Thursday, February 26, 2015

Charlotte S. Huck Children's Literature Festival

Every year the University community celebrates children's literature with the annual Charlotte S. Huck Children's Literature Festival. This year, the Festival will take place on Friday, February 27 and Saturday, February 28 and the lineup of authors and illustrators includes award winners such as Avi, Lois Ehlert, Kristine O'Connell George, and Peter Brown.

In the Armacost Library we've displayed all of our children's book covers saved over the years. Trisha Aurelio, Technical Services Supervisor, grouped the artwork together by color. If you happen to be interested in children's book illustrations, please drop by to see our most recent exhibit. It will be displayed until Wednesday, March 4th.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Website downtime on Friday the 13th!

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On Friday, February 13 from about 7pm-8:30pm the library website and its research guides will be down for maintenance. Although you'll see the image above you will still be able to access the following library resources using the links provided here. Be sure to bookmark this post to ensure access while our website is down.
Here's an alphabetical list of our article databases and online resources:

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Dana Johnson and Piper Kerman at the University of Redlands!

Elsewhere, California.  Dana Johnson.


Author Dana Johnson, recipient of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, speaks at the University of Redlands Creative Writing Department Visiting Writers Series on Thursday, February 12 in Hall of Letters 100 at 7:30pm.


More California fiction @Armacost:

Ask the Dust: A Novel. John Fante.

Devil in a Blue Dress. Walter Mosley.

The Eyes of the World: A Novel. Harold Bell Wright.

Fearful Symmetry. Greg Bills.

Inherent Vice. Thomas Pynchon.

Living in Ether: A Novel. Patricia Geary.

My Name Is Aram. William Saroyan.

Ramona: A Story. Helen Hunt Jackson.

Orange Is the New Black. Piper Kerman.



More books about women prisoners @Armacost:

Grey Is the Color of Hope. Irina Ratushinskaya.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Black History Month & The First Amendment

February is Black History Month, a period of time each year that we more vociferously celebrate the accomplishments of prominent figures and significant events in African American history (and sometimes the present). This year the NAACP celebrates African American women past and present.

Given events over the past year (and more) it seemed worth considering the intersection of Black History and First Amendment Rights.

Free Speech and Freedom of the Press

Ida B. Wells was a journalist, newspaper editor, anti-lynching activist, suffragist, and women's rights advocate.  A muckraker and investigative journalist, Wells used her Memphis paper, The Free Press, to expose the fraudulent 'reasons' white supremacists used to rationalize the lynching of black men.  She moved to Chicago, and continued publishing editorials on racial injustices, when her newspaper office was destroyed in retaliation.  Learn more about Ida B. Wells:

In 1960 a full-page advertisement ran in The New York Times seeking to raise funds to support Martin Luther King, Jr. defend against a perjury case brought against him.  The advertisement also described a "wave of terror" of police actions against peaceful demonstrators in Montgomery, AL.  L.B. Sullivan sued The New York Times for libel, claiming, amongst other things, the advertisement exaggerated and included inaccuracies. The case eventually went to the Supreme Court, its ruling stating that "Free and open debate about the conduct of public officials, the Court reasoned, was more important than occasional, honest factual errors that might hurt or damage officials’ reputations."  Learn more about The New York Times v. Sullivan by looking up the case in Lexis Nexis and with these books:

Freedom to Assemble

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The freedom to assemble afforded by the First Amendment has been central to civil rights struggles of the past and present. Here are just a few of the books available through Armacost Library related to the protest, marches, sit-ins that fall under the freedom of assembly:

The Black Revolution on Campus;

Student Activism and Civil Rights in Mississippi: Protest Politics and the Struggle for Racial Justice, 1960-1965;

For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights;

Reading Rodney King/Reading Urban Uprising;

Geography of Rage: Remembering the Los Angeles Riots of 1992...

If you haven't seen the movie yet, go see Selma this week (just a few more days at the Krikorian, Redlands).