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Events and Exhibits: Archives

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Photo Scavenger Hunt (September-October)

Students enjoyed finding items from a scavenger hunt list in Murray Library.  The hunt lasted for a month and students took photographs to document their adventures.


Banned Books: Game of Quotes (September-October)

Banned Books Week (Sept 28 - Oct 2) is the annual celebration of the freedom to read.  It spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools.  During this week, Murray Library offered a fun matching game of quotes from classic, frequently challenged books.  Participants matched the quote to the book and entries were entered into a drawing for a free Cafe Diem drink.



Trivia (September-November)

Murray Library had a weekly trivia question about Messiah University every Monday morning.  Employees and students submitted responses in the trivia box, which was located right inside the library doors.  Weekly winners received a free Cafe Diem beverage and all entries were entered into a drawing at the end of the semester for MU swag.



CrafTea to Go (September-November)

CrafTea to Go was held on September 25, October 16, and November 20.  Library staff put together book craft kits that students could complete on their own time and included everything they needed to make the craft, as well as a tea bag and treat.  

September: Book Art Heart



October: Bracelet



November: Woven Snowflake



Bingo (November)

Murray Library held a socially-distanced Bingo event on Friday November 13.  Prizes were awarded to the winner of each round and snack bags were provided.  The event was fun and a huge success!



CrafTea to Go (February-April)

CrafTea to Go was held on February 12, March 12, and April 9.  Library staff put together book craft kits that students could complete on their own time and included everything they needed to make the craft, as well as a tea bag and treat.  

February: Paper Rose


March: Pinwheel


April: Book folded heart or butterfly


Mini Golf (March)

Murray Library hosted Mini Golf in the Stacks event on March 5th.  Holes were hosted by departments across campus and 166 students participated.


Human Library (March)

The Office of Diversity Affairs in partnership with Murray Library presented the Human Library on March 24th.  The virtual event gave an opportunity to "read" living books as Messiah University employees, students and alumni shared their stories.


National Library Week (April)

The theme for National Library Week (April 4-10, 2021), "Welcome to Your Library," promoted the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building.  




Murray Library hosted a Bingo event on Friday, April 16th.  There were two rounds: 7-8pm & 8:30-9:30pm. Snack bags were provided and great prizes given for winners of each round.   















Open Access Events (October)

On October 23rd & 24th Murray Library hosted two Open Access events. We had a panel involving faculty who have adopted either open access textbooks or e-books available from the library.  Attendees enjoyed good discussion and learned worthwhile information.  The film "Paywall: The Business of Scholarship", was shown and focused on the need for open access to scholarship and exposed the $25.2 billion that flows into for-profit academic publlishers. 



CLUE (November)

It was Miss Scarlett in the Engle Collection room with the lead pipe!  What a fun night in Murray Library as 79 students worked in teams to solve the mystery of who killed Candace Keller (AKA Ashley Sider).  They poured through evidence and followed clues, all while learning about the library along the way.  This is one of our most popular events and we couldn't do it without our theatrical library staff (as well as a couple of staff spouses).



CrafTea (December)

Students made Christmas wreaths from book pages and enjoyed tea and scones.





"Love Your Neighbors: Immigrant Stories" (February)

February 18th, 7:15-8:30pm, held on the library's main level

Immigration is an important and sensitive topic in our country's current narrative and too often there is an incorrect perception that most immigrants are here illegally.  To counter this, the Library, in partnership with the Peace and Conflict Studies program, planned a program featuring and honoring immigrants' stories as part of the Humanities Symposium on vulnerability and security.  In an effort to demystify who immigrants and neighbors are, and to add depth and story to some of the immigrants in our own community, 4 individuals from our Messiah community were invited to tell their stories.  From different regions of the world, of different ages and backgrounds, the diversity of our speakers' experiences represented just how different the paths of those who come to the United States are.  


Mini-Golf (February)

Murray Library hosted the 4th annual Mini Golf in the Stacks event on February 28th.  Holes were hosted by departments across campus and students voted for their favorites.





Mini-Golf in the Stacks (March)  





Dannielle Vincent, Book Artist (March)

Murray Library and College Press collaborated on a unique opportunity.  On Wednesday, March 27, 2019, book crafter Dannielle Vincent spoke about and demonstrated her work in creatively altering and repurposing books.  Her hand-folded book art and patterns caught the attention of the Longwood Gardens staff, who commissioned her to be the first artist ever to make pieces for their Christmas exhibits.  Through video and hands-on demonstration, Dannielle demonstrated how she creates a pattern and then folds a book to create a work of art, and also spoke about the steps of starting an online business.  









Geek the Library (September)



Game Night (September)



Clue (October)




CrafTea (December)



Exam Cram (December)



Mini-Golf in the Stacks (February)



















Clue (March)






Book Awards (February)


February was Book Award month and Murray Library displayed some past winners of the Pulitzer, Caldecott, Newberry and Booker awards.



