We’re celebrating several different things this month.
First, check out our Facebook, where we’ll be celebrating African-American History Month by sharing daily posts by Eunique Jones’s Because of Them We Can campaign, which aims to connect a new generation to heroes, past and present, who paved the way. The photos they’re doing are amazing, and we encourage you to share them with your friends online.
Next is our Bitter Ball, which is basically us declaring our saccharine allergy and opting out of Valentine’s Day. Students and faculty who stop by the Library between February 9th and February 14th and tell us about their favorite failed fictional romances will be awarded a handmade bookmark (while supplies last). You can also check out our display featuring famous, less-than-healthy relationships. Yes, we’re looking at you, The Giving Tree.
Finally, celebrate Chinese New Year by visiting us February 24th and 25th to pull your fortune from a fortune cookie for a chance at prizes.
Since our next newsletter likely won’t be out before this event, we also want to mention how excited we are to have Professor Katie Monnin of UNF joining us on March 4th for a special event. Here’s the description:
Women’s History in Comics: Or, Why We Still Don’t Have a Wonder Woman Movie – Ever wonder just why we’ve seen eight Batman, five Superman, and at least one too many Spiderman movies but never a single Wonder Woman film? We’ve been motivated by the overlap of Women’s History Month with the 75th Will Eisner Read a Graphic Novel Week to find out. Join Professor Katie Monnin for a discussion of the history of comics and graphic novels and the role women have played both on and off the pages. Professor Monnin is an Associate Professor of Literacy at the University of North Florida and the author of several books on using graphic novels in teaching. She also writes a monthly column for Diamond Comic Book Distributors, and served as an Eisner Award Judge at ComicCon in San Diego in 2013. Her talk will be followed by a roundtable discussion with local cosplayers about the issues and challenges they face as women at conventions.
Until next month. Hope to see you in the stacks!