March 31, 2017
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Prizewinning Edible Books

Our 6th annual celebration of the International Edible Book Festival was a really fun event! If you missed it, here are the highlights.

We had three fantastic judges

Dr. Carrie Tippen, Dr. Heather McNaugher, & Sophie Slesinger

who, after some very serious deliberation,

selected four of our five prizewinning edible books:

Best Tasting
Maryem Aslam, Harry Potter
(chocolate oreo ball snitches)

 

Most Sustainable
Molly Tighe, Seitanic VS
(Satanic Verses)

Most Creative Literary Interpretation
Kate Emory, Julius Caesar

Grand Prize:
Amy Lee Heinlen, A Good Man is Hard to Find

The final prize was determined by the attendees, who voted for their favorite book. The winner of this popular vote prize was:

Maria, Trump: The Art of the Deal

Everyone seemed to have a great time and the library lobby was packed:

Want to see ALL the books submitted? Check out the pictures on our Facebook page!

Also, fun fact: The Wikipedia page for the Edible Book Festival has featured a book from our 2012 event since April 2013 (and we didn’t add it!)! We’re famous!

If you missed this year’s event, don’t worry! There’s always next year, and you can even start planning your entry now. All Chatham students, staff, and faculty are invited to submit an edible book.

March 14, 2017
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You’re Invited: International Edible Book Festival

FREE FOOD! FABULOUS PRIZES!

It’s the event you’ve been waiting for all year. Or perhaps the event you didn’t even realize you’d been waiting for!

Join us for Chatham’s 6th annual celebration of the International Edible Book Festival! Wednesday, March 29th from 4:30-5:30 in the Lobby of the JKM Library.

What’s an edible book, you ask? It’s up to you! It may be food that looks like a book:

Food that was described or consumed by characters in a book:

A fun interpretation of the title of a book:

And whatever else you might think of!

Full details of the event can be found in the Chatham Happenings. Please join us – create your own book to enter for a chance to win one of 5 amazing prizes! Or just come for the free food and to vote for your favorite.

Hope to see you there!

February 21, 2017
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JKM Library Resources on Black Panther Party

Wasn’t Khalid Raheem’s Black History Month Lunch & Learn lecture today so thought-provoking?  Did it make you curious about some of the books, events, individuals, and organizations that played a role in the history of the Black Panther party?  It made us curious and we’re pleased to let you know that many of the topics discussed can be investigated further at the JKM Library.

For one, the JKM Library has available for check-out the George Jackson book, Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson.  Mr. Raheem’s description of Mr. Jackson’s role in the Revolutionary Prison movement was compelling and this primary source resource provides a direct view of the activist’s experiences.  Click here to find the book in the JKM Library catalog.

Huey Newton, whom Mr. Raheem discussed in relation to the effect of imprisonment had on the eventual splintering of the Black Panther Party, is also well represented in the JKM Library collection.  Click here to listen in on Huey Newton’s conversation with Erik Erikson. There are many more volumes in the JKM collections that discuss the history and legacy of the Black Panther Party and the JKM Library staff are always happy to help you find even more resources in our collections.

In fact, we were thrilled to hear Mr. Raheem discuss the Black Panther Party in Pittsburgh and in Philadelphia because we have a brand, new resource that makes Pennsylvania history research even easier!  To search through online databases of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (from 1786 – 1985) and the Philadelphia Enquirer (from 1860 – 2001), just click “P” on the Databases A-Z tab and select the newspaper of your choice.  From here, you can find lots of articles about the history of the Black Panther Party in our region.

We’re only scratching the surface of the resources available in this post, so stop by the JKM Library and let us know if you’d like to dig a little deeper.  We’re always happy to help!

Thanks to the Office of Student Affairs for bringing to Chatham such a compelling speaker and social activist!

 

 

April 2, 2015
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Prizewinning Edible Books!

Yesterday’s celebration of the International Edible Books Festival was a rousing success! Thanks to everyone who participated. IMG_4809

Thank you also to our three wonderful judges for their hard work in selecting the prizewinning edible books:

  • Dr. Heather McNaugher, Associate Professor of English & Creative Writing
  • Malik Hamilton, Food Studies student
  • Amy Lee Heinlen, Librarian and Poet
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Serious deliberation was required to select the prizewinners.

