“World Mental Health Day is an international day for global mental health education, awareness, and advocacy against social stigma.  Observed by World Federation for Mental Health and the World Health Organization.”
Just in time for this special occasion, our librarian for SHSE and Psychology, Naomi Cohen, has compiled a new research guide for Mental Health.

The protests in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor have rightfully raised questions about structural racism in our country.  Over the next few weeks, Drexel Library will spotlight resources in the library collection that discuss these topics.

–Anne Krakow, Library Director


This week, we’re highlighting anti-racism articles and literature for children. Naomi Cohen, Education Resources Librarian, has put together this list.  Some are print books in the library collection, but many others are available on audio and e-book format. 

Have a book to recommend? Use our online request form. 


Picture books:

A Kids Book about Racism / Jelani Memory (video read-aloud)

Let’s Talk about Race / Julius Lester (video read-aloud)

On the Playground: Our First Talk about Prejudice / Jillian Roberts (ebook)

The Other Side / Jacqueline Woodson


For older readers:

The Hate U Give / Angie Thomas (also made into a movie)

All American Boys / Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely

March / John Lewis (3-volume graphic novel memoir by civil rights leader and U.S. House Representative from Georgia)



Becoming Upended: Teaching and Learning about Race and Racism with Young Children and Their Families (NAEYC)

How to Talk to Kids about Race and Racism (Parent Toolkit)


Further Resources:

EmbraceRace: Where to Find Diverse Children’s Books

Resources for Talking about Race, Racism and Racialized Violence with Kids (Center for Racial Justice in Education)

The SJU Library has thousands of ebooks available RIGHT NOW! You likely know that already, but did you know that we have arts & crafts books, ready for a study break or family crafting time?

Origami Activities for Kids : Discover the Magic of Japanese Paper Folding, Learn to Fold Your Own Paper Models
Origami 101 : Master Basic Skills and Techniques Easily Through Step-by-step Instruction
Origami Games for Kids Ebook : Action-Packed Games and Paper Folding Fun! [Just Add Paper]
Tomoko Fuse's Origami Boxes: Beautiful Paper Gift Boxes from Japan's Leading Origami Master
Classic Origami for Beginners Kit Ebook : 45 Easy-to-Fold Paper Models: Full-color Step-by-step Instructional Ebook
Origami Animal Sculpture : Paper Folding Inspired by Nature: Fold and Display Intermediate to Advanced Origami Art: Origami Book with Downloadable Video

Looking for some video resources to help your students while away from campus? Need a video resource for your research paper? We can help!

Take a look for documentaries, films, news clips, interviews, and other content available in our three primary streaming video resources:

AVON: Academic Video Online
Films on Demand

These sites provide video transcripts, closed captioning, shareable links for use in Canvas, and citation tools.

For help using these resources (and for information on adding video links to Canvas), please consult our help guide, reach out through Reference Chat (from the library homepage), or contact us.

These online teacher resources can be used by parents, grandparents and anyone else who is looking for quality online material to engage the children in their lives. This fantastic collection, categorized by subject area, was compiled by SJU Librarian Naomi Cohen, liaison to the School of Health Studies and Education.

Pictured is Jennifer Walker, Head Gardener of the Barnes Arboretum at SJU. Jennifer, with a small group of volunteers, has found a way to reuse old newspapers from Drexel Library. The newspapers are used to thatch the beds, keeping the beds warm and preventing erosion while bare. Since most libraries can’t keep newspapers forever, it’s nice to know there is a way to re-use them instead of recycling them.

Interested in adding a documentary to your class?  Looking for some academic video content to use in a research paper?  Check out the streaming video resources available through the library from Academic Videos Online (AVON), Films on Demand, and Kanopy.  Content includes documentaries, films, news stories, performances, speeches, foreign films, and TV programs.

Access these resources from our Databases A-Z list or find out more about their use in our new streaming video guide.

-Daniel Holden, Serials and Electronic Resources Librarian




The Archives and Special Collections has created SJU Collections Online  to make information about the University’s collections more accessible to students, faculty, staff researchers and the public.  The database  contains records for institutional photographs, collected memorabilia and rare books.  More materials will be added on a regular basis.

Take few moments to browse through the virtual collection and learn something new about Saint Joseph’s University’s rich history.  For research assistance, or to consult the physical materials represented in the database, email Archives and Special Collections staff (archives@sju.edu) to make an appointment.

– Christopher Dixon, Archival Research Librarian







Below are NYT Notable Books in the SJU collection. Looking for a good read over Winter Break? Browse the Popular Reading collection (first floor Post Learning Commons). Suggest a title for the Popular Reading collection with this form.

American War by Omar El Akkad

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

The Dark Flood Rises by Margaret Draible

Fresh Complaint: stories by Jeffrey Eugenides

A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Sunders

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America by Frances FitzGerald

The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson

The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel

Grant by Ron Chernow

The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis

Jainesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

Looking for the Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic by Alice Kaplan

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

-Cynthia Slater, Business Reference Librarian


Scanbookscan2Center™ technology brings library use to the
next generation with the latest software; seamless
scanning network integration, and remote system diagnostics.

This electronic document management system, equipped with effortless document sharing, is fully compatible with email, Google Docs, and other external devices, such as flashdrives.

The new scanner system has two new functions: save scanned documents to your Google drive, or sends document to not only SJU email system but other email systems like Gmail, Hotmail, etc.