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Migration and Medical Humanities: a Summer Scholar Project and Book Display

Migration and Medical Humanities is a student-curated display in coordination with the Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library and located upon entrance to Drexel Library. All materials were purchased for the Library’s permanent collection in supports of University curriculum, as well as student and faculty research needs.

“My Summer Scholars project is titled Thinking About Migration: Working at a Free Clinic. After completing a semester of service-learning at Inglis House (a wheel chair community) and reading and writing about medicine in the medical humanities course Hospital Stories, I wanted to deepen my experience through additional service that explored the connections between immigration and medicine. With the current rise in immigration and the subsequent healthcare concerns related to the mass movement of marginalized groups, stories of medicine and immigration and their convergence are timely.

This project resulted in three creative nonfiction essays. My first essay detailed my experiences of volunteering at The Clinic, an organization the inthe Philadelphia region that provides healthcare to the uninsured, while cultivating an environment of respect and dignity for these individuals. My second essay described medicine and immigration from the perspective of my grandmother, who moved from Ireland to England in the 1960’s and became a nurse in a London hospital. Finally, my third essay explores the on-going humanitarian crisis at the southern US border.”

– Ceili Hamill, ’20 Biology Major/English Minor. Ceili’s plans after graduation are to attend medical school and become a physician.

 

Active Minds Book Display Highlights Mental Health Issues

About this Display

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.

All Things Breakfast – Our Mid-September Books Display

September is “Better Breakfast Month!”  Although some of our favorite breakfast foods may not be healthy, you can still read about them on our book display located at the entrance of Drexel Library.

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

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.

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!

 

 

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.

Love, Friendship, Romance — It Must Be February!

When you think of February, what usually comes to mind?  More often than not, it’s candy, flowers, and valentines. If that is what you think of, then this month’s book display titled, “Love, Friendship, Romance” will not be much of a surprise.

Featured will be books about the various types of attraction — from that of passionate romance, to various types of love, to deep friendships that stood the test of time. Some books take a historical perspective while others are devoted to particular individuals. From Love, Friendship, Romance” you can see the list of books in the display as they appear in our catalog. If anything strikes your fancy, stop by and take a look, or better
yet, check one out!


-Marian Courtney
(poster: Elizabeth Angelucci ’19)

This display curated by Marian Courtney, Library Operations Manager.

Historic Philadelphia is Featured in our January Book Display

Philadelphia has been called the birthplace of America’s Independence and a “city of firsts”. The first public park, permanent theater, hospital, school, and library were all established here.  Far more than just architecture and institutions, Philadelphia is a city of human ideas and expression. It was here that the first treatise on the abolition of slavery was written and where people gathered to form the first philosophical society in America.

From early scientific invention, to politics, commerce, and the arts – people from all walks of life shaped what is now historic Philadelphia. Browse Historic Philadelphia…better yet, you can find these books on display on the first floor of the Post Learning Commons.

– Susan Clayton

 

This display curated by Susan Clayton, Circulation Services Manager.

More Reading Suggestions for Winter Break and Beyond

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!

– Elizabeth Angelucci ’19

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