March 4, 2015

Digital Detox Week March 2-7

This week the University Libraries will participate in the National Digital Detox campaign to disconnect from our electronic devices.

Magrath Library is hosting digital detox areas that will feature unplug challenges, puzzles, origami, free books, and cookbooks to checkout.

By disconnecting from our electronic devices we reconnect with ourselves, each other, and the world around us. Consider taking a study break and join us!

November 26, 2014

Study Break Activities Schedule for the St. Paul Campus

buttonmaking.jpgAs the semester winds down and finals begin, the St. Paul Campus libraries will offer "distraction-free" study spaces as well as stress-reducing activities. Magrath Library will also have extended hours, staying open until midnight Dec. 11-17 and an extended study area open until 2:00am with UCard access.
Magrath Library

  • Button Making, 10am-2pm, December 8-9.
  • Library Bingo (fill in your card to win candy), all day, December 8-11.
  • Take a Free Book, all day, December 8-11.
  • Free Coffee and Tea, 10am-1pm, December 10-11.

Natural Resources Library

  • Inspiration Chain (add study tips and words of inspiration), all day, December 8-9.
  • Origami Insects and Birds, all day, December 8-11.

Veterinary Medical Library

  • Free Tea (bring your own mug), all day, December 8-11.

To see a complete listing of activities across the Libraries, visit:

October 27, 2014

Vote Posters displayed in Wilson and Magrath Libraries

Copy of Riley.DuBois.jpgEach major election year the University Libraries works with the GDes3312 class, Color & Form in Surface Design, to use their screen-printing skills for promoting voter participation. Stop by and view this year's wonderful display of thought-provoking posters in Magrath Library and Wilson Library (Basement Level by Government Publications) as designed by professor James Boyd Brent's very talented students. The posters can also be viewed online at

Pledge to vote and you may win an Itunes card!

April 29, 2014

St. Paul Libraries Stress Buster Events

Magrath Extended Hours:
Open until midnight May 9 to May 16 and extended study area until 2 a.m.

Study Break Activities

  • Pop your stress away! Grab a sheet of bubble wrap and take out your stress in a positive manner. Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for your last week of classes with Magrath Library on Tuesday, May 6 from 11 am-1 pm.
  • Destress with personalized aromatherapy sachets at the St. Paul Student Center from 11 am-1 pm on Wednesday, May 7 (or Ruttan Hall as a rain back-up).
  • Relieve some stress by getting your hands dirty by planting Bachelor's Buttons to take home. Join Magrath Library and the Hort Club at the St. Paul Student Center from 11 am-2 pm on Thursday, May 8 (or Ruttan Hall as a rain back-up; while supplies last).
  • The Natural Resources Library will be offering free, freshly brewed coffee and tea May 12-May 16. Grab a cup and study for your finals with us! Treats will also be provided on Thursday, May 15 and Friday, May 16, along with free coffee.
  • May 9-11 stop by Magrath Library to grab a free book for summertime reading.

April 8, 2014

April 17 Bringing back penmanship through free postcards


When was the last time you wrote a letter to a friend or family member? Join Magrath Library in celebrating National Library Week on Thursday, April 17 for free postcards. We will provide the postcards, you provide the text, and we will mail them on your behalf.

December 4, 2013

Finals stress breaks with animals, coffee and more!

Magrath Extended Hours
Open until midnight December 11 to December 18 and extended study area until 2:00 a.m.

Study Break Activities

  • Animal therapy--relax with a dog or chicken--in the LES building from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on December 10. Learn more about the volunteer organization.

  • Make & Take projects on December 11, 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. Make a button, learn origami, and more and enjoy free coffee and tea.

  • Natural Resources Library will be offering free coffee and tea the week of December 9 and treats on December 12 and December 13.

To view a complete list of study break activities and extended hours, please visit:

November 12, 2013

Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center Library Author Event

Spend an evening with Robin Wall Kimmerer, Potawatomi author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants:

November 14, 7:00 pm
Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center Library
Ancient Traders Market
1113 East Franklin Avenue, Suite 105

As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowing together to reveal what it means to see humans as "the younger brothers of creation." As she explores these themes she circles toward a central argument: the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgement and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the world. Once we begin to listen for the languages of other beings, we can begin to understand the innumerable life-giving gifts the world provides us and learn to offer our thanks, our care, and our own gifts in return.

