Category Archives: Displays

Mental Health Initiative Week Resources Available in IRC

079The Student Council’s annual Mental Health Initiative Week is November 28 – December 2, 2016, and books and dvds addressing mental health issues are on display in the IRC and available for checkout.

078Madison Dong, Student Council President, sent out an email with a schedule of the week’s events, which includes activities and seminars that can help students identify mental health issues. The books and dvds on display in the reference area of the IRC can supplement these activities. If any of the weekly activities spark an interest, please stop by the IRC to check out resources that can help you explore mental health issues.

080The following are the events listed in Madison Dong’s email:

Today (Monday) at midday in the Old Caf we will be giving out wristbands
and explaining the purpose of the week. After school from 4:30 – 5:30 in
E121 will be therapy dogs and a school counselor meet and greet.

Tuesday at midday will be an activity for people to mark how stressed they
are, what their stressors are, and how they can relieve stress. From 6-7
in IN2, there will also be a presentation by a clinical psychologist on
performance and perfectionism.

Wednesday, from 4 – 5:30 in IN2, there will be a presentation by the
National Alliance for Mental Illness, and from 4:15 – 5:15 in the TV pit,
there will be a writing workshop by some of the English faculty.

Thursday from 7-8 in the Old Caf will be a forum with 2 IMSA alumni in
mental health professions. They will answer questions on depression and
anxiety and discuss their own IMSA experiences as well.

Finally, on Friday, we encourage everyone to wear green! At midday, anyone
can come to make an origami crane and write a wish on it. We will collect
cranes and put them up for display after the week.

Ms. Mary Myers will also be running a pilates session from 11 – 11:30 on
Tuesday, as well as yoga sessions from 12 – 12:45 on Wednesday and 12:20 –
12:50 on Thursday. These will all be in the multipurpose room, which is in
the main gym.

Please ask any IRC staffer for help if you have questions.



Fantasy book display in the IRC

001IMSA Sophmore Miriam Francis has set up a display of fantasy books on the table near the Reference Desk in the IRC. One of Miriam’s favorite genres is fantasy, and she has created this display to share her interest with others at IMSA.

People can share their favorite books with others by writing the title and author of a book they recommend and dropping it into the box on the fantasy books display table.

All books in the display can be checked out of the IRC.



Banned Books Week is September 25th – October 1st

067BANNED  BOOKS  WEEK is SEPTEMBER 25, 2016 – OCTOBER 1, 2016, and this year’s theme is “STAND  UP  FOR  YOUR  RIGHT  TO  READ.”

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. This week highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

065By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.

This year we have set up the Banned Books display a little early so that we have plenty of time to bring attention to this issue. The books featured in the display have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools around the country.

066While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens because of the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read. As part of the display, we have included a poster with suggestions for getting involved.

All the books in the display can be checked out.

Recommend Your Favorite Book

064IMSA student Urvi Awasthi wants to encourage others to read by recommending her favorite book, and she hopes other students will join her by recommending their favorite book(s).

Urvi set up the display shown above in the IRC to help get the process started. She hopes readers will pick their favorite book from the display or the library shelves and write down recommendations of books they’ve enjoyed.

If the books that are recommended are part of the IRC’s collection, they’ll be put on the shelf in the display, and any reader can check them out.

Any of the books on the display can be checked out.



May the Fourth Be With You

002Happy Star Wars Day! In recognition of this special intergalactic day, Connie James-Jenkin, IRC’s Collection Development and Reference Librarian, has gathered Star Wars related library items in a display, which is hanging on the stacks at the back of the library.

001If you’re not familiar with Star Wars, here’s your chance to check out this franchise. Fans will want to pick up one of these items and immerse themselves in the wonderful world of Star Wars. All these items can be checked out.


