock and the Hard Place. New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton & Co., 2008.
- Mize, Ronald L., and Grace. Delgado. Latino Immigrants in the United States. Polity Press, 2012.
- Pérez, Gina M., et al. Beyond El Barrio : Everyday Life in Latina/o America. New York University Press, 2010.
- White, Anthony. Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism : the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. National Gallery of Australia; Thames & Hudson, 2001.
Image credit: “They tried to bury us” image by Misha Zadeh, from amplifier.org in the Hear Our Voice exhibition.
The Music and Media Collections at O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library has so many viewing categories to choose from! Be sure to visit us on the first floor and check out the many performances of classic American plays.
A Raisin in the Sun (1961) is the definitive adaptation of playwright Lorraine Hansberry’s powerful work, featuring the incomparable Sidney Poitier. A stellar cast (including Claudia McNeil) brings this drama to life in which an American family struggles against racism to achieve the American dream. This play is essential viewing.
PS 3515 .A515 R3 1999 DVD
Eugene O’Neill’s play Long Day’s Journey into Night (1962) follows the story of an American family torn apart by addiction and illness. It was the first film in history in which all four leading actors won Best Acting awards at the Cannes Film Festival. Katharine Hepburn, Sir Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards, Jr., and Dean Stockwell star.
PS 3529 .N5 L6 2004 DVD
Dustin Hoffman leads the cast of the 1985 adaptation of Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman. The drama centers on a Willy Loman, a traveling salesman battling demons of the past. Our DVD copy contains a feature-length documentary that takes a close look at the collaboration between Hoffman, director Volker Schlöndorff, and Arthur Miller himself.
PS 3525 .I5156 D4 2002 DVD
Students! Be sure to Register for this night in the library that is designed to help you organize your assignments and get some productive studying done. You’ll find a stress-free, supportive environment in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library to help you relax and be more confident in your ability to be prepared to successfully complete your end-of-semester assignments and final exams!
Happy National Library Week!
This week, April 7-13, 2019 is National Library Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. This year’s theme is Libraries = Strong Communities
Want to celebrate with us? The University libraries have events all week long:
Check out our Library Week page for details on all the events.
Online Trivia Contest:
New trivia questions posted each day!
Both O’Shaughnessy-Frey and Ireland libraries will be having their annual book sale, featuring donated and withdrawn material.
This year, Fallon Advertising Agency donated their entire print library. This includes hundreds of beautiful art and photography books and other books for visual inspiration. Do not miss this!
- O’Shaughnessy-Frey book sale: Monday – Friday, noon – 6 pm, OSF 108
- Ireland Library book sale and silent auction: Monday – Friday, normal business hours, in the reference room.
Saturday, April 6:
- Game night at Ireland library, 6 – 9 pm
Monday, April 8:
- Find librarians and donut holes at the CSA (1st floor Murray-Herrick) where you can ask for advice on holes in your research.
- Find librarians at a pop-up at ASC Dorsey Way
Tuesday, April 9:
- Music and Media open house in the OSF rotunda, 9 am – 3 pm
- Cadenza Mini-concert in the OSF rotunda, 12:30 pm
Wednesday, April 10:
- Japanese book binding demonstration, OSF 302, 10 – 11 am
- Author event: Scott Wright reads from his book, “Windows: Japan and the U.S. in the 1980s.”
Thursday, April 11:
- Mini-golf in the Minneapolis Skyway between Keffer and Schoenecker libraries
- Late Night Scavenger Hunt, in OSF library, 10:30 pm. Preregistration requested.
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!
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!
In need of an invigorating musical performance this summer? Visit The Music and Media Collections on the first floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library and pick up one of our Deutsche Grammophon video recordings. At the age of 88, world-renowned Polish American classical pianist Arthur Rubinstein performs classical piano compositions by Edvard Grieg, Frederic Chopin, and Camile Saint-Saens. Andre Previn conducts this beautifully powerful performance.
Rubenstein: Piano Concertos: M1010 .R897 P53 2006 DVD
Additional classical concerts can be found streaming on the classical music collection Medici.tv. In addition to opera, Medici has many instrumental performances like the excellent chamber music group The Psophos Quartet. This French-based group performs string compositions by Edvard Grieg and Claude Debussy with great energy and poise.
By Sarah Pavey
There is a new video recording studio on campus dedicated to students for group or individual projects.
As an Innovation Space located in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, the video recording studio in room 310 allows students to run with their most creative ideas and produce them into high quality results. The studio space includes a height adjustable SMART Board, moveable furniture, lighting, sound, and a video camera.
St. Thomas Libraries partnered with STELAR to make this a reality as both organizations saw the difficulty in scheduling time at existing on-campus studios and heard students request “more STELAR-like spaces” on campus. This space is modeled around students’ needs for recording projects in a professional, distraction-free manner.
One of the main goals is to make the studio easy to use and available during all hours the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library is open, which is until 2:00 am weekdays during the semester! Students can come in and record independently, making the room a self-service studio.
The studio is also easy to reserve with the online reservation system on the Library webpage.
Read more about the studio features on the library web site.
Faculty assigning a video recording component in their course may direct their students to the online booking site. It is also advised that faculty contact the library with a heads-up so we can properly assist students.
During the month of February, the University of St. Thomas Libraries will be conducting a trial of Brill’s World Christian Database. Click on the blue hyperlink to try the database: World Christian Database.
World Christian Database is an electronic reference source that contains statistical information on world religions, Christian denominations, and groups of people. It also includes extensive details on 238 countries and 13,000 ethno-linguistic peoples, as well as on 5,000 cities and 3,000 provinces. This trial runs through February 28, 2019.
Please try the database and send your comments to Curt LeMay at email@example.com.