Throughout the first floor of Drexel Library are ten displays highlighting female artists.  This exhibition is a collaboration between Dr. Martha Easton’s Art 107 course, Kathleen Vaccaro’s Art 133 course, SJU art librarian Jenifer Baldwin, and SJU Gallery Director, Jeanne Bracy.  In order to raise awareness of the work of women artists, and provide more inclusive representation of these artists in the library’s book collection, SJU students created the book displays, accompanying essays, and portraits.

ART 107: Women, Gender, and Art
Dr. Martha Easton and Jenifer Baldwin, SJU’s librarian for art, collaborated on developing the assignment in which students selected the books and researched and wrote essays providing context for the artists’ lives and work.

ART 133: Drawing 1
To celebrate and understand the work of a variety of women artists on a deeper level, students in Kathleen Vaccaro’s Drawing I course researched the lives and work of the artists and created a portrait inspired by that artist and her artwork.

Nan Goldin
The Artist and the LGBTQIA Community
Photo Credit
Book Selections and Essay
Carly Rybinski, Lilly McCann, Josie Clark

Frida Kahlo
Self-Exposed in Exposés
Andrew Rhoades
Book Selections and Essay
Lauren Cavanaugh, Gregory Anderson, Kaitlyn Patterson


Georgia O’Keeffe
Creating Art for Herself
Timothy Wolff, Donald Maloney
Book Selections and Essay
Erin Duffy, Veronica Wilson, Hannah Delfaco-Losa

Faith Ringgold
Fighting Discrimination with Quilts
Photo Credit
Queen’s University
Book Selections and Essay
Maria Bio, Emily Crawford, Aaron Shafer

Käthe Kollwitz
An Artist for Social Justice
Alex Gomes, Yaonan Zeng
Book Selections and Essay
Emily Bendock, Sophia Dell’Arciprete, Natalie Nguyen

Barbara Kruger
Her Impact on Contemporary American Art
Haley Fusar
Book Selections and Essay
Maddie DeMarco, Michelle McCann, and Mia Porter

Yayoi Kusama
“The Princess of Polka Dots”
Olivia Amwake, Janine Dempster
Book Selections and Essay
Lauren Catalano, Gianna Darreff, Will Egbert


Cindy Sherman
Female Self-Portraiture and the Power of the Self

Zicong Deng, T.J. Dewitt
Book Selections and Essay
Lauren Hawkins, Jayne Baran, Peyton Drift

Jenny Saville, Lucian Freud, Alice Neel
The Unconventional Female Nude
Erin Mongeluzi, Austin Strazzulla
Book Selections and Essay
Jancarla Herrera, Juliana Magriples, Anna Keppel

Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun, Adelaide Labille-Guiard
Beating the Odds: Art Career, the Academy, and Family
Erin Sweeney



While some of the book cover images have been included above, pictured below is a sampling of the student art in “Focus on Women & Art”.

A reception for the exhibit will be held in the library on Tuesday, February 4th during Free Period. The students, faculty and art librarian will be on hand to discuss this interesting collaboration and answer questions you may have about the process and outcomes.

“Focus on Women & Art” will be up throughout the spring semester.




























































































Research help has moved closer to the main service desk for easy access!

Getting to know a librarian can provide ongoing support throughout your time at the University.

We can help with:
  • Formulating and refining topics
  • Searching for and locating relevant, credible sources including articles, books, data, images, and more
  • Organizing and citing sources

To set up a meeting with a librarian, either complete this form, or make an appointment through Starfish on the student portal.

Check out our new space, Drexel Library Rm. 120, adjacent to the newly-painted print alcove — you can’t miss it!

You're probably aware that winters in the Northeast can be cold and dark and seemingly endless some years. Sometimes getting lost in a good book can make all the difference! Maybe we can help.



The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Sympathizer starts at the end of the Vietnam war but begins with a Viet Cong agent’s life in California as a spy. The agent ingratiates himself in the life of South Vietnamese army general as they make a new life in Los Angeles. Particularly engaging is that the story is from the point of view of the agent, creating a foil to the American portrayal of the war. A darkly comedic section includes the agent’s involvement as a consultant to a Hollywood film about the Vietnam War.  ~ Anne Krakow


A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

In 1922, a Bolshevik tribunal places Count Alexander Rostov under house arrest at the Metropol Hotel in Moscow for being an “unrepentant aristocrat.” Resigned to a tiny room at the top of the hotel, Rostov creates a new world for himself surrounded by the goings-on of the hotel. The story takes place during a turbulent time in Russia’s history, but the Count’s story is light and winsome, reminding reader of beauty and wonder that exists always. ~ Anne Krakow


Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

is a novel about half-sisters, born in Ghana in the 18th century, who never meet. The book follows their divergent lives, as well as the lives of their descendants, both in Africa and abroad. ~ Sarah Bolce



Hollywood Homicide by Kelly Garrett

Dayna Anderson is a down-and-out former actress who witnesses a murder (but doesn’t know it at the time), but due to her desperate financial situation, seeks to find the murderer and collect on a reward so she can help her parents keep their house before it’s foreclosed on by the bank, and before becoming a victim herself. ~ Michael Brooks


Hollywood Ending by Kelly Garrett

Emboldened by her success in solving her first murder, Dayna Anderson once again involves her friends and reluctant partner and becomes embroiled in another murder mystery connected with the underside of Tinseltown. But has she strayed too far out of her league this time. ~ Michael Brooks



New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

I was about 400 pages into Kim Stanley Robinson's New York 2140 when my husband asked why I hadn't given up on it yet.  He had misunderstood why this climate-change novel by the acclaimed science fiction writer was taking so long to read.  Far from a slog, New York 2140 so vibrantly depicts New York City, several decades after fifty feet of sea level rise, that you must take the time to fully inhabit it's surprisingly satisfying realism; a world of intertidal real estate bubbles, digital market manipulation, and infrastructure worries like waterproofing your skyscraper.  The story, never sentimental and often funny, is woven through with characters recognizable from today's cities; treasure-hunters, day traders, a police inspector, cooperative-housing residents, the post-flood equivalent of an Instagram Influencer and, of course, some wiley coders.  Where some novels might have situated these characters in the midst of the great flood catastrophe, Robinson has said that "at some point, science fiction has to imagine the people who come after, when the situation will be natural," and has called this book a "comedy of coping."   The convincing and colorful characters, making their way in the SuperVenice (Manhattan) and surrounding boroughs, are the agents of the author's bigger story of social and economic justice.  New York 2140 situates the city as central protagonist, as a resilient and ever-evolving organism. This imagining of the future landscape is antithesis to the burned-out cityscapes of most post-cataclysm fiction.  Instead, it is a celebration of urbanism and human resilience. ~ Jenifer Baldwin


Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber

This book is about when love and dreams confront reality. Jodie is a sous chef and city girl who travels to the remote Alaskan town of Ponder to take a summer position cooking at a lakeside lodge. Come fall she will be returning to Seattle to her dream job with a famous young chef in one of Seattle’s hottest new restaurants. Josie of course meets and falls in love with an outdoorsman who loves nothing more than to stay in the wilderness and make her his wife, which would mean giving up her dream job and abandoning her mother back in the city to stay in the isolated town. ~ Martha VanAuken


The Institute by Stephen King

This thriller novel focuses on a sinister organization called the Institute and the abduction of a young boy with telekinetic abilities who is also telepathic.  Using his intellect and help from other kids, one boy is determined to survive his battles against the evils of this institution. ~ Margie Guinan




The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father by Janny Scott

For lovers of local history.  This book examines the writer's family history as a member of Philadelphia royalty, as the daughter of Robert Montgomery Scott, the Duke of Villanova and former president of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and granddaughter of Hope Montgomery Scott. ~ Cynthia Slater




The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West  by David McCullough

A fascinating recount of the settlement of the western frontier, beginning with the Ohio Territory. Large stretches of primeval forests, populated with panthers, wolves and massive trees of various species are burned and cleared. Highly principled leaders champion freedom of religion, free universal education, and the prohibition of slavery. For better or for worse, a uniquely American story. ~ Marian Courtney


The Peregrine by J. A. Baker

This wonderfully crafted masterpiece of nature writing condenses 10 years of hikes by the author through the English countryside of Essex surveying Peregrine Falcons into a single season from October 1962 to April 1963. ~ Christopher Dixon





Bloody Mohawk: The French and Indian War & American Revolution on New York’s Frontier by Richard Berleth

The people and geography of the Mohawk River Valley west of  Albany, New York played significant roles in the often-violent struggle for Colonial North America and the American Revolution. ~ Christopher Dixon




The Man Who Solved the Market: How Jim Simons Launched the Quant Revolution by Gregory Zuckerman

