Thursday, May 27, 2010

View Soon --History of Halloween, Witches in the Literature -- Displays on the 2nd Floor.

Exibit leaving soon -- Check it out before Halloween
Celebrate the Halloween season with museum displays presented by members of Dr. Jenrette's class in the History of Witchcraft. exhibits include "History of Halloween"; Witches in the Literature"; Executions; and "El Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead --great Mexican celebraton)" These cases are on the 2nd floor of the Baron-Forness Library.

Leaving Soon -- View Now -- A Visual History of the George W. Bush Presidency:Baron-Forness Art Gallery, 2nd Floor

A Visual History of the George W. Bush Presidency

Baron-Forness Art Gallery, 2nd Floor

Upon the completion of the G.W. Bush time in office, fifteen artists began the writing of that history, with each artist creating an image that reflects on an event or quote that occurred during or leading up to his time in office.
This print exchange portfolio was organized by Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Assoc. Professor William Mathie with assistance from Assoc. Professor John Lysak

George W. Bush during his years of service as President of the United States of America, commented a number of times that history would be the judge of his presidency. Upon the completion of his time in office fifteen artists began the writing of that history, with each artist creating an image that reflects on an event or quote that occurred during or leading up to his time in office. There was no set agenda for the images as a group. Each artist chose the event their image reflects on, and how to best document the quote or event.

Sidney Chafetz 12/15/1999 Candidates Focus on Christian Beliefs
William Mathie 8/26/2001 Bush’s Energy Plan Bares Industry Clout
Marc Snyder 9/20/2002 Doctrine of Striking Foes First
Mess Hall Press 2/24/2004 Marriage as a Union of a Man and Woman as husband and Wife
Carter Scaggs 6/7/2004 Cities Say No to the Patriot Act
John Lysak 9/21/2004 Dictators are Quick to Choose Aggression
Michael Barnes 8/3/2005 Remarks On ‘Intelligent Design’
Justin George 9/3/2005 Kanye West’s Torrent of Criticism, Live on NBC
Jenny Schmid 9/20/2006 And the Devil Came Here Yesterday
John Hitchcock 10/11/2006 Iraqi Death Tolls an Estimated 655,000
Bill Fick 2/18/2007 Soldiers Face Neglect, Frustration At Army’s Top Medical Facility
Heather O’Hara 6/20/2007 Lawmakers to Investigate Bush on Laws and Intent
Louise Kames 9/26/2007 Childrens Do Learn When Standards are High and Results are Measured
Ruthann Godollei 3/9/2008 Veto of Bill on C.I.A. Tactics Affirms Bush’s Legacy
Laurie Godfrey 7/10/2008 Goodbye From the World’s Biggest Polluter.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

TOMORROW: Books Are FUN Sale -- October 26th, 2010 -- In the Library


The Baron-Forness Friends of the Library Books Are Fun sale will be held on Tuesday, October 26th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the lobby of the library. Please visit the library and shop the extensive selection of books and gift items. The sale is a great opportunity for early Christmas shopping. This is a great opportunity to expand your personal library. A portion of the funds benefits the Friends.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

TUES. NOV. 30 Universtiy Book Discussion Group November Selection: Possession by A.S. Byatt

The Edinboro Book Discussion Group’s November selection is Possession, by A. S. Byatt. The group will meet in Baron-Forness room 715 at 6:45 pm, Tuesday, November 30 to discuss this book. All are welcome to attend the discussion group’s meetings.

Possession: A Romance is a 1990 bestselling novel by British writer A. S. Byatt. It is a winner of the Man Booker Prize.
Part historical as well as contemporary fiction, the title Possession refers to issues of ownership and independence between lovers, the practice of collecting historically significant cultural artifacts, and to the possession that a biographer feels for their subject. The novel incorporates many different styles and devices: diaries, letters and poetry, in addition to third-person narration. Possession is as concerned with the present day as it is with the Victorian era, pointing out the differences between the two time periods satirizing such things as modern academia and mating rituals.
Time Magazine included the novel in its TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from
1923 to 2005.

Dame Antonia Susan Duffy, DBE (commonly known as A. S. Byatt born 24 August 1936, Sheffield) is an English novelist, poet and Booker Prize winner. In 2008, The Times newspaper named her among their list of The 50 greatest British writers since 1945.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

The reading for December is The Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carleton. Discussion of this book is scheduled for Tuesday, December 21. More information will be avaliable latter. All are welcome to attend the discussion group’s meetings.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tonight: Free Horror Poetry Reading by Brett Rutherford, October 18th 7:00 PM

Brett Rutherford, Acclaimed Poet and EUP Alumnus to Perform a Reading of His Poetry Monday, October 18th at 7:00 PM, Baron-Forness Library Room 715.

