5/23/12 – Saint John’s Bible Event for Area Archivists

Saint Johns Bible

Wednesday May 23, 2012 1:00 to 3:30pm

Special Collections
3rd floor – Post Learning Commons

Saint Joseph’s University

View several volumes of The Saint John’s Bible and the BBC documentary of the making of the Bible.

The Saint John’s Bible is the only handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Monastery since the advent of the printing press more than 500 years ago. Commissioned by the monks of St. John’s Abbey in Minnesota, the Bible is a fusion of ancient artistic materials and techniques with modern technology envisioned by Donald Jackson, the official scribe and calligrapher for the British Crown.

This event will conclude with a tour of the newly-constructed Learning Commons and the refurbished Drexel Library.

For more information contact:
Marjorie Rathbone

1 for 1 Commencement Challenge: Celebrate the Class of 2012!

SJU’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations is asking all alumni, parents and friends to participate in the 1 for 1 Commencement Challenge by making a gift to honor current seniors during the month leading up to Commencement, May 12, 2012. They will be counting down the donors needed to reach 1189 gifts during this month long challenge, one gift for every graduating senior. Not only will challenge participants be honoring SJU seniors (even a specific senior if they so choose), they will be supporting current and future SJU students as well.

Check out their website to learn more about the Commencement Challenge, to chart its progress, and to donate!

Caleb’s Crossing – It’s What We’re Reading

May 2012

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

Caleb's Crossing
Caleb’s Crossing
Geraldine Brooks

When Geraldine Brooks first moved to Martha’s Vineyard in 2006, she discovered a map of the early native Wampanoag people who inhabited the island before the white settlers came. The map marked the birthplace of Caleb, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College in 1665. Brooks was fascinated by the idea of a young native succeeding in this early bastion of puritanical elitism. She immersed herself in the minimal records of Caleb’s tribe and those of white families who settled on the island in the 1640’s. Brooks created her story, Caleb’s Crossing, in the voice of the brilliant young daughter of the island’s Calvinist minister, Bethia Mayfield. Bethia hungers for knowledge and education but has to stifle her dreams while her dull brothers are carefully prepared for study at Harvard. She meets Caleb at age 12 and their mutual affinity for nature and knowledge creates a lifelong bond.
Brooks creates a fascinating look at early academia, the stifled lives of young women and the crush of civilization on Native American lives. As in her other fiction, Geraldine Brooks takes on big ideas and couches them in rich historical detail. A good read.

This novel can be found in the Popular Reading collection on the first floor of the Library.