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I Found It in Special Collections: Beatrix Potter

Oct 15, 2012 by Emily Wells

The story of how nine, first-edition books by Beatrix Potter found their way into the Mount Holyoke Special Collections...


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Tea and Buns pictures!

May 03, 2012 by Mary Stettner

Tea and Buns 

Pictures from yesterday's extremely well-attended study break tea are now available online at  Thanks to everyone who stopped by to enjoy a visit with the baby bunnies (courtesy of Biology's Jenny Atkins!), button making, and browsing a selection of kids books from the library collections.  Here's hoping you all returned to your finals preparations feeling refreshed!

LITS Honors Our Graduating Student Workers

May 02, 2012 by Debra Morrissey

Library, Information and Technology Services (LITS) is honoring our student assistants in the Class of 2012.

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Tea and Buns

Apr 30, 2012 by Mary Stettner

Finals are near which means it's time for another LITS study break tea!  And not just tea, but tea and bunnies (yes, bunnies!), books, and buttons.  Visit the library's Stimson Room on level six this Wednesday, May 2 from 4-5 pm.  Featuring baby bunnies courtesy of Biology's Jenny Atkins, a selection of children's books from our circulating and Special collections, the ever-popular button maker and, of course, refreshments.

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"The Hunger Games" Craze

Mar 28, 2012 by Karen Mehl

Have you caught the wave?  Do you know Prim?  Katniss?  Peeta?  What division are they from?  Who is your favorite Capitol character?  Did you see the movie over the weekend?  Have you read the series?  Who will Katniss eventually end up with?  Keep the secret, make your friends read the books!

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Galileo’s Muse in the Library Court

Nov 23, 2011 by Jennifer King


November 16 - December 16, 2011,

Williston Court

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Ross Collection Exhibition

May 19, 2011 by Jennifer King

Williston Library Court, May 18 – June 4, 2011

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New Food Book Purchase: Building a Housewife's Paradise

Feb 21, 2011 by Amy Wisehart

 Building a Housewife's Paradise: Gender, Politics, and American Grocery Stores in the Twentieth Century by Tracey Deutsch

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Craftivism for J-Term: what will you make?

Jan 03, 2011 by Sarah Oelker

Craftivism is a new term for an old idea.  It combines crafting, making an object by hand, with activism, working to bring about change.  Some common reasons for engaging in craftivism are environmentalism, economic issues, and political statements.  Here are some books LITS owns that will help you to be a craftivist too. 

 In Knitting for Good! (TT820 .G828 2008) Betsy Greer defines and explores craftivism, and talks with many people who knit for various causes about how and why they do their chosen art.  Patterns are included, but the book is also an interesting read for non-knitters who would like to explore craftivism. 

Heroes of the Environment (GE55 .R64 2009) is a collection of
stories about people across North America who are working to preserve
resources, clean up pollutants, and generate clean energy, in a variety
of settings, both rural and urban.  Some of the activists profiled are
still in school, while some have been activists for many decades.  Many
of them started small, with local cleanup efforts or projects for
school, and found ways to make a big difference. 

"Small changes can add up to big results for the planet" is the tagline on the back of How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint (TD171.7 .Y373 2008), and this book delivers well-categorized suggestions for making little changes that will add up to big improvements.  This book is packed with facts about our energy and resource use-- you'll find yourself reading about things you'd never thought about before!   

The Guerilla Art Kit (TT157 .S37 2007) explains various methods of introducing impermanent art into public spaces.  Techniques include chalk, wheat paste, stencils, knitting, homemade stickers, postcards, photographs, and live plants.  The book also describes nondestructive methods for placing guerilla art, but cautions readers that "you are on your own" when considering legal and appropriate locations for your art works. 

Who says you can't garden in a dorm room or small apartment? Don't Throw It, Grow It! (SB419 .P415 2008) will help you decide which leftovers from your lunch or dinner to grow into pretty plants for your windowsill or desk.  Get closer to your food: get to know the plant it came from.    

The contributors to Recycle This Book (TD171.7 .R43 2009) include some of the most beloved authors of youth literature, all writing about ways that young people can reduce their environmental impact, find creative ways to recycle, and encourage others to do the same. 

 It's J-Term: what will you make? 

Find Recent Fiction at the Library!

Dec 21, 2010 by Amy Wisehart

Looking for some good recent fiction to ease into winter break? Check out our Finding Fiction guide!


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