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Interlibrary Loan Provides E-Documents on E-Readers

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

B/H’s Interlibrary Loan Department announces that two e-readers are available for use by patrons seeking access to electronic documents that otherwise are unavailable. Patrons using this service will receive an e-reader preloaded with their requested information. The lending period is two weeks. Click here to make a lending request.

Persistence of Slavery in Early Vermont

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Lecture: March 14, 5:30 pm, Special Collections Reading Room, Bailey/Howe Library

University of Vermont professor Harvey Amani Whitfield will discuss the tensions between slavery and freedom in early Vermont history.  His research indicates that the end of slavery in Vermont was messy, disorderly, and contradictory and that various forms of bondage persisted in Vermont well after the 1777 abolition of adult slavery.

Professor Whitfield’s areas of research are the black population in the Maritime colonies and Vermont. In 2006, he published Blacks on the Border: The Black Refugees in British North America, 1815-1860. His article, “African Americans in Burlington, Vermont, 1880-1900,” was published in Vermont History in 2007.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, email uvmsc@uvm.edu or call 656-2138.


“The Radiant Child” Free Screening & Food March 19

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

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The UVM Libraries and the Office of Student Life and Campus Programs have teamed up to offer students, staff and faculty an opportunity (complete with refreshments) to see the outstanding documentary about Jean-Michel Basquiat, “The Radiant Child,” by director Tamra Davis.

Please join us on Tuesday, March 19 at 4:30 p.m. in the Super Maple Ballroom.

Here’s what the L.A. Times reviewer had to say about the film:

“Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child” is a remarkably rich documentary possessing depth, range, insight and compassion. Basquiat was born into an upper middle-class Brooklyn family. Although intermittently felled by psychiatric problems, his mother exposed him to great museum art an early age. By 17, Basquiat found refuge in the teeming lower Manhattan art and club scene of the early ’80s, and was nudged from graffiti artist to a full-fledged painter who could “paint with words.”


Picturing the Ski Capital of the East

Friday, February 8th, 2013


The current exhibit in Special Collections features postcards that document Stowe’s development as the Ski Capital of the East during the 1940s-1950s. For many years, Newport, Vermont photographer Harry Richardson traveled around Vermont and took thousands of pictures of people, places, and activities. He published many of the images as real photo postcards. The postcards in this exhibit are from a sample book that Richardson may have used to sell his cards to Stowe retailers. The cards promoted Vermont skiing with images of deep snow, downhill descents, modern facilities and traditional landscapes, and above all, happy skiers.

The exhibit is open to the public. For more information, call 656-2138 or email uvmsc@uvm.edu

Remembering Irene

Monday, February 4th, 2013

At the end of August 2011, Tropical Storm Irene devastated Vermont. After the storm,Vermonters gathered stories of destruction and devastation as well as stories of the remarkable recovery efforts.  Bailey/Howe Library is collecting books and films that document how Vermont communities came together to help individuals and communities rebuild.


Wrath of Irene: Vermont’s Imperfect Storm of 2011
Accounts of the storm in the White River watershed, taken from articles and photographs that originally appeared in The Herald of Randolph.

Irene Storms Through Mendon: You Can Get There from Here
With help from the Vermont Folklife Center, the Mendon Historical Society recorded first-person accounts of the struggles town residents confronted during and after Tropical Storm Irene. The interviews form the framework for this book.


Voices from the Flood, by Jeanne Weston Cook
Black and white photos and essays record people’s experiences during the  flood devastation and then recovery in Northfield and Roxbury.

When the River Rose
When the River Rose presents stories of “flood, recovery, and rebirth” in Waterbury, one of the towns hit hardest by Tropical Storm Irene. Edited by journalist David Goodman, with photographs by Gordon Miller. Published by the Children’s Literacy Foundation.

O' Let Your Song Be Sung

Higher Ground, by Kevin Fitton
Higher Ground is a children’s book about a flooded dairy farm, with illustrations by Mary Azarian.