And a big congratulations, of course, to our fantastic prizewinners:

Most Creative Literary Interpretation:
Molly Tighe for Tender is the NightMost Creative Ingredients / Use of Ingredients:
Shuai Lu for Ancient Egypt: The Land and its Legacy
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Most Sustainable:
Breanne Healey for The Very Hungry Caterpillar
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Most Popular Vote:
Rachel Geffrey for Curious George
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Grand Prize:
Tiffany Waltenbaugh, Teresa Scibilia, & Lorraine Yanjtovich for The Very Hungry Caterpillar
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June 5, 2014
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Jerry Caplan 1923-2004

Jerry Caplan (1923-2004) waCaplans a Pittsburgh native and a beloved artists in the community.  His art career begin in the US Army as a member of the 84th Engineer Battalion where he and other artists constructed dummy boats, planes, and tanks as military camouflage.  After the war he was employed in the pipe industry, manufacturing large clay pipes.  Here Caplan gained inspiration for pipe sculptures and ceramics, which led to the creation of some of his seminal works.  Such works include Metamorphosis, a sculpture on the Chatham University campus located outside Mellon Hall.

Caplan greatly contributed to the Chatham community.  He was a well-loved art professor who inspired students and faculty alike.  He believed “the purpose of teaching…should be to help the student first, to think creatively, second, to see rather than just to look, third.”

Professor Jerry Caplan’s life and achievements are currently featured in a University Archives display on the first floor of the Jennie King Mellon Library.  The display includes one case devoted to a sketchbook and photographs of Caplan with Chatham students.  A second case focuses on Caplan’s military experiences and includes photographs and an excerpt from his unpublished memoir.  The final case highlights publications that discuss Caplan’s devotion to teaching and his creative work.Caplan with Students

This display complements the current exhibition in the Chatham Art Gallery, Jerry Caplan and Donna Hollen Bolmgren: Partners in Art.  The exhibition opens tomorrow, June 5th, for Reunion Weekend and runs through August 22nd.  Featured are works of art in the Chatham University Art Collection, including self-portraits and other subjects in oil, drawings in charcoal and pastel, handmade paper, and sculpture in ceramic and plaster.

 

April 9, 2014
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Gwen Ifill Awarded Elsie Hillman Chair

elsieOn April 2nd Chatham University was honored to host Gwen Ifill, the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics’ 2014 Elsie Hillman Chair.  Ifill, who works as moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and senior correspondent and co-anchor for the PBS Newshour, delivered a speech entitled “Politics, Policy, and Reality: What’s Really Going on in Washington.”  With a long history in Washington, D.C.’s halls of power covering politics and moderating two vice-presidential debates, Ifill shared with attendees her experience and respect for women past, present, and future.

Ifill eloquently reflects on her evening spent with Elsie Hillman on PBS’ website, how she admires and deeply respects Hillman’s work in politics as a woman.  Hillman’s rise as a strong leader in Pittsburgh, PA and as a principal member of the Republican National Convention are recorded in Never a spectator : the political life of Elsie Hillman by Kathy McCauley–on the New Books display on the first floor of the JKM Library–and served as inspiration for Ifill.

April 8, 2014
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5 Ways that the Library Will Help You Survive Finals

Believe it or not, Summer is just around the corner. But before you can relax, vacation, and have your parents do your laundry, you still have papers to write, presentations to make, and exams to take. It’s rough, but no need to stress out too much- we’re here to help. Here are some of the ways that the library can make finals a little bit more bearable.

Sleeping Student

Unfortunately, beds are not something that we provide.

Late nights: During finals you might have some pretty late nights, and we’ll stay up late with you. April 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, the library will be open until 2am. If you really want to break the dawn, feel free to use the 24 hour computer lab located in the library entrance.

Study rooms: It can be hard to focus in your room, The Jennie King Mellon Library offers group and individual study rooms you can use to write papers, finalize presentations, and study. During finals group study rooms are very popular, so we suggest that you book them in advance by stopping by the library circulation desk or emailing circdesk@chatham.edu. Individual rooms can be borrowed for 4 hours, but no reservations are allowed- they are first-come, first-served.

Research Help: As always, we are here to help you with your research. We’ll help you find that article on Art-Deco architecture by that guy who’s name starts with H, or the best places to find primary sources to find a primary source. Stop by the reference desk, email jkmref@chatham.edu, call us, send us an instant message through our website, or text us at 724-919-4645 and we’ll be happy to assist.

Citation and Writing: Often the worst part of writing that big paper is worrying about getting your sources cited just right. We have a collection of resources on just about any citation style you need to work with as well as information about when and where to cite, and how to avoid plagiarism. Need someone to look over your bibliography or your whole paper? Make an appointment at the PACE Center on the third floor and have someone review your work.