This Halloween season, come to the Edinboro Library’s “attic” for an evening of spooky verse as we welcome Brett Rutherford for a reading of selections from his poems of the supernatural. This event is free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Brett started his career as a poet as a student at Edinboro State College many years ago, running his own underground newspaper and designing, printing and hand-binding his first poetry chapbook. The supernatural has always been a major theme in his work. His poem cycle Things Seen in Graveyards features the Edinboro cemetery along the way to remote locales, from Salem to the Atacama desert in Chile. The press Brett founded in New York City in 1971, The Poet’s Press, has now published 189 books, highlighting a wide variety of neglected New York poets, as well as his special focus -- the poetry of the Gothic and supernatural. Following the footsteps of Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, Brett made a trek to haunted Providence Rhode Island in 1985 – and stayed. The result was two horror novels; a biographical play about H.P. Lovecraft; a study of Poe’s doomed 1848 romance in Rhode Island; and, best of all, his own mammoth 275-page collection, Whippoorwill Road: The Supernatural Poems. Brett is in the area right now doing photography for a book that will bring together all his Pennsylvania poems, and then he is heading back to Providence for the Halloween premiere of an exciting new book: an annotated edition of the landmark 1801 anthology of supernatural poetry by Matthew Gregory Lewis, titled Tales of Wonder. A number of Brett’s poems have been set to music (vocal and orchestral) by William Alexander, emeritus professor of Music at Edinboro; a number of these works have been premiered by the Erie Philharmonic. All of the books written and published by Brett Rutherford can be seen at

Brett works at the University of Rhode Island as Coordinator of Distance Learning, and teaches in the Women’s Studies Department, where he has taught a multidisciplinary course on “The Diva,” and another on “Women in Science Fiction: From Shelley to Sigourney Weaver.” Most recently he lectured for the National Endowment for the Arts in its Big Read series at Rhode Island College, focusing on Edgar Allan Poe. His other interests include classical music, and Chinese literature and art.

Today: Edinboro Book Discussion Group to discuss The Casebook of Victor Frankenstine

Today: The Edinboro Book Discussion Group held its first meeting of the new academic year on September 14. We discussed The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. Our next meeting will begin at 6:45 pm on Tuesday, October 19, in Baron-Forness Room 715. The book selected by the group is Peter Ackroyd’s The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein. All are welcome to join us.

When two nineteenth-century Oxford students--Victor Frankenstein, a serious researcher, and the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley--form an unlikely friendship, the result is a tour de force that could only come from one of the world's most accomplished and prolific authors.

This haunting and atmospheric novel opens with a heated discussion, as Shelley challenges the conventionally religious Frankenstein to consider his atheistic notions of creation and life. Afterward, these concepts become an obsession for the young scientist. As Victor begins conducting anatomical experiments to reanimate the dead, he at first uses corpses supplied by the coroner. But these specimens prove imperfect for Victor's purposes. Moving his makeshift laboratory to a deserted pottery factory in Limehouse, he makes contact with the Doomsday men--the resurrectionists--whose grisly methods put Frankenstein in great danger as he works feverishly to bring life to the terrifying creature that will bear his name for eternity.

TODAY: Films On Demand -- Demonstration, Wed., Oct. 20 in the library.

TODAY -- 2:30
Films On Demand is an on-line resource for educational films and videos in a variety of subject areas, including the humanities, sciences, careers, health, family and consumer sciences, and technical education. A service of Films Media Group. The Barron-Forness Library has a subscription to this service.

Meg Baker, Digital Services Consultant for Films on Demand, will be in the Library 2nd Floor Lab, Room 232, on Wedensday October 20th from 2:30 to 3:30. We invite you to come and learn more about using Films on Demand in your classes, both traditional and online.

For a short introduction to Films on Demand click HERE.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Borrow a laptop computer!

The Baron-Forness Library is pleased to announce the availability of laptop computers for checkout. The laptops are available at the library circulation desk. Users can check them out by presenting their Edinboro ID cards. They're for in-library use only, and must be returned to the circulation desk 1 hour prior to closing. The machines are Wi-Fi enabled and are loaded with web browsing software along with Microsoft Office software.

