The SJU chapter of Active Minds has partnered with the Francis A. Drexel Library to create a book display in recognition of National Depression Screening Day (October 3) and Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 6-12). Active Minds is a national nonprofit dedicated to reducing the stigma of mental illness and treatments while promoting greater dialogue about mental health.
The display includes books that tell real stories of individuals struggling with their mental health, popular works of fiction with mental health themes, and books of general mental health information to educate all readers.
1 in 4 adults will experience some sort of mental health related illness in their lifetime, so our goal at Active Minds is to ensure that those individuals are not ostracized and will receive the support that they deserve.
– Brendan McNally, ‘20
Co-President, SJU Active Minds
This display can be found upon entrance to the Post Learning Commons.
Some of the topics include recipes, history, and general facts about your go-to early morning meals. Both e-books and hard copies are available. Take a look!
– Makenzie Koonrad ’22
Book Display curated by Susan Clayton, Circulation Services Manager
Which books would you like to see on display? The library invites you to help us curate the type of book displays you want to see! We’re looking for individuals or groups to put together book displays that will be showcased every month. Book displays can be thematic, subject, or author focused. All genres will be considered!
Scan this code to access our suggestion form or stop by the first floor Drexel library to fill out a form.
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.
This display was curated by Susan Clayton, Circulation Services Manager and Martha VanAuken, Library Technician.
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.
Among the thousands of books released this year, only a handful were chosen by The New York Times to appear on the “100 Notable Books of 2018.” These exciting and interesting selections include various genres and discuss different issues and time periods. The Saint Joseph’s University Library has many of these titles available for check-out. To find these books in our catalog, take a look at the list below!
- An American Marriage: A Novel by Tayari Jones
- The Great Believers: A Novel by Rebecca Makkai
- The House of Broken Angels: A Novel by Luis Alberto Urrea
- Lake Success : A Novel by Gary Shteyngart
- The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories by Denis Johnson
- The Mars Room: A Novel by Rachel Kushner
- My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
- The Overstory: A Novel by Richard Powers
- There There by Tommy Orange
- Wade in the Water: Poems by Tracy K. Smith
- Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
- The Witch Elm: A Novel by Tana French
- Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig
- Arthur Ashe: A Life by Raymond Arsenault
- Calypso by David Sedari
- Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America by Beth Macy
- Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
- Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker
- Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther, and the Fight for the Western Mind by Michael Massing
- Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith
- The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis
- God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State by Lawrence Wright
- Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
- How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan
- The Library Book by Susan Orlean
- Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
- These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore
- We The Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights by Adam Winkler
- What The Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha
– Elizabeth Angelucci ’19
Peruse the list and get that special someone a great holiday gift, find something for yourself, or simply use the list itself as a gift.
See Season’s Readings 2018 for this year’s list as well as links to all the previous years. Enjoy!
– Marian Courtney
Recently, the Free Library of Philadelphia announced it’s “One Book, One Philadelphia” selection for 2019: Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel by Jesmyn Ward.
Besides Sing, Unburied, Sing, the library has books from previous years. Some are featured below:
- The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
- The yellow birds : a novel
- Cold mountain
- Orphan train
- The price of a child
- The color of water
- The things they carried
- The soloist
Check one out and let us know what you think!
– Cynthia Slater and Marian Courtney
We may think that our politics has been intense over the last couple of years, but it’s still nothing compared to what has happened in the past. As the country prepares for this year’s Mid-Term elections, we present our newest book display: “Vive la Révolution!: The Movements and Revolutions that Changed History (for better or worse).” This collection describes Revolutions of all kinds, from the paradigm-shifting French Revolution to the bloodless, symbolic “Revolution of 1800” to the deadly rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in Germany and more.
The collection also focuses on some of the important social movements that have shaped modern society, from the Civil Rights Movement to the quest for equal rights for Women and the LGBTQ community.
The buzz about the new student-run Saxbys in Campion is hard to miss — between the article in The Hawk as well as the one in Philadelphia magazine, it is an exciting opportunity and we wish them success in their venture.
The Library has books (and e-books!) on all things coffee. Check them out!
– Cynthia Slater and Marian Courtney