August 28, 2013

Welcome Week College Day Event

Welcome all first-year students! As part of College Day, Magrath Library will be hosting an extravaganza of fun and games on Friday, August 30th. Learn how to make grilled cheese sandwiches on an ironing board, test your mettle with a Wii and a slew of video games, or create your own claymation animation. Swipe your U Card and enter to win a new iPad Mini, tickets to see crossword guru Will Shortz, or a cool houseplant that will make all your residence hall neighbors green with envy. Also, learn timely tips on academic success from experts here at the University of Minnesota!

May 1, 2013

Extended Hours and FREE Study Break Activities

Magrath Library will be open extended hours:
Study Days May 11 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. and May 12 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Finals Week May 13-17 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. and May 18 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Study Break: nurturing seeds of knowledge

  • Monday, May 6 11:30 a.m. to 1p.m. Flowers planting to take home over summer break St. Paul Student Center or Magrath Library room 2 (rain back-up)

  • Tuesday, May 7 11:30 a.m. Foraging trip across St. Paul campus to learn about what is edible; meet at Magrath Library room 2, and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., planting at Cornercopia Farm

  • Wednesday, May 8 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Create aromatherapy sachets, St. Paul Student Center or Magrath Library room 2 (rain back-up)

  • Thursday, May 9 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. planting at Cornercopia Farm

  • Friday, May 10 Greenhouse planting 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Additional awesome study break activities including legos, therapy animals and massages are happening within the Libraries. Click here for more details.

January 24, 2013


Thursday, March 14, 7-9 p.m.
Friday, March15, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

♦ $85 early bird (by Feb. 15) and members of the Arboretum & Center for Spirituality & Healing
♦ $95 general registration
♦ $250 Patron-level contribution includes two-day event pass and invitation to VIP reception with authors on Thursday evening

More details and to register is available at:

The conference will take place in the MacMillan Auditorium at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

"...The care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope."

- Wendell Berry, The Art of the
Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

A connection to nature is essential to human health and well-being. Nature Heals is a conversation about the neuroscience of human bonds with the natural world, including plant and animal interaction, and the ways that connecting with nature increase individual health and community well-being. Nature Heals will provide participants with new, research- based information to integrate into programming, policy-making, and fundraising in government, corporations, non-profits, social services, healthcare industry, community groups, faith-based organizations, schools and families.

Nature Heals will feature authors Eva Selhub, Your Brain on Nature, and Meg Olmert, Made for Each Other. On Thursday, the authors will engage in a discussion about their journeys to understand the health impact of nature on humans. On Friday, the University will roll out its new NBT offerings and the audience will engage with the authors in experiential interactions and conversation about how individual health and community well-being can increase through interaction with plants and animals.


1. Education about the powerful role nature brings to individual health and community well-being
2. Provide empirical evidence into the bonds between people, plants and animals
3. Engage audience in experiential conversation
4. Disseminate scientific research to applied practice
5. Further the conversation in public policy dialogues

January 22, 2013

Peace Corps Information Table Event

Come learn about the opportunity to live, learn and work abroad!

WHAT: Peace Corps Information Table Event
WHEN: Friday, February 8th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
WHERE: Natural Resources Library

Meet with the Peace Corps Campus Representative to learn about what it means to be a volunteer and the benefits of service.

For more information, contact:
Deanna Camell, Campus Representative
230 Heller Hall

January 11, 2013

Friends of Andersen Horticultural Library Speaker Event

Monday, January 28
Snyder Building, Classroom 1 (Arboretum)
Business meeting 1-1:30 (all are welcome), followed by the speaker from 1:30-2:30.
SPEAKER: Greg Brick, author of Subterranean Twin Cities, speaking on Mushroom Caves and signing copies of his book.
To become a member and register for the event, please visit:

December 4, 2012

December 7 First Fridays Talk: Kirschner Cookbooks

The University Libraries' Archives & Special Collections have asked me to come give a talk about the Kirschner Collection. It's free and happening this week (along with another talk about the Immigration History Research Center.) I'll be giving an introduction to the Kirschner Collection, and talking about some of the stories cookbooks can tell us. Here are the details:

What's the Big Idea? First Fridays, December 2012

What: Two presentations

1. "From the Old 'New' Immigrants to the New 'New' Immigrants: Fifty Years of Collecting Immigrant Stories," presented by the Immigration History Research Center.

