Book Review: Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan

Through painted portraits, and the voices and thoughts he imagined for them, three-time Coretta Scott King winner, Ashely Bryan, has created a beautiful picture book relating the lives of eleven slaves. Using an authentic estate document from the Fairchild’s Appraisement, July 5, 1828, that listed each slave with a price, Bryan breathed life and humanity into what was then believed to be the owner’s “property.”

My favorite parts of the book are the pages that express the slaves’ inner thoughts. The illustrations come across as dream-like, which gives a surreal feel to their personal expression. Written in free verse—this would be a perfect read aloud for Black History month.

Check out Freedom Over Me from the Clermont College Library.

 

Penny McGinnis
Technical Services Manager

Puzzled at Clermont?

Did you know the first jigsaw puzzles were created in 1762 by London mapmaker, John Spilsbury? He created them from “engraved maps pasted onto wood and cut into pieces along political boundaries.”

Putting together a jigsaw puzzle is a great way to spend downtime. We have set up a puzzle table in Clermont College Library for everyone’s enjoyment. We hope you’ll stop by and be puzzled!

Williams, Anne D. “Jigsaw Puzzles.” Early American Homes 28.6 (1997): 28. MAS Ultra – School Edition. Web. 13 Jan. 2017.

Penny McGinnis
Technical Services Manager

Welcome Back, Clermont Students!

Dear Students,

I’m so happy to welcome you all back to campus!

With help from generous donors, we’ve worked hard during the winter break to make the library a better place for you to study, hang out, and get assistance with research. The big changes  include an upgraded service point and new front doors. We’ve also relocated some furniture and the printer-scanner combo in order to serve you better. Stay tuned for more improvements coming soon this term, including electric access for more first floor study tables and for the circular couches in the library atrium.

Let me know what you think of all of the changes!

Best wishes for a productive and happy spring semester,

Katie Foran-Mulcahy
Clermont College Library Director

Do You Enjoy the Music of the Season?

I asked the Clermont College Library staff to share their three favorite holiday songs.

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Here are the top picks:

“Christmas Canon” by Tran-Siberian Orchestra

“Nuttin’ for Christmas” by Stan Freberg

“Christmas Don’t Be Late” sung by The Chipmunks

-Natalie

 

“The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts Roasting) sung by Johnny Mathis

“Hark the Herald Angels Sing” by Charles Wesley & George Whitefield

“Christmas Time is Here” by Lee Mendelson and Vince Guaraldi from Charlie Brown Christmas

-Penny

 

“White Christmas” from White Christmas

“Silver and Gold,” from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

“A Good Old-Fashioned Christmas” from A Garfield Christmas

-Katie

 

“White Christmas” sung by Bing Crosby

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” sung by Burl Ives

“Silent Night” sung by the Temptations

-Kathi

 

We wish everyone a wonderful holiday season.

Snowflakes at Clermont College Library

“Everything’s magical when it snows, everything looks pretty. The clothes are great. Coats, scarves, gloves, hats.” –Lorelai Gilmore

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We may not have snow outside, yet. But we do have a table set up in the Clermont College Library where students can cut out snowflakes. We’ve provided patterns, paper, and scissors. And we encourage you to use your imagination as well.

       Take a few minutes between classes and snip some snowflakes.

Penny McGinnis
Technical Services Manager

Japanese Pop Culture: Anime at Clermont College Library

The Clermont College Library is pleased to present “Japanese Pop Culture: Anime,” on display November and December in the Peters-Jones’ display case.  Anime, manga and assorted figurines from several popular anime series are now on loan to the library from the personal collection of Victoria Winland.

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Do you know the difference between Anime and Manga? Anime and Manga are two different storytelling media. Confusion arises between the two when the same story has been presented in both anime and manga versions. Did you know that you can order graphic novels, manga and anime through OhioLink?

For more details, please stop by and talk with our friendly library staff or visit our website at Clermont College Library!

Natalie Winland
Public Services Manager

Stay Safe Online

As Clermont College students you’re required to use the internet. Research, social media, and music are some of the ways you interact with the computer. Have you thought about whether the sites you visit are safe or whether the email you open might infect your computer with a virus?

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As you cruise online, please be aware of the dangers:

  • Viruses-infect your computer (a crashed computer is a useless computer)
  • Spam-junk mail (who needs more of that)
  • Phishing-collects personal information you don’t want to share (think bank account, social security number)
  • Hacked accounts-send spam from your address to your friends in order to steal information (among other things)

The list could go on, but you get the picture. For tips on how to prevent online attacks visit Stay Safe Online.

Also check out:

Staying Safe Online: Digital Footprint 

Penny McGinnis
Technical Services Manager

The Art of Origami in the Library

During the 2016-17 semesters Clermont College Library will be offering a variety of hands-on activities throughout the year that we hope evokes a sense of enjoyment and rejuvenation.

This month, stop by between classes and practice the art cranesof origami. We’ll have a table set up with instructions and origami paper provided. Use this as a time to relax during the busy day or just explore the craft of paper folding.

The crane is one of the most popular pieces of origami. According to National Geographic, the crane was thought to live for 1,000 years and became a symbol of hope.

You may want to check out Leyla Torres YouTube video where she shows how to fold a paper crane.

We also have origami books in the library:
Absolute beginner’s origami : the simple three-stage guide to creating expert origami 

Origami jewelry : more than 40 exquisite designs to fold and wear

If you want a few minutes to chill between classes or an hour to zone out and relax, stop by the library and fold paper.

Penny McGinnis
Technical Services Manager

Student Art Spotlight: Guy Zimmerman

 

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It may be the fall term, but the bright colors of spring and summer will stick around in the Clermont College Library thanks to student artist Guy Zimmerman.  Created from his own original photographs, these digitally-enhanced depictions of flowers and rugged terrain are dazzling and electric. Mr. Zimmerman is also interested in geology and worked as a Senior Data Systems Specialist at GE prior to his retirement.

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Don’t miss this fantastic edition of the Student Art Spotlight.  The exhibit will run through December.

 

Katie Foran-Mulcahy
Library Director

Come See What’s New at the Clermont College Library!

Tyler iPadLeft your phone charger, headphones or calculator at home? Need an iPad to complete an assignment?

Come to the library and check out a phone charger for your Android, iPhone 5 & 6 or headphones for 2 hours. Calculators check out for 24 hours and iPads can be checked out for 1 week.

For more details, please stop by and talk with our friendly staff or visit: http://www.ucclermont.edu/library/services/circtech.html

Natalie Winland
Public Services Manager

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