An interesting read for anyone curious about the lives and intellectual struggles of a core group of people who demonstrated, and profited from, the possibilities of algorithmic trading. Gregory Zuckerman traces the careers of Jim Simons and his associates through their transition from university mathematicians and Cold War codebreakers to developers of lucrative hedge funds that competed with academia (and former colleagues) for talent and skill. ~ Daniel Holden



The Great Fires by Jack Gilbert

An amazing book of poetry about love, loss and mourning that I have been reading for almost a year. The poems are so beautiful it seems right to read them again and again. ~ Lesley Carey

Memoir, Cookbooks, eBooks


Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl

A memoir of Reichl’s time at Gourmet magazine, Save Me the Plums is “sprinkled” with recipes as well as many personal anecdotes that round out the narrative. The recipes offer the reader an opportunity to experience the story with all senses. An enjoyable experience. ~ Marian Courtney



Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home by Jessica Fechtor

Stir is a memoir with recipes. At the age of 28, Jessica Fechtor almost died from a brain aneurysm that burst. The author’s road to recovery, physical and emotional, involved cooking, as well as the support of family and friends. ~ Sarah Bolce


The Legendary Cuisine of Persia by Margaret Shaida

I am not an avid user of eBooks, so I'm always surprised by how varied our expanding collection is. I happened upon this great cookbook after listening to a friend talk about all of the delicious things her family was making to celebrate Persian New Year and found that we had several Persian cookbooks in our eBook collection. This one includes intriguing things like "Syrup fingers" and "Ice in Heaven."  If Persian food is not your thing, try searching on "COOKING" as a subject, limit the Source Type to "eBooks" and you can browse through over 1,700 cookbooks with everything from recipes of antiquity to paleo, vegan, gluten-free, to entire books about ramen, pickles, and beer cheese. Did you ask Santa for an Instant Pot? Here you go!  How-To Instant Pot. Missing your Italian grandmother? Try Cooking With Nonna. Want to get in on the salad-in-a-Mason-jar craze, or maybe turn over a new leaf and cook some bugs?  Burnt out on packing your kid's lunch?  eBook to the rescue! Many of these eBooks are available to borrow as a full download when you create an account. Let us know what you find! ~ Deborah Lenert

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!

Tuesday, December 10th
Unwind: Yoga
Emily Forte, Assistant Director Student Success

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Wachterhauser Seminar Room
PLC 2nd floor

Tuesday, December 10th – Thursday, December 12th
Get Centered: Pottery Wheelthrowing Demo
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
PLC Atrium

Wednesday, December 11th
Free Your Mind: Evening Massage
Jim Earley, board certified (NCBTMB) sports massage therapist

9:00 – 11:00 PM
PLC Atrium

Virtual Reality Gaming
League of Legends & E-Sports
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
PLC Atrium

Thursday, December 12th
Free Your Mind: Evening Massage
Jim Earley, board certified (NCBTMB) sports massage therapist

9:00 – 11:00 PM
PLC Atrium

Tuesday, December 10th through Tuesday, December 17th
Play Breaks: Wall-Sized Posters to Color, Model Magic, Jigsaw Puzzles 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!


Best wishes for a successful semester and a most enjoyable (and needed) Winter Break!
See you next semester!











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.

The latest book display is a mash-up of various themes all centering on holidays or festivals around the world. Some themes are religious, such as Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanza, while others are of secular feasts. These secular festivals can be as dissimilar as portrayals of coming-of-age ceremonies among African tribes or Soviet propaganda parades.

You can find this highly visual display on the first floor of Drexel Library across from the Main Service Desk. The books are all available for checkout!

– Marian Courtney
Art Work – Makenzie Koonrad ’22


This display was curated by Makenzie Koonrad ’22 and Martha VanAuken, Library Technician – Circulation


Calling all Marketing Majors: fall semester is winding down and finals are just around the bend!
At this workshop, Reference Librarian Cynthia Slater will help you find answers to all your Marketing research questions.
Don’t be shy — stop by!

Tuesday, November 26th
11:00 am – 11:30 am
Drexel Library
Instruction Lab, 1st floor

Need a space to work on your paper? Need a block of uninterrupted time for writing? Have any last minute questions?

Reference Librarians will be on hand for last minute assistance you may need.

Don’t be shy — stop by! There MIGHT be snacks!

Tuesday, November 19th
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Drexel Library
Instruction Lab, 1st floor

Whether you are using MLA or APA, this workshop will answer all your questions about citations.

Don’t be shy — stop by!

Tuesday, November 19th
11:00 am – 11:30 am
Drexel Library
Instruction Lab, 1st floor