April & May at the Libraries

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Dean Sylverna V. Ford

Dr. Sylverna Ford was awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Award! The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Award was presented to Dr. Sylverna V. Ford, Monday, April 4. Dr. Ford is Dean to the UofM Libraries, a position she has held since 2000. She oversees the main library and three branch libraries.

Carrolet Thomas
Carrolet Thomas

Kicking off the celebration of National Poetry Month at the Libraries, local poet and UofM Alumni Carrolet Thomas will read from her book, Aspiring to be Read, Thursday, April 21, at 2:00 pm in the McWherter Library rotunda. Carrolet Thomas has been featured in The Commercial Appeal, appeared on Fox 13’s Good Morning Memphis, and presented her poetry at The National Civil Right’s Museum.

The Libraries will round out this year’s National Poetry Month with a group poetry reading, Monday, April 25, at 2:00 pm in McWherter Library, Room 226. This event will feature poetry by UofM visiting poetry professor Dr. Richard Boada, librarian and MFA candidate Ashley Roach-Freiman, and other poetry writers from the MFA in Creative Writing workshop. Dr. Richard Boada is the author of The Error of Nostalgia and the chapbook Archipelago Sinking, both nominated for Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Awards.  He is a graduate of the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi, and won the University of Louisville’s Sara-Jean McDowell Award for Creative Writing. Recent work appears in The North American Review, RHINO, Crab Orchard Review, Yalobusha Review, Jabberwock Review, and The Louisville Review among others. Ashley Roach-Freiman is a librarian and MFA candidate at the University of Memphis where she was formerly Managing Editor of the Pinch Journal. She has poems appearing or forthcoming in Bone Bouquet, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, THRUSH Poetry Journal, Smartish Pace, The Literary Review, and Superstition Review. She coordinates and hosts the Impossible Language reading series in Memphis, TN.

DSC00903UofM faculty share their accomplishments of the previous year with students and peers! Monday, April 25 through Friday, April 29, the Libraries will host the 2016 Faculty Scholarship Week Exhibition which will be on display in the McWherter Library rotunda. All departments on campus are invited to participate. The exhibition will include journals, books, awards, works, and more.

paw-prints-colorful-backgroundStress Less during Exam Week with Puppies, Candy and Coloring at the Libraries! Monday, May 2, through Thursday, May 5, various stress relieving activities will be available to students at McWherter Library in appreciation of their hard work during exam week. Monday, May 2, a Mid-South Therapy Dog team will visit the first floor Fishbowl from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Adult coloring pages and markers, as well as sweet treats and other small pick-me-ups, will be available all week in the rotunda.