Civil Rights Movement (February)

Great Reads:

Our Great Reads display featured E-books about extraordinary heroes of the civil rights movement.



Black History (February)


Artists’ Books celebrating Black History were showcased in the vitrines.



Minerals (February)

Trophy Case:

This display was filled with minerals from the Oakes Museum of Natural History, which is a real gem on Messiah’s campus!



Book Page Designs (February)

Document Cases:

Book Page Designs were on display.



Ceramics (March)

Trophy Case:    

Ceramic works created by some of Messiah's art students were on display.



Women's History Month (March)

Foyer & Great Reads: 

These two displays highlighted women authors.





Artists' Books celebrating women authors were showcased in the vitrines.  The books are part of the Kathy T. Hettinga Student Artists' Books Archive.



Autism Acceptance Month (April)

Foyer & Great Reads:   

The library and the office of Academic Accessibility celebrated Autism Acceptance month with writings and poems from some of our students as well as resources that helped us celebrate and understand Autism in a new way.



Poetry (April)


Artists' Books highlighting poetry were on display.  Pieces included Poppyrose, Twelve Poems, Bent like the River, and This Quiet Now ; The Poetry Book.




Artists' Books (April)

Trophy Case:   

Artists' books created by some of Messiah's art students were highlighted in the Trophy Case.



Photography Contest (April)  

Murray Library hosted the Oakes Museum, Sustainability office and Earthkeepers Photography Contest.



Summer Olympics (Summer)

Trophy Case:

The summer Olympics were held in Tokyo, Japan and our trophy case display shared information about the history of the event as well as some information about the location.



Road Trips (Summer/September)


We featured local attractions for road trips.



Audiobooks (Summer)

Great Reads: 

The Great Reads display included audiobooks for summer road trips.



Artists' Books (Summer)


A variety of Artists' Books from Murray Library's collection were on display.





Civil Rights Displays (January)

Murray Library featured displays celebrating the unsung heroes of the Civil Rights era. 

Trophy Case:



Great Reads:






"Love Thy Neighbor: Immigrant Stories" (February)

Trophy Case:

This display included stories from the Messiah community that shared experiences in coming to the United States, as well as photos and keepsakes from around the world.  Also, books were on display in the Great Reads section that told more immigrant stories.





The Friends of Murray Library have greatly enhanced the Library's collections over the years, particularly in the purchase of artists' books, and the Library was pleased to feature this, the latest gift from Friends.  Tona Wilson's Stories Behind Bars was inspired by the artist's own work as a Spanish translator in the U.S. court system.  It tells stories of immigrants in the U.S. prisons and jails that give the reader an insight into the complex issues surrounding the immigration debate.  Four booklets tell four different stories: "In jail tonight", "Being removed", "Clippings for Amalia", and "Acronyms and sketches".  These stories include a brief history of immigration detention, a young man being deported using video teleconferencing, and life stories based on the meaning of acronyms.



Document Cases:


          Philip Zimmerman, Sanctus Sonorensis                                             Tatana Kellner, Iron


Foyer (February):

Artists' books created by Messiah students were on display.



Money Exhibit (March)

Trophy Case:

This display included traditional and contemporary money, with a relation to history, religion, culture, and other aspects of society.



Women In Stem (March)


Our Women's History Month displays focused on women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  The foyer and Great Reads shelves featured books about women in history who broke barriers in chemistry, physics and more, as well as books on the challenges women have faced in these professions.




Kathy T. Hettinga Student Artists' Book Archive (August-September)


The Kathy T. Hettinga Student Artists' Book Archive at Murray Library was created from the extensive student book art created under Hettinga's direction.  These works reveal the remarkable depths of meaning and beauty created by her students in response to Hettinga's guidance and direction.  



Messiah History (August-November)

"Remember When... Messiah Then and Now" is a display celebrating the history of Messiah as we transition to a university.  Lots of great memorabilia throughout the years.

Trophy Case:



Henrietta Lacks (August-September)

"Are your cells you?"  This display highlights the FYS book this year "The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks".




Ebooks / QR codes (August-September)

Did you know that you can access over 500,000 ebooks through our library's website?  Right now we are highlighting books related to the Centennial of Women's right to vote.  QR codes are included so that you can check out any of the books on display.

Great Reads:



Voting in 2020 (October-November)


In the foyer, we highlighted Voting in 2020 with books that focused on the importance of voting and voting history in the US. 



WWII (October-November)

Great Reads:

In the Great Reads display, we highlighted books from our E-book collection about WWII to go along with the Poster collection that was shown in the Learning Commons area of the library.  Individuals could "check out" these books by using a QR code located on each book description.



Document Cases (October-November):

The document cases highlighted the story of the Sakimura family, who were a Japanese family that was a part of the Messiah Community during WWII.  They have quite a story, and it is one that we can learn from today.


