Gleeson @ Marquez Marathon Reading

Please join the Dean’s Office of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Latin American Studies Department, and CELASA for a marathon reading in celebration of the life and work of Gabriel García Márquez on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Drop in any time between 10 am and 4 pm to participate in the reading of Chronicle of a Death Foretold in the Getty Room (#104) of the Lo Schiavo Science Center.

GabrielGArciaMarquezGleeson Library will also be there! We’ll have a display of works by and about García Márquez that will be available for checkout, so bring your library card too! :)

The USF Seed Library

The USF Seed Library is officially open!

It’s fun and easy. Borrow some seeds, grow some produce, and perhaps collect and dry a few seeds for your next garden, and (optional) bring some back to donate to the library.  More details are available at Gleeson’s USF Seed Library page.


The USF Seed Library is a joint project of the USF Urban Agriculture Program and Gleeson Library | Geschke Center. All USF students, faculty and staff are encouraged to use the seed library.

We will unveil the Seed Library at USF’s Earth day celebration 4/22/2014


after which the seed Library will be on display next to the Gleeson reference desk.  Come check out our seeds!



What are the students reading? (part 3)

It’s been a minute since the last installment of book reviews written by the student assistants of the library (part 1 is here and part 2 is here), but better late than never… here’s the last one for the semester!

91UqBmhmEOLThe Color Master: Storiesreviewed by Madeline Vanden Branden

I found The Color Master: Stories by Aimee Bender on the new book display at Gleeson Library. I recognized the author, Aimee Bender, from her New York Times best-selling novel The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.  In Lemon Cake, Bender mixes real-life harsh situations (family troubles, depression) with fantasy in a truly innovative way.  In Lemon Cake, the main character, a young girl, is able to taste feelings in any food she’s served – meaning if her Mom is depressed and bakes, the girl can taste the sadness in every scone.

In The Color Master, Bender again showcases her unique take on fantasy. The Color Master is a collection of short stories, all bizarrely beautiful and reality-bending. The two stories that stuck out the most were “Tiger Mending” and the story the book is named for, “The Color Master.”  In “Tiger Mending,” large, beautiful tigers mysteriously begin coming apart at the seams – and it’s the job of two women to sew them back up. In “The Color Master,” a princess orders extravagant dresses from a team of tailors. She orders a dress that looks like the sun, a dress that looks like the moon and a dress that looks like the sea. Getting the colors just right is near impossible – thankfully, the mysterious color master is able to concoct precisely the right formula. Unfortunately for the tailors, the color master is dying; will anyone be able to take her place?

Aimee Bender writes short, smart stories that make a reader think while retaining the perfect amount of magic. Both The Color Master and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake are original, fun reads that you will speed through.

NoViolet UK CoverWe Need New Names, reviewed by Alison Huang

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo is a fictional novel about a young Zimbabwean girl growing up in the slums and the stark contrast between her childhood home and the cold suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. The novel is split into two parts, the first detailing Darling’s (the protagonist) sunny, carefree life in Paradise, Zimbabwe. But even though the first half is filled with funny anecdotes with Darling’s lively friends, Bulawayo weaves in dark themes such as incest and the effects of globalization on Africa that carries on to the latter part of the novel, in her move to Michigan.  Even though the overall tone of the novel is dark at times, Bulawayo’s writing style shines throughout the book in her vivid descriptions of Darling’s neighborhood and her sharp observations of American culture.  Overall, anyone who was an immigrant or came from an immigrant family can relate to Bulawayo’s sense of belonging and not belonging in a culture that is hers and not really hers at the same time.

Poetry Celebration!

Please join Gleeson Library for our annual student, staff, and faculty poetry reading to celebrate National Poetry Month!

reading poster

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014
  • 5:30 – 7 pm
  • Del Santo Reading Room
  • Room 270, Lone Mountain

Featured readers will be:

  • Eli Love
  • Joel Gonzalez
  • Tony DeGenaro
  • Calvin Fantone
  • Bruce Snider

Light refreshments will be served, so it’s worth the hike up the hill to Lone Mountain! We hope to see you there.

Research Paper Clinic for International Students

Need help with Research and Writing?
Attend the Research Paper Clinic for International Students 


Join us at this drop-in clinic on writing research papers, especially for international students. Librarians and faculty from the Rhetoric and Language Department will be on hand to help you.

Research assistance includes: Determining and narrowing your research topic; finding books, journal articles, websites etc.; using library databases; and evaluating the credibility of your sources.

Writing assistance includes: Brainstorming your topic; developing a structure; identifying grammar problems you may have; and developing your writing process.

This clinic will also help you with specific citation and format styles such as APA and MLA.

Gleeson Library Electronic Classroom
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
11:50am – 12:45pm

Pre-registration not required. Contact Sherise Kimura at for more information.

Gleeson Game Night April 12th

Gleeson Game Night

Game Night April 12

Gleeson Gaming — Game night is right around the corner. We’ll be setting up consoles and board games April 12 (Sat) 3p-7p in the Atrium and all are welcome to stop by and play.

This time around we will also have students demoing games they have designed. Professor Scott Murray’s (Assistant Professor, Design) will have a demo setup showcasing the work of USF students in his Interaction Design class.

Word on the street – free pizza as well. Nothing more fun than taking over the Atrium for an afternoon of gaming – we hope to see you there!!