2. "Thousands of Cookbooks: Research, History, and Feeding a Family," presented by the Kirschner Cookbook Collection.

When: Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, Noon to 1 p.m.

Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, 222 21st Ave. S.

Feel free to bring your lunch. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.

Parking information

"What's the Big Idea, First Fridays," is a series of intellectually stimulating talks at Elmer L. Andersen Library. Each month's presentation is based on materials in the University of Minnesota Libraries' Archives and Special Collections.

December 3, 2012

Magrath Library Stress Busters

Magrath Library in partnership with the CSPH 5641 Animals in Healthcare course will be offering animal-assisted interactions in the atrium of the Learning and Environmental Sciences Building on Dec. 10, 11 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Students, staff, and faculty can relax with a dog or chicken and learn more about the volunteer organizations.

On Thursday, Dec. 13, coffee and tea will be offered from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. A knit-in will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in the new periodicals area. Drop by to learn to knit or bring projects to finish for holiday gifts. Also, check out some of our books and magazines with knitting patterns.

November 12, 2012

International Education Week Library Information Fair

Wednesday November 14, 2012
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Room 101, Walter Library

This event is an opportunity for international students to learn more about Library resources and services. Light refreshments will be provided.

October 25, 2012

Two Weeks Left to View Seed Stories

A selection of seed catalog posters are on exhibit from the Arboretum exhibit, "Seed Stories: Catalogs of Life and Gardens in America Exhibit."

Vintage-Seed-Catalog-Exhibit.pngSeed and nursery catalogs have long used beautiful images to entice customers. Dozens of selections from Andersen Horticultural Library's rich collection of 57,000 catalogs are a testament to their research value as well as their beauty. Stories of local characters, including three Minneapolis seedswomen, regional pioneers, and colonial innovators give a more intimate look at the life and gardens surrounding these publications.

View it now, as the exhibit will be taken down from the Magrath Library Extended Study Area in the Basement in early November!

October 22, 2012

Open House for Skok Hall Student Study Space

Come to the OPEN HOUSE for the new STUDENT STUDY SPACE in the basement of Skok Hall.
Tuesday, October 23, noon - 2 pm
Free Treats and Beverages

This little-known gem opened in September, but most folks don't know about it yet. It's a large attractive new study space at the north end of St Paul Campus. It offers couches, tables, chairs and white boards, as well as two rooms for group work.

CFANS also has an advising office in the back of the space for Sheryl Bolstad advising the following majors:

  • Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management (ESPM)

  • Horticulture

  • Applied Plant Science

Come check it out!

Open House for Skok Hall Student Study Space

Come to the OPEN HOUSE for the new STUDENT STUDY SPACE in the basement of Skok Hall.
Tuesday, October 23, noon - 2 pm
Free Treats and Beverages

This little-known gem opened in September, but most folks don't know about it yet. It's a large attractive new study space at the north end of St Paul Campus. It offers couches, tables, chairs and white boards, as well as two rooms for group work.

CFANS also has an advising office in the back of the space for Sheryl Bolstad advising the following majors:

  • Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management (ESPM)

  • Horticulture

  • Applied Plant Science

Come check it out!

October 2, 2012

Natural Resources Library Grand Opening

Please join us as we celebrate the grand opening of the Natural Resources Library at the University of Minnesota.

When: Wednesday, October 10, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: Hodson Hall, 1980 Folwell Avenue

Enjoy snacks, drinks, games, and a chance to win prizes.

The Natural Resources Library opened in June, following the merger of the Forestry Library and the Entomology, Fisheries, and Wildlife Library, bringing together two world-class collections.

The new library houses high-use materials from the Forestry and EFW collections. Remaining low-use print materials (many are available electronically) are now housed at Magrath Library or one of the Libraries' facilities.