Vitrines (October-November):

Artists' Books highlighting WWII were showcased in the vitrines.  One featured book, Kaddish by Jenni Lukac, shares family photographs and memories of six Holocaust survivors.  











Meet Our Staff (August-September)

This foyer display showcased the Murray Library staff!


Banned Books Week Display (August-September)



Artist's Books by Kathy T. Hettinga (August-October)

Kathy T. Hettinga is an award-winning artist in design, artists' books, digital images/prints, and photography.  Hettinga has been twice awarded the Distinguished Professor of Art in the School of the Arts at Messiah College where she taught for 29 years.  Her books were on display in the vitrines on the main level.


                                                                                                           4 3 2 Cry: Fracking In Northern Colorado

             Cupid's Cay, Bahamas 1994-2007


Kathy T. Hettinga Student Artists' Book Archive (August-November)

The Kathy T. Hettinga Student Artists' Book Archive at Murray Library was created from the extensive student book art created under her direction.  These works reveal the remarkable depths of meaning and beauty created by her students in response to Hettinga's guidance and direction.  The Archive was displayed in the trophy case and document cases.


                                                                                                                  Book of Constant Discourse by Patrice King



      Knock Knock: An Alphabet Prayer Book by Emily Pratt                           The Greatest of These by Abigail Zoebisch


170th Anniversary of the Death of Edgar Allan Poe (October)

Poe is best remembered for his tales of terror and haunting poems, but he is also credited as one of the earliest writers of short stories, inventor of the modern detective story, and an innovator in the genre of science fiction.  Works written and inspired by Poe were displayed in the Foyer and at the Great Reads shelf.



Celebrating 100 Years of Women's Right to Vote (November / Foyer display continued in December)

2019 marks the centennial of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which stated "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."  To commemorate this momentous event, Murray Library set up displays.  In the library foyer exhibit, the history of the events leading to ratification and some of the impact up until the present were shown.  Just inside the doors, there was a "pop-up exhibit" from the National Archives entitled Rightfully Hers.  And on the "Great Reads" shelves, interesting books on some of the key figures and events in that path to voting rights were available.






Celebrating Women (November)

In honor of Women's suffrage, Artists' Books celebrating women were on display in the vitrines.



Karibu Night: A Night in Africa! (November)

The document cases showcased resources highlighting African cultures.



Nativities (December)

Unique Christmas nativity scenes from around the world were on display in the Trophy Case.





Christmas Resources (December) 

Our "Great Reads" showcased some of the Christmas resources Murray Library has to offer. 



Pop-up Books (December 2019 - January 2020)

Beautiful pop-up books by Robert Sabuda were on display in the vitrines. 










"Looking Back, Moving Forward: The Civil Rights Tour and the Common Good" (February)

For the past 7 years, members of the Messiah community have had the privilege of participating in "Returning to the Roots of Civil Rights," a 10-day tour organized by Dr. Todd Allen.  Tour members meet veterans of the Freedom Rides, sing with one of the original Freedom Singers, and visit key sites in the struggle for civil rights in America, including Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma.  The Library displayed compelling photos and other memborabilia along with moving and challenging reflections drawn from their blogposts.


Handmade Artists' Books: "What is a Book?" (March)

The Library loves it when we can showcase the abilities of our students and faculty!  During the month of March, a collection of books created by students in Prof. Christi Forsythe's Paper Processes Class was on display.  Students used their own handmade paper to creatively explore different book constructions and created books based on nursery rhymes, or used any materials and any book structure to communicate their answer to "What is a Book?

Photo: Humpty Dumpty by Ines Yoon


"The Magic and Craft of Paper and Books" (March)

 Did you know that the Library has a wide range of books on paper arts such as origami, quilling, papermaking, and more?!  Some were featured in this display. 

The Oakes Museum of Natural History (April-August) 

The Oakes Museum of Natural History possesses over 40,000 specimens and artifacts, but much of it is tucked away in storage areas.  This exhibit showcased items that are not usually on display. (In honor of Earth Day)


Genocide Awareness Month (April)

This exhibit showed 20th and 21st century genocides and aimed to raise awareness about genocide and its impact, featuring photographs, books, movies, poems, short stories, and quotes from different genocides across the globe.  This display was part of a series of events organized by the Multicultural Council for Genocide Awareness Month.


Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April)

This display brought to light a time to reflect on how trauma and intimate injustices are present in our communities, even within the Spring-time hope of warmth and rejuvenation.  It also helped viewers consider these experiences often hidden among neighbors, friends, and family.



Library Staff Recommendations (June-August)



Collection Titles (June-August)

Lights...Camera...READ!  This exhibit showcased collection titles that are or will soon hit the big screen as movies, miniseries, or television shows.













Rachel Flowers (September-October)


Banned Books Week (September)


The Birds (October)