Time for Summer Reading!

It’s a mass of black gowns and caps in front of the library today, so we’re going to kick off summer with our first installment of Staff Summer Reading posts! We’ll tell you what we’re looking forward to reading this summer, or what we’ve read that you might like. Grab a book and get cozy. Summer’s just beginning.


A Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon

I want to read about this girl’s life. How she went from lounging by her typewriter to making art and experimental, post-punk, noise rock on a stage in front of thousands. Kim 71HkdwaBP5LGordon’s new memoir, A Girl in a Band, takes us from her art school days in Los Angeles to the No Wave music scene in New York, to the break up of her marriage and Sonic Youth. To me, Kim Gordon has always seemed to be unapologetically herself. She’s creative, noisy, and answers to no one. I think I’m gonna pop in my cassette tape of Sonic Youth’s 1994 album “Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star,” and Kim’s gonna be my anthem for the summer.

— Gina Solares, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Management

DM2way2smallerTwo-Way Mirror: A Poetry Notebook by David Meltzer

David Meltzer’s Two-Way Mirror: A Poetry Notebook has long been a favorite book of mine. Hearing in the last year that City Lights would soon be reissuing an expanded and updated edition was one of the best poetry surprises to come my way. This is a book that decidedly more people should be reading; digging and appreciating all it has to offer. City Lights Books and editor Garrett Caples have without doubt done the poetry world a full on solid by bringing Meltzer’s book back in print. While today’s twitter-fed MFA communities may at first be puzzled by how righteously Meltzer celebrates the printed text as object this book is destined to become a regularly utilized classroom text. At the very least every creative writing program office would benefit from having a copy on hand. Poets & Writers should be all over it. The book’s value as an educational tool was after all in part the original impetus behind its initial publication. Read more at The Rumpus.

— Patrick Dunagan, Periodicals & Bindery Specialist



Jim Crow book coverThe new Jim Crow : mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

For folks seeking to understand the historical context preceding the BlackLivesMatter moment, this book is essential! Michelle Alexander provides an overview of the inherent racism built into the U.S. “justice” system.

— Amy Gilgan, Reference Librarian and liaison to the School of Education


.This coming Friday take a break from finals and take a picture with a Book-Face!!!

Here’s what to do:

1. Find a book with a face on the cover and take a picture with it as your own

2. Post your picture to Instagram and hashtag #Bookfacefriday and #Gleesonlibrary

3. Tell a Friend!!!

Come check out our display of possible book-face books or wander through our stacks and find your own!!


I Support Cultural Heritage

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of endangered cultural heritage sites all over the world. 
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Masters of Museum Studies students Kathryn Booth, Jordan Dresser, Erin Golightly and Kathleen Schlier put together a provocative display highlighting a few of the many stories throughout history where cultural heritage has been destroyed by acts of war.  Visit this display in the main lobby of the Gleeson Library / Geschke Learning Resource Center.

Seed Saving Workshops and Food Adventures this Thursday and Friday!





Come participate in at least one of the seed workshops led by Tarun and create your own seed packets, add to the USF seed library and take some seeds home for yourself too. If that is not enough come and enjoy a talk/discussion about Tarun’s multi-faceted food adventures and how you might get involved.

Thursday, April 30, 11:45-12:45 – SEED SAVING WORKSHOP Gleeson Plaza
Thursday, April 30, 3:00-4:30 – FOOD ADVENTURES WITH TARUN Lone Mountain 358
Friday, May 1, 1:00-2:00 – SEED SAVING WORKSHOP USF Community Garden

Tarun Marya is a graduate of the USF Environmental Studies Program and currently farming in Sonoma County where he focuses on cultivating unique seed varieties ideal for our particular climate. While not farming, Tarun is instigating delicious meals in pop up venues throughout the Bay Area. Please join us!

Scenes from the April 23rd Poetry Pop Up!

blue globeFrom Noon -1:00 PM,  the Gleeson Library/Donohue Rare Book Room Poetry Pop Up was in full-swing! It was great to see our USF folks come up and have an interest in the limited editions and unique offerings featuring some of our noted Poets of Color display. The signed edition of Five Poems by Toni Morrison with art work by Kara Walker was a hit. There was a fascination in Leonard Baskin’s etched artwork and printing of James Baldwin’s Gypsy & other poems, and the equally charming Ten Poems by Rita Dove. I appreciated all our students, staff and faculty that came up to the table.  We do this for you! Special thanks goes out to John Hawk for his invaluable assistance and support, Kelci Baughman-McDowell and Randy Souther for helping get the word out.

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