Thursday, September 18, 2014


Monday, Sept. 22 through Friday, Sept. 26

Special Event: Banned Books Kick-Off during Roundtable 
with hosts Chuck Bashaw & Lindsey Rae
Monday, Sept. 22 at 12:15pm in Fireside Lounge

Greetings provocateurs, creative minds, and proponents of free-speech --

Every year, we join forces during Banned Books Week to celebrate the importance of the First Amendment and raise awareness of the ongoing dangers posed by censorship. Many of the books you love and have read for class are "banned" and have been removed from libraries and classrooms across the US. Books are "banned" or restricted when a person or group deems them "objectionable," for reasons like profanity, sexuality, and other topics that are considered "unpopular" or even "unorthodox." 

We invite you to raise awareness and appreciate your freedom to read this week. Check out our display on the first-floor featuring a number of banned books from our collection. We bet you'll be surprised by some of the titles you see there! Discuss censorship and show your support by picking up a button or bookmark when you stop by the library. 

Frequently banned & challenged titles to explore...

GoodReads, Banned Books: Lists of banned books compiled by and tagged as "banned" by readers. Lots of provocative and controversial books inside!

American Library Association, Frequently Challenged Books of the 21st Century: "Each year, the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the top ten most frequently challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. The ALA condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information."

tldr: Censorship is alive and well. Raise awareness. 
Love a banned book. Read freely!

Monday, September 15, 2014

DISPLAY: We Remember September 11,2001

In remembrance of the attacks on the United States on September 11,2001, a display was set up in the library.  For more information please visit the links below.

National September 11 Memorial &Museum

Grief and Celebration at the 9/11 Memorial

National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

DISPLAY: Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July everyone! In honor of our nations birth, a display has been created at the Miller Information Commons. Come check out all the wonderful books that we have on  Ben Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and many others. And.... we also have buttons to give away! Hope to see you soon. Please check out some of the links below and have a safe and happy fourth of July! 

Liberty Bell Center

Statue of Liberty National Monument

Monday, April 14, 2014

New Exhibit at Perry Hall: Marketing Vermont

Think the Vermont tourism industry is a fairly new development? Think again. For more than one hundred years, government officials and private businesses alike have marketed the state as an unspoiled land perfect for scenic automobile trips, exhilarating hiking adventures, and lakeside relaxation. Marketing Vermont: Tourism Publications in the Llewellyn Collection of Vermont History, which opened in Perry Hall earlier this month, features guidebooks, maps, and souvenirs published in the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth century, including this souvenir book containing photos of Burlington and vicinity:

Views of Burlington and Lake Champlain, author unknown, c. 1900, LL #2010.1.455

Monday, April 7, 2014

"Week of Noise" & "Day of Silence"


The "Day of Silence," this Friday, April 11th, is a nationally honored remembrance day. This student-led national event is a day for LGBTQ communities and allies to come together and acknowledge the "silence" that results from hate speech, bullying, and subtle "othering" of LGBTQ peoples.

INCLUDE, Champlain College's student-directed LGBTQ group, is organizing a week of events called "Week of Noise," beginning April 7th and concluding on April 11th, "The Day of Silence." 

The library has hosted a display in honor and support of the events of the week.  Please stop by, check out our display, and be part of the change.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Winners of the 2014 Edible Books Festival

Many, many thanks to all of you -- chefs, judges, voters, and audience -- who made our first annual Edible Books Festival such a rousing success!   All the entries were fantastic, fantastical, and definitely edible.   Congratulations to our 2014 winners:
  • Best Team Entry:  Cyndi Brandenburg and family, "Where the Sidewalk Ends"
  • Best Individual Entry (Tie!):  Robin Ploof, "Money can't buy happiness…but it can buy books and that is almost the same thing"
  • Best Individual Entry (Tie!):  Adele Holoch, "Twelfth Night"
  • "Punniest" Entry:  Academic Affairs Office (Kellie Nadeau), "A Farewell to Arms"
  • People's Choice Award:  Cyndi Brandenburg and family, "Where the Sidewalk Ends"

 Special thanks to our judges:  Chef Sandi Earle, Prof. Suzanne Glover, Kennedy Tran, Erik Oliver, and special guest judge Brian David Johnson.

If you missed it, check out our Facebook photos at .    Co-sponsored by the Core Division and the Library, Champlain's Edible Books Festival is part of an international phenomenon described at  Based on this year's amazing participation, we suspect that it may become an annual campus event ! 

Thank you,

The Edible Books Committee
Betsy Beaulieu
Janet Cottrell
Sean Leahy
Steve Wehmeyer

Monday, March 31, 2014

Champlain Chautauqua: Edible Books Festival!

Take part in Champlain's first Edible Books Festival!

Where: Miller Information Commons
When: Tuesday, April 1

Entries on display from 11am | Judging will begin at Noon
Formal tasting/awards ceremony begins at 3pm!

Prize Categories include:
Best Individual Entry
Best Group Entry
People's Choice

What Is It?: The Edible Books Festival is an international, multi-media, participatory creative event which invites us all to a “world banquet where delicious, surprising bookish foods will be consumed.”  Playful and provocative, the festival explores the integration of food with “text, literary inspiration or, quite simply, the form [of the book].”

For examples, visit the links below:

Special Thanks to the Edible Books Committee - Betsy Beaulieu, Janet Cottrell, Sean Leahy, and Steve Wehmeyer