In the late 1940s through the early 1950s, social welfare agencies used comics -- featuring famous comic book heroes like Batman and Superman -- to promote their messages. Everything from mental health issues to civil rights to patriotism were subjects for the comics.
It's that time of year again and our expert librarians at the University of Minnesota are here to make recommendations on books to give this holiday season. Watch this installment of Read This Book!, Books to Give 2015, Part 1.
It's been 50 years since the Immigration History Research Center and Archives was founded at the University of Minnesota, making it the oldest and largest entity devoted to preserving and understanding immigration experiences. In celebration, the IHRCA has an exhibit on display through January 22, 2016 at the U's Elmer L. Andersen Library.
Student performers camouflaged in the sea of students, provided a pleasant surprise November 5 at Walter Library. When the “Push for Art” button was pushed, they broke out with "Lean on Me" in the lobby, while dancers performed in Walter's Great Hall.
Mars is the subject of this installment of Read This Book!, which features Science Librarian Carolyn Bishoff and Social Sciences Librarian Amy Riegelman. The two discussed the popular book, The Martian and five other books about Mars.
Nazis burned the library of Magnus Hirschfeld – a Jewish physician and sexologist who died in 1935 – for being "un-German." But at least one book survived the 1933 fire and is now housed at the University of Minnesota in the Tretter Collection for GLBT Studies.
In this installment of Read This Book!, Tim Johnson discusses Neil Gaiman's "Make Good Art" commencement speech, "Go Set a Watchman" by Harper Lee, "The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown, and "Art in the Blood" by Bonnie MacBird.
The University of Minnesota Bindery, which first opened in the basement of Perine's Books in Dinkytown back in 1922, has closed. The Bindery, initially a department of University Libraries, was housed for nearly 50 years on the 4th floor of Walter Library
Maggie Ragnow discusses books about Pirates, including Bucaniers of America – just in time for International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which is Sept. 19, 2015.
More than 5,000 first-year students took part in Welcome Week at the University of Minnesota last week. On Friday, they toured Magrath Library on the St. Paul campus to learn about all of the ways that University Libraries can help them achieve academic success. Watch the video above to hear what they learned.