So, while core print materials will be conveniently located in one place, students and faculty will continue to have access to the same breadth and depth of content as before, either by visiting Magrath Library or using the Get It delivery service.

We look forward to seeing you in the new Natural Resources Library!

April 18, 2012

Inside the Collection Talks by Kathy Allen @ the Arboretum

Inside the Collection: Wild About Wildflowers (100-04-18-12)
Wednesday, April 18, Noon - 1:00 p.m.
$7.50 member/$10.00 non-member, All Levels, Lecture, Limit 30, Snyder Building
Regions, countries, and states are all proud of the wildflowers that grow in their area. Wildflowers of the Holy Land, Wildflowers of America, and Wildflowers of California are just some of the titles from the Rare Book Room, not to mention charming illustrations in antique seed catalogs. With Andersen Horticultural Library head Kathy Allen, you will have an exclusive viewing of these treasures, after which you might want to take the time to look at the living examples in the gardens.

Inside the Collection: Take Two Licorice Roots and Call Me in the Morning (100-05-16-12)
Wednesday, May 16, Noon - 1:00 p.m.
$7.50 member/$10.00 non-member, Beginner-Intermediate, Lecture / Demo, Limit 30, Snyder Building
Herbals from the 16th century offer an eye into how important the knowledge of plants was in treating ailments. Without professional doctors at hand, men and women needed to be able to recognize the plants that could provide relief to a large range of illnesses. In this class, Andersen Horticultural Library head Kathy Allen will take you on a journey through these wonderfully illustrated volumes about the plants and what they reveal about how these plants should be used (or not).

Inside the Collection: Shaping the Land (100-06-20-12)
Wednesday, June 20, Noon - 1:00 p.m.
$7.50 member/$10.00 non-member, Beginner-Intermediate, Lecture / Demo, Limit 30, Snyder Building
The scope and definition of landscape design has drastically evolved in thought and practice of the centuries. In this class, led by Andersen Horticulture Library head Kathy Allen, you will gain an understanding of how changes have occurred and reoccurred in landscape design and architecture, from the innovative "red books" of Humphry Repton, to a look at formal gardens in England and Scotland.

Inside the Collection: Flowers Personified (100-09-05-12)
Wednesday, September 5, Noon-1 p.m.
$7.50 member/$12.00 non-member, All Levels, Lecture / Demo, Limit 30, Snyder Building

Flowers have long been associated with special meanings, with poetry, and with magical creatures. Learn some phrases in the "language of flowers" and examine books from the middle decades of the 19th century that pair floral bouquets with poetry. Join Andersen Horticulture Librarian Kathy Allen as she shares with you an especially charming book which the library has in both French and English: The Flowers Personified, or, Les fleurs anime´es. Take home a print scanned from this lovely book.

Inside the Collection: Out of the Woods (100-10-03-12)
Wednesday, October 3, Noon - 1:00 p.m.
$7.50 member/$12.00 non-member, All Levels, Lecture / Demo, Limit 30, Snyder Building

Trees capture our attention this time of year with their beautiful leaves - let the "leaves" of rare books dazzle you as well. Andersen Horticulture Librarian Kathy Allen will share some unique and finely illustrated works including a multi-volume set of actual wood slices from hundreds of different trees and a volume of portraits of majestic trees in their pastoral surroundings.

Inside the Collection: Look at a Book (100-11-07-12)
Wednesday, November 7, Noon- 1 p.m.
$7.50 member/$12.00 non-member, All Levels, Lecture / Demo, Limit 30, Snyder Building

Sometimes the design and construction of a book is as interesting as its contents. Andersen Horticultural Library has some exquisite examples that librarian Kathy Allen will share, including a 40-lb. volume of The Highgrove Florilegium, wrapped in its own handmade blanket. Other items include a book created in 1651, and fine printmaking examples by artist and book maker C.B. Sherlock and wood engraver Gaylord Schanilec.

Inside the Collection: Curator's Choice (100-12-05-12)
Wednesday, December 5, Noon-1 p.m.
$7.50 member/$12.00 non-member, All Levels, Lecture / Demo, Limit 30, Snyder Building

Andersen Horticulture Librarian Kathy Allen has selected a number of choice items from Andersen Horticultural Library's climate-controlled "vault." They are currently her favorites for their beauty, design, rarity, or just plain quirkiness. In addition to books, an array of antique seed and nursery catalogs and miscellaneous objects will be shared. This is a rare glimpse inside this dazzling library right here at the Arboretum!

