Spoiler alert! The 5 quick tips include: 1. The Circulation Desk is where you’ll check out all of your library materials, including CDs, equipment and interlibrary loans. 2. Library collections include not only books but also DVDs, graphic novels in the Browsing section, dictionaries in the Reference section, manuscripts downstairs in Special Collections, and magazines in the Harman Periodicals Area. 3. Librarians can help you in person at the Research Desk and online via the library web site at http://go.middlebury.edu/lib. 4. Technology and media assistance is available at the Tech Help Desk and the Wilson Media Lab. 5. Peer Writing Tutors are ready to meet with you at the Center for Teaching, Learning and Research (CTLR). BONUS! The library has all kinds of study spaces, from the Wilson Cafe at the entrance of the building, to senior thesis carrels tucked away on the upper levels.
President Harry Truman once said “The only thing new in the world is the history you do not know.” Because the site around Twilight Hall and the Middlebury Municipal Building has recently been a topic of community conversation, we thought people might be interested in these photos from the Middlebury College Archives. For more information on the history of the site and adjacent buildings, see pages 11 and 12 of A Walking History of Middlebury.
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View of Middlebury from Old Chapel in 1867. Notice the building site of the Academy (now Twilight Hall) that replaced the previous wooden structure.
Academy Building in 1893, seen from the east end of the park between College St. and Main St.
Graded School in 1900 seen from College St. just east of Weybridge St.
The Graded School in 1900 seen from the corner of Main St. and Cross St.
In conjunction with an ongoing student project and J-term class, Special Collections has mounted an exhibit drawn from the College Archives– A People’s History of Middlebury College: Student Resistance and Social Change. From an uprising of students in 1822 asking for the dismissal of a professor, to the student strike in 1970 to protest of the war in Vietnam, through the formation of diverse activist groups like the Black Students for Mutual Understanding, the exhibit draws on primary sources in the College Archives. These resources have been heavily used by Hanna Mahon ’13.5 and Kristina Johansson ’14 as they’ve worked on the People’s History of Middlebury project over the past year, and used by the students in the J-term class that Hanna and Kristina are teaching. See the exhibit in the front vestibule, and the Harman Periodicals Reading Area of Davis Family Library.
To listen to an audio recording of the related panel discussion “Middlebury in the 1960s” see this blog post.
Also on display in the Davis Family Library Atrium– Antique wooden toys produced in local toy factories.
New versions of OverDrive app for Android and iOS (iPhone/ iPad/ iPod touch).
What’s Overdrive? It’s Middlebury’s ebook and audiobook collection of prize-winning fiction, non-fiction, and popular reading…(go/Overdrive). If you already have the app installed, you’ll see an “update” prompt the next time you open it. Otherwise, download the updated apps here:
Students and the whole Middlebury community are invited to the Davis Family Library to make Tibetan Peace Flags that will decorate the building for the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This is a chance to share your message of peace, thanksgiving and good will with the Dalai Lama and our whole community. Come and write your wishes, thoughts and prayers, or express your feelings by drawing or decorating your flag.
Tables with flag-making supplies will be set up in the library lobby from Oct. 1-14. Flags will be on display in the library throughout October.
Whether you are a student who is trying to figure out whether to register to vote in Vermont or your “home state” and how, or someone who hasn’t registered or needs to transfer their voting registration, the Voting Registration Guide has information to help you. It also includes resources to help you get up-to-date on issues.
What do the members of the Class of 2016 have in common? The Common Reading 2012 selection, Never Let Me Go (2005) by Kazuo Ishiguro. Over the summer, each student from the Class of 2016 received a copy of this book in anticipation of their arrival on campus. Later this week, these students will meet in small groups with members of the faculty and staff to discuss Ishiguro’s thought provoking work. Several members of LIS including Mike Roy, Joy Pile, and Rebekah Irwin will be facilitating discussion groups. Click here to access the reader’s guide. Come check out the Common Reading 2012 display in the lobby of the Davis Family Library. There you will find additional titles by Kazuo Ishiguro as well as supporting materials including DVDs on bioethics, cloning, and organ donation.
In response to requests for late-night snack options, Dining Services recently installed a snack vending machine in Davis Family Library. You’ll find it on the Upper Level in print/copy room LIB303. Enjoy!