Did you know Bryant women were not always allowed to wear pants in the library? In 1965 when the campus was still in Providence, the dress code allowed women to wear pants after 3pm in the dorms, but never in the library or any of the classrooms. Thankfully this rule changed in autumn 1969, and we’re happy to see all of you in whatever you choose to wear!
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Admittedly, it was with great hesitation that I started Oprah’s current choice for her eponymous book club – the debut novel “BEHOLD THE DREAMERS” by Imbolo Mbue. After all, what’s an Oprah book choice without the 3D’s (despair, depression, and dysfunction) and I wasn’t quite sure I was looking for that at the end of those lazy days of summer. Much to my surprise, Mbue’s book proved one of the best book choices in Oprah’s 20 year ‘book club’ history. Sure it has the 3 D’s, yet layered in a beautifully written story about a young Cameroonian couple who believe they are on the fast track to living the American Dream, until the 2008 economic meltdown comes into play. A clash of cultures, religion, class systems, race, wealth, and dreams all come into play – making this a must-read book for everyone.
The close of the Spring Semester 2017 is fast upon us, with only a few weeks left before finals. At this time, we ask if you anticipate any need of resources via ILL Requests for final papers, presentations or exams (books, articles, DVDs, etc), please submit your requests ASAP. Keep in mind, it’s a busy time at all college libraries for ILL Requests, and some requests may take longer than usual to fill – but we always do our best to get you the items quickly. Should you have any questions regarding research materials you may need, contact the R & I desk at 232-6299. If you have any questions regarding ILL Requests, contact the ILL desk at 232-6125. We’re here to help!
Professor Joan Zaretti’s “Creativity and the Arts” class has had a busy semester as they’ve been learning how one can explore creativity as a general process of engagement. One of their projects, “Altered Books,” is currently on display in Krupp Library.
This project showcased the students creative reactions to the cover or contents of a book. “They used the text as an inspiration and responded, showing what it brought to mind,” said Professor Zaretti. “This allows them to see how even words on a page are part of a visual and creative response.”
Students chose a book and had the freedom to alter it visually, or even physically alter the book itself. The display highlights the many different interpretations that students had and shows how they transformed the existing piece into something new.
While students had little or no background in visual arts, their response in this project shows a strong display of creative talents that included drawings, mixed media and sculpture.
“This class shows students how artistic communities can find inspiration among each other,” said Professor Zaretti. “The students now see how communities use each other as inspiration. This is a skill that they can translate to other aspects of their lives.”
Come and check out the display!
On Friday, March 17 we celebrate the 20th Annual Women’s Summit at Bryant University – Bryant’s significant event of “Inspiring, Empowering and Advancing Women”. At Krupp Library, we are proud to offer books, articles and DVDs from this year’s keynote speakers: Academy Award winner Geena Davis; Nobel Laureate and Liberian Peace activist Leymah Gbowee; author and leadership expert Mary Kelly, Ph.D.; and health expert, entrepreneur, author Debi Silber, MS, RD, WHC™, FDN. We encourage our community to stop by the library and learn more about these exceptional women through their works and their passionate experiences in ‘inspiring, empowering and advancing women’.
Photo by David Lofink, used under a Creative Commons license.
We’re always happy to help you find whatever it is you need, whether it comes from here in our own library or from somewhere out in the world via Interlibrary Loan. But as we get closer to the end-of-the-semester crunch time, we do feel the need to remind everyone that Interlibrary Loan can take some time, particularly for physical items that may be sent through the mail. As such, it might not be the best option for your last-minute, “Hail Mary” pass sorts of needs, even if we can find a library here in Rhode Island that a.) has the item you need; and b.) can actually supply it, because even in-state requests can take 3 to 5 business days.
Of course, if you still want to attempt the request, by all means go for it, we’re happy to help out in any way we can; that’s our whole deal here. We just want to help manage your expectations a little and save you some frustration if the thing you’re hoping to find takes longer to arrive than you want or need.
Also, it’s a stone cold bummer to have to tell y’all that stuff won’t be here in time.
As usual, there are lots of schedule changes and expanded hours for final exams. Here’s when we’ll be open:
Friday, May 6: 7:30am to Midnight
Saturday, May 7: 10am to Midnight
Sunday, May 8: 10am to 2am
Monday, May 9 to Thursday, May 12: 7am to 2am
Friday, May 13: 7am to Midnight
Saturday, May 14: 8am to Midnight
Sunday, May 15: 10am to 1am
Monday, May 16: 7am to 10pm
Tuesday, May 17: 7:30 am to 6pm
Best of luck on your exams!