The CML in 207 Aderhold is back in business. We have new carpeting, new lights, fresh paint and a completely new, and much better, arrangement. We still have public computers, study space, a copier/scanner & printer, professional research help and, of course, thousands of children’s & young adult books and assorted media. The CML is open to everyone Mon-Thur 8:00-8:00; Fridays 8:00-5:00 and Sundays 1:00-5:00. Come visit!
English professor Barbara McCaskill will speak on “The Rise and Fall of William and Ellen Craft, Fugitives from Slavery in Georgia,” based on her recent book from UGA Press, “Love, Liberation, and Escaping Slavery William and Ellen Craft in Cultural Memory” May 18 at 3 p.m. in room 285 of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.
A reception will f0llow. The event is open free to the public.
The spectacular 1848 escape of William and Ellen Craft (1824–1900; 1826–1891) from slavery in Macon, Georgia, is a dramatic story in the annals of American history. Ellen, who could pass for white, disguised herself as a gentleman slaveholder; William accompanied her as his “master’s” devoted slave valet; both traveled openly by train, steamship, and carriage to arrive in free Philadelphia on Christmas Day. In Love, Liberation, and Escaping Slavery, Barbara McCaskill revisits this dual escape and examines the collaborations and partnerships that characterized the Crafts’ activism for the next thirty years: in Boston, where they were on the run again after the passage of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law; in England; and in Reconstruction-era Georgia. McCaskill also provides a close reading of the Crafts’ only book, their memoir, Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom, published in 1860.
Yet as this study of key moments in the Crafts’ public lives argues, the early print archive—newspapers, periodicals, pamphlets, legal documents—fills gaps in their story by providing insight into how they navigated the challenges of freedom as reformers and educators, and it discloses the transatlantic British and American audiences’ changing reactions to them. By discussing such events as the 1878 court case that placed William’s character and reputation on trial, this book also invites readers to reconsider the Crafts’ triumphal story as one that is messy, unresolved, and bittersweet. An important episode in African American literature, history, and culture, this will be essential reading for teachers and students of the slave narrative genre and the transatlantic antislavery movement and for researchers investigating early American print culture.
The Curriculum Materials Library will be closing for renovations. The week of April 13th, we’ll be partially closed. We will have some access but will begin packing our collection. Beginning April 20th we will be completely closed. The CML should reopen in early June. For more information, please visit our LibGuide.
Spring Break starts this Friday – are you prepared? By which, of course, we mean, Have you picked out what book to read???
We’ve picked some good beach reads and then thoughtfully made them beach ready by putting them in a sand- and water- proof bag. (Preservation librarian approved!) Stop by the Main Library and check one (or two or however many you want) out.
This will be a quickie display – it’ll come down the Friday of Spring Break, March 13, or when the books all get checked out, whichever comes first.
For the month of February, our book displays at Main, Science, and the Curriculum Materials Library feature books set in hot or cold climates/weather. The groundhog said six more weeks of winter – if that prospect delights you, pick up a book about Arctic exploration or murder most foul during a blizzard. If the prospect of more winter is more than you can take, pick up a book set in a jungle or a desert or on a beach.
The Main Library has mostly fiction with some history non-fiction and art books thrown in too. The Science Library has non-fiction from the fields of science and technology, as well as fiction from their Leisure Reading collection. The Curriculum Materials Library (on the second floor of the Aderhold education building) has a mix of adult fiction from Main, as well as Young Adult and Juvenile literature from its own collection.
The Main Library is also keeping track of which books get picked up to see if our readers are longing for the heat or relishing the cold. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed (@ugalibs) for updates on which way the gauge is leaning. We’ll also be rotating out books to keep the selection fresh all month long, so check the table more than once to see if something catches your eye.
For your convenience, once you’ve finished a book, all items can be returned to any of the three branches. Happy reading!
Michael Witmore, director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, is the key speaker for “Libraries and Labyrinths: A Symposium,” Jan. 15 at 5 p.m. in the Russell Special Collections Libraries auditorium. Whitmore will speak on “Reading Variety in Early Modern Print.”
A reception will follow. The event is open free to the public.
The symposium continues Friday at 9:30 a.m. with a faculty panel discussion and, at 11:15, a workshop on “Shakespeare in the Classroom.”
An exhibit featuring private press books from the Hargrett Rare Book private press collection will be on display.
Sponsored by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, the UGA Libraries and the UGA English Department.
Now through Halloween, come by the Main Library and check out our scary book display. (The books are scary and the display kind of is too….)
If you’re not brave enough to reach into the clown, there are some books in front of him on the table too…
You can check out a full list of books on the display (although some may have already been checked out from the display) on LibraryThing
The editors of a new volume of essays about women’s role in Georgia history will speak Nov. 11 at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.
