On Display: A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture

At Smith Library… On display this month at HPU Libraries are book selections celebrating the immense role African Americans played in shaping American culture throughout the twentieth century. What would music be today without the transformative voices, musicians, and dancers of early jazz and blues? What would the literary landscape look like without the influence […]

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Searching for World War I Resources

Not long ago I was having a discussion with a library colleague, and I mentioned to her that I love history. “History, hmmm…” she said. “You will have to explain that one to me. I just don’t understand what you see in history.” Ever since, I have been trying to come up with a satisfactory […]

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A beginner’s guide to graphic novels

Graphic Novels are not just thick comic books (check out the comic by Jessica Abel above). They combine words and pictures to produce a uniquely wonderful storytelling experience. I’ve compiled a list of graphic novels that rank among my most favorite of all time. (They are also available to borrow from Smith Library.) Watchmen by […]

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Books We Love: Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets

Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos Sixteen-year-old James Whitman loves poetry, hugging trees, and talking to Dr. Bird, his imaginary therapist. But while James tries to greet each day with a Walt Whitman-esque “yawp,” life hasn’t been the same since his parents, the Banshee and the Brute, kicked his beloved sister Jorie […]

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On display: Women’s History Month

Celebrate Women’s History Month at Smith Library! We’ve put together a display with book selections in honor of this month. Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982, as “Women’s History […]

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