Hawthorne-Longfellow Library (H-L) presented its 2023 BIPOC Book Collection display last Friday, October 13. Display curator Hannah Kim ’24 presented the collection while Humanities and Media Librarian Carmen Greenlee moderated a Q&A session following the presentation.
On Thursday afternoon, Bowdoin students and community members gathered in Hawthorne-Longfellow Library’s Special Collections & Archives (SC&A) Learning Lab for a discussion on the collaborative book created by book artist Rebecca Goodale and Professor of Art Carrie Scanga, “Back Then and Now.” The discussion was facilitated by Mainer, poet and art critic Carl Little.
Mr. Mallard may not have been in the lead, but this summer, 75,000 visitors still made their way to Curtis Memorial Library in downtown Brunswick for the “Robert McCloskey: The Art of Wonder” exhibit. Visitors came from 49 states (all but Mississippi) and 22 countries.
Bowdoin’s libraries are writing a new chapter into their history as Peter Bae begins his tenure as director of the Bowdoin College Library. Bae started at the College on August 21, replacing Marjorie Hassen, who spent a decade as the library director before retiring this year.
In 1965, the College’s library moved into the space students now know as the Hawthorne-Longfellow (H-L) Library. Today, the library houses nearly one million books in its 71,000 square-foot space, ranging from contemporary best-sellers, to academic reserves, to a collection series curated by students of color at the College.
When Emma Hargreaves ’23 was hired as a server at Thorne Hall in February, she anticipated regular hours and a steady income. “I wanted to do two or three shifts a week,” she said in a Zoom interview with the Orient.
In the third installment of the “Beyond the Reading Room” virtual lecture series hosted by Bowdoin College Library’s George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections and Archives (Special Collections), literary scholar Susan Beegel joined the Bowdoin community over Zoom on Monday to explore the role of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel in transforming Orr’s Island from a fishing village to a summer tourist attraction.
All Bowdoin students, faculty and staff now have institutional access to the Portland Press Herald through the Bowdoin library website. Marjorie Hassen, director of the College library, explained that there have been several requests in recent years from students and faculty for Bowdoin to establish institutional access to the Press Herald, but the paper has not had a model that would allow for institutional access until this fall.
Previously scheduled to reopen to on-campus students on September 7, the doors to Hawthorne-Longfellow Library remain temporarily closed as campus status remains in orange. However, that does not mean library staff have not been busy behind the scenes—they have been doing everything from revamping the online delivery system to wrapping up dozens of books in brown paper bags for on-campus pick-up.