Student Book Pick: Rashed, My Friend

Moondil Jahan is a secondary labor student working in the Reference Department of Hutchins Library. As a part of her job, she assists students with their research, whether through walk-up service at the Reference Desk or via scheduled one-on-ones.

Reference Student Assistant Moondil Jahan's book pick of the month. Find it on the New Books shelf.

Reference Student Assistant Moondil Jahan’s book pick of the month. Find it on the New Books shelf.

Moondil wrote the following recommendation for one of her all-time favorite books, Rashed, My Friend:

Rashed, My Friend is an English translation of a Bangla novel Amar Bondhu Rashed, written by a renowned Bangladeshi author Dr. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal. Amar Bondhu Rashed is a story of a little boy during the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971. This book became so popular in Bangladesh that, Dr. Iqbal’s daughter, Yeshim Iqbal translated it in English so that the story can reach a wider audience.

I am an avid reader of Dr. Iqbal’s books as they are easy to read, and yet difficult to fathom the emotions one experiences as a reader. This book is no exception. Interestingly, although I have read almost all the books written by Dr. Iqbal, I cautiously avoided this book for a long time. I did not want to confront the emotions of frustration and despair while reading the tragic story of Rashed (name of the protagonist) during the liberation war of Bangladesh, a horrific time in the history of my homeland.

Dr. Iqbal has been asked many times in various interviews about the reason he wrote such a heart-breaking story. Although he writes primarily for children and a major portion of his books is based on humor, he wanted the young generation of Bangladesh to be familiar with the cruelty of war and genocide. In “Amar Bondhu Rashed,” it is the way Dr. Iqbal unfolds the story that mesmerizes the readers; a heart-wrenching story that introduces the readers to one example of countless sacrifices that Bangladeshis made while suffering through one of the most concentrated genocides of 20th century. Thanks to Yeshim Iqbal for translating the story in English. Rashed, My Friend will tell you a story of life, death, and beyond.

You can find Rashed, My Friend on the New Books shelf near Circulation.

Convocation Display: Sleep Loss and College Students

How many of us manage to make it through an entire week without complaining about being tired at least once? School and work are demanding and sleep is often sacrificed in order to meet our obligations. What do we forfeit when we forego sleep? What are the consequences for our mental and physical health? This week’s convocation speaker, Dr. Roxanne Prichard, will awaken us to the risks associated with sleep loss.
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After the convocation, stop by the display near vending to check out any of our books on the issues such as: sleep disorders, the consequences of sleep loss, or decoding those strange dreams that haunt you the next morning.

Banned Books Week: On Display

For the week of Sept. 27th – Oct. 2nd, 2015, Hutchins Library, in conjunction with other libraries across the United States, is celebrating Banned Books Week. Support freedom of speech by checking out a previously challenged or banned book from the display area near vending on the library’s main floor.

Banned Books Week poster designed by Reference Student Associate Abby Houston

Banned Books Week poster designed by Reference Student Associate Abby Houston

Lunch in the Library: “Appalachians in Motion – We Are How We Move”

Christopher : archivist, curator, and musician

Christopher : archivist, curator, and musician

from Sound Archivist Harry Rice:

“Join us in Hutchins Library at 11:45 for a presentation by Christopher Miller, an independent archivist, curator, and musician living in Radford, Virginia.

Christopher’s research draws from the work of philosophers who focus on the human body as a means of understanding who we are and what we know in the world. The primary question he is seeking to answer is: what do Appalachian bodies, movement, and gesture reveal about being of Appalachia? His project aims to reveal embodied Appalachia, both differences and continuities across time, from heavily prescribed movement such as dance to the ways we interact in our daily lives.

His work in the Berea Archives involves studying the patterns of body related thought and behavior documented in dance related materials such as Appalachian dance hall video, traditional dance oral histories, and the more complex references in song texts, such as those captured by Alan Lomax in his 1930s Kentucky recordings.”

Where: the flex space on the main floor of Hutchins Library
What:   lunch and a lecture
When:  11:45am-1pm, Wednesday Sept. 30th
Who:    Christopher Miller

Hutchins Library and the Campus Christian Center will turn a page of The Saint John’s Bible

SJB Gold_0From campus press release:

Hutchins Library and the Campus Christian Center will turn a page of The Saint John’s Bible each day of Pope Francis’ historic visit to America.

As a symbol of Christian unity and hospitality, we will join schools, churches, libraries and hospitals in “Illuminating the Mission: 7 Days – 7 Pages”

Beginning Monday, Sept. 21, and each day of Pope Francis’s historic visit to America, Hutchins Library will join institutions across the country by turning to the same page of The Saint John’s Bible.

This simple act will be a rich symbol of Christian solidarity as the American people welcome the Holy Father. There are over 160 illuminations and 1,150 pages in the seven volumes of The Saint John’s Bible.

The Library will display the following illuminations each day.

  • Monday, Sept. 21 Creation (Genesis)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 22 Abraham and Sarah (Genesis)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 23 Ten Commandments (Exodus)
  • Thursday, Sept. 24 Peter’s Confession (Matthew)
  • Friday, Sept. 25 Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes (Mark)
  • Saturday, Sept. 26 Two Cures (Mark)
  • Sunday, Sept. 27 Pentecost (Acts of the Apostle)

According to Saint John’s Rev. Michael Patella, OSB, who chaired the scholarship effort behind The Saint John’s Bible, “These illuminations were specifically chosen because they resonate with values Pope Francis holds dear: hospitality; concern for the poor, sick and marginalized; the dignity of all people; and care for creation.”

