Monthly Archives: January 2018

Love Notes to the Library

Leave your love note to the library on the provided heart-shaped post-itsThis February tell us what you love about the library. Has the library had an impact on your time at Stonehill? Your learning experience? Do you come to the library to study? Do you have a favorite study spot? Do you come here for the Starbucks coffees at Ace’s Place?

Write a love note the library and post it on the whiteboard in the lobby of the library and help the library celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Black History Month Movies on Swank

In honor of Black History Month, here are just some of the movies available through the Library that touch upon issues of race and moments that changed history. These films are available on the streaming media platform Swank, one of our library databases.  

The Color Purple, a 1985 film starring Whoopie Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, tells the story of an African American woman named Celie who tries to break free from her abusive husband and dreams of seeing her sister again, in Africa. This film still has cultural importance for African American women today.  

A more recently produced film which will hopefully remain important years after its release, is Barry Jenkins’ MoonlightMoonlight is a coming-of-age film about the story of a young boy across three stages of his life. He discovers his sexuality and what it means to fall in love.  

Another more recent film about an African American boy is The Blind SideThe Blind Side, a John Lee Hancock film based on a true story, tells of an all-white family taking in and adopting an African American teen who has been homeless and in and out of school systems. The film was a box office hit that sparked debate about how stories about race in contemporary America are told and what stories are considered profitable for film studios. 

Or, if you are interested in military history, the film Glory, stars Matthew Broderick as a colonel in charge of the first all African American regiment of the army during the Civil War. Denzel Washington plays one of the soldiers in the regiment.  

In addition to The Color Purple, another Spielberg film available through the library is Amistad.  The film examines legal battles of Mende tribesmen captured by the slave trade, who stage a revolt aboard the ship La Amistad in 1839. The revolt led to a Supreme Court Case to determine whether the Mendes tribesmen would be considered slaves or free men. 

Written by Rachel Riani ’19

Black History Month

Black History MonthFebruary is Black History Month, which is celebrated each year at Stonehill. Black History Month began in 1926 when, in the Library of Congress, “Dr. Carter G. Woodson set aside a special period in February to recognize the heritage and achievement of Black people of the United States.” Since 1976, each US president has declared February Black History Month. Stonehill began its celebrations in January, with a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Prayer Service hosted on January 23rd to honor his work through an interfaith service. Intercultural Affairs also hosted a viewing of the webcast “Presidential Symposium on Racial Justice in Higher Education.” The symposium discussed how to make sense of and respond to racist incidents on campus and how to practice self-care in times of racial stress. 

Some Stonehill students learned more about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and the Civil Rights Movement on their HOPE Service Immersion Trip to Atlanta, Georgia. The trip this past winter explored and discussed the issue of Racial Justice. Dan Madsen, a junior who went on the trip, returned home saying that what was most inspiring from the trip was “the power of nonviolence in the Civil Rights Movement.” Madsen feels that “The act of peaceful protest was singlehandedly the most important part of the Movement, and … this transcends beyond the Jim Crow era.” Dan and other members of the trip brought their knowledge back to both their families and the Stonehill community, helping us to celebrate this month and become more knowledgeable about the movement.  

In February, the Stonehill Community has the opportunity to participate in a number of events that celebrate Black History Month and challenge us to think deeply about not just Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s history, but also current events. Visit the Upcoming Events calendar from the Office of Intercultural affairs to learn more about the upcoming performance from the Boston Black Choir; a talk by professor, author, filmmaker and educator Jamal Joseph; the Campus Blackout; training workshops, and more.  

Outside the Stonehill College community’s celebration of Black History Month, other colleges hold similar events to celebrate this important history. In 2017, North Carolina A&T State University held their 57th Anniversary Sit-In Breakfast. It “commemorate[d] and “celebrate[d] the four N.C. A&T students who nonviolently sat down at a segregated lunch counter at F.W. Woolworth in Greensboro.” The University of Chicago has a Black Heritage Celebration every January and February for Black History Month. They start it every year in January with the Martin Luther King Jr Commemoration Celebration and it concludes in February with the Organization of Black Students’ annual George E. Kent Lecture. 

MLK Jr’s legacy ask us to think about what it means to be respectful and considerate of one another. Two public organizations that Stonehill students have come to know, the Farmworker Assocation of Florida and the Hope CommUnity Center in Apopka, Florida, are doing just that. The HOPE CommUnity Center is the site that HOPE Apopka’s immersion experience is coordinated with. The center works with the Farmworker’s Association of Florida. To help celebrate Black History Month, together the HOPE CommUnity Center and the Farmworker’s Assocation are hosting a dinner and program on February 8th with Dr. Kitty Oliver to “embrace hope for racial understanding.” Stonehill students who have served with many of that community’s members will be thinking of them during their celebrating and continued work for justice. 

To read more about some of the films available on campus that deal with African American History or feature the stories of people of color, read more here. We hope to see you at some of the upcoming events on campus! 

Written by Rachel Riani ’19

Study Rooms Available for Online Booking

Study rooms are available to book online!Now that the spring semester is in full swing, you may be thinking about booking a library study room. Here are a few tips to help you keep the process quick and easy! 

  • Visit MyHill to access the calendar, and from there you can scroll down and click on Submit an Event. Choose the option for library study rooms.  
  • You can book a room up to two weeks in advance.  
  • Study room bookings are for at least 2 people. 
  • Rooms can be booked for up to 2 hours.
  • The first floor rooms are media rooms, so if you need to watch film for class, book room 102 or 111. 


Once you have booked your study room, simply come to the Circulation desk with your HillCard and we will give you the room key.  Please remember that the rooms book up quickly during exam time! 

Amazing Access at the Boston Public Library

Boston Public Library logoThe Boston Public Library allows any resident of Massachusetts (including college students from out-of-state) to get a library card. You don’t need to worry about driving the 25 miles into Boston, though, you can sign up for your card online and enjoy immediate access to many wonderful things. Simply visit the BPL’s website to sign up for your card, and within minutes you will be ready to access all the library has to offer. In addition to research databases and newspapers, you will have full access to the extensive e-book and audiobook collection through Overdrive. Hoopla is a downloadable app that gives you streaming movies, music and television shows in addition to even more eBooks and audiobooks. RBdigital allows you to read new issues of popular magazines such as Glamour, Newsweek, Wired, and Billboard. is an online training service with classes on everything from photoshop and Excel to Project management and game design. You can also check books out from the BPL, just stop in at the nearest branch with proof of residency to upgrade to a full library card.