Responses to YOUR Comments #3


There are 6 comment boxes around the library and every week or two we go around and collect the comments. In the past, we’ve read them all and fulfilled those requests that we could but we never explained why we did or didn’t grant a request. So now we’re openly replying to as many comments as we can; that way, you know we’re listening!

So, keep the comments coming! In the meantime, here are some comments and replies from this semester:






Related posts:
Responses to YOUR Comments #1
Responses to YOUR Comments #2

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Meet Lisa Kenyon – Part of our “Featured Librarian” Series


Welcome to our new “Featured Librarian” series!
We thought it would be fun for everyone to know who we are, what we do and learn a bit about why we love libraries.


Our first Featured Librarian is Lisa Kenyon, who is Special Programs Librarian.

Here are some answers she gave in a recent interview:

What is your job here at McKillop Library?
I am responsible for library programming as well as helping students with library research. I am also the personal librarian for the class of 2017.

What degree(s) do you have and where did you get them?
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, VT and a Master’s in Library and Information Studies from the University of Rhode Island.

What departments are you liaison for?
I am the liaison to the Psychology, Social Work and Art departments.

What is the best way to contact you?
Call me at x2278, email me at [email protected] or stop by room 129 in the library any time!

What is the best part of your job?
I love learning the research interests of faculty and students. Sometimes being a librarian is like being a detective, you have to put all the pieces together to find the right answer. I learn something new at my job every day!

What do you like most about the library?
Being surrounded by books.

What library resource do you think is most useful for students and why?
Librarians, of course. While we have a great variety of useful online and print resources, seeking the expertise of a librarian will make getting started much easier.



What are your hobbies and/or personal interests?
When I’m not working, I’m having fun with my two daughters, ages two and four. I love to hike, bicycle, garden and cook with my family. I also like to collage and make small hand bound books (photos above).

Do you have any pets?
Yes, I have a beautiful fourteen year old overweight black cat named Rosepetal.


Do you have a favorite author and/or quote?
I have lots of favorite authors and quotes but the one that comes to mind right now is by Dr. Seuss, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

What’s your favorite book? (obligatory question for a librarian!)
There are way too many to mention. I generally love historical fiction and anything to do with Paris but a few of my most favorite books are The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers, The Color Purple by Alice Walker and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Is there something random about you that you’d like us to know?
When I graduated from College, I rode my bike from Seattle, Washington to Washington, D.C.

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Celebrate International Education Week Nov.11-15 – Win Prizes!



To celebrate International Education Week, we’re hosting a week-long trivia challenge based upon “Art Around the World.” This blog post will be updated each day with a new trivia question; you can either send replies to our email at [email protected] or come to the library and fill out a form.

What can you win? Good question and we have a good answer: a $15 gift certificate to some of Newport’s best restaurants. Here’s the full list:

  • Monday: Raw Power Juice Bar on Bellevue Ave.
  • Tuesday: Rosemary and Thyme on Spring Street
  • Wednesday: Empire Coffee and Tea on Broadway
  • Thursday: Salvation Café on Broadway
  • Friday: Perro Salado on Charles Street

The contest has now ended. Thanks to all who participated and congrats to all the winners!

International Education Week Trivia Challenge: Art Around the World!
Friday, Nov. 15


What famous Mexican painter was this artist married to?

A) Carlos Orozco Romero
B) Alfredo Ramos Martínez
C) Diego Rivera— correct answer!
D) Roberto Montenegro

Congrats to Lauren Lisitano who won a $15 gift certificate to “Perro Salado” on Charles St. for submitting the correct answer!

Thursday, Nov. 14


In which country did Vincent Van Gogh paint this painting (above) titled “The Potato Eaters?”

A) France
B) Ireland
C) Netherlands— correct answer!
D) Belgium

Congrats to Samuel Sacco who won a $15 gift certificate to “Salvation Café” on Broadway for submitting the correct answer!

Wednesday, Nov. 13


Which Columbian artist was about to be a bullfighter, since one of his uncles insisted, but was injured during a bullfight and abandoned the career? Bullfighting was the source of inspiration for several of his works, including his first of watercolors of a bullfighter, which he sold at bullfights.

A) Fernando Botero— correct answer!
B) Antonio Caro
C) Pablo Picasso
D) Santiago Martínez Delgado

Congrats to Hailey Graustein who won a $15 gift certificate to “Empire Coffee and Tea” on Broadway for submitting the correct answer!

Tuesday, Nov. 12


Which French artist painted this picture (above) of his wife in Japanese costume?

A) Honoré Daumier
B) Claude Monet – correct answer!
C) Paul Cézanne
D) Henri Matisse

Congrats to Emmett Ravis who won a $15 gift certificate to “Rosemary and Thyme” on Spring Street for submitting the correct answer!

Monday, Nov. 11

mondayWhich Italian Renaissance artist was a vegetarian and animal rights activist; he would buy caged birds and set them free?

A) Giorgio Vasari
B) Sandro Botticelli
C) Leonardo da Vinci – correct answer!
D) Donatello

Congrats to Cheyenne Boyd who won a  $15 gift certificate to “Raw Power Juice Bar” on Bellevue Ave. for submitting the correct answer!

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Library Displays: Alice Munro – 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature & Native American Heritage Month


In honor of Alice Munro, the 2013 Nobel Prize winner in Literature, there is a display of works by and about this acclaimed Canadian author located on the new books shelf on McKillop Library’s first floor. Munro is known for her masterful short stories found in collections such as Carried Away, The Love of a Good Woman, and Runaway. Commentary on Munro’s stories is also available in critical works on display including Alice Munro’s Narrative Art. More information on Munro and other authors can be found in Literature Resource Center.


Also on display (on the reverse side of the Munro display) is a display of literature to celebrate Native American Heritage month. For more, browse the catalog by Subject: Indians of North America.


In our foyer, we have a display in the glass cases featuring pottery and projectile points on loan from Jon Bernard Marcoux of the Cultural and Historical Preservation program. Information on where the artifacts were found, as well as what year they are from can be found in the display (special thanks to Dr. Marcoux!).

Also featured are portraits and images of Native Americans, all found on the library’s database, ARTstor.

For more information on Native American Heritage month visit:


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