March 3: Author Paul Fleischman on campus

Thursday, March 3, at 3:30 pm, Seedfolks author Paul Fleischman will be giving a talk in the University Hall Theatre.

Copies of the book are available in the Library’s Children’s Materials (Lower Level), as is a Teacher’s Guide (In process, will be located in Children’s Materials at 371.3078 M353s 2007 7-8T)

Paul Fleischman’s novels, poetry, picture books, and nonfiction are known for their breadth and innovation.  He received the Newbery Medal for Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices  (Library Children’s Materials 811.54 Flei), a Newbery Honor for Graven Images (Fic Flei), and was a National Book Award finalist for Breakout (Fic Flei).  His book Seedfolks has been used in citywide reads across the country.  In 2012 he was the United States’ nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award for the body of his work.  His most recent book, Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines (363.7 Flei), was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.  He lives in Santa Cruz, CA.

The Seedfolks book was used as a common read in the Bayh College of Education last semester. Our Diversity, Inclusion, and Global Engagement Task Force picked the book for its rich possibilities for discussion on issues of diversity, community, and inclusion.

Feb. 24: Authors and Artists Recognition Reception & Program!


Library hosts 31th annual ISU Authors and Artists program and reception

Cunningham Memorial Library’s annual Authors and Artists program and reception will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Library Events Area.

The only campus event that honors the written or artistic material or performance of ISU’s faculty, staff and students, this year’s 31st annual event will feature ISU faculty and emeriti who published books or created artistic works in 2015. A reception will begin at 2:30 pm with light refreshments. A program will start at 3:00 p.m.  Reference/Instruction librarians serving as liaisons to the academic departments will recognize each individual’s work.

The occasion also serves as a place to recognize this year’s Graduate and Undergraduate recipients of the Library’s Bakerman Student Research Award, and their faculty nominators. Everyone on campus is invited to share in this celebration of scholastic and artistic achievements.



Maurice Sendak’s Original Artwork @ Monroe County Public Library:

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the classic children’s book Where the Wild Things Are, Monroe County Public Library and the Friends of the Library are honored to present The Art of Maurice Sendak, a retrospective of 50 original paintings and illustrations by Sendak, along with activities and programs for all ages.

The Art of Maurice Sendak is a free exhibit hosted at the Main Library in downtown Bloomington from February 12 through March 26. The exhibit hours are Mondays–Thursdays 3–8 p.m.; Fridays 3–6 p.m.; and Saturdays–Sundays Noon–6 p.m.

In support of the exhibit, the Library also invites the public to “Go Wild” through a variety of activities. Fourteen programs are planned during the six-week exhibit, from an illustration workshop with local artist Joe Lee to a lecture on the life, art, and influence of Maurice Sendak. The full list of programs can be found in the special program guide available at any Library location, or online at

At the exhibit, kids of all ages will “Go Wild” making arts and crafts inspired by Sendak, find monsters hiding in the Library, snap a photo at the Selfie Station, and take home a free commemorative bookmark.

The exhibition is part of a national tour that began in 2013, the 50th anniversary of Where the Wild Things Are’s original publication. It includes works in a variety of media, and offers highlights of Sendak’s career and the diverse art forms in which he is renowned. From children’s literature to Broadway and the opera, from animated film to young adult textbooks—Sendak remains an iconic American illustrator and author, acclaimed around the world for his genius and insights.

Accompanying the exhibit are 50 quotes from presidents, illustrators, friends, and celebrities—all deeply inspired by Sendak. Writer and actor Stephen Colbert says, “Maurice Sendak was strikingly honest. His art gave us a fantastical but unromanticized reminder of what childhood truly felt like. We are all honored to have been briefly invited into his world.”

The Library is also pleased to welcome second-grade classes from Monroe County Community School Corporation and Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation to special viewings of the exhibit. During their visit, students will participate in an interactive telling of Where the Wild Things Are.

Original artwork by MCCSC elementary students, inspired by Where the Wild Things Are, will also be on display at the Library.

Partners with Monroe County Public Library and the Friends of the Library include MCCSC and Indiana University’s Lilly Library. Special thanks to the lenders of the exhibition and to AFANYC for their support.

[reprinted from State Library’s Wednesday Word]

Feb. 18: African American Read-In Chain – Join us!

On Thursday 18 February, the Cunningham Memorial Library along with the History Department, the English Department and the CEB African American Cultural Center will host its first African American Read-In Chain. This is part of a national event sponsored annually by the National Council of Teachers of English. The event will take place in the Teaching Materials Collection and readers will include ISU administrators, faculty, staff and students as well as Terre Haute community members. I hope you can join us!

  • 1:00-1:45 pm Readings in African American Literature (Teaching Materials)
  • 1:45-2:15 pm Refreshments (028)
  • 2:15-3:00 pm Readings in African American History (Teaching Materials)
  • 3:00-3:30 pm Refreshments (028)

Edi Campbell, Reference/Instruction Librarian