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Graduating Library Student Worker of the Day: Erick Gonzalez

April 30th, 2014 by John Jackson

This week, we are spotlighting our graduating library student workers. We’re thankful for all the work they do in helping us maintain library operations and we wish them the best in their future endeavors. Join us in congratulating each of them on their academic achievements!

Today, we are celebrating Erick Gonzalez.

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What is your major?

History w/ Minor in Sociology

What three words best describe you?

Pragmatic, empathetic, socialist

How long have you worked for Wardman Library?

Since January of 2013

What did you like most about working for the library?

Working and learning from the librarians here at the Wardman Library.

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan to take one year off to work and save money, then attend a masters program in education by Fall of 15′.

 

Congratulations, Erick, on graduating from Whittier College! And from all the staff at Wardman Library: thank you!

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Graduating Library Student Worker of the Day: Melanie Molinaro

April 29th, 2014 by John Jackson

This week, we are spotlighting our graduating library student workers. We’re thankful for all the work they do in helping us maintain library operations and we wish them the best in their future endeavors. Join us in congratulating each of them on their academic achievements!

Today, we are celebrating Melanie Molinaro.

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What is your major?

English

What three words best describe you?

Amazing, fantastic, and wonderful 🙂

How long have you worked for Wardman Library?

Two years.

What did you like most about working for the library?

Since the library is one of the most heavily foot-trafficked places on campus, you’re guaranteed to see people you know no matter what time. It was rewarding to be at the center of day-to-day life at Whittier.

What are your plans after graduation?

To use both my English major and Sociology minor by getting my start in professional research writing at a nonprofit organization.

 

Congratulations, Melanie, on graduating from Whittier College! And from all the staff at Wardman Library: thank you!

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An Evening with Writer Ron Carlson

April 29th, 2014 by John Jackson

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Writer, novelist, and poet Ron Carlson will be speaking in Wardman Library tonight at both 4:00 pm (Craft Talk) and 7:00 pm (Reading and Q&A) as part of the Whittier College Writers Festival. Admission is free.

Ron Carlson’s newest novel is Return to Oakpine. He is the author of ten books of fiction, including the novel The Signal from Viking. His short stories have appeared in Esquire, Harpers, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and other journals, as well as The Best American Short Stories, The O’Henry Prize Series, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction and other anthologies; they have been performed on National Public Radio’s “This American Life” and “Selected Shorts.” Ron Carlson Writes a Story, his book on writing is taught widely. He is the author of a book of poems, Room Service. He has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Cohen Prize at Ploughshares, the McGinnis Award at the Iowa Review, the Aspen Literary Award; and his novel Five Skies was One Book Rhode Island in 2009. Mr. Carlson was born in Logan, Utah. He taught at Arizona State University for twenty years and is now Director of the Graduate Program in Fiction at the University of California, Irvine.

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Congrats to Diana Yoon, our Book Sale Raffle Winner!

April 28th, 2014 by John Jackson

Special congrats to Diana Yoon! She won a $25 gift card to In-n-Out Burger for buying a book at this semester’s used books sale. So if you’re friends with Diana, ask her to take you out for lunch. =)

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Graduating Library Student Worker of the Day: Christina Dedios

April 28th, 2014 by John Jackson

This week, we are spotlighting our graduating library student workers. We’re thankful for all the work they do in helping us maintain library operations and we wish them the best in their future endeavors. Join us in congratulating each of them on their academic achievements!

Today, we are celebrating Christina Dedios.

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What is your major?

English

What three words best describe you?

Caring, Ambitious, Child-at-heart

How long have you worked for Wardman Library?

I began working for Wardman Library Fall 2013.

What did you like most about working for the library?

I’ve enjoyed the welcoming and helpful faculty and staff and being able to work with my peers.

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation I plan to intern at a publishing company.

 

Congratulations, Christina, on graduating from Whittier College! And from all the staff at Wardman Library: thank you!

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Newly Tenured Faculty Honored at Wardman Library

April 24th, 2014 by John Jackson

 

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On Tuesday, Wardman Library honored seven faculty members who acquired tenure status or promotion this past academic year. Students, faculty, staff, and administrators came together to celebrate our colleagues and their achievements. Each faculty member was honored by the addition of one book (of their choosing) to the Wardman Library collection.

We have been told from faculty members of past receptions that selecting a book is an agonizing decision, but each choice is fascinating. Here is what each honoree ultimately decided upon and why:

Jonathan Burton (English Literature)

Let’s Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste

“Wilson’s little book is nominally about Celine Dion, but more fully and brilliantly about why we like what we like and how taste is formed by our socio-political contexts. Wilson initially loathes Celine, but develops a reluctant appreciation for her as he meets her fans, attends her Vegas show and considers her work in the context of Quebecois politics, globalization, “schmaltz” and aesthetic theory. Laugh-out-loud funny, searingly intelligent and surprisingly thoughtful, this book remains one of my all-time favorites, and I’m delighted to share it with my friends at Whittier.”

