Monthly Archives: November 2013

JFK’s Assassination, 50 Years Later: Read the Warren Report


This Friday, November 22nd, marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. To mark this event, the United States Government Printing Office (GPO), has made available online a digital version of the official Warren Commission Report. Read more below, from an announcement sent to all Federal Depository Libraries:

“As Americans observe the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has made the official, digital version of the Warren Commission Report available on the agency’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). The commission was created by President Lyndon Johnson and chaired by Chief Justice Earl Warren to investigate President Kennedy’s assassination. The 900-page report is available on FDsys, a one-stop site to authentic, published information on the three branches of the Federal Government. The report contains numerous photos, maps and diagrams from the scene in Dallas, TX. Georgetown University’s Lauinger Library, a Federal depository library, provided a copy of the report for digitization.

GPO produced the Warren Commission Report in 1964. The report is backed up by 26 volumes of hearings conducted by the Commission, which GPO also printed. Altogether, GPO’s work for the Commission resulted in nearly 235,000 copies of the report and nearly 5,600 sets of the hearings. All of these materials were made available to the public through distribution to Federal depository libraries nationwide and sales via GPO’s bookstores.

‘The publication and dissemination of the Warren Commission Report is an example of how GPO has adapted to technological changes during the last half century,’ said Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks. ‘GPO’s presses first printed the report in 1964. Through partnerships with the Library of Congress and the Lauinger Library, GPO is now able to make the report available digitally on the anniversary of this tragic event.’

The post President Kennedy assassination audio tape recordings of conversations between various individuals in Washington, DC and Air Force One pilots and officials on board during the flight from Dallas to Andrews Air Force Base are also available on FDsys.”

12 Years a Slave

Twelve Years as a Slave

Twelve Years as a Slave

You have heard the glowing reviews and the Oscar buzz for the Brad Pitt produced film 12 Years a Slave. This brilliant film will leave you wanting to know more. Luckily for you the library has the resources you are craving. So if you have seen the movie 12 Years a Slave, or are looking forward to seeing it, the library has some great items for you.

The library has the book upon which the film was based Twelve Years a Slave : narrative of Solomon Northup, a citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and rescued in 1853  by Solomon Northrup is available in our electronic books collection.  It tells the story of Solomon Northup a free black man living a successful life as a musician and skilled carpenter before he was kidnapped and sold into slavery.


Director Steve McQueen found the book so compelling it became his passion to make the story into a film.  To hear Steve McQueen talk about making this movie, listen to his interview on Fresh Air with Terry Gross.  If you are interested in seeing another version of this compelling story , we have Solomon Northup’s Odyssey  done by PBS in 1984 is available in our streaming film collection.

If you are interested in reading additional narratives from former slaves, try The Long Walk to Freedom a collection of 12 runaway slave narratives. The library also has a collection of writings from over 1,000 African-Americans from  the founding of the republic to 9/11 in the Alexander Street database Black Thought and Culture  over 1,300 fiction and non-fiction documents provide insight into many historical events.

Written by Heather Perry, Reference, Resource Sharing and Streaming Media Librarian

Pants Don’t Fit, I Must Diet



Heading home for the holidays to indulge in your family’s favorite recipes? Need a good book? Or maybe you’re already in the middle of a good book, you’ve filled up on good food, and it’s hard to motivate yourself to work out. You’re dying to know what the author has in store, but you also feel like you should get some exercise. The solution? Read a book on a Kindle or a Nook! They’re small enough to fit in the plastic holder on a treadmill or stationary bike, allowing you to read and get into shape at the same time. If you don’t have one of your own, borrow one from the library for two weeks. First, check out our catalogue for either Kindle or Nook. Then stop by the circulation desk during the day to tell us what titles you want. We’ll load it onto an e-reader so you’ll be ready to enjoy a great book during your next gym session. Don’t see the title you want? Suggest a title for purchase! If you have questions, take a look at our e-reader guide or ask at the circ desk.

The title for each article in this series comes from the Library’s “Six Word Story Campaign,” which asked students to submit cards with their six word library story.  Gavin Damore ‘16, uses these 6 word stories as inspiration for articles highlighting library collections and resources.

Shari Lowin’s Faculty Book Launch

Shari Lowin's Faculty Book Launch

Shari Lowin’s Faculty Book Launch

The Office of Academic Affairs and the MacPhaidin Library cordially invite you to join Dr. Shari Lowin, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Program Director of the Middle Eastern Studies as she introduces her new book Arabic and Hebrew Love Poems in Al-Andalus.

Refreshments will be served. Come and enjoy some Middle Eastern food. All are welcome!


When: Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 4:00 to 5:00PM.

Where: MacPhaidin Library, first floor, south wing
Stonehill Collge
320 Washington St.