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.
Mini-Golf in the Stacks (February)
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)
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.
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)
Book Page Designs were on display.
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.
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rachel Flowers (September-October)
Banned Books Week (September)
The Birds (October)