MeLCat Maintenance March 27

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The MeLCat central server ( is scheduled for a software upgrade on Wednesday, March 27, beginning at 7:00am. We expect the server to be down for several hours. While the catalog may re-appear and be searchable, placing requests and other functionality as outlined below may work until the server is fully restored.

What This Means for You

1. You will NOT be able to place new MeLCat requests or directly search MeLCat ( Keyword searching will be available via MeL Discovery at, but MeLCat requests cannot be made, and the item status may not be current.

2. Users attempting to renew their MeLCat items may get a “server unavailable” message.

3. Though the MyMeLCat link will not work, you can use this alternative link to access your patron record and review your MeLCat requests:

If you have questions, please contact us at

Happy National Tolkien Reading Day

Ring from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings

Today is National Tolkien Reading Day!

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 – 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist and university professor.  He was best known as the author of the classic works The HobbitThe Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarrillion.

This day was started in 2003 by the Tolkien Society to encourage the readings of J.R.R. Tolkien. March 25th was chosen as the date to honor the downfall of Sauron and the fall of Barad-dûr in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

We’ve already had our Second Breakfast. What will you be reading today?

Spring Break Hours

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You made it! Have a wonderful break!

The Library is open limited hours during spring break, March 20-31, 2019:

Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm;
Saturday – Sunday CLOSED.

Regular Spring Term hours begin April 1 (no joke!).

Winter Exam and Spring Break Hours

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Good luck on exams — you can do this!

Library hours for winter exam week are:

Sunday, March 17: 9am – 2am
Monday, March 18: 8am – 2am
Tuesday, March 19: 8am – 10pm

Spring break hours begin Wednesday, March 20:

Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm
Saturday – Sunday CLOSED

Regular hours begin Monday, April 1, 2019.

10th Week De-Stress in the Library!

Example of Color Our Collections coloring page

Looking for a way to de-stress? Come to the Library this week and have some fun! Give yourself a study break and color or play with clay in the library lobby. We’ll have tables set up in the lobby all week.

Therapy dogs will be here on Thursday, March 14 from 3:00pm – 4:30pm!

You can also use these free coloring books from libraries and museums around the world! In the 2019 #ColorOurCollections project, 113 cultural institutions worldwide participated, sharing free printable coloring pages based on their acquisitions.

We hope to see you!

Therapy Dogs in the Library 10th Week!

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 14th from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. De-stress a bit with a canine companion before finals week kicks in.

Date: Thursday, March 14th, 2019
Time: 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Upjohn Library Commons Lobby
1200 Academy St., Kalamazoo, MI 49006

Contact: Stacy Nowicki:

Dorothea Lange’s Censored Photographs of FDR’s Japanese Concentration Camps

A Dorothea Lange photograph of a Japanese family relocated in 1942

Today in 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the internment of nearly 75,000 American citizens of Japanese ancestry. 

In 1942, the U.S. government hired Dorothea Lange, known for her FSA photographs like Migrant Mother, to make a photographic record of the “evacuation” and “relocation” of Japanese-Americans. She was opposed to the relocation but took the commission because she believed “a true record of the evacuation would be valuable in the future.”

The military seized her photographs, depositing them in the National Archives, where they remained mostly unseen and unpublished until 2006.

Check out this website by Anchor Editions, where you can see some of Lange’s photos from the National Archives, including the captions she wrote and quotes from people who were imprisoned in the camps.