Thursday, April 16, 2015

Earth Day Archives Display

In honor of Earth Day, April 22, this month’s display highlights the work of Mel Knapton, groundskeeper at St. Kate’s from 1967 - 1976. Known as “Mr. Green Thumbs,” Knapton was recognized for his efforts in making St. Kate’s one of the most beautiful urban campuses in the nation. In addition, he was a pioneer of ecological and sustainable practices in landscape gardening long before these were widely used.

Knapton was awarded the Blue Flame Ecology Salute from the Blue Flame Gas Association in recognition of his achievements in ecology and conservation in 1972. That year, Knapton released 10,000 ladybugs on campus in an effort to control other insect pests while avoiding the use of potentially harmful pesticides.

Knapton’s work was recognized on a national level when St. Kate’s was named one of the top five best kept campuses by the Professional Grounds Management Society in 1975. He attended the awards ceremony in Williamsburg, VA and noted that St. Kate’s was the only school not on either coast that was given an award. An article was written about this achievement in St. Paul's evening newspaper, The Dispatch.

This display will be on view during the month of April on the main level of the St. Paul Library, in the case in front of the video of the carrels. Stop by to learn more!

Most challenged books 2014

Another thing that comes out during #NationalLibraryWeek is the list of the top books that have been challenged across the country. Challenged books are those that some people feel need to be banned from their public or school libraries.

So what was the most challenged book in 2014? Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. (Don't worry, we have multiple copies of this wonderful book in our collections.)

For the top 10 challenged books of 2014, and reasons why they were challenged, read this article from the American Library Association, or check out this infographic:

Happy #NationalLibraryWeek!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Uptown Funk...or Unread Book?

We librarians love a good book parody video. There's the fun All About the Books, No Trouble from Nashville Public Library. Or Dowell Middle Schools' Bookloose. Or this fabulous Harry Potter Book of Mormon parody.

But a new one came out this week that we had to share for #NationalLibraryWeek. Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk" never sounded so good with this parody by Orange Public Library in association with Chapman University:

"Words hit you hallelujah (whuoo)
Words hit you hallelujah (whuoo)
Words hit you hallelujah (whuoo)
'Cause Unread Book gon' give it to you
'Cause Unread Book gon' give it to you
'Cause Unread Book gon' give it to you
Saturday night and I’m in my seat
Don't believe me just read!"

Happy National Library Week!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

It's National Library Week!

It's #NationalLibraryWeek!

Did you know that there are 119,729 libraries in the United States? That includes academic, public, school, and special libraries, but still, that's a lot! In fact, there are more public libraries than McDonald's restaurants in this country.

And now, libraries are busier than they've ever been. There were 1.5 billion in-person visits to public libraries just last year!

But that doesn't include how many people use online resources libraries provide. Here at St. Kate's we know you use our databases to find materials whether you're in the library building or sitting on your couch. We work hard to make sure we have resources you can use both in and outside the library building.

 For more on what libraries are like in this new digital age, check out this great video highlighting what we do:

So show your love for libraries during #NationalLibraryWeek. Libraries rule!

And, as always, if you need help finding resources, Ask a Librarian.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Conversation with Avi, April 8

Did you read Poppy when you were young? Maybe the Crispin books? Or how about the fabulous True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle?

These books, and over 70 more, were written by Avi, and you can meet him on April 8!

Join us for A Conversation with Avi and come prepared to ask questions of this marvelous children's and young adult author of historical fiction, fantasies, mysteries, adventure tales and more.

A Conversation with Avi
April 8, 2015
6-7 p.m.
Coeur de Catherine Room 361

Sponsored by the Master of Library and Information Science program. Questions? Contact Heidi Hammond.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Library Spring Break Hours

 Both the St. Paul and Minneapolis Libraries will be closed Easter weekend, Friday, April 3, through Monday, April 6.

The library hours will be different from March 28 - April 2. Here is the breakdown.


The weekend prior to Spring Break, the St. Paul Library hours will be:
  • Saturday, March 28: 8am – 8pm
  • Sunday, March 29: 9am – 8pm.

The St. Paul Library hours from March 30 - April 2 will be:
  • Monday, March 30 - Wednesday, April 1: 8am – 8pm
  • Thursday, April 2: 8am - 6pm.

Research desk librarians will be available from 12 noon - 4 pm.


The weekend prior to Spring Break, the Minneapolis Library will be closed.

The Minneapolis Library will be open Monday, March 30 - Thursday, April 2 from 8 am - 4 pm.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Faculty Mentoring Award - March 17 deadline!

Do you know a faculty member in the College for Women who is an outstanding mentor to undergrads in research and scholarly work? Here is your opportunity to acknowledge them!

Nominations are being accepted for St. Catherine University's new Myser Family Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award. The award (a $5,000 value) will recognize a faculty member in the College for Women who has demonstrated their commitment to undergraduate student success in research and scholarly work.

The Myser Family Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award will be presented on April 28 at the 2015 Honors and Awards Ceremony. Nomination deadline is March 17.

More information can be found on the nomination form.