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Celebrate National Library Week

DATE: Mon, 14 Apr 2014

Lives change @ your library: Celebrate National Library Week April 13-19

This week, the CSUMB library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a time to highlight the value of libraries, and the people who work in them.

The following is a selection of quotes that celebrate the power and influence of libraries. These quotes chosen are from authors in the CSUMB Library’s collection, so check them out and enjoy!

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
By: Díaz, Junot
New York: Riverhead Books, 2007



Watch a Video of poet Junot Diaz on the Bill Moyers Show in which Diaz shares how access to his first library changed his life.

"When I got [my] library card, that was when my life began.” ― Rita Mae Brown


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Rubyfruit Jungle
By: Brown, Rita Mae
Toronto ; New York: Bantam Books, 1988

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Fahrenheit 451
By: Bradbury, Ray
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993

“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.” - Author Ray Bradbury
“A library is a different kind of social reality (of the three dimensional kind), which by its very existence teaches a system of values beyond the fiscal.” ― Zadie Smith

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White Teeth : A Novel
By: Smith, Zadie
New York: Vintage International, 2001

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Selected Poems
By: Borges, Jorge Luis
New York: Viking, 1999

"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library" - Jorge Luis Borges
“I ransack public libraries and find them full of sunk treasure “ – Virginia Woolf

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A Room of One's Own
By: Woolf, Virginia
Orlando, Fla.: Harcourt, 2005

April is APIA Heritage Month

DATE: Fri, 11 Apr 2014



In celebration of Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, CSUMB will be hosting a number of events. The following library resources may be of interest to those wishing to learn more about related topics. The APIA Heritage website has additional information. 

April is National Poetry Month

DATE: Tue, 08 Apr 2014

April is National Poetry Month. “National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern.”

The following selection of poetry books from the CSUMB Library’s collection represents the library staff and faculty’s favorite poets and poems. Enjoy!

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Barks, Coleman, Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī, Reynold Alleyne Nicholson, and A Arberry. A Year with Rumi : Daily Readings. [San Francisco]: HarperSanFrancisco, 2006.

Borges, Jorge Luis, and Alexander Coleman. Selected Poems. New York: Viking, 1999.

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Insert a description of the image here. Dickinson, Emily. Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. Boston: Little, Brown, 1960.
Donne, John, and Charles Coffin. The Complete Poetry and Selected Prose of John Donne. New York: Modern Library, 1994. Insert a description of the image here.
Insert a description of the image here. Dylan, Bob. Tarantula. New York: Scribner, 2004.

Frost, Robert, and Edward Connery Lathem. The Poetry of Robert Frost : The Collected Poems. New York: Henry Holt, 1979.

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Insert a description of the image here. Hopkins, Gerard Manley, and Walford Davies. Poetry and Prose. London : Rutland, Vt.: J.M. Dent; C.E. Tuttle, 1998.
Hughes, Langston. Selected Poems of Langston Hughes. New York: Vintage Books, 1990. Insert a description of the image here.
Insert a description of the image here. Oliver, Mary. New and Selected Poems. Volume One. Boston: Beacon Press, 2004.

Shakespeare, William, Katherine Duncan-Jones. Shakespeare's Sonnets. London: Methuen Drama, 2010.

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Insert a description of the image here. Thomas, Dylan, and Daniel Jones. The Poems of Dylan Thomas. New York: New Directions, 2003.
Whitman, Walt. Leaves of Grass. New York: Modern Library, 1993. Insert a description of the image here.

Cesar Chavez Day March 31st

DATE: Mon, 24 Mar 2014
Cesar Chavez Since 2000 California has dedicated March 31st to promoting service and community in honor of Cesar Chavez’s life and work. Chavez spent his life fighting for farm workers’ rights, helping to build the United Farm Workers Union. More info about Cesar Chavez’s many accomplishments can be found on the Cesar Chavez Day library web page
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