Perhaps you have an animal buddy at home. Maybe you’ve pet dogs in the Chapel (most Tuesdays and Wednesdays!) or the Library (during 10th week). Or it’s possible you’ve befriended a squirrel here on campus. Whatever your relationship with them, May is the month to celebrate compassion towards animals!
The Library has materials on these topics and more:
National Library Week (April 23 – 29, 2023) is a time to celebrate our nation’s libraries, library workers’ contributions, and promote library use and support. The theme for National Library Week 2023 is “There’s More to the Story,” illustrating the fact that in addition to the books in library collections, available in a variety of formats, libraries offer so much more! Libraries bring communities together, providing internet and technology access, literacy skills, and support for users.
We are grateful for our Kalamazoo College library staff and student workers! Thank you!
Kalamazoo has a special relationship with poetry. There are live poetry events, workshops, and readings year round! We are also home to Diane Seuss ’78, winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for her work frank: sonnets.
Here are some poetry events and materials you can take advantage of in April (and all year!):
Check out our poetry display in the lobby and our virtual display featuring poetry books from our collection
Join us on Tuesday, March 21st in the ARRK Meeting Space at 11:30 a.m ET to discuss Chapter Five: There is No Innocence of Reckoning: Kalamazoo College Uncovers Its Racial and Colonial Past (37 pages total) by Anne Dueweke. If you are unable to attend the discussion, please feel free to post your thoughts on the chapter in the ARRK Meeting Space. Also refer to the list below for some helpful discussion/reading questions supplied by Anne Dueweke.
The AntiRacism Reading Knook (ARRK) is a collaboration between the K College library staff and our Inclusive Excellence (KCIE) leadership team. This initiative is NOT a book club, but seeks to facilitate campus-wide engagement with the books in the KCIE Reading for Change book collection. This collection was created to encourage learning about and facilitate greater access to antiracism information to all members of the campus community.
ARRK aims to:
reduce barrier to entry into reading antiracism books,
identify and highlight campus facilitators with experience teaching and/or disciplinary expertise who can provide context and guide discussions of specific texts,
foster broader relationships among faculty and staff, and thus
build greater capacity for an inclusive campus through sustained and focused engagement with shared texts.
help catalyze members of the campus to engage in small group discussions of entire books in the collection (self-organized book clubs, if you will).
Relax and relieve some stress by spending a few minutes petting a furry animal friend! Therapy dogs will visit campus in the Kalamazoo College Library lobby on Thursday, March 9 from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. De-stress a bit with a canine companion before finals week kicks in.