Rock Excavation – Construction Noise

Under Construction
Throughout the semester you will hear a lot of noise coming from the Post Learning Commons construction site.  Construction managers have done their best to keep the noise to a minimum, when possible. We understand that many of you come to the Library for quiet study, which is why construction managers have scheduled the loudest work to occur during our least busy times.

Excavation Schedule:

Starting Monday, January 24, 2011

(M-F) from 6am to 10am – hammering
(T and R) from 6am to 1pm – hammering
(M-F) rest of time – low hum noise

Spring Break – full time hammering
4/22 & 4/25 – full time hammering
Weekends – hammering only if contractors fall behind
Exam Week – They will go silent

We thank you for your patience during this process.

Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales – It’s What We’re Reading

January 2011

A monthly offering from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read.

Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales

For this audiobook collection, Nelson Mandella personally selected each of these 32 timeless tales for inclusion, and in the foreward for the folktales wrote, “It is my wish that the voice of the storyteller may never die in Africa, that all the children of the world may experience the wonder of books.”

The stories are varied in tone and topic and represent every region of Africa. Some tales are reminiscent of familiar American fokltales, others totally fresh and interesting. But one of the most entertaining aspects of ‘listening’ to this book is the fact that the tales are presented by a wide array of celebrity readers including Benjamin Bratt, Whoopi Goldberg, Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Forest Whitaker, to name but a few.  It was great fun trying to recognize each reader as they presented their tale.

This audiobook is held in the Library’s audiobook collection on the 1st floor.

NEW BATHROOMS! – Note change of location

Photograph by C. O. Dixon

As a small army of people and machinery were busy outside the Drexel Library digging trenches, chipping granite and hauling it away over the semester break, there were a smaller number of folks inside Drexel Library re-doing the facilities.  And what a makeover it is!

What were once small, dingy rooms have been replaced with spacious restrooms decked out in a tasteful, but cool color scheme.  If the installation of these new bathrooms is a preview of things to come, we can only anticipate the exciting changes on the horizon!


The men’s and women’s rooms have switched locations so that what was previously the men’s room is now the women’s room and vice versa.

What’s That Thumping?

Photograph by C. O. Dixon

January 6, 2011

The landscape around Drexel Library has changed quite a bit lately. While our immediate surroundings previously included a beautiful garden and bucolic walkways, these same spaces are now occupied by contractors and their machines, busily chipping through granite, leaving a giant hole with offshoots here and there! What could we be thinking!

No worries, though, for what looks like a big, rocky hole in the ground now is the future home of the Post Learning Commons – a technology-rich building dedicated to aiding student learning well into the 21st Century. And so, while all things must pass and we don’t have our former garden and walkways, the Learning Commons will have many “green” elements, such as partial green roof (how cool is that?), living ivy walls, and interesting landscape around the new amphitheater.

In the meantime, there will be rhythmic pounding, thumping and drilling (at least for the next week or so, including Saturdays – 10 hours each day). The lights may go out, the water may stop running, and the building might get cold, but in the end, it will be great! So, until the fanfare of the Grand Opening, we recommend stocking up on Excedrin!