The talk, “Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History: Georgia Women Shape the Twentieth Century,” will feature Kathleen Ann Clark, an associate professor of history at UGA, and Ann Short Chirhart of Indiana State University, who will discuss the collection, “Georgia Women: Their Lives and Times–Volume 2” at 3 p.m. in Room 285 of the Russell Special Collections Building.
“Women were leading actors in 20th century developments in Georgia, yet most histories minimize their contributions,” said Lisa Bayer, director of UGA Press, which published both collections. “The essays in the second volume of Georgia Women vividly portray a wide array of Georgia women who played an important role in the state’s history, from little-known Progressive Era activists to famous president-day figures such as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter.”
Georgia women’s contributions have been wide-ranging in the arena of arts and culture and include renowned blues singer Gertrude “Ma” Rainey and nationally prominent literary figures Margaret Mitchell, Carson McCullers and Flannery O’Connor, in addition to Walker. Other essays profile educators, activists, aviators and entrepreneurs.
“Collectively, the life stories portrayed in this volume deepen our understanding of the multifaceted history of not only Georgia women but also the state itself,” Bayer said.
Clark said the essay collection seeks to remedy omissions from the historical record and connect women’s stories with larger historical events. “More often than not, Georgia women’s stories are marginalized, dismissed or misunderstood,” she said.
A reception will follow the talk. The event is open free to the public. Copies of both volumes of essays will be available for purchase.
This event is part of the UGA Spotlight on the Arts festival and is co-sponsored by the UGA Libraries and UGA Press. For more information, contact Amanda Sharp at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-542-4145.
Earlier this year, we began a display of “Staff Picks” at the Main Library. Now it’s time for students to weigh in and tell us, and their classmates, what books are good.
To help inaugurate “Student Picks” we asked noted book club member and Bulldog football player Malcolm Mitchell to make our first pick. He’s chosen The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. In a rather timely coincidence, we received his pick at the beginning of Banned Books Week and Walls’s book is often challenged at libraries, according to data collected by the American Library Association.
If you’d like to recommend a book, please follow Malcolm’s lead and fill out our submission form. The only limitation we have on which book you can pick is that it has to be one we own. (Check our catalog.) But since we have more than four million items in the UGA Libraries, we hope that it won’t be a problem…
Looking for your summer reading? We’ve solicited recommendations from our Libraries staff and are featuring those books in a new display at the Main Library. It’s on the first floor, to the left of the checkout desk, and right across from the door to the cafe area. The books circulate like any regular book, with regular checkout periods. We’ll be adding more recommendations as books are checked out, so check back often.
Here are the books currently on display:
Hope Dies Last by Studs Turkel, chosen by Walter Biggins, UGA Press
Given the world we live in, and given that we all are perpetual screwups within it, how do we keep going? And why? These are the central questions of life, and Studs Terkel talks to over 60 activists, politicians, and world changers about the potential answers. Hope means different things to different people, and the quasi-oral history doesn’t offer a definitive answer. (If the Bible can’t even do it, why would we expect it of Terkel’s tome?) But the wrestling with the questions is the main thing, and that wrestling is lucid, tear-jerking, insightful, and deeply, deeply moving.
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durell, chosen by Jenifer Marquardt, Cataloging Department
Gerald Durrell was one of the first to believe that zoos should be used to help preserve and regenerate species. My family and other animals is a biography covering the period of his childhood on the Greek island of Corfu. The book is a mix of funny tales of his British family, which included Lawrence Durrell, and the naturalistic studies of a young child.
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, chosen by J. R., Cataloging Department
My hopes for this one were so high that I was inevitably a little let down through absolutely no fault of the author’s. I’m choosing this one nonetheless, because I think what he did here was incredibly valuable, and I can probably say very little about this exploration of the way in which our pettiest actions can crush another human being that hasn’t already been said. One scene in particular was hard for me to get through, in the best possible way, because of its spot-on portrayal of people’s utter lack of compassion for the suicidal person.
Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin, chosen by Amy Watts, Reference Department
If you saw the movie, forget about it. It was rubbish. Rachel is best friends with Darcy, who is engaged to Dexter. Rachel first fell in love with Dexter back in law school, right before he met Darcy. After too many drinks on Rachel’s 30th birthday, she and Dexter end up sleeping together. So then what? Will the marriage go ahead? Whether it does or doesn’t, what happens to Rachel and Darcy’s lifelong friendship? A novel about infidelity that makes you sympathetic to both the cheater and the cheated-on; a story about the fine line between a friend and a “frenemy” – this book is called “Chick Lit” mainly because it’s got a pink and cover and is written by a woman; the issues it’s confronting will be relatable to many readers.