Flood Bound
Filmmaker Marion Abrams and 36 other Pittsfield residents tell the amazing story of how the townspeople responded to the destruction and isolation that resulted from the August storm.

Strength of the Storm
Strength of the Storm is a film about Tropical Storm Irene’s devastating affect on Vermont’s mobile home parks and how the residents came together after the storm to make their voices heard and get their needs met. Produced by the Vermont Worker’s Center and directed by Rob Koier.

Boating and Healing at Dana Medical Library

Thursday, January 31st, 2013


An exhibit featuring Dragonheart Vermont is now on display at the Dana Medical Library. Dragonheart Vermont is a breast cancer survivor and supporter organization whose focus is on survivorship, wellness, teamwork, hope and community. The exhibit highlights the organization’s mission, the Dragonheart teams, and the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. Also highlighted is Survivorship NOW, a cancer wellness center established by Dragonheart Vermont in 2011 to meet the need for ongoing help and support for all cancer survivors in our community after their clinical treatment ends. This exhibit will be on view through the end of May 2013.

In addition to the Dragonheart exhibit, the Library is hosting A Voyage to Health, a traveling exhibition developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. A Voyage to Health explores the recent revival of the ancient arts of navigation and voyaging that first brought the people of Hawaii to their island homes. By restoring their heritage, this new generation seeks to heal the Hawaiian people. A Voyage to Health explores this resurgence and its significance for health, well-being, and self-determination. This traveling exhibit will be on display at the Library from January 28 – March 9, 2013. Please visit the exhibit online.

Visit the Library to view both exhibits, and to browse through Dana’s print resources on cancer and wellness.

Basquiat: Learn more!

Thursday, January 31st, 2013


The Bailey/Howe Library hosts the exhibit Jean Michel Basquiat: An Intimate Portrait January – March of 2013. Check out our new research guide to learn more.


Basquiat was a prolific painter who rose to stardom in the 1980′s, out of the New York graffiti and downtown music scenes. He created over a thousand artworks before his death at the age of 27 in 1988. His often colorful works incorporated symbols, text, portraiture and images from popular culture. He once claimed to have used words, “like brush strokes.” Artnet describes Basquiat as “one of the first African-American artists to reach international stature and wealth in the art world.”

Sarah Paige, of the Libraries’ Information and Instruction Department, has created a research guide with tips about how to find resources about Basquiat, in the Libraries and beyond. From there you can locate books, movies, websites, and music about Basquiat and his contemporaries.

Music and Basquiat: Gray at the Mudd Club

Monday, January 28th, 2013


Music was an important force in the life and work of Jean-Michel Basquiat. He was an active participant in the hip hop/graffiti movement of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s and in the intersecting downtown New York art rock scene that made its headquarters at the Mudd Club.

Basquiat was a founding member of the band Gray, with Nicholas Taylor, the photographer who created the exhibit Jean Michel Basquiat: An Intimate Portrait [on display at the Bailey/Howe Library, January – March 2013].

We’ve created a Spotify playlist to highlight some relevant music.

Planet Rock by Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force

Afrika Bambaataa grew up in the South Bronx and was instrumental in the development of New York hip hop in the early 1980’s.

Rapture by Blondie

Jean Michel Basquiat appears as a DJ in the video for Blondie’s Rapture, a song that also gives a shout out to hip hop artist Fab 5 Freddy.

Bird Feathers by Charlie Parker

Basquiat referenced Charlie Parker and a number of jazz legends in his painting, often bestowing them with one of his signature symbols — a crown.

Change the Beat by Fab 5 Freddy

Graffiti artist and hip hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy intersected in numerous ways with Basquiat. Freddy co-curated the seminal Beyond Words show at the Mudd Club, featuring graffiti artists such as Basquiat, Rammellzee, and Keith Haring.

