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Short Stacks features videos and audio about the University of Minnesota Libraries and its programs, collections, events, exhibits, students, and faculty.

Deserving recognition

“You can’t be what you can’t see,” said Larry McKenzie, award-winning coach, speaker, and author, during the Nov. 18 Friends of the Libraries event Amplifying Black Narratives: The Creation of Black Narratives. Among the important resources for creating Black narratives are people who serve as “mirrors” that reflect possibilities yet may be scarce in the community. McKenzie was joined by Sheletta Brundidge, Sagirah Shahid, and Dara Beevas.

Tim Johnson reviews Charles Lindbergh bio

Tim Johnson reviewed "Charles Lindbergh: A Religious Biography of America's Most Infamous Pilot" by Christopher Gehrz on this installment of Read This Book! from the University of Minnesota Libraries. He's joined by host Lisa Von Drasek.
Kate Peterson, right, speaks to two incoming students about the Libraries

Positioned for success

The Libraries recently completed its 2021-2025 Strategic Plan, which aligns with the U of M's MPact 2025. “So much of what we do is essential, and we have been doing it well for years,” German says. “With a newly created strategic plan, and working together as one library with many locations, we can accomplish even more.”

Campus Exploration Fair 2021

From learning about databases and special collections to being introduced to popular reading selections and Breakerspace activities, incoming students jumped on the fast track to powering curiosity, discovery, and connection through the Libraries at the Campus Exploration Fair.

Cooking during the pandemic

Megan Kocher and Lisa Von Drasek discussed cookbooks they liked the most for cooking and baking during the pandemic, on this installment of "Read This Book!" from the University of Minnesota Libraries.

‘Transcendent Kingdom’ reviewed on Read This Book!

Lacie McMillin discusses Yaa Gyasi's Transcendent Kingdom, with Lisa von Drasek, on this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries. Transcendent Kingdom us a novel about faith, science, religion, and love, centered on a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief. It's Gyasi's followup to her acclaimed national best seller Homegoing. 

‘Du Iz Tak’ reviewed by Carolyn Bishoff

Science Librarian Carolyn Bishoff discusses "Du Iz Tak" by Carson Ellis with host Lisa Von Drasek on this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries.
Carissa Tomlinson with the book, Cribsheet

‘Cribsheet’ reviewed by Carissa Tomlinson

Carissa Tomlinson joins host Lisa Von Drasek to discuss Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool by Emily Oster, on this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Ready to serve

Libraries staff have been managing through many changes in the last six months, the most recent being the re-opening of our four main University of Minnesota Libraries — Wilson, Walter, Health Sciences, and Magrath. Now, some staff no longer work from home, yet others continue to do so — while providing critical online services for students and faculty.

‘The Lightning Thief’ reviewed on Read This Book!

Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief is discussed by Jessica Abbazio and Lisa Von Drasek on Read This Book, from the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Connecting to the collection

During our buildings closure, the Libraries’ patrons cannot come in. Yet, the Libraries “are a very social place; they are the heart of the campus,” says Kate McCready, Interim Associate University Librarian for Content & Collections. “So to not have our users here? The next best thing is getting us out to them.”
Tim Johnson and Lisa Von Drasek on Read This Book!

Books by Kiersten White reviewed

"Slayer" and "Chosen" are the two books, by New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White, reviewed on this installment of Read This Book by Lisa Von Drasek, Curator of the  University of Minnesota Children's Literature Research Collections. 

The Dean reviews ‘The Color Kittens’

Dean of Libraries Lisa German joins Lisa Von Drasek to review "The Color Kittens" on this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries. "The Color Kittens" is a children's book by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen, and published, as part of the Little Golden Books series, in 1949.

Earth Day 2020: Books about the environment

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Kristen Mastel has chosen three books to highlight the environment and the world around us. They are: "Braided Sweetgrass," by Robin Wall Kimmerer, "Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year" by Linda LeGarde Grover, and "Climate Justice" by Mary Robinson.

Annotated Editions: Sherlock Holmes and Sandman

Tim Johnson recommends two annotated books — Sherlock Holmes and the Sandman — in this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries.
Lisa Von Drasek talking about OperationReadAloud

#OperationReadAloud fills a needed gap for kids

With schools closed and libraries shuttered due to COVID-19, children find themselves sequestered at home — many without enough books or activities to appease their curiosity. Enter Lisa Von Drasek, the energetic curator of the University of Minnesota’s Children’s Literature Research Collections, who has created a social media campaign called #OperationReadAloud as a way to reach children and families.

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