Come view our library displays for the month of December!
Book display – Holiday Reads
Take a fun, relaxing book home to read over the holiday break!
Book display – The 1619 Project
This month, our diversity display has materials that align with themes of The 1619 Project, a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. Readings from The 1619 Project will be the topic of discussion at the Inclusive Reading Club’s meeting on Dec. 5th at 11:30 a.m., and there is also a library display featuring works from The 1619 Project on the first floor.
DVD Display – “Let It Snow!”
Some classic holiday movies mixed in with movies that contain snow, of any genre, even horror!
Calligraphy as Expression of Devotion
University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Genna Duplisea first noticed in the collection Maria Thomas’s beautiful calligraphic art used for the Mission Statement, Christmas cards for Sister Therese Antone, and other Salve celebrations. Such pieces recall religious manuscripts, in which the meaning and the form of words were both important. Writing is both an expression of the self and, in some cases, a practice of devotion.
She sought to find examples of hand-lettering, everyday handwriting, and designed fonts in the archives. The collaboration between Special Collections and Jamestown artist Johannes von Gumppenberg, whose paintings hang on the mezzanine, also provided many examples of calligraphy design. Many of the selections relate to Christmas because of Salve Regina’s Sisters of Mercy heritage, and so only represents a small fraction of the possibilities of writing as art and religious practice. Duplisea hopes that this display will spark conversation about writing across all faith traditions.
-Book displays, Holiday Reads and The 1619 Project by Gretchen Sotomayor, Special Programs and Instruction Librarian
-DVD display, “Let It Snow!” by Lisa Richter, Associate Director of Public Services and Lori Barile, Systems & Technology Librarian
-“Calligraphy as Expression of Devotion” by Genna Duplisea, Archivist & Special Collections Librarian; Kylee Babcock ’20, Poulin Archives Fellow, co-curated this display