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4/9 Exhibition Opening & Poetry Reading: Hyam Plutzik ’32: American Poet, Connecticut and Beyond

Hyam Plutzik ’32: American Poet, Connecticut and Beyond

April 9, 2013 at 1:30 pm in the Watkinson

The Watkinson is holding a poetry reading and exhibition opening this Tuesday, April 9, featuring the works and life of Hyam Plutzik, Trinity alumnus, poet and Professor of English at the University of Rochester.

Come explore Plutzik’s life and works with Trinity faculty, students, and Connecticut Poet Laureate Dick Allen in the Watkinson! In addition to readings of Plutzik’s works by Trinity’s award-winning poet Ciaran Berry and Artist-in-Residence Clare Rossini, Trinity students will also read selections from their own works of poetry.

I once looked at poetry as little more than beautiful language. Later it was a way of communicating the nuances of the world. More recently I have begun to look at poetry as the great synthesizer, the humanizer of knowledge  –Hyam Plutzik

Student Video Contest: New Deadline!


All students are invited to compete in our Library Video Contest, for prizes including a $75 Amazon gift card. To enter, students should make a short video showcasing the Library in a style of their choosing (comedy, documentary, mystery, etc. — creativity counts!).

Submissions are due by April 5; multiple winners will be selected.

See full contest details here:

Library Study Breaks!

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The Library is hosting several events over Finals Week to help students revitalize and recharge during exams and final papers.

Friday, Dec 14, 2—3 pm    Yoga Stress Relief

1823 Room

Instructor Diana Gunther will lead an hour-long yoga session to help students release stress and regain energy. Students should bring their own mat or towel, and wear comfortable clothing.


Monday, Dec 17, 9—10 pm    Pizza and Game Night

Phelan Room

There will be free pizza and snacks for all students, along with Wii games and traditional board games. Good food and fun can help you keep balanced!


Monday, Dec 17 and Tuesday, Dec 18, 2—4 pm   Wii Mario Kart Challenge

Phelan Room

Students can stop by the Phelan Room these afternoons to challenge a librarian – or their friends – to a game of Mario Kart. The winner gets bragging rights!


Mark these on your calendars, or sign up through our Facebook page!

Research 2.0 Workshop

On Thursday, November 15, from 12:30-1:30 pm in the Library Phelan Room, Librarian Rob Walsh will be presenting “Research 2.0,” a drop-in workshop on the latest new apps that can make your research easier. Come by to learn about these new tools and get your work in order before Thanksgiving Break!

Dr. Carol Delaney: Public Talk and Book Signing

**NOTE: Location update

On Wednesday, November 7 at 3 pm in the Watkinson, author Dr. Carol Delaney will speak about her work, Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem.

“By situating Columbus in the cultural context of his times, my talk discusses the little know reasons behind his voyages. He did not set out to prove the earth was round (most of his contemporaries already knew that), nor did he expect to discover a new world. In a number of extant writings, he clearly stated the ultimate purpose of his voyages: to sail to Asia to obtain gold through trade with the Grand Khan of Cathay in order to finance a crusade to wrest Jerusalem from the Muslims. This was a necessary precondition for Christ’s return before the end of the world. Columbus, like many of his contemporaries, keenly felt that the end was imminent, and he was prepared to play his part in the unfolding apocalyptic drama. Because the religious ideas that motivated Columbus have resurfaced in a very different and more dangerous world, I believe that his story can be read as a parable for our times.”

Dr. Carol Delaney
Emerita Professor, Cultural and Social Anthropology, Stanford University
Invited Scholar, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University

Student-curated exhibition in the library: “The Book”

Research Librarian Erin Valentino’s class, The Information Age and the Digital Divide, has created an exhibition called “The Book” that explores the history of print culture through a selection of rare books from the Watkinson Library. Students each chose a book to research and interpret using contextual sources, and presented their findings in class. The exhibition features a book of hours, an almanac, medical guides, a captivity narrative, and more, with contextualizing labels created by the students.

Erin Valentino and her class, along with Watkinson Director Rick Ring and Library Director Richard Ross, at the opening of the exhibition, Oct 23

Student selections included an exquisite book of hours...

...a medical guide... educational primer, and more!

“The Book” will be on view in the Main Atrium of Trinity College Library from October 23, 2012 until November 30. You can also explore the exhibition online through a complementary website at:

Student Photo Contest in the Library

Want to win 100 sheets of free printing?

Have a camera…or a cell phone with a camera?

Enter the Library’s Fall Student Photo Contest this month! Take three photos, one for each category, showing yourself and/or your friends in the library:
1) Asking Questions
2) Exploring
3) At My Best

Send your pictures to by October 30 to enter the competition!

Winners will be announced and posted on our Facebook page on November 2.

Questions? Contact Kelly Dagan at

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International Students Library Social!

This Thursday at 6 pm, all first-year international students are invited to the Phelan Room in the library for free food and casual conversation with some friendly librarians. We want to know how your semester is going, so come and enjoy some dinner with us!

Join the event on our Facebook page ( , or email with the Subject line, “Attending”

Become a Research Associate!

Do you love information and research? Do people turn to you for help with research problems because you’re the one who will just figure it out? Is the word geek even remotely appealing?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may want to be a Trinity College Library Research Associate, a highly-trained peer mentor for library research.

Full-time undergraduate and IDP students may apply. Applications are due by October 15.

Would you like more information? Contact Erin Valentino. You can email her, message her or stop by her office.

You can also check out the current Research Associates here: They’re happy to share about their projects and experience!

Library Hours Over Break

The College Library will be joining the rest of the campus offices in closing during the Christmas recess, from Friday December 23rd through Monday January 2nd. We will reopen Tuesday January 3rd at 8:30am.

From Tuesday January 3rd through Sunday January 22nd our hours are:

  • Monday – Friday 8:30am-4:30pm
  • Saturday-Sunday closed

We’ll also be closed Monday, January 16th for the holiday. Regular hours resume Monday January 23rd.

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