Winter Festivals, Part 2

December 12, 2011

Library staffers Sandy Linn, Anne Jerke, and Kathy Gustafson have been busy creating more displays featuring winter festivals.  Look for displays on the Chinese New Year and Pancha Ganapati, the Hindu Family Festival of Giving, on the main level of the library.  Head downstairs to see a display on the winter solstice.  Check out the bibliographies below if you are interested in reading about the festivals.  Please ask a librarian for assistance in locating materials or if you would like more information.  Happy Holidays!

Chinese New Year
The Moon Year; a record of Chinese customs and festivals
By Juliet Bredon and Igor Mitrophanow
DS721 .B7m

Pancha Ganapali
The Blackwell Companion to Hinduism
by Gavin Flood, ed.
BL1202 .B72 2005

Hinduism: a very short introduction
by Kim Knott
Electronic Resource

Winter Solstice
Mysteries and discoveries of archaeoastronomy from Giza to Easter Island
by Giulio Magli
GN799. A8 M3413 2009

Astronomy and empire in the ancient Andes: The cultural origins of Inca sky watching.
by Brian S. Bauer and David S. Dearborn
F3429.3 .C14 B38 1995

Stonehenge decoded
by Gerald S. Hawkins
DA142 .H3s 1965

Holiday,  festivals , and celebrations of the world dictionary: detailing more than 2,000 observances from all  50 states and more than 100 nations
ed. by Helene Henderson and Sue Ellen Thompson
Reference  GT3925  .T46  1997

Multicultural projects index: things to make and do to celebrate festivals, cultures, and holidays around the world
by Mary Anne Pilger
LC1099  .P55  1992

Linda Kott
Information Services Librarian

Winter Festivals

December 7, 2011

Come to the library to see displays highlighting winter festivals.  On the upper level of the library you will find displays on Hanukkah and Christmas Around the World. Look for a display on  Kwanzaa on the main level. If you are interested in reading more about the various winter festivals a short bibliography of books, along with their call numbers, follows. Ask a librarian for assistance in locating these materials or if you would like to look for more information on the topic. Check back here for more updates about displays at the library.

Festivals of the Jewish Year; a modern interpretation and guide
by Theodor Herzl Gaster
BM690  .G3f

Hanukkah: the  feast of lights
compiled  and edited by Emily Solis-Cohen, Jr.
BM695  .H356

Christmas Around the World
Christmas Customs Around the World
by Herbert H. Wernecke
GT4985  .W44  1959  Agricultural Heritage Museum

The Book of Christmas Folklore
by Tristram Potter Coffin
GT4985  C546

The Story of Christmas; its Growth and Development from the Earliest Times
by Michael Harrison
GT4985  H3s

Kwanzaa: everything you always wanted to know but didn’t know where to ask
by Cedric McClester
E185.86  .M39  1985

Kwanzaa and me: a teacher’s story
by Vivian Gussin Paley
LB1140.3  .P356  1995

Kwanzaa: an African-American celebration of culture and cooking
by Eric V. Copage
TX715  .C7865  1991

Linda Kott
Information Services Librarian

Constitution Day/Congress Week

September 9, 2011

This year is the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  It’s an appropriate time to revisit the documents and institutions that sustain our country in the wake of a national tragedy like 9/11 and other challenges.  Constitution Day, September 17, and Congress Week, September 12-16, provide us with that opportunity.

Constitution Day celebrates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.  Established by Congress in 2004, Constitution Day stresses the importance of the Constitution as a document that guides our government and protects citizens’ rights.  You can read the Constitution online or come in to the Government Documents office on the lower level of the library for a free copy.

The Association of Centers for the Study of Congress (ACSC) created Congress Week to coincide with Constitution Day.  ACSC encourages the study of Congress and its key role in the government as established by the Constitution.  Our own Thomas A. Daschle Congressional Research Study, located within the Special Collections area of Briggs Library, provides a unique resource for the study of Congress.  Here the public can access papers from Daschle’s twenty-six years in Congress.

The staff at Briggs Library encourages you to explore our resources and learn more about the U.S. Constitution and Congress.  The library is a member of the Federal Depository Library Program, and has been since 1889, so we provide free access to congressional, executive, and judicial publications.  For more information on this program connect to our Government Documents Web page. 

You can also come to the library to see displays on the lower and main levels.  Access our History and Political Science Research Guides.  Search library resources such as our online catalog and databases to get more information.  Also, feel free to contact a librarian about the Constitution, Congress, or any other research interests.

 Linda Kott
Information Services Librarian

September 17 – U.S. Constitution Day

September 16, 2010

Constitution Day commemorates the date in 1787 on which delegates to the Philadelphia Convention completed and signed the U.S. Constitution. In effect, September 17th is the birthday of our current form of government. Constitution Day also recognizes all who are born in the U.S. or by naturalization have become citizens.

For more information on the Constitution or our government, visit the Government Documents Office and Collection on the Lower Level or visit with a librarian.

Also, please feel free to take a look at the Constitution Day display on the Lower Level and pick up a free Pocket U.S. Constitution.