April 8, 2012

3rd Annual Ag Awareness Day

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Church Street, Minneapolis East Bank Campus

Live farm animals
Minnesota agricultural industry exhibits
Educational displays
Activities for kids

March 13, 2012

Local Spring Break Activity: Character in Costume: A Jack Edwards Retrospective

January 21 - May 20, 2012
Closed Friday March 16 and Sunday March 18 over spring break!
This exhibition will feature dozens of refined costume sketches, photographs, press clippings, playbills, reviews, and 30 actual costumes designed by Edwards.
Read a review of the master costume designer exhibit at mnartists.

Interested in costume design? Browse many items in Magrath's collection and available online.

November 14, 2011

Lecture and Book Signing from College of Biological Sciences alumnus, Darby Nelson

When: Tuesday, December 6 • 6 p.m.
Where: St. Paul Student Center
Free and open to the public
Space is limited. RSVP to reserve your spot at the link below.

Read the original announcement:

October 18, 2011

Open Access Week Events October 24-28

Graduate Student Scholars Discuss the Future of Scholarship
Grad student scholars discuss their experiences in open access publishing, editing open access journals, producing open educational resources, and more! Panelists include: Alfonso Sintjago, Ph D student in Comparative International Development Education;Megan Corbin, PhD student in Spanish and Portuguese Studies
Wednesday 10/26 - pizza at 4:30 pm, panel at 5pm
Andersen Library Room 120

Open Access Publishing: Making your Work Available to the World
Discover how to take advantage of open access publishing, which makes your scholarly work available to the broadest audience possible. We will explore journals that are partly or fully open access, plus what you are able to do with previously published work.
Mon, 10/24/2011 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Walter Library Room 310

Open Access Awareness Tables
Mon, 10/24/2011 11:00am -1:00pm Bio-Med Library
Wed, 10/26/2011 1:00pm - 3:00pm Walter Library
Thurs 10/26/2011 11:00am- 1:00pm Wilson Library

August 24, 2011

Featured Book: Minnesota State Fair: an illustrated history

As the Fair approaches this Thursday, and we catch a whiff of fried food from the entrance of Magrath Library from the fairgrounds, I thought folks might appreciate a look back at the Great Minnesota Get-Together!

mnfair.JPGMinnesota State Fair : an illustrated history
Koutsky, Kathryn Strand, 1938- Koutsky, Linda.
Minneapolis, MN : Coffee House Press ; Saint Paul, MN : Primary distributor, Consortium Book Sales & Distribution c2007
Available at Magrath Library Folio S555.M666 K68 2007

August 15, 2011

Minnesota Roots of the Green Revolution: A Legacy of Greatness


What: Exhibit
When: Tuesday, July 26 - Friday, October 21, 2011
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library Gallery
Free and open to the public

If Norman Borlaug was the father of the Green Revolution, its grandfather was E.C. Stakman of the University of Minnesota's Plant Pathology Department, which was created in 1907 to combat the devastating cycles of crop-destroying wheat stem rust that periodically threatened the state's economy. Plant Pathology became the premier program of its kind, attracting generations of brilliant young scientists whose work saved millions from starvation worldwide. This exhibit will showcase the rare and unique agriculture records from the University Archives' Green Revolution collections, including the Borlaug and Stakman papers.

Join us for an exhibit reception on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.

April 11, 2011

Celebrate National Library Week!

April 10-16 is "National Library Week." This year's theme is "Create your own story @ your library." It's a perfect opportunity for you to tell us how you use the library services and resources by commenting on this page or Become a FAN of Magrath Library on Facebook!

February 17, 2011

Free Tea on Tuesday!

Drink some tea and study at Magrath Library from 1:30-3:30pm Tuesday, February 22nd! Lady Elegant's Tea Room will be supplying Magrath with a few selections of tea to sample. Stop by for a free glass of tea and learn more through our exhibit on tea!

