Earth Month Events at Cooper

Earthians have lost a great, if not the greatest, mind of our generation, Dr. Stephen Hawking. This scientific hero asserted the following regarding the future of Earth: “We have given our planet the disastrous gift of climate change…When we have reached similar crises there has usually been somewhere else to colonize…But there is no new world, no utopia around the corner…We are running out of space, and the only places to go are other worlds.” (Barclay, “Stephen Hawking’s warning: it’s time to get the hell off planet Earth”)

Clemson students are attentive to Dr. Hawking’s pessimistic, but real, view on what perhaps constitutes Earth’s most pressing challenge. According to Clemson’s Sustainability Action Plan, “78% of Clemson students feel a moral obligation to protect the environment.” (6)  Our students are aware of the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability and are proactive in finding sustainable solutions to nurture the kind of planet they want to inhabit.

From curating library research collections, and conducting research on innovation and sustainability, to engaging in significant sustainability efforts across campus and throughout external communities, Clemson is committed to actively address these various environmental challenges and to integrate sustainability into every academic discipline and social space.

The “Read, Return, Repeat” book display (4/2-4/30) is a reflection of the ecological consciousness evidenced in classical writings, such as Eco-Joyce; as well as in ecocritical works, like  International Perspectives in Feminist Ecocriticism. The “Earth Day, Every Day” book display (4/16-4/23), is a portal to children and juvenile literature devoted to help readers think more deeply about nature, climate change and other environmental themes. Titles, such as TreecologyThe Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea, and This Book Stinks!, offer powerful stories that help the youth feel part of the environment, and activate an ecological mind, capable of generating solutions. Our digital display, “eBooks & Clemson Scholarship” (4/8-4/30), showcases online collections that intersect literature, culture, and the physical environment. TigerPrints, our open-access, digital repository, provides a door to Clemson-born innovative renewable source research and approaches to sustainable science, engineering, and economy.

Please visit the Earth Month 2018 Guide, which serves as a platform for the Clemson community to join civic and scholarly conversations related to climate change, global warming, pollution, and renewable sources. Check out the e-displays sections and the calendar of events during Sustainability Month. For those of you with research topics and questions in mind, click on the “Scholarly Sources” tab, which contains core databases and journal titles related to environmental challenges and provides access to past and current scholarly conversations. And for those of you with the desire to join a network of eco-friendly Clemsonites, to learn more about the nature that surrounds our region, and to be part of the solution, take a look at the “Go Green at CU!” tab.


Pride Week Virtual Book Display

Pride Week Logo#PrideWeek18 will be held March 30th – April 7th!

To supplement the many Pride Week events being held across campus this year, we at Cooper Library have created a virtual book display. On display you’ll find a range of books and films centered on the LGBTQIA+ experience.

Virtual Displays are completely online; the items on display have been curated and “set out” using a virtual platform. Instructions regarding how to check out items on display are provided.

Literary Festival Book Display

Clemson Literary Festival book displayThe Clemson Libraries are proud to support the 11th annual Clemson Literary Festival by putting its authors’ books on display for your reading pleasure.

Come check out (figuratively and literally) works from National Book Critics Circle and Man Booker Prize-winning headliner Paul Beatty and featured visiting authors Geffrey Davis, Scott Gould, Jenny Gropp, Lily Hoang, April Ayers Lawson, Jamaal May, Dunya Mikhail, Glenis Redmond, and Matthew Vollmer

The display will be up from March 26 through April  8.

March Book Display–Hear Us Roar

Throughout history, women have shown that they are resilient, determined, and have the fortitude to overcome many obstacles to achieve their goals. From hospitals and courtrooms to sports fields and science labs, women have played a vital role in shaping our world.

To celebrate Women’s History Month, and honor the achievement of women all across the globe, Cooper Library is presenting a display of materials featuring some of their stories.

Rosa Parks, Wilma Rudolph, Harriet Tubman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sally Ride, and countless others.

Check out their stories and be inspired.

The President’s Commission on Women will also be celebrating Women’s History Month with many events.

Additionally, the Gantt Center and the Minority Student Success Initiative will be holding the following events:

On Healing Black Girl Pain*
Dr. Consuela Ward
Wednesday, March 14 – 6:00pm
Hendrix Student Center Ballrooms
*Book signing after the event

Prisons, Policing, and Protests: It’s Time for Change
Nekima Levy-Pounds, J.D.
Tuesday, March 27 — 6:30pm
Hendrix Student Center Ballrooms

Book Displays Celebrate African American History Month

There are 2 book displays in Cooper Library for this month both celebrating African American History month.

The larger display, located on the tall shelf beside the Library Services Desk, is “In the First Person : African American Autobiographies.” It contains books, audiobooks, and DVDs featuring 18th-21st century African Americans’ accounts of their lives and legacies.

 The second display is smaller and is located on the top of the New Materials Shelf also near the Library Services Desk. It contains cookbooks focusing on African American food, soul food, and food from other cultures.

Darwin Day Book Display

Happy birthday, Charles Darwin!

Check out our new display of books by and about Charles Darwin. You’ll find it on top of the New Books Shelves on the 4th floor of Cooper Library.

Darwin Day is an international event every February 12th to celebrate the anniversary Charles Darwin’s birth on that date in 1809. The day is used to highlight his contribution to science and educate people about the relevance and importance of evolution to society.

New Display in Architecture Library

 Fold to Pop, Fold to Wow

Using children’s pop-up books as inspiration, we celebrate folding, bending, twisting, and overlaying ‘flat’ materials to achieve fun, lively—and surprising–three-dimensional effects.

In parallel, studio instruction in architecture explores the application of folding to enable structures to stand, span, expand, and ‘adapt’ to variable conditions–or, simply to ‘Wow.’

Find the display outside the Gunnin Architecture Library through the month of February.

Cooper Library January Display

 If you’ve ever used a computer (Grace Hopper), played a game of Monopoly (Elizabeth Magie), or enjoyed a hand-churned scoop of ice cream (Nancy Johnson), you know that women hold a crucial place in conversations on invention and ingenuity.

Amidst a multitude of contemporary intersectional movements for women’s equality and recognition, the Cooper Library January Display aims to pay homage to the many contributions by women to U.S. and world history.

Throughout January, grab a book or movie and dive deep into the rich history of the women who worked as catalysts and game-changers for some of the world’s greatest advancements.

You can find this display on the shelves beside the Library Services Desk on the 4th floor of Cooper Library.

Giving Tree in Cooper Lobby

 The Giving Tree Project allows volunteers to select a tag containing a child’s name and wish list from the display in the lobby of Cooper and purchase gifts to make that child’s holiday season a little bit brighter.

Here’s how it works:

  • Choose a tag
  • Fill it out completely and put it in the donation box
  • Shop! Plan to spend around $50
  • Return the gift in a black plastic bag with the ornament (child’s name, etc) to the Security Desk in Cooper Library by November 27

Transgender Awareness Week Book Display

Between November 14 and November 20, individuals and organizations around the country will participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people and address the issues the community faces.

Cooper Library has put together a book display featuring works centered on the transgender and the non-binary experience, including titles such as Alex as Well, Every Day, and Transgender 101.  The books are located atop the New Book Shelf on the 4th floor of Cooper Library and all are available for check-out.