Take the 2016 IRC survey this week

National Library Week is a time to think about the contributions of libraries and librarians, and a time to promote library use and support.
We’re celebrating National Library Week by asking patrons to take the 2016 survey of IRC collections and services and tell us how we’re doing. Let us know what we’re doing right and what needs improvement.
Last year more sophomores than any other class took the survey. We’re wondering which class will give us the most feedback this year?
The survey should only take a few minutes, and it’s easily accessible at this website:
After completing the survey, participants will automatically be entered into a drawing for one of four prizes.
The survey is happening this week only, and the opportunity to take the survey and win a prize ends at the end of the day on Friday, April 15, 2016.
We can’t wait to read your feedback, so please participate!

Read a book outside your comfort zone

029The new display in the IRC encourages readers to pick a book in a category that they don’t usually read to broaden their horizons.

030The books have a sticky note on them that describes what subject the book covers to make it easy to pick a book from a new area of interest, like historical fiction or physics.

028All the books on display are available to check out, and readers are encouraged to wander the stacks and pick out a book from the many in the library’s collection.

Women’s History Month Display in the IRC

001Books featuring women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) make up this year’s Women’s History Month display in the IRC.

002Patrons can check out and read about scientists Marie Curie,  Ada Bryon and Rachel Carson. There are books that take an historical look at women in science and medicine from many centuries ago, and books that cover recent stories of women’s contribution to medicine, math or science.

003Stop by and check out any of these items from the display and enjoy an inspiring read about women and the contributions they have made.


Black History Month Read-In on Feb. 29th in the IRC

001A Read-In to celebrate Black History Month will be held in the IRC on Monday, February, 29th, 2016 at 4:20 p.m. This is a collaborative effort, planned and executed by the IRC, IMSA student group PME (Peer Multicultural Educators), and the English department. IMSA student Angitha Bright, ’18, created the Black History Month poster that hangs over the display and is pictured above.

002Artist, author and 1997 IMSA graduate, Tiffany Gholar, is the featured speaker of the Read-In and she will read exerpts from her self published book, “Bitter Pill to Swallow.” Tiffany will be introduced by IMSA faculty member Julie Dowling, who was Tiffany’s classmate.

Tiffany writes about her writing experience on her website:

“I became interested in fiction writing when I was thirteen years old. I began taking as many creative writing courses as I could at school, in continuing education classes, and in college and graduate school. Much to my surprise, the first books I published were about my artwork. It was only after independently publishing three art books that I returned to fiction.”

Copies of Tiffany’s books will be raffled off to IMSA students.

003Members of the IMSA student group, AASA (African American Student Association), will perform a dance during the Read-In, and students and staff will read from original work and works by their favorite authors.

Some of the authors that will be read on Monday may be found in the Black History Month display in the IRC. Works of fiction and non-fiction, and many DVDs of movies and documentaries dealing with black lives and race in America can be found in the display. All items can be checked out of the IRC.

004Food and drink will be served during the Read-In and will be provided by Sodexo.

Reference Desk Display Celebrates the Life of Novelist Harper Lee

001When she learned of Harper Lee’s death last Friday, February 19, 2016, Connie James-Jenkin, IMSA’s IRC Collection Development and Reference Librarian, put together a display that includes Ms. Lee’s iconic novel about race in America, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Go Set a Watchman,” which was released last year, and a biography that provides insight into the famously reclusive author. There is also a DVD of the movie that was made from the novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” All items on display can be checked out.

Ms. Lee, who died at age 89, had been in the news last year when “Go Set a Watchman” was published. There was some controversy over whether or not the book, which has been called an earlier draft of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” should have been published. Questions were raised about whether an ailing Harper Lee had been manipulated into releasing a manuscript she had abandoned years ago.

Ms. Lee’s older sister, who was an attorney, protected her for much of her life after she retired from the public eye following publication of her popular book, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Ms. Lee rarely gave interviews and preferred to live a quiet life in both her small hometown in Alabama and New York City. In later years, she spent all her time in Alabama, surrounded by long time friends and local residents who protected her privacy from outside interest.

The display will remain on the reference desk until this Friday, February 26, 2015.