December 17, 2010

Study Break: Monday Dec 20 10-11am Coffee & Cookies

Join us for coffee and cookies as a study break or celebration of completing your first final on Monday.
Magrath Library
Monday, December 20th

Where: Study area adjacent to the main Magrath entrance
When: Extended hours from December 16 through December 22: 7:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. Monday - Thursday; 7:00 p.m. - midnight Friday; 10:00 a.m. - midnight on Saturday; and noon - 2:00 a.m. on Sunday.
What's Available: study space
What's Not Available: circulation, reserve, reference, or IT support

Seed Catalogs Capture Stories of Our Lives, Our Communities @ Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

"Seed Stories: Catalogs of Life and Gardens in America," an exhibit of historic
seed catalog covers opening Jan. 7, 2011, and continuing through April 3 in the Reedy Gallery and Snyder Building.

The exhibit comprises nearly 150 catalog covers, pages and plates, culled from the Andersen
Horticultural Library's extensive collection of over 57,000 historic seed and nursery catalogs.

Seed catalogs were once a staple on everyone's parlor tables. Brimming with folk art, exquisite
plant portraits, whimsical fairies and gnomes or fair maidens in the garden, they highlight rural
society's desires and interests, enterprises and passions. One will find advertisements for hunting
dogs, pigs, chickens, pleasure boats, farm implements, porcelain vases and heal-all tonics.

"The cover images alone make this collection worth perusing. It's exciting to share them with the
public," says Kathy Allen, head librarian of the Andersen Horticultural Library, which is part of
the University of Minnesota Libraries. It is housed in the Arboretum's Snyder Building.

Many Midwestern companies are represented, including Lippincott seeds, Northrup King, both of
Minneapolis, and Farmer Seed of Faribault, among others.

Of special note are three seedhouses owned and run by women, quite an unusual feat in the early
1900s. These include Mrs. Jessie Prior, Miss Emma V. White and Miss Carrie Lippincott.

Another company, the Oscar Will seed company, "sprouted" in Bismarck, N.D., in 1881. It was
that area's first-ever seedhouse and had the distinction of introducing several Native American
seeds into the trade, including those from the Mandan, Arikara and Hidatsa cultures.

The stories behind the scenes, including Minneapolis seedswomen, regional pioneers and colonial innovators, give a more intimate look at the life and gardens surrounding these catalogs. Themes
such as patriotism and marketing occur across companies and time. The attractive and engaging
period artwork decorating these covers is alone worth a visit - especially for those visitors who
fondly recall eagerly thumbing through the well-worn catalog pages.

October 13, 2010

2nd annual National Day on Writing is Wednesday, October 20, 2010!

The Center for Writing, First-Year Writing, the Weisman Art Museum, and the Department of Writing Studies are sponsoring a variety of events and activities on that day. Take a look at this tantalizing line up! More information is available at

  • Submit your writing to Write@U: The U of Minnesota Gallery of Writing
  • Stalled Writing: A Day on Writing Participatory Public Art Project
  • InTentsive Writing: The Big Tent of Writing
  • Artful Writing: Writing With, Through and About Art with the Weisman Art Museum (advance registration appreciated)
  • Rethinking Writing: Digital Storytelling in the College Classroom (advance registration appreciated)
  • Professors Write: A Roundtable on Faculty Writing and Faculty Writing Support (advance registration appreciated)
  • Pick up a free pencil at Student Writing Support in 15 Nicholson and 9 Appleby
We hope you'll take a moment to celebrate the cultural phenomenon of literacy!

September 14, 2010

Arboretum Library Book Sale Oct 1-3

Andersen Horticultural Library and will be held October 1-3, 2010 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Thank you for your donations as the money raised by the booksale is used to support our library.

Map and driving directions.

September 13, 2010

CFANS Welcome Week Amazing Race 2010

Magrath Library hosted 4 groups of students during CFANS' Amazing Race activity during Welcome Week. During the library session students created a brain teaser, slogan or tongue twister dealing with libraries. Here is a sample of their creations.

Welcome class of 2014!

  • Libraries are the number one place where SHHH.... happens.

  • Books break boundaries by building bigger, better, more beneficial brain bridges.

