Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Curbside Pickup @ Armacost Library

Armacost Library staff will begin Curbside Pickup on Monday June 1, 2020.

University of Redlands faculty, staff, and students will use the Request feature in Primo to choose items to checkout for curbside pickup. You must be signed-in with your University of Redlands credentials to see the Request option. 

Prompt to sign-in

After signing-in, Request option available

To start, curbside pickup will take place on Mondays and Thursdays, noon-5pm. A Library staff member will email when your items have been picked from shelf. You will be asked to schedule an appointment for pickup of your items. Each appointment will provide a 15-minute window for pickup at the back entrance of the Armacost Library building. If you are unable to pickup requested items, we will also offer to mail items to your current residence. 

If you have items you would like to return, please use the book drop located at the back entrance or mail using USPS book rate. We have extended due dates, so please hold on to your books/DVDs/scores if there is not rush to return. 

If you have questions, please contact us during our reference chat hours or email library@redlands.edu

Monday, May 18, 2020

Signs of Spring

The Longed-for Sun by Enrique Martínez Celaya 
The signs of Spring are all around us: plants returning from dormancy, flowers blooming, and bees reappearing. Spring shows us a resurgence of life after longer nights and colder weather. This season inspires artists, writers, and film makers with themes of renewal, birth, and love, and is the study of naturalists and ecologists around the globe. Though current quarantine measures may reduce our exposure to this treasured season, this post aims to bring you the spirit of spring, from different perspectives.

An early naturalist, John Muir, asks his reader to imagine wandering through a glacier meadow north of Soda Springs in his book, The Mountains of California:

"With inexpressible delight you wade out into the grassy sun-lake, feeling yourself contained in one of Nature's most sacred chambers, withdrawn from the sterner influences of the mountains, secure from all intrusion, secure from yourself, free in the universal beauty. And notwithstanding the scene is so impressively spiritual, and you seem dissolved in it, yet everything about you is beating with warm, terrestrial, human love and life delightfully substantial and familiar. The resiny pines are types of health and steadfastness; the robins feeding on the sod belong to the same species you have known since childhood; and surely these daisies, larkspurs, and goldenrods are the very friend-flowers of the old home garden. Bees hum as in a harvest noon, butterflies waver above the flowers, and like them you lave in the vital sunshine, too richly and homogenously joy-filled to be capable of partial thought. You are all eye, sifted through and through with light and beauty" (1894, p. 129).

Not long after Muir's wanderings through California wilderness, a famous play made its debut in France. In 1913, Stravinsky's ballet, The Rite of Spring, was first performed at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées to an audience shocked by the ballet's violence. It wasn't long before the ballet was banned, though the original choreography has been recreated in a 2008 performance by the Mariinsky Ballet, at the Mariinsky Theatre, in St. Petersburg.

In addition to ballet and music, spring inspires artists working with paint and other media. For example, Enrique Martínez Celaya's work, "The Longed-for Sun" is featured above, and is just one piece by Celaya that incorporates feelings and imagery of Spring. You can view more of his work in ArtStor, such as "The Link of Tree and Sun." If you find Celaya's work intriguing, you can view others at his personal website

Poetry is another form in which a reader can identify the influence of Spring. Although countless examples exist, Yang Mu's poetry is available in a bilingual edition with Chinese side by side with English in the book, Forbidden Games & Video Poems: The Poetry of Yang Mu and Lo Ch'ing. Here is an excerpt of Mu's striking poem, "Spring Song," originally written in 1985, which describes a conversation with the first robin of the year:

He has now stopped in front of the bonsai pine 
Peering left and right. 
The last of the snow on the roof 
Melts rapidly, pouring in torrents into the flower bed— 
"Perhaps my heart just might be greater 
Than the universe," in challenge 
I glare at his short beak, eager and speechless 

His feathers polished from extended flapping in southern reaches 
In a season of dumb indecision 
They are the most reliable light: "Otherwise 
What would guide you during your travels?" 

"I rely on love," he says 
Suddenly raising the level of the discussion 
Beating his glittering wings, jumping into the clump of chrysanthemums 
That were planted last fall and have managed to live through the harsh 
"Relying on the strength of love is a common 
Concept, a type of praxis. Love is our guide" 
He stands among the green leaves and the moss-speckled stones 
Abstract, distant, like a teardrop 
In the rapidly warming air, he shakes himself plump 
"Love is the goddess of the heart... " 
How much more so 
Now that spring has come

Monday, May 04, 2020

Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Solidarity Image of Coy Fish Image from American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

The designation of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the United States is owed to the work of two congressional staffers, Jeanie F. Jew and Ruby Moy, and New York Congressman Frank Horton. Jew first introduced the idea to Horton in the mid-1970s after presidential decrees enacted Black History Month (1976) and Hispanic Heritage Week (1968). Jew and Ruby Moy, Horton's chief of staff, spearheaded the efforts to gain support for a proclamation in 1978. It wasn't until 1992 that Horton was able to introduce legislation to permanently designate May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

May was chosen to commemorate two events: the arrival of the first known Japanese immigrant in May 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railway in May 1869, a feat that would not have been realized without Chinese workers.

Learn more about the deep, rich, and varied communities, histories, and contributions of Asians in the United States in the PBS and WETA five-part documentary series, Asian Americans, premiering May 11 and 12, 2020. Led by a team of Asian American filmmakers, the series examines the significant role of Asian Americans in shaping American history and identity, from the first wave of Asian immigrants in the 1850s and identity politics during the social and cultural turmoil of the 20th Century to modern refugee crises in a globally connected world.

In the U.S., and other majority-white countries, we're experiencing an increase in anti-Asian discrimination and harassment. Learn more about and how to intervene in coronavirus-related racism and xenophobia:

Code Switch: When xenophobia spreads like a virus
APALA: What's your normal? Your stories during COVID-19
APALA, AFL-CIO: Protecting Asian American and Pacific Islander working people
Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council: Stop AAPI Hate Incident Report Forms

The Armacost Library has a wealth of resources to learn more about our shared American experiences.

Kanopy's curated collection of streaming documentaries and film for Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Ebooks available in Armacost Library's collections.

Find recommended reads for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month from your local library, and connect to their ebook collections. Some selections from:
Berkeley Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library
San Francisco Public Library

Moon, K. (2019, May 23). How one woman's story led to the creation of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Time. https://time.com/5592591/asian-pacific-heritage-month-history/