Blowing off steam: So finals are over and you have some time to kill? Or maybe you’ll go crazy if you have to study for one more minute? Don’t worry- we can help! Did you know that your library is also a library? We have a variety of popular books and movies you can unwind with- Maybe a viewing of Pixar’s Brave will help you be just that.

So while you’re burning that midnight oil, and writing what feels like endless papers don’t forget your library. Whether you’re in the library itself or studying from the comfort of your own home, we’ll be here with ways to make your life a little bit easier.

 

April 3, 2014
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International Edible Books Festival Prizewinners

Chatham University’s third annual celebration of the International Edible Books Festival was a great success! Thanks to all who participated and dropped by to try these fabulous books.

We are also very grateful to our fabulous judges for making the very difficult decision of determining the winners for all prizes except Most Popular Vote: Wenying Xu, Alice Julier, Dave Hassenzahl, and Rachel Grove Rohrbaugh.

Photos from the event can be found on the library’s Facebook page.

Without further ado, the prizewinning books were:

Award: Most Sustainable

Winner: Dan Nolting for Leaves of Grass

Award: Most Creative Literary Interpretation

Winner: Mary Whitney for Melting Glaciers

Winner: Mary Whitney for Melting Glaciers

Award: Most Creative Ingredients/Use of Ingredients

Winner: Hillary Hassenzahl for Phantom Tollbooth

Winner: Hillary Hassenzahl for Phantom Tollbooth

Award: Most Popular Vote

Winner: Cindy Kerr for Twilight

Winner: Cindy Kerr for Twilight

Award: Grand Prize

Winner: Amy Lee Heinlen for A Separate Peace

Winner: Amy Lee Heinlen for A Separate Peace

Several of us librarians were also incredibly taken with the effort and beautiful display of a series of Dr. Seuss books. This display also came in a very close second for the Most Popular Vote contest, so we’re awarding them an Honorable Mention!

Honorable Mention: Tiffany Waltenbaugh, Tess Scibilia, & Lorraine Yanjtovich for five Dr. Seuss books

Honorable Mention: Tiffany Waltenbaugh, Tess Scibilia, & Lorraine Yanjtovich for five Dr. Seuss books

March 11, 2014
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Join us for the International Edible Book Festival!

Last Year's Grand Prize Winner: Passover Haggadah

Last Year’s Grand Prize Winner: Passover Haggadah

Join us in the JKM Library for Chatham’s third celebration of The International Edible Book Festival sponsored by the JKM Library and the Food Studies Program on Tuesday, April 1st from 4:30-5:30. According to the official website (www.books2eat.com), “This festival is a celebration of the ingestion of culture and a way to concretely share a book; it is also a deeper reflection on our attachment to food and our cultural differences.”

Schedule of events:
– 3:30pm – 4:00: All entries must be dropped off in the JKM Library lobby.
– 4:00 – 4:30: Books will be on display and viewers can vote for their favorite for the “Most Popular Votes” prize.
– 4:30 – 5:00: Edible Book tasting
– 5:00 – 5:15: Edible Book Judging (and tallying of Most Popular Votes)
– 5:15: Prize winning edible books will be announced.

Prizes will be awarded for the following categories:
1) Grand Prize (based on overall taste, presentation and creativity)
2) Most Creative Literary Interpretation
3) Most Creative Ingredients/Use of Ingredients
4) Most Sustainable
5) Most Popular Vote

Rules:
1) To submit an edible book, register on myChatham or here: http://www.chatham.edu/events/details.cfm?eventID=11615
2) All edible book entries must be “bookish” through the integration of text, literary inspiration or, quite simply, the form.
3) Your “books” will be consumed, so please list all ingredients for those with food allergies. Also, if you’re attempting to win the “Most Sustainable” prize, be sure to list all sustainable elements, such as local, organic, fair trade, net zero energy use, or recycled.
4) Please bring a serving utensil for your dish.
5) All books must be dropped off in the library lobby between 3:30pm and 4:00 on Tuesday, April 1st.

September 20, 2013
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National Book Festival in D.C.!

book festivalNo plans this weekend? How about a road trip to Washington D.C? This weekend, September 21 and 22, is the annual National Book Festival. This year features authors in fiction and non-fiction, children’s books, graphic novels, and poets doing reading and book signings. Some authors include Margaret Atwood, Terry McMillian, Khaled Hosseini, and Don DeLillo just to name a few.

Pittsburgh to D.C. is easy. A drive down I-70 will take you about 4 hours or if you have a little more time on your hands, the bus (Megabus and Greyhound) and Amtrak all have direct routes into the city. The event is free; for more info check out http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/information/.

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