  • The librarian looks to see how many books the Magrath Library could possibly carry [Answer: over 400,000].

  • Lovingly Lizzy the librarian lingers laying luxuriously in the lucky library.

August 11, 2010

Sneak Peek by Goldie

Goldie made a quick appearance at Magrath Library on Tuesday afternoon. Hopefully he will come back and visit out other sections of the Library soon.

p.s. Goldie had to figure out how to cite the Minnesota Rouser in an upcoming paper.

June 8, 2010

Summer Events @ Andersen Horticultural Library

Glimpse the gardens of the Prince of Wales
Saturday, June 19, 1-3 p.m., Azalea Classroom (Oswald Visitor Center, 2nd floor, near restaurant)
Saturday, July 17, 1-3 p.m., Azalea Classroom
Free with Arboretum admission

A showing of rare books of botanical art, usually hidden away in climate-controlled rooms, includes two large volumes of exquisitely illustrated organic veggies and other plants from Prince Charles's garden.

Friends of Andersen Horticultural Library (FAHL) Events

Painting for the Prince, by botanical artist Kate Nessler
Wednesday, July 21, 6-9 p.m., MacMillan Auditorium
Friends members, $25; others, $32 (gate fee waived)

Internationally acclaimed artist Kate Nessler contributed paintings for the 2-volume set illustrating Prince Charles's garden plants. Evening includes reception, dinner, and talk and is open to the public.

Quarterly meeting: Book signing and talk on legendary naturalist, by John Moriarty
Monday, July 26, 1-2:30, Classroom 1 (Snyder building)
Friends members free*

John Moriarty, Bell Museum Associate, will talk about the life and times of Walter Breckenridge, legendary Minnesota naturalist and noted ecologist, ornithologist and artist, who died at age 100 in 2003. Breckenridge's autobiography, My Life in Natural History, edited by his daughter Barbara Breckenridge Franklin and John Moriarty, was recently published by the University of Minnesota Bell Museum of Natural History. The book traces Breckenridge's life, from boyhood in Iowa through travels to the Arctic and Galapagos Islands, and includes color plates of his paintings. Books will be available for purchase and signing by John Moriarty. Proceeds benefit the Breckenridge endowment fund that supports the museum.

* Arboretum members are welcome to join the Friends of Andersen Horticultural Library anytime. Membership dues ($10/yr, individuals; $15/yr, household) support the library. Members enjoy quarterly programs, reduced pricing on special events, and receive the Friends newsletter. Call 952-443-1405 or visit for more information.

May 6, 2010

Below the Surface: Seeds are no Small Thing


From seed to sprout, these embryos have a long history from sowing methods to seed research. Learn more about Prof. Helene Muller-Landau's research on seed size, along with seeds' nutritional values and discover organizations that have assisted the State and country in improving yield and crop quality, such as the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association. Seed it for yourself, specimens from the Herbarium and botanical drawing will be on display.

April 28, 2010

Scholarly Publishing and Scholarly Values

Please join the University community on Wednesday, May 12th for this lecture on "Scholarly Publishing and Scholarly Values:Choosing Our Future."

More information available at:

April 12, 2010

April 11-17 National Library Week

National Library Week is April 11-17; here are a few ideas of how to participate in the celebration this week.

An Evening with Neil Gaiman

In collaboration with the American Library Association, Internet2, HarperCollins Children's Books, the University of Minnesota, and OARnet, the Jessamine County Public Library is thrilled to announce An Evening with Neil Gaiman videoconference on Monday, April 12th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm EDT.

NTERNET STREAMING (for all Internet users):

If you want to watch the Gaiman Program live, anywhere in the world, via streaming video (no registration required and no password will be needed at broadcast time), ACCESS THE STREAM HERE.

Need a break from studying this week? Watch a movie that portrays libraries or librarians. For a list, visit:

February 22, 2010

Against The Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health

The Magrath Library will be hosting the National Library of Medicine exhibit, 'Against The Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health' from February 20 - February 26, 2010. This traveling exhibit highlights the role of communities in improving health at home and around the world. It features stories of community health, food for life, action on AIDS, the legacy of war, disease prevention, and global collaboration.

