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


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Brown Bag #11: “Women's Voices from the Muslim World: Three Documentaries”

Please join us next Monday…..
March 24th — Brown Bag Discussion #11
“Women's Voices from the Muslim World: Three Documentaries”

Dr. Rula Quawas
Fulbright scholar-in-residence, Core Division

Where and when: Freeman Large Conference Room, President’s Office, 12:30-2

About this discussion: 
We tend to speak about women who come from the Muslim world and we come to discuss their powerful and political voices which break the silence and blaze new pathways within the terrain of Arab feminisms. By viewing three short films about the personal stories of women from the Muslim world, you will bear witness to women's realities, their hopes, their challenges and their solutions. You will create a space for yourself to experience the diversity and complexity of the Islamic world through the eyes of mothers and daughters and of sisters and wives who are determined to go against the grain and speak their mind. The short documentaries will give you a unique and deep perspective of women of all faiths and backgrounds living in Muslim-majority countries. They will create a circle that can open up spaces for dialogues that accept the rights and freedoms of individuals and respect for pluralism and freedom of speech.

Next up…
To volunteer for a brown bag talk, please contact Paula Olsen,

Thursday, March 6, 2014

DISPLAY: March is National Women's History Month!

March is such a great month. We usher out winter and welcome Spring! It is also the month that we honor and recognize women from across the globe for their contributions and work that inspire generations. At the Miller Information Commons we have a display of books set up that honors many different women. From Joan of Arc to Gloria Steinem, so many women have broken down barriers and paved the way for women to achieve many great things.  We also have bookmarks for the taking and buttons with the faces of many different women in history. So stop by the library and check it out! For more information and resources visit: National Women's History Project.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

DISPLAY: February is African American History Month

Come Celebrate with us in the Library as we recognize the many contributions African Americans have made to our country. A display of books will be up in the Library from February 17-28. We hope you can take a moment to come over and look at the display.

For more information on African American History Month please visit this website:


 Presidential Proclamation -- National African American History Month, 2014

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Americans have long celebrated our Nation as a beacon of liberty and opportunity -- home to patriots who threw off an empire, refuge to multitudes who fled oppression and despair. Yet we must also remember that while many came to our shores to pursue their own measure of freedom, hundreds of thousands arrived in chains. Through centuries of struggle, and through the toil of generations, African Americans have claimed rights long denied. During National African American History Month, we honor the men and women at the heart of this journey -- from engineers of the Underground Railroad to educators who answered a free people's call for a free mind, from patriots who proved that valor knows no color to demonstrators who gathered on the battlefields of justice and marched our Nation toward a brighter day.
As we pay tribute to the heroes, sung and unsung, of African-American history, we recall the inner strength that sustained millions in bondage. We remember the courage that led activists to defy lynch mobs and register their neighbors to vote. And we carry forward the unyielding hope that guided a movement as it bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice. Even while we seek to dull the scars of slavery and legalized discrimination, we hold fast to the values gained through centuries of trial and suffering.
Every American can draw strength from the story of hard-won progress, which not only defines the African-American experience, but also lies at the heart of our Nation as a whole. This story affirms that freedom is a gift from God, but it must be secured by His people here on earth. It inspires a new generation of leaders, and it teaches us all that when we come together in common purpose, we can right the wrongs of history and make our world anew.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim February 2014 as National African American History Month. I call upon public officials, educators, librarians, and all the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.