In addition to the illuminated pages, a reflection for each day, written by Saint John’s University School of Theology and Seminary, will also be on display.

The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery since the invention of the printing press in the 15thcentury. Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, commissioned world-renowned calligrapher

Donald Jackson, senior scribe to Her Majesty the Queen’s Crown Office at the House of Lords in London, England, to create this masterpiece. More information on The Saint John’s Bible and the Heritage Edition can be found at

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The library’s display can be found by the library’s entrance, near the Reference Desk. It can be viewed during regular library hours. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

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Michael Hingson: Convocation Display

Michael Hingson, author of Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, his Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust, will speak at this week’s convocation, sponsored by the Campus Christian Center. Hingson, who has been blind since birth, was in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 when it was attacked by terrorists. With the aid of his guide dog Roselle, Hingson was able to escape by walking down 78 flights of stairs. After his harrowing experience, he moved from sales into motivational speaking and this Thursday he will discuss what we all need to know and do to promote inclusion.

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Michael Hingson with his former guide dog, Roselle

While we await the arrival of our library’s copy of Thunder Dog, consider checking out some of these titles related to Michael’s talk. Print books on this list are on display currently near the main floor vending area.

On Diversity and Inclusion:

  • Jaeger, Paul T, and Cynthia A. Bowman. Understanding Disability: Inclusion, Access, Diversity, and Civil Rights. Westport, Conn: Praeger, 2005.
    call # 305.908 J225u 2005.

On Guide Dogs:

On the Human-Animal Bond:

  • Anderson, P E. The Powerful Bond between People and Pets: Our Boundless Connections to Companion Animals. Westport, Conn: Praeger, 2008.
    call # 636.088 A548p 2008
  • Irvine, Leslie. If You Tame Me: Understanding Our Connection with Animals. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2004.
    call # 636.708 172
  • Knapp, Caroline. Pack of Two: The Intimate Bond between People & Dogs. New York: Bantam, 2000.
    call # 636.708 K674p 1998
  • Pepperberg, Irene M. Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence-and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process. New York, NY: Collins, 2008.
    call # 636.686 P424a 2009

Mes de la Herencia Hispana


Every year Americans celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose heritage is from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, or Central and South America from September 15-October 15. These dates derive from the independence of the Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua from Spain which occurred on September 15, 1821. Mexico also celebrates its independence on September 16th and Chile on September 18th, which falls directly within the dates of Hispanic Heritage Month. The observation of Hispanic heritage began as a week under President Johnson in 1968, before President Reagan expanded it to a month in the year 1988.

As of 2013, approximately 54 million American citizens are Hispanic and the number is expected to rise to 128.8 million by the year 2060. Hispanic Americans are as diverse as the countries they come from. These people have contributed in countless ways in the US by paving the way for other Hispanics to follow and reaching out to participate in the arts, music, political movements, and bring more diversity into the melting pot that is the United States of America. Yet some people are still confused on what being “Hispanic” actually means.

The term is used to describe someone who is or has heritage from a Spanish-speaking country. They’re often viewed as migrant workers, cheap laborers, or non-English speaking individuals and that stereotype couldn’t be more incorrect. Hispanic culture has and always will have a positive effect on American culture. One of the earliest examples of this kind of impact goes back to the formation of the United States of America; Bernardo de Galvez, governor of the Louisiana Territory, sent supplies such as gunpowder, blankets, medicine, and more to the armies of George Washington during the Revolutionary War. Nearly two centuries later, a court-case known as Mendez v. Westminster ruled that segregation of Mexican American children from the public schools system in California was unconstitutional and violated the 14th Amendment. This court-case paved the way for Brown vs Board in 1954.

Official Portrait of Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Official Portrait of Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Another important Hispanic politician is Sonia Sotomayor, who not only was the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice but also the first Hispanic woman to join the court. On June 26th she was part of the 5-4 ruling that made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. But Hispanics have not just impacted our society politically, they’ve contributed culturally through sports, art, music, dance, and food. From Americans singing “Feliz Navidad” every December thanks to Jose Feliciano or Frida Kahlo making statements on the mixing of Mexican-American culture or how salsa would never have developed in New York without its influences from the mambo and cha-cha-cha. Even popular culture celebrities such as Shakiera, Pitbull, Eva Longoria, and George Lopez have made profound impacts in American music, acting, and comedy.

This year, President Obama signed a proclamation in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. He encourages Americans to celebrate the profound influences of Hispanic cultures, from marching for social justice with Cesar Chavez to the continued and inspired drive to achieve the American dream of liberty and equality for all. Hispanics are quickly becoming the foundation for the economics, politics, and culture of American society. It’s time for America to acknowledge and respect the contributions of Hispanics. This month gives every American the chance to truly do just that- recognize how important their culture is to our own, how essential our diversity is, and how grateful we should be for the advancements of society by every cultural group.


If you’re interested in learning more about Hispanic history or culture, you can check out the display located by the printers in Hutchins Library.

Search for books here:

Learn more about Hispanic Heritage:;

Other interactions: Hispanic Heritage Month QuizSmithsonian on Hispanic Heritage Month