Julie Collins-Dogrul (Sociology)

Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil

“I read Death Without Weeping as an undergraduate student and found that the rich, ethnographic text made extreme poverty in North Eastern Brazil palpably real. The book is about mother love and child death and argues that extreme scarcity shapes maternal thinking and practice. I learned that inequality kills, a truth that I teach in many of my classes at Whittier.”

Erica Fradinger (Biology)

A Brief History of Time

“I’m choosing this book in memory of my father who introduced me to the world of science. His passion was for physics and astronomy, and some of my earliest memories involve rowing out into the middle of the lake in summer to look at the stars and talk about the universe.”

Mike Garabedian (Library)

Books as History: The Importance of Books Beyond Their Texts

“Although their content obviously is important, the physical and formal attributes of books can tell us much about the social-historical moment in which they were produced and consumed. In our own strange moment when the future of print books is questioned constantly, Pearson reminds us to consider and pay focused attention to books’ artifactual value. It’s a perspective we try to bring to bear regularly on collection development decisions here at here at here at Wardman Library.”

Danny Jauregui (Art)

Beyond Shame: Reclaiming the Abandoned History of Radical Gay Sexuality

“Beyond Shame was instrumental in my research because it contextualized the radical gay sex movement of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Understanding this time period was important for my work since the projects I was working on centered on the aftermath of that movement – specifically the AIDS epidemic.”

Ivannia Soto (Education)

En Una Silla de Ruedas

“This book connects to two of my loves: my cultural heritage and the needs of students who learn differently, either because of a disability or a second language. In En Una Silla de Ruedas, Costa Rican customs are portrayed through the eyes of a paralyzed boy who becomes an artist. This book is also special to me because Lyra was one of the first female professors at the University of Costa Rica, and played an important role in organizing women schoolteachers and starting the first Montessori pre-school in Latin America.”

Sylvia Vetrone (Biology)

The Secret History of the War on Cancer

“This book uses cancer to unravel how society has shaped the way science is conducted and disseminated to the general public. Davis shows how much scientists already knew about cancer and its causes by the end of the 1800s, and how various social forces have kept us from moving forward. Readers are transformed as they question what they thought they knew, and begin to realize the importance of attaining science literacy in order to advocate better for themselves and their loved ones.”

View the full set of photos on our Flickr site

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Spring Library Used Book Sale!

April 11th, 2014 by John Jackson

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Celebrate National Library Week with your friends at Wardman Library and walk away with a few books, some free food, and maybe a $25 gift card to In-and-Out Burger! We’ll be celebrating National Library Week from Tuesday, April 15 through Thursday, April 17 with our semi-annual used book sale, including:

  • Used books, VHS tapes, and records for sale
  • Silent auction of special items (ends Thursday night)
  • Raffle tickets for $25 In-N-Out Burger Gift Card for those purchasing used books, tapes or records (ends Thursday night)
  • FREE home-baked brownies Tuesday through Thursday at 2:00 pm
  • FREE freshly-made popcorn Tuesday through Thursday at 3:00 pm

We hope you will join us! Librarians Mike Garabedian tells us that the books for sale this year are some of the best he’s ever seen. =)

 

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Anna Leahy and Roy Mash poetry reading this Wednesday

April 8th, 2014 by John Jackson

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Poets Anna Leahy and Roy Mash will be reading selections from their poetry in Wardman Library, Wednesday evening, April 9 at 7:00 pm.

Leahy teaches at Chapman University and directs the Tabula Poetica Center for Poetry. You can read more on her website. Roy Mash is a humorist, writing wry, whimsical poems about everything from love to monsters. You can read more on his website. We hope you will join us! 

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Author Ramona Ausubel reading Tuesday, April 8 at 7:00 pm

April 7th, 2014 by John Jackson

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Join us tomorrow evening at 7pm in Wardman Library when novelist and short-story writer Ramona Ausubel will be reading selections from her works.

Ramona Ausubel is the author of the novel No One is Here Except All of Us, winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction, the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and Finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. The novel was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, a San Francisco Chronicle and Huffington Post Best Book of the Year. Her new collection of stories, A Guide to Being Born, is one the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of the year and a San Francisco Chronicle best book of the year. It was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Story Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review Daily, One Story, The Best American Fantasy and shortlisted in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Non-Required Reading. She is on the permanent faculty of the low-residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Redaction poetry at Wardman Library

April 1st, 2014 by John Jackson

Redaction poetry guide Redaction poemApril is National Poetry Month! To celebrate, we have set up a poetry-making-station outside the central staircase on the first floor of Wardman Library. Using pages from old books, you can create “redaction poetry” (see images). So take a break, create something beautiful, and post/tape your creations to John’s office window!

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