Fab 5 Freddy with Basquiat

Fab 5 Freddy with Basquiat

Lust for Life by Iggy Pop

In Jean Michel Basquiat: An Intimate Portrait, Nicholas Taylor describes dancing with Basquiat to protopunk Iggy Pop’s Bowie-produced 1977 solo release.

Where Were You by the Lounge Lizards

This jazz/no wave/punk combo formed by brothers Evan and John Lurie (the latter also appearing as an actor in Jim Jarmusch films) featured a rotating cast of musicians that included Arto Lindsay and Marc Ribot.

Blue in Green by Miles Davis

“I never know how to describe my work. It’s not always the same thing. It’s like asking Miles, ‘How does your horn sound?’” – Jean Michel Basquiat

Rammellzee and Shockdell at the Ampitheater from the Wild Style soundtrack

Rammellzee was a visual/graffiti/performance artist, sculptor, and early hip hop musician with an eccentric style all his own. “Beat Bop,” Rammellzee’s influential 1983 single (with K-Rob) was produced by Basquiat, who also created the cover art.

Rammellzee and Basquiat

Rammellzee and Basquiat

Life During Wartime by Talking Heads

This early Talking Heads hit proclaims, “This ain’t no party; this ain’t no disco…this ain’t no Mudd Club, or CBGB,” referencing the iconic New York music venues frequented by the band.

When by Vincent Gallo

Like Jean Michel Basquiat and many of their contemporaries, Vincent Gallo (a sometime member of Basquiat’s band Gray) has produced creative work across a wide array of disciplines, as an actor, painter, director, model, and musician.

Burning Up by Madonna

Before Madonna became one of the world’s most successful recording artists, she was a Mudd Club provocateur, who once dated Basquiat.

Madonna & Basquiat

Madonna & Basquiat

Basquiat: An Intimate Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

On exhibit, January-March 2013, in the lobby of Bailey/Howe Library, “Jean-Michel Basquiat: An Intimate Portrait,” offers a portal into the life of an artist on the threshold of taking the art world by storm. As photographed by Nicholas Taylor, these images of a 19-year-old Basquiat capture his emotions and personality, which, in turn, reflect his struggle for fame and respect. The accompanying text panels, written by Taylor, document the friendship the two shared and also serve to contextualize the historical significance of Basquiat in the early eighties.

This exhibition is on loan from the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University, and was curated by Michael J. Beam, Curator of Exhibitions at the Castellani Art Museum.

New Books: Summer Reading Suggestions

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

These works can be found on our New Book shelf in Bailey/Howe, an ever-rotating sampling of things we’re adding to our collection. You can also review all our newest books online, and subscribe via RSS to receive alerts about acquisitions, by discipline.


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How Animals Grieve, by Barbara J. King

From the time of our earliest childhood encounters with animals, we casually ascribe familiar emotions to them. But scientists have long cautioned against such anthropomorphizing, arguing that it limits our ability to truly comprehend the lives of other creatures. Recently, however, things have begun to shift in the other direction, and anthropologist Barbara J. King is at the forefront of that movement, arguing strenuously that we can—and should—attend to animal emotions. With How Animals Grieve, she draws our attention to the specific case of grief, and relates story after story—from fieldsites, farms, homes, and more—of animals mourning lost companions, mates, or friends.




enlarged heart

An Enlarged Heart: A Personal History, by Cynthia Zarin

A New York City writer shares episodes from her life that reflect the cyclical nature of the past and her relationships with a range of people and places, from an energetic tailor and a twice-married mom to literary co-workers and the patrons of vanished restaurants.




The Miniature Wife and Other Stories, by Manuel Gonzales

In slightly fantastical settings, Gonzales illustrates very real guilt over small and large marital missteps, the intense desire for the reinvention of self, and the powerful urges we feel to defend and provide for the people we love. With wit and insight, these stories subvert our expectations and challenge us to look at our surroundings with fresh eyes. Brilliantly conceived, strikingly original, and told with the narrative instinct of a