Today's Hours

First Lines

What is it about a book that attracts your attention?  Maybe it’s the title or the author.  Perhaps it’s the cover art.  What if all you had to base your decision upon was the book’s first line?  A well written first line can draw you in and entice you to read the next line, the next paragraph, and beyond.

Our latest book display gives you the chance to judge a book by its first line.  Some will be very familiar…others might interest you enough to take a chance and continue reading.  Visit First Lines in its new location on the first floor of the Drexel Library.

-Susan Clayton


This display was curated by Susan Clayton, Circulation Services Manager and Martha VanAuken, Library Technician.

“Cell Phone Symphony” – Exhibit of Student Art from Graphic Design I

Cell Phone Symphony, an exhibit of student art from Graphic Design I, is currently on display on the 2nd floor of the PLC. The visual interpretations are colorful, varied, and thought-provoking. Here are some samples as well as an overview of the assignment followed by the names of the student artists.

In this project students were asked to:

  1. Create 4 posters from 2 number keys for “Cell Phone Symphony,” a performance by artist Golan Levin, featuring music composed via interaction among the audience’s cell phones. Create a random list of phone numbers (a dozen or so), which will be used to generate visual imagery for the poster,
  2. Devise a system for turning the phone numbers into visual form. For example, the digits 0-9 could each be assigned a color, size, typeface, character, or degree of transparency. The goal of each poster is to suggest auditory experience as well as ideas of social and technological interaction.

Eric Alston
Madison Auer
Isabella Carpenter
Daniel Ciocca
Rick DeBiasi
Julia Donahue
Alexander Gonzalez
Victoria Kane
Delaine Karcanes
Sarah Muche
Kellie O’Brien
Jessica Siegwalt
Corinne Sinesi
Kelly Smith
Anissa Wilson



















Stress Busters and Fun Activities During Finals Week

During finals week, you may want to take a little break while studying to rest and rejuvenate. Here’s what we at the Library can offer you — if something appeals to you, by all means, treat yourself!

Thursday, May 2nd
Get Centered: Pottery Wheelthrowing Demo
Julianna Hankinson, demo potter
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
PLC Atrium

Friday, May 3rd
Unwind: Yoga
Katie Bean, Wellness, Alcohol, and Drug Education (WADE) Program

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
PLC 3rd Floor Lounge

Get Centered: Pottery Wheelthrowing Demo
Julianna Hankinson, demo potter
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
PLC Atrium

Virtual Reality Gaming
League of Legends & E-Sports

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
PLC Atrium

Monday, May 6th
Free Your Mind: Evening Massage
Jim Earley, board certified (NCBTMB) sports massage therapist
PLC Atrium
9:00 – 11:00 PM

Tuesday, May 7th
Unwind: Yoga
Katie Bean, Wellness, Alcohol, and Drug Education (WADE) Program

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
PLC 3rd Floor Lounge

Free Your Mind: Evening Massage
Jim Earley, board certified (NCBTMB) sports massage therapist
PLC Atrium
9:00 – 11:00 PM

May 3rd through May 9th
Play Breaks: Jigsaw Puzzles, Wall-Sized Posters to Color, and Lego Building
various locations throughout the PLC and Drexel Library

Nourish: Healthy snacks

Be in Your Own Zone: Free Earbuds and Earplugs while supplies last!










Campus Coffee Hour Featuring Agape Latte


Agape Latte is an initiative organized through Campus Ministry that fosters dialog between faculty, staff, and students about faith in a welcoming social environment.

Network with colleagues and learn more about Agape Latte and its first year at SJU. Coffee, tea, and light breakfast fare will be available.

This will be our last coffee hour of the year — please join us!


Friday, April 26th

9:30 am – 10:30 am
Post Learning Commons
2nd Floor Lounge


Pulitzer Prize-Winning Books On Display

The 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners will be announced on April 15th. Recognized as one of the most prestigious awards for writers and artists, the Pulitzer has been honoring excellence in the arts, letters, and journalism since its inception in 1917.

Pulitzer Prize Winners will be on display on the first floor of the Post Learning Commons throughout the month of April. Browse these outstanding novels, plays, poetry collections, biographies, and histories!

The Art of Voice with Dr. Kay Cosgrove and her students

Poetry reading | Refreshments | Fun Activity:

At this event, Dr. Cosgrove, Visiting Assistant Professor of English and her creative writing students will read selections from The Art of Voice: Poetic Principles and Practice. Written with wit and style, this craft guide approaches poetry through that vital and mysterious literary element: voice. Bring paper and pen to do a writing exercise from the book.

Tuesday, April 16th
Free Period
PLC, 2nd Floor Lounge

Mark your calendar and come join us!



Exhibit of Pre-Columbian Pottery

If you have been to the Special Collections on the 3rd floor of the Post Learning Commons lately, you may have noticed some pottery on display. Glancing briefly at these items, it would seem they are quite old. In fact, these objects pre-date Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the Americas in 1492. Hence, they are classified as “pre-Columbian.”

Earthenware created by indigenous cultures inhabiting the Andean mountain region of South America, many items depict familiar things. Often found at burial sites, the pottery includes animals, people, and religious deities.

This exhibit of pre-Columbian pottery will be up through the end of the spring semester. Stop by and spend a few minutes contemplating these works.

Library Lines Spring ’19

Spring Break and springtime around the corner — seems a good time to share with you the spring 2019 edition of Library Lines.

Inside you’ll find:

  • an interview with Jenifer Baldwin, our new Associate Director for Public Services
  • news about new electronic resources
  • the Director’s note

Along with these, there are additional noteworthy articles you may find valuable in your work. Take a look!

For more information, contact us.

This Month’s Book Display is “BLUE”

Azure.  Cerulean.  Cobalt.  Indigo.  Navy.  Royal.  Sapphire.  In a word, BLUE.

Our book display for the month of March is something to look at…both inside and out. Outside these books share one thing in common; covers in hues of blue.  Inside the reader can explore the architecture of Gaudi, the beauty of eight centuries of Islamic tile-making, or the fragility of life in the Arctic.

From Issa Rae and Louise Erdrich, to Jon Krakauer and David Baldacci, this display combines disparate subjects and stories that just happen to be bound in blue.

Browse “BLUE” to view all of the offerings in this display or visit us the library. The display is located on the first floor of the Post Learning Commons.

– Susan Clayton


This display curated by Susan Clayton, Circulation Services Manager with inspiration from reference librarian Catherine Collins.

Campus Coffee Hour with the Library Featuring Student Transitions

Our March Campus Coffee Hour features our colleagues in Student Transitions.

March 1, 2019
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Post Learning Commons
2nd Floor Lounge

Student Transitions serves first generation college students, commuters, transfers and low income students. Representatives from Student Transitions will be on hand to answer questions about initiatives they sponsor and services they provide.

Campus Coffee Hours are a great way to network on campus.

Coffee, tea, and light breakfast fare will be available. Please join us!