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Fantasy, sci fi, and horror on Read This Book!

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University of Minnesota Librarian Molly Bostrom from Magrath Library reviewed Duplex by Kathryn Davis and Abarat by Clive Barker on this installment of Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries.
Jerry Rinehart

In the affirmative

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Jerry Rinehart, a member of the Friends of the Libraries board, remains open to all the possibilities and all the people around him.
Michael Osterholm, epidemiologist, 1985

A healthy look back

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Some topics in public health never go away, infectious disease and barriers to access to health care among them. In the recently digitized “A Public Health Journal” TV program (APHJ), dating from 1985-2004, and available online via UMedia, students, scholars, public health officials, and the members of the community can explore some of these evergreen issues.
Lisa Von Drasek, Andrea Davis Pinkney, and Lisa German.

Rising, with a book in hand

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Andrea Davis Pinkney — who has authored more than 50 books for children and young people, and has donated her drafts, research notes, and finished books to the University of Minnesota's Kerlan Collection of Children’s Literature — was honored with the 2022 Kerlan Award.
Sherlock Holmes

Meet your inner Sherlock

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Fans new and old will get the chance to meet Sherlock Holmes, learn how he follows the clues, and take part in their own investigations, at the very interactive “Sherlock Holmes: The Exhibition,” hosted at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul starting Oct. 20. Artifacts, manuscripts, and other clues to the great detective and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle — more than 100 of them from the U of M Libraries’ extensive Holmes-related collections — will be available for scrutiny. 
Cover art of young Native American person standing in a powerful stream.

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day with Ebooks Minnesota

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Ebooks Minnesota's Indigenous Representations collection features 28 books suitable for all ages. Early readers will enjoy Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade's "We Are Water Protectors," winner of the 2021 Caldecott Medal and one of the School Library Best Books of the Year.

School spirit and love for Libraries

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University Libraries staff and student employees had a great time marching and cheering at the #UMN Homecoming Parade on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022! #UMNproud.
Charlie Heinz and Claire Thomas

Practicing for an emergency

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“Do no harm” is a major tenet of the physicians’ creed, in the Hippocratic Oath or a modernized version of it. To reduce risk and improve training, Medical School students participate in simulated clinical experiences where standardized patients — real people trained to show up with certain symptoms — interact with physicians-to-be in a room set up like a clinic or an emergency room. Now, the U’s emergency medicine students are testing in the Libraries' Virtual Reality Studio.
StoryTime outdoors at the Andersen Horticultural Library

Even the sun was kind during StoryTime at the Horticultural Library

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Even the sun was kind on Aug. 26 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The readers for the monthly StoryTime gathered on the terrace of the Snyder Building, which also houses the host, the Andersen Horticultural Library and its staff. The lush, late summer backdrop, just-right temperature, and bright blue skies appeared perfectly suited for readings from books about kindness and friendship.
A table in the makerspace with project supplies and The Big Book of Maker Space Projects

Is the Makerspace my space?

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In the bright, yet somewhat austere environment of the Health Sciences Education Center, the Health Sciences Library Makerspace stands out, with colorful displays in its windows and — inside its doors — intriguing tools, 3D printers, and plenty of tables to spread out a project. This space — its equipment, its whimsical approach, and its meaningful outcomes — is meant for everyone connected to the U who wishes to explore their craft skills and their creativity.
A close-up from an 1862 hand-colored Japanese woodblock print. In the foreground is a demon representing measles; in the background is a fearful physician.

Drawn to health: Bodies and medicine in popular visual culture

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“Drawn to Health: Bodies and Medicine in Popular Visual Culture” explores the historical and contemporary use of visual narratives to communicate about health, featuring collections held at both the Wangensteen Historical Library and the Children’s Literature Research Collections. Visit this exhibit now through December 29, 2022.
Book burned by Nazis. The scorched book, from the collection of gay physician and sexologist Magnus Hirschfield,

Banning books threatens freedom

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Renowned for its breadth and depth of works by children’s book authors and illustrators, The Kerlan Collection of Children’s Literature mirrors the issues of its times. So when Kerlan curator Lisa Von Drasek was asked, “Does the Kerlan have any banned books?” she responded: “Of course we do!” Von Drasek adds: “The number one category of banned books is LGBTQ and sex education books.”
It's Perfectly Normal book cover

LGBTQ books that have been challenged or banned

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The following are a selection of books that have faced challenges or bans because of their LGBTQ themes and content. The text comes from the National Coalition Against Censorship page on LGBTQ Book Bans and Challenges.
Carolyn Bishoff YouTube video image from Read This Book

‘The Goblin Emperor’ and more audio books

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Science Librarian Carolyn Bishoff discussed "The Goblin Emperor" and other audio books on this episode of Read This Book! with host Lisa Von Drasek. "The Goblin Emperor" is a 2014 fantasy novel by Katherine Addison.
Valerie Paul

Presidential (award) timber

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Grappling with all the opportunities that come their way has defined Valerie Paul’s progress at the University of Minnesota. Paul earned well-deserved recognition with a 2022 President’s Student Leadership and Service Award in the spring.
Rekhet Si-Asar

Turn, turn, turn

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Rekhet Si-Asar is a small-in-stature person who makes a big impression. “It's like magic to watch her,” says Lissa Jones-Lofgren, chair-elect of the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries board. Over the past 20 years, she has known and admired Si-Asar for her high level of energy and her outstanding ways and results with people and with books.

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