May Library Hours

Sunday 5/1 1:30pm – 2:00am
Monday 5/2 – Thursday 5/5 8:00am – 2:00am
Friday 5/6 8:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 5/7 &  Sunday 5/8 CLOSED
Monday 5/9 – Friday 5/13 8:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday 5/14 & Sunday 5/15 CLOSED
Monday 5/16 – Thursday 5/19 8:00am – 10:00pm
Friday 5/20 8:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 5/21 CLOSED
Sunday 5/22 2:00pm – 10:00pm
Monday 5/23 – Thursday 5/26 8:00am – 10:00pm
Friday 5/27 8:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 5/28 CLOSED
Sunday 5/29 CLOSED
Monday 5/30 CLOSED
Tuesday 5/31 8:00am – 10:00pm

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Thanksgiving Break Library Hours
Wednesday 11/24: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday 11/25: CLOSED
Friday 11/26: CLOSED
Saturday 11/27: CLOSED
Sunday 11/28: 1:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Library Opens Saturdays Starting Nov. 20, 2010

The Edinboro University Library will again be open on Saturdays starting on November 20th. The library will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the 20th and the two Saturdays in December. In the spring semester, the library will continue to be open on Saturdays.

Monday, May 10, 2010

University Clay Club Exhibit on 2nd Floor

Edinboro University Clay Club:

A collection of works by members of the Clay Club is presented in the display cases of the Baron-Baron-Forness Library 2nd floor exhibit area. The exhibition will remain during November.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Baron-Forness Library Faculty Accomplishments

Professor Jack Widner, Reference Librarian, was the reciepient of faculty grant awards in 2009 and 2010 for a research project on southern literature. He is also a member of the Keystone Library Network committee that recieved a $20,000 LSTA (Library Services and Technology Assessment) grant to produce "widgits" for information literacy.

Professors Barry Gray, Technical Services Librarian, and Christine Troutman, Serials Librarian, will present a program titled "Pack Light: Changes in Technical Services Staffing and Workflow in Academic Libraries" at the Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians 2010 Conference in Morehead, KY on May 20th.

The Once and Future Library
PASSHE Library Conference sponsored by SSHELCO
March 25-26, 2010: Holiday Inn - Grantville, PA

Three members of the library faculty presented programs at the annual Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Library Conference.
Professors Barry Gray and Christine Troutman presented a session titled
"Changes in Technical Services Staffing and Workflow: Stay Relevant or Die!"
Dr. Monty McAdoo, Instruction and Electronic Resources Librarian, talked on
"How to Hit an Iceberg: Strategies for Staying Afloat in the Sea of Change."
Professor John Rosenhamer, Reference Librarian, along with Mame Purce of West Chester University of PA, and Loring Prest from California University of PA, did a session about
"Sharing the Work – LibGuides in the PASSHE Libraries."

Thursday, May 6, 2010


and the
Friends of the Baron-Forness Library

Cordially invite you to attend

A Traveling Exhibition Tracing Lincoln’s Changing Views of Slavery

Opening Reception and Exhibit

Thursday, January 20, 2011

5 p.m. - Hors d' oeuvres & Reception
6 p.m. - Program

at the
Second Floor Atrium
Baron-Forness Library
200 Tartan Road
Edinboro University Campus
Edinboro, Pennsylvania

Please RSVP by January 13 by calling 732-2779 or e-mailing

The Baron-Forness library is sponsoring free programs
and other events for the public in connection with the exhibition.
For more information, contact Jack Widner at 814-732-2175 or

"Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation" has been organized by the Huntington Library, San Marino, California, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York City, in cooperation with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. This exhibition was made possible by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, promoting excellence in the humanities, and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, created by Congress and charged with planning the national celebration of Lincoln's 200th birthday.

Lincoln Bicentennial, 1809-2009: Live the LegacyAmerican Libraries AssociationGilder-Lehrman Institute of American HistoryNational Endowment for the humanitiesHuntington Library
Locally Sponsered by
Friends of the Baron-Forness Library -- WJET-24, Erie PA -- Mainstreet Media, North East, Pa -- Northwest Tri-county Intermediate Unit, Edinboro, PA -- Edinboro Area Historical Society.

All events are free and open to the general public.

University regulations require a parking pass available from Edinboro University Police.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Extended Library Hours--Last Two Weeks


Sunday 12/5 1:30pm – 2:00am
Monday 12/6 – Thursday 12/9 8:00am – 2:00am
Friday 12/10 8:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 12/11 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 12/12 1:30pm – 2:00am
Monday 12/13 – Thursday 12/16 8:00am – 2:00am
Friday 12/17 8:00am – 6:00pm