On Display at the Library: Altered Books

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Professors Joan Zaretti’s “Creativity and the Arts” class has 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 on display in the Douglas and Judith Krupp Library.

This project showcased the student’s 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 choose 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!

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20th Annual Women’s Summit : Learn more about the Keynote Speakers

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 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’.

End of the semester Interlibrary Loan… time may NOT be on your side.

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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.

Library Schedule for Final Exams

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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!

Early Openings for Fall 2016 Class Pre-Registration

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Pre-Reg

Just a reminder that we’re open at 6:45am April 6th-8th and 11th-14th to help answer any questions, offer assistance, or just provide a quiet, peaceful environment for pre-registration for Fall 2016 semester classes.

And remember, if you have long overdue and billed library items, you probably have a block on your Banner account.  If you have a block on your Banner account, you won’t be able to register for classes or housing, receive grades or transcripts, or get your diploma.  If you can’t register for classes or housing, receive grades or transcripts, or get your diploma, you’ll have angry parents.

Basically, it’s like a really negative version of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and you’ll want to avoid that.

Old games collecting dust? Donate them to the library!

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Game Donation

Do you have a chess set you never use?  Are you tired of your reign as Monopoly board slum lord?  Finding yourself Uno-ed out?  No longer winning at the game of Life?  No longer feeling Sorry?  Haven’t got a Clue?  Settled Catan to the point of overpopulation?  Lost your Ticket to Ride?  Looking for a less Trivial Pursuit?

(Okay, I’ll stop.)

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, and you have a bunch of complete, gently-used board and/or card games collecting dust in a closet or under the bed, consider donating them to the library!  We’re looking to build a collection of games for people to use as a way to pass the time and relieve a little stress while they’re here in the library (especially as we approach mid-terms and finals).  People have asked us in the past about adding some games to our collections, and you can help us do that.

Contact the Borrower Services desk for more information.