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  • Library 101: Valentine's Day

    A book never written: “Guide to Love” by Val N. Tines. Happy Valentine’s Day from Kelly Library! Little is known about the historical Saint Valentine, but he is believed to have been a Roman priest who was martyred on around 270 CE. Valentine’s Day might have been the Church’s attempt to Christianize Lupercalia, a pagan festival held around the middle of February, though there is some debate about that claim. (Holidays, Festivals & Celebrations of the World Dictionary, Kelly Reference GT3925 .H64 2005, also available electronically in Credo Reference) Regardless, the holiday became associated with courtly love in the 14th century, mostly due to its inclusion in a poem by Geoffrey Chaucer. Over time the holiday became linked with the giving of gifts and cards, Valentine’s Day cards became popular enough to be mass produced as early as the 1800s and more cards are sold during this season than any other. If you are trying to get in the Valentine’s Day mood here are some romantic films that are available in the DVD section of Kelly Library. Continue Reading

  • Library 101: America's Historical Newspapers

    “A distressing case of insanity occurred at Emory & Henry College, Virginia, a few days since. Professor Stevens has been suddenly bereft of his understanding, accompanied with such symptoms of violence that the strongest restraints upon his person were necessary.” Don’t worry, this isn’t current news. This quote is from the January 7, 1844 issue of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, accessed through one of Kelly Library’s online databases, Readex’s America’s Historical Newspapers. This collection contains scans of hundreds of historical newspapers from 1690 to 1900. Through eyewitness reporting, editorials, legislative updates, letters, poetry, advertisements, election returns, matrimony and death notices, maps, cartoons, illustrations and more, these historical newspapers offer researchers essential local and national perspectives on American history, culture and daily life across three centuries. Continue Reading

  • Library 101: Final Exams and Christmas Holiday

    As December begins and the year quickly draws to a close there are two big things left to the year – final exams and the Christmas Holiday. First, those sometimes dreaded final exams start next week. The library strives to help students through this time of year, a time when studying and papers keeps everyone up late into the night trying to finish out the school year. Starting Tuesday December 8th, the library will extend its hours. During these hours please feel free to utilize the library not only as a quiet study space but also for its resources and reference assistance. We are here to help you! Here are the exam hours: Continue Reading

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