Reception to be held February 23 @ Magrath SMART Learning Commons @ 1-2pm. Free beverages, cookies & popcorn

For more information, visit: Exhibit site

December 7, 2009

Current Exhibit: Doris S. Kirschner Cookbook Collection

The Doris S. Kirschner Cookbook Collection offers a unique glimpse into the evolution of cooking in America over the past century. Donated in 1985 by St. Paul native Doris S. Kirschner, the collection of 1300+ volumes is a rich resource for those with interest in food history, social history, the march of technology, and local flavors. Included in the collection are volumes by culinary authors such as Julia Child, James Beard, and Craig Claiborne as well as many local, community-based cookbooks. Additional volumes are added to the collection each year through a generous gift from the Kirschner family.

The collection is housed in Magrath Library's Reference area, located on the ground floor. Magrath's current display, installed at the Library's entrance, highlights the historical and international aspects of the collection. Take a virtual peek at .

For an overview of the collection, visit:

For more detailed information about the collection, Doris, and culinary resources, visit the Kirschner Cookbook Collection's web page:

September 18, 2009

I Love Library Ladies: Sights & Sounds of Welcome Week

The St. Paul Campus Libraries hosted an activity station during Welcome Week 2009. Check out the photos of students filling in the crossword puzzle of library services and resources, along with fabulous jingles the students came up with for bonus points, including "I love Library Ladies." Students also collected art pins which were made from book jackets.



August 31, 2009

Visit the 4H Building at the State Fair

Extension is celebrating their centennial this year! To commemorate their anniversary they have created a great exhibit at the entrance of the 4H building; it's worth checking out! Kristen Mastel, Extension's librarian, created a poster of Extension publications through the years, and is on display in the 4H building at another centennial exhibit behind the Magic performing arts space. Check out "What is Old is New Again: Extension publications stay relevant through the years" in person!


May 8, 2009

Cram Slam

Consultants and tutors available in:
Chem • Bio • Math • Econ • Physics • Stats
Writing • Foreign Language • And More!
Selected Past Exams Available!

Friday, May 8th 9-5 pm Klaeber Court

May 4, 2009

Last week to view Minneapolis Grain Exchange Exhibit

This is the last week to view the exhibit The End of an Era: Minneapolis Grain Exchange (MGEX), on display at Magrath Library.

You can view photographs of the items and more at the online exhibit site:

April 9, 2009

National Library Week Events


Study Break Events
Fuel up on some snacks and coffee in preparation for your exams. Library staff and SMART writing consultants are available for assistance with last minute papers.

April 13: Coffee & cookies at Magrath Library
Coffee served at 11am, cookies throughout the day

April 14 & 15: Free popcorn in the Magrath SMART
Learning Commons from 1-3pm in celebration of National Library Week

April 16: Coffee & cookies break at 1pm in the Magrath SMART Learning Commons in celebration of National Library Week

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February 16, 2009

Who Owns Your Scholarship? Copyright, Publication Agreements, and Good Policy 2/16

Monday, February 16, 2009
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union

Kenneth Crews, Director of the Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia University

Free to University of Minnesota community.

Attend this short workshop to discuss how to manage your copyrights while increasing the impact of your work by providing the greatest possible visibility and access.

This event has been designated by the Office of the Vice President for Research to satisfy the Awareness/Discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing education requirement.

December 8, 2008

Finals Cram Slam

Both Wilson Library and Walter Library will be offering 24 hour study space. In Wilson, the basement area will be open 24 hours starting on December 11 and ending at 9:00 pm on Thursday, December 18, 2008. In Walter, the Great Hall on the 2nd floor will also be open 24 hours starting December 11 and ending at 9:00 pm on December 18, 2008.

For more information about Cram Slam activities and hours, visit:

April 1, 2008

JSTOR talks about its future - April 9th 9am

Bruce Heterick, Mike Spinella, and Kimberly Lutz from JSTOR will be visiting the University Libraries on Wednesday, April 9.

There will be an open presentation aimed at Libraries staff and interested faculty and students on JSTOR's strategic directions as a research platform, an analysis of overall use patterns, and use at the University of Minnesota, including the "Google effect."

The presentation will be from 9:00-11:00am in 120 Andersen Library.