Thursday, November 09, 2017

National Native American Heritage Month display

The organized fight to officially recognize the contributions of Native Americans to the United States began in the early years of the 20th century. Different states and time periods have used different names, including American Indian Day, Native American Day, American Indian Day, and Indigenous Peoples Day. The first Federal proclamation of National American Indian Heritage Month came in 1990 under President George H.W. Bush. Other names for this month of celebration are Native American Heritage Month and National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.

Pesky has a strong collection of books and videos that explore the politics, history, literature, and social conflicts of indigenous peoples in the United States. Please stop by and check out our display. More information is available at the websites of the Federal agencies that sponsor the heritage month.


in a double rainbow
lives the summer rain
who bring the seed
to soak the ground
to make dry arroyos run
as singing summer floods

-- Harold Littlebird, “In a Double Rainbow” in Voices of the Rainbow: Contemporary Poetry by Native Americans, edited by Kenneth Rosen, 212-213. New York, 1993.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

48 Hours Without the Library

48 Hours Without the Library

Due to the inconsiderate act of Mother Nature, the somewhat mysterious workings of National Grid, and the obstinate rule enforcement of the Byfield Fire Department, Pesky Library remained closed for a number of days this week. Although Library 2.0 set up shop in the dining hall for the duration, it just wasn’t the same. Here is a brief timeline of events and commentary that ensued:

Hour One: Students gasp in shock as we stop them from entering the library on Monday morning...they need to print. We gently send them on to buildings with generators while quietly questioning their understanding of electricity.

Hour Two: Panic from students who borrow textbooks and laptops every day in lieu of bringing theirs to school. How will they get through the day?

PA: Where will everyone go? Stay in the dining hall? Go to the student center?  Terrible ideas. Students lament. We offer to “SHHH” in the dining hall to comfort them.

Hours 10-15: Emails abound from all directions. No library? No learning center? No study rooms?

Hour 25: Mobile Library wises up and grabs a table near an outlet. Electricity is life.

Hour 26: Depression has set in. Boxes of books for Junior research projects lay unopened in the mail room. Appointments that “have to happen today!” are hastily accomplished amidst dining hall chaos.

Hour 28: Students stop by the pop-up library to share their harrowing tales of life without electricity. Many realize how much time they actually spend in the library and tell us how much they miss it. We miss them, hide our emotions we tell them to take off their hats.

Hour 48: With the power back on we spend the (hopefully) last few hours in the mobile library awaiting the all clear to return to Pesky. We echo the sentiments of many at Governor’s as we put this time into perspective, and think about the many people around our country and the world who live in much worse conditions daily. As frustrating as some of these 48 hours have been, we are thankful for the time spent around students, faculty and staff that we don’t typically get, and the new perspectives on life here at Governor’s and our world. Now back to work!

P.S. at Hour 72: Post electricity return we spent another afternoon in our pop-up space awaiting the all clear on the fire alarm system. Like so many things this week nothing went as predicted, but that is another life lesson. Thursday morning finally finds us back in Pesky helping students print, loaning out textbooks and laptops, digging out from days of mail and packages, and awaiting the first hat on a student head. We’re happy to be back.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Dia de Muertos

No hope that ever warmed a human heart
      Was lost when that heart crumbled into dust:
      The dreams that woke the sunrise of the world are ours—
      Our dead walk with us daily, hand in hand.
      But every joy we know to give or keep;
      By hearts more gentle, and by eyes more true,
      They are our own, and undivided still.
In memory! In memory of the dead!
      In tenderness and hope for all who live!
      Peace with you, ye that lie at rest!
      Hope with you, ye that live and yet must face
      The pain of living!
      In memory, in hope, in tenderness!

--Sharlot Mabridth Hall (1870–1943), "Memoriam," Cactus and Pine: Songs of the Southwest, 1910

Dia de Muertos is a memorial festival, all about remembering and honoring the dead. It’s held in the beginning of November. Come see our display with more information about Dia de Muertos traditions, including movies, cookbooks, and coloring pages. 

Dia de Muertos

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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Hair-Raised Jonathan

Ghosts and goblins, witches and werewolves, vampires and mummies! 

Are you in the spirit for some hair-raising stories and nerve-rattling movies? Spookify your life over at the Masters of the Macabre exhibit in Pesky Library. Don't wait too long -- these creepy, scary entertainments will vanish into the dark of the night before too long. (not really, they'll still be on the shelves).

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Pepe Corporan Vase


The very tall vase in the entryway of Pesky Library had visitors on Sunday night. Grace Corporan and Manuela Sepulveda (pictured) stopped in with senior Alondra Caceres Corporan. The vase was created by Alondra's uncle, Elvinson (Pepe) Corporan, Class of 2004. It was his AP Ceramics project in his senior year. The surface of the vase is decorated with a poem honoring his family, written in Egyptian hieroglyphics. Grace and Manuela, cousin and aunt of Pepe respectively, were very pleased to see his work and the other art pieces in the library.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Banned Books Week

Have you ever wondered what Banned Books Week is all about? In a word or two, it’s about celebrating all the cool (and subversive) ideas that you can find in your library.

Although “Banned Books” sounds good, the vast majority of banned books are actually “challenged” by people who do not want a book in their local public or school library. Frequent reasons given are that a book is dangerous, offensive, or somehow threatening. In other words, the challenged book conflicts with the challenger’s personal beliefs.

American libraries resist calls to ban books because we believe that wide ranges of thought are the best way to represent broad spectrums of experiences and opinions. We call this the marketplace of ideas. Libraries are places that always fight against the restrictive tyranny of the few in favor of the free access of intellectual pursuits of the many.

So, visit the Pesky Banned Books display. Pick up a Banned Book and try and see what all the fuss is about.

Monday, September 25, 2017

From the Sager Bowl to the Super Bowl

 The Archives case in the library celebrates Robbie Francois, Class of 2004, who came to Governor Dummer Academy from Texas as a 10th grader. In addition to playing football, Robbie was also an excellent basketball player and track athlete. While here, he played defensive back and was described by his football coach, Mr. Gerry, as "physical....a force on defense." Because of his skill, Robbie caught the attention of Boston College. He committed prior to his senior year at Govs. While at BC, he played linebacker. After college, Robbie signed first with the Minnesota Vikings, then later with the Detroit Lions and eventually with the Greenbay Packers, where he was a special teams player and a backup linebacker. Robbie was playing for the Packers when they won the Super Bowl against the Steelers in 2011.

The photos in the case include the team photo from 2013, Robbie's senior year, as well as a close-up shot from the same season. The football was given to Governor's in honor of the role it played in producing a member of the winning Super Bowl team!