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Halloween and International Games Week events

Reed Library is celebrating Halloween and International Games Week with three events on Tuesday, October 31:

First, at 12:00 noon in the Tower Lounge, we will host a Harry Potter mini-escape room. Voldemort has left you a strange note with a challenge for you. Follow the clues and solve the puzzles to unlock a box that holds one of his most prized possessions!

Then, at 1:00 p.m. in the Tower Lounge, we will host a Halloween mini-escape room. You have entered the Library on Halloween, only to discover the door eerily banging shut and locking behind you. It is the 13th anniversary of a witch's curse on the college, and you are her latest victims!

Finally, at 2:00 p.m. in the Friends of Reed Library room, we invite you to join your librarians for a game of Trivial Pursuit: Book Lover's Edition. Categories include children's, nonfiction, classics, book bag, authors, and book club.

Space for each event is limited, so register now at the links above. Should an event meet its m…
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Freedonia Marxonia 2017

Reed Library and the 1891 Fredonia Opera House will be the venues for Freedonia Marxonia 2017 events, Thursday, Sept. 28 and Friday, Sept. 29.

Freedonia Marxonia was created by a Fredonia student in 1987 as an annual festival to celebrate the connection between Fredonia and "Freedonia," the fictional nation that serves as the setting for the 1933 Marx Brothers movie Duck Soup.

This year's theme is "Broadway and the Marx Brothers." An exhibit focusing on the Marx Brothers' three Broadway musicals (I'll Say She Is, The Cocoanuts, and Animal Crackers) opens Sept. 28 at 3:00 in Reed Library. Guest speaker Noah Diamond will present his multimedia lecture, "The Marx Brothers on Broadway: 1924-1929," that evening at the Opera House. The two-day festival also includes a lunchtime interview with Mr. Diamond, screenings of The Cocoanuts and Duck Soup, and a discussion led by Mr. Diamond about the creation of Duck Soup. The full listing of activities …

Zweig at Fredonia: 50 Years of Transformation

As part of the 2017-2018 Convocation Series at Fredonia, “Transformations”, please join the Archives & Special Collections of Reed Library and the Department of English in recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Stefan Zweig Collection at Reed Library and the 75th anniversary of the death of its creator, the Austrian author Stefan Zweig (1881-1942).

Zweig at Fredonia: 50 Years of Transformation will include three separate events in October and November 2017, all of which lend variant meanings to the theme of transformation by focusing on questions of exile, race, national identity/nationalism, and loss of cultural heritage.
Exhibit tracing the evolution of the Zweig archive at Fredonia from its inception in 1967 (25 October – 19 November 2017, exhibit opening 25 October 2017)"Unpublished Racism: Stefan Zweig on Blackness in America", lecture given by Dr. Ashwin Manthripragada (25 October 2017)The Destruction of Memory, film with a post-screening panel discussion featuring…

Encyclopedia of Social Work available online

Reed Library now offers online access to the Encyclopedia of Social Work from Oxford Research Encylopedias. The Encyclopedia is "the first continuously updated online collaboration between the National Association of Social Workers (NASW Press) and Oxford University Press (OUP). Building off the classic reference work, a valuable tool for social workers for over 85 years, the online resource of the same name offers the reliability of print with the accessibility of a digital platform. Over 400 overview articles, on key topics ranging from international issues to ethical standards, offer students, scholars, and practitioners a trusted foundation for a lifetime of work and research, with new articles and revisions to existing articles added regularly."

The Encyclopedia of Social Work is accessible from the Reed Library homepage, under the Databases tab.

2017 Constitution Day events

Reed Library will be hosting two events to mark Constitution Day.

First, the Handwriting the Constitution event will take place on Sunday, September 17 and Monday, September 18 on the first floor of Reed Library.

Then, on Tuesday, October 3, Peter Galie, Professor Emeritus at Canisius College and co-editor of New York's Broken Constitution, will present "Calling a Constitutional Convention in
NewYork: The Process and the Issues" as part of the Democracy 101 lecture series.

Bound periodicals: Q&A

In 2011, Reed Library performed an extensive weeding of the Reference Collection. Items were weeded on the basis of duplication in electronic form, currency, and condition. Based on a careful collection sample this project was estimated to reduce the physical size of the Reference Collection by more than fifty percent. By serendipity, SUNY Polytechnic Institute (formerly SUNYIT) was disposing of a large quantity of low shelving at that time. The reshelving of the reference collection on the low shelving was the second physical change moving Reed Library toward a twenty-first century library while at the same time providing a glimpse of the original interior visioning by architect I.M. Pei.

In 2014, the Bound and Current Periodical Collections were weeded to remove materials available full-text online. This weeding removed shelving from two thousand square feet of floor space, creating sightlines across the library for the first time since its opening in 1968.

In 2017, the Bound Period…