Thursday, February 23, 2017

Favorite Books and National Library Week

Do you have a favorite book? A book that has motivated you, entertained you, educated you, and changed your perspective? The Al Harris Library invites you to tell us about your favorite book!

In celebration of National Library Week (April 9th-15th), the Al Harris Library is displaying an exhibit of favorite books. We are asking students, staff, and faculty for information about why this book is a favorite.
If you would like to participate, please leave a comment on the Al Harris Library Facebook page or fill out this form: 

Remember to check out the other displays at the Al Harris Library. You may discover your next favorite book! 

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Black History Month

 In celebrating Black History Month we recognize the achievements of Black Americans. We do so because the achievements of Black America are historic and inspiring. We do so because recognizing them strengthens the nation. We do so because Black History Month is a deliberate act of inclusion that deepens the understanding of a shared past.
The specter of racism in the 21st century in America is real, and a threat that can not be ignored. We do not live in a “post-racial” country where your skin goes unnoticed, unrecorded or is unimportant. In celebrating Black History Month we recognize a common dream of equality that lies at the heart of our civility and the promise of the nation.

"One might argue the historian is the conscience of the nation, if honesty and consistency are factors that nurture the conscience."

 - John Hope Franklin

Race and History: Selected Essays, 1938-1988

John Hope Franklin, an Oklahoman by birth, strove his whole life to confront and bring light to the terrors and lies that have kept us from becoming a “more perfect union”.  In his spirit the Al Harris Library’s display on Black History Month is an invitation to recognize, celebrate and reflect on the work that lies before us all.