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Check out the end of the semester events and services at the Drexel Library and Post Learning Commons!
Group Study Rooms: Reserve a room in the library for studying or group projects. Call 610-660-1904 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a reservation.
Late Night Write Night: Writing Center Tutors will be available Monday, December 9, from 7 p.m. – midnight in their Learning Commons Satellite Location (room 128). Use this online form to make an appointment.
Extended Hours: Starting Tuesday, December 10 the Library and Learning Commons will be open 24/7. Exception:LIBRARY WILL CLOSE SATURDAY, December 14 at midnight, and REOPEN at 9am SUNDAY. Library will close at 7:30pm Dec. 17.
5 Minute Massage: Take a break with a 5-minute massage from a certified sports massage therapist. December 11-13, 8:00-10:00pm
November 2013 A monthly offering from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first novel for adults in eight years. It’s short, at 182 pages, and difficult to put down. It reads like a short story and left me wanting to spend more time in Gaiman’s mythological and nightmarish world.
Our narrator is an unnamed and friendless 7 year-old boy who prefers reading to people. He plays with his kitten, ignores an annoying younger sister, and immerses himself in adventures that pull him into the pages of his beloved books. This boy is frightened of almost everything, especially adults, with their changing moods and the masks he believes they peel away to reveal their darkest sides. A series of events upend his safe, quiet world and the boy finds himself with his first friend and protector, eleven year-old Lettie Hempstock,a girl who may be as old as time. The boy’s curiosity and disobedience result in the unleashing of a monster bent on controlling and destroying his family.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a story about the vulnerability and defenselessness of children. Beautifully written, Gaiman draws you into a world of memory, mystery and magic.
The Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library is happy to house an exhibit of the work of Saint Joseph’s students from Professor Ron Klein’s class, Appropriated Art.
The Book Project – Making art from everyday objects is regarded as a form of artistic expression.
In Professor Ron Klein’s class Appropriated Art, the class explored the idea of reconfiguring a book into an object of art.
The students took advantage of each book’s characteristics and qualities. Some were formal, such as hard back or soft, thick or thin, message or no message. Others concerned themselves primarily with the conceptual content of the book. Students combined both formal qualities and conceptual cleverness to produce beautiful and interesting projects.
Memory and Devotion: The Relic Collection of Burchard Villiger, S.J.,
Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Special Collection Rooms (3rd Floor)
John and Maryanne Hennings Post Learning Commons
Burchard Villiger, S.J., fifth president of Saint Joseph’s (1868-93), amassed one of the largest collections of relics and reliquaries in the United States. This, Villiger considered a most suitable endowment for his newly built Church of the Gesù and college buildings on Girard Avenue in North Philadelphia.
Most of the hundreds of relics in Villiger’s collection were acquired in Rome in the 19th century from “a noble family fallen on hard times” and endure to this day at the Church of the Gesù at St. Joseph’s Prep, at Old St. Joseph’s Church, and at Saint Joseph’s University. About 45 of these relics and reliquaries have been gathered from our Jesuit institutions in Philadelphia for this exhibit.
A 16-page printed text is available at the exhibit venue that creates a context for understanding:
the Catholic Church’s teaching on the veneration of relics
the history of the tradition;
Fr. Villiger’s motives in collecting relics and bringing them to Philadelphia;
sacred and secular relics, power politics and national identity
the direct links from relics in church treasuries to modern museums.
The exhibit will be on display through December.
For more information, please contact:
Director, Saint Joseph’s University Press
5600 City Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19131
Once again the SJU Alliance is selling delicious MANNA PIES (just in time for Thanksgiving!)
Each pie raises enough money to deliver six nourishing meals to people suffering from serious illnesses in Philadelphia.
Our goal this year is to raise $2,000 for MANNA, that’s 80 pies!
We need your help, please go to the HAWKS for MANNA site to make your purchase. Pies can be picked up on Tuesday, November 20th in Drexel Library, between 11 AM and 6 PM. Just check Saint Joseph’s University as your pick up site.