Pocket U.S. Constitution

A constitution embodies the fundamental principles of a government. Our constitution, adopted by the sovereign power, is amendable by that power only. To the constitution all laws, executive actions, and, judicial decisions must conform, as it is the creator of the powers exercised by the departments of government.”  –

-Laura Plowman, Public Services Library Associate

South Dakota Festival of Books

August 9, 2010

The South Dakota Humanities Council has a display in the case outside the Information Services office promoting the Festival of Books, which is being held in Sioux Falls this year, September 24th – 26th. They are asking people to pre-register this year, which is free and enters you into a drawing for numerous prizes…, the grand prize being a trip to Las Vegas for 2.

As a special ‘thank you’ for letting them set up their display here in our library, they are offering a number of books that will be given away only to those of us that pre-register in the library. Our patrons are encouraged to register.

The books they are offering are in the case and they may add more later! Registration forms and a box to put them in are sitting by the case. Fill one out and maybe you will win!!

Art Exhibit at Library

May 17, 2010

“Flowing Knowledge” and Process Photos by Evan Place/Photo by Patty Vick

Have you ever wanted to rip your textbooks apart?  That’s exactly what students in Leda Cempellin’s Art History 490 class have done, but they have her approval.  In fact, the book on art history the students dismantled was written and published by Dr. Cempellin.  The students’ assignment was to make the book unreadable while expressing themselves as artists.

Come to the library to see “Between Object and Process:  A Dialogue of Art Making” which features students’ work and their comments on the creative process.  Pieces currently on display can be found in the lobby and in the display case next to room 105.  Ask any library employee to direct you.  The current exhibit will continue until June 20 and a larger show will take place in late summer and fall. 

 Thank you to Dr. Cempellin and her students for bringing their art to Briggs Library.

Linda Kott, Information Services Librarian

National Library Week Trivia Display

April 8, 2010

Do you visit Briggs Library?  Do you like trivia?  Or glossy book covers? Do you like finding non-guilt-inducing ways of procrastinating a few minutes?  (It’s educational!)

If you answered yes to any of those questions, visit the lower level of the library and check out our National Library Week trivia display!

Just twelve simple questions – do one or do all.  Chances are your score will be pretty good!

-Laura Plowman, Public Services Library Associate

National Library Week lower level trivia display

Be Counted! Participate in Census 2010

March 30, 2010

The United States Census Bureau asks all residents of the United States to be counted. The census is required by Article 1, Section 2 of the United States Constitution

The first census began in 1790 a year after the inauguration of President Washington and shortly before the second session of the first Congress ended. Congress assigned responsibility for the 1790 census to the marshals of the U.S. judicial districts. The law required that every household be visited, that completed census schedules be posted in “two of the most public places within [each jurisdiction], there to remain for the inspection of all concerned…” and that “the aggregate amount of each description of persons” for every district be transmitted to the president. (U.S. Census Bureau, History).

Why is the Census important? Census information affects the numbers of seats your state occupies in the U.S. House of Representatives. Individuals, businesses, and states use census data for political, economic and social decision-making. The information the census collects helps to determine how more than $400 billion dollars of federal funding each year is spent on infrastructure and services. For students at SDSU, this means federal dollars for education, research, financial aid, and community services.

Briggs Library Government Documents Department has an extensive Census collection on the lower level of the library dating back to 1790. In addition, current and historical census information can be found on the library’s Government Information Census  web page. And for your browsing pleasure, Documents Staff have created a Census 2010 display on the lower level of the library.

Vickie Mix, Documents Librarian


September 28, 2009

bbwbadge_smCelebrate the Freedom to Read during  Banned Books Week , September 26-October 3, 2009. Banned Books Week annually celebrates the importance of the First Amendment, the freedom to read, the freedom to access information and the freedom to express ideas without fear. Intellectual freedom provides the foundation for a free and democratic society to access and express multiple viewpoints regardless of popularity.

Librarians at SDSU are committed to intellectual freedom and unfettered access to information. In celebration of Banned books week, the library features displays on the Main Level and the Lower Level. Check out the Main Level East hallway display case and the Table Display in the lobby near the Information Services Office which includes the 2008-2009 Challenged Books List and examples of books that have been challenged in libraries, schools, bookstores, and communities. The Lower Level display outside the Government Documents Office explores federal publications related to the freedoms protected under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

See the American Library Association’s Issues & Advocacy pages for more information about Banned and Challenged books

Vickie Mix, Government Documents Librarian

News and Resources on the Supreme Court Justice nomination

June 1, 2009

In the news…

Supreme Court Justice David Souter has announced his coming retirement.  On May 26, President Obama announced his selection of Sonia Sotomayor to become the newest justice.  Sotomayor now faces hearings in the Senate, which has the authority to either approve or reject Pres. Obama’s nominee.

Here is a selection of resources for further information on this topic:

– For information on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor:
– For information on the Supreme Court including history, the docket, and opinions:
– For online access to the text of Supreme Court Nomination Hearings since 1971:
– For a list of Supreme Court nominees since 1789:
– For information regarding presidential nominations, nominees, and appointments:
– For a biographical directory of federal judges since 1789:

For further information, please ask at the Information Desk or the Government Documents Department. While you are at the library, feel free to check out the displays on the lower level and learn more about our Supreme Court Justices as well as our Justice Department publications.

Laura Plowman, Public Services Library Associate