January 26, 2015
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Popular Reading Display

As we neared the end of the fall semester, we at the library asked our patrons to let us know what they wanted to see on the Popular Reading Display. You suggested, and we listened! The display was filled with new titles in the middle of January, so make sure to stop by and see what made it to the table.

Here are some of our new features:Pop Reading Jan

Have your own suggestions for the Popular Reading Display? Send an email to circdesk@chatham.edu or stop by in person and let us know!

January 10, 2015
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January Displays – Mentoring and Women in Politics

Mentor DisplayProfessional mentoring is commemorated during the month of January. JKM Library is highlighting the importance of mentoring and leadership in the workplace in conjunction with the 2015 Ready to Run Conference with a book display on the First Floor. Books are available on mentoring, leadership, and women in American politics. If you’re interested in finding more information, ask a Reference librarian for help finding articles and e-books.

Ready to Run is presented at Chatham by the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics. The two-day conference will be held on January 30th and 31st. Registration is required. Day one’s pre-conference focuses on Women of Color in Pennsylvania Politics, and the topic of day two is Campaign Training for Women. Keynote speaker is Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz.

December 2, 2014
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Dying for a great mystery?

Dying for a great mystery? Our mystery-theme book display is exactly what you need!

There are cozy mysteries, detective stories, thrillers, and classics for everyone to enjoy. Authors include: Kathy Reichs, P.D. James, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Dorothy Sayers, Alexander McCall Smith, and many more.

Not sure which genre you like? Sample a few, or check out one of the non-fiction books on the history of mystery.

October 2, 2014
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October Reads: Scary Tales, Curious Mysteries, and Terrifying Monsters!

It’s officially October and time to find some good reading material!  Check out our display of scary tales, curious mysteries, and terrifying creatures-all sure to set the mood for the upcoming Halloween holiday.  For those who love vampires, we have Dracula, The Historian, and The Vampire Lestat.  There’s also more classic titleshalloween-150363_640 such as Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and The Turn of the Screw.  We are also featuring some select horror films along with some books about monster makeup in movies.  Stop by today and see what there is for you to pick up!

Don’t forget to check out An Evening with Poe” which features two of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous short stories: The Raven and The Tell-Tale Heart. This performance will keep you on the edge of your seat and get you in the Halloween spirit! Directed by Don DiGiulio and John Michnya.

October 17, 2014 to October 18, 2014
7:30 PM
Eden Hall Campus – Large Barn

October 1, 2014
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LGBT History Month

The JKM Library is commemorating LGBT History Month during October with a book display of items from the collection. Come into the library to check out one of these great titles on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history and culture. Popular and documentary films are also available.

Check out one of these upcoming campus events:

September 22, 2014
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Residence Life Event: Cultural Dinner

On Sunday, September 28th Chatham students are invited to gather on the Quad for a global meal. The food will be prepared by other students and will reflect their home culinary traditions.

To celebrate this festive meal the JKM Library is highlighting food writing and traditions from around the world! Check out the book display on the First Floor for essays, memoirs, and cookbooks reflecting the diversity of culture represented through food.

Look for:

  • Street food around the world : an encyclopedia of food and culture — The publication’s editors travel around the world studying affordable and simple food traditions. The book includes recipes too!
  • Que vivan los tamales! : food and the making of Mexican identity — An historical approach to the shaping and influences of Mexican food culture.
  • Endless feasts : sixty years of writing from Gourmet — Read about M.F.K. Fisher’s travels through Switzerland; Ray Bradbury’s musings on dandelion wine; and James Beard’s lesson in pasta.

Have you discovered a favorite place to eat in Pittsburgh? Whether the cuisine is new or reminds you of your traditions at home, we want to know! Leave a restaurant recommendation for someone. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next dinner out, take a recommendation with you!

September 10, 2014
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Film Screening: Connected By Coffee

Naturality, a “student-led organization at Chatham University that advocates for health, nutrition, sustainability, and environmental activism issues,” is hosting a screening of the documentary Connected By Coffee on Saturday, September 13 at 7:00pm in the Rea Coffeehouse. cbc_posterimage_3-31-14The film documents the travels of two American roasters through coffee cooperatives in four Central and South American Countries. The filmmakers explore the social and economic effects of the coffee growing industry in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.

Visit the film’s website before and after the viewing for resources to get involved in your community and around the world! Or, visit the Book Display on the library’s First Floor for books on economics, industrialism, and development in Latin America.

Shopping for Fair Trade and Equal Exchange products is one way that you can impact the lives of growers around the world. One of the companies that works to provide fair wages and policies for coffee farmers (and growers of other produce) is Equal Exchange.Equal-Exchange-logo Their website provides a helpful country by country history of the coffee industry and socioeconomic impact of the crop. You can learn more about the products in your grocery store by looking for their logo and reading descriptions of their practices online.

If you’re interested in social documentaries, check out one of these similar titles:

  • The Take (2006) – A group of Argentinian automotive workers take over a factory following the 2001 economic collapse.
  • The Future of Food (2004) – Are there consequences to what you eat?
  • Black Gold (2006) – Discover the injustices behind your morning cuppa Joe.

August 23, 2014
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Film Screening: Come Back, Africa

The Chatham community is invited to a screening of Come Back, Africa by Lionel Rogosin. The film tells the story of a black South African named Zachariah living during the apartheid in the late 1950s.

When: Sunday, September 7th at 6pm

Where: Sanger Hall

Pizza and popcorn will be served! A discussion panel will follow the film. This event is brought to campus in collaboration with the Sembene Film Festival.

Before you attend the screening stop by the JKM Library for books on South Africa and the apartheid. A wide variety of materials are on display on the First Floor of the library; many will be available in the “Year of” display throughout the 2014-2015 academic year.

August 2, 2014
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August Display: Card-Catalog-Craft-Corner

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This was taken before I had coffee and realized that “shelf” had an “L” in it.

Welcome to August! Summer’s winding down and also somehow getting hotter. Luckily we have all these card catalog cards you can use to fan yourself with. You can also use them to make art, August is also national art appreciation month and that’s the theme of this month’s display.

We have some great library materials on display, mostly focused on crafts and thinking critically about art. But in the display, they are mostly a pretense to get everyone to  make art with our catalog cards!

So please, make some arts and/or crafts! Making art will surely help you appreciate the art of others!


Need some inspiration? Take a look at what some professional and amateur artists were able to do with library catalog cards:

University of Iowa Cartalog

American Craft Council, Library Card Project

Want to learn more about Art History and art Appreciation? Check out these Databases:

Art and Architecture 


Extra Credit:

You might also want to keep an eye out for notes created for the Random Note Project, or follow the Notes @ Chatham tumblr for notes found by others.

Fossil Record

“Fossil Record” by yours truly


June 6, 2014
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The Islamic month of Ramadan begins on June 28th. The ninth month in the Muslim calendar, Ramadan is marked with fasting, prayer, and recitations from the Qur’an. The month of Ramadan is significant because it was during that time that the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.

This information was provided by Credo Reference. For more information about Islam, Muslim culture, and Ramadan, visit the Databases A-Z list and select Credo Reference. Try using their Basic Search or Mind Map features!

Click one of these titles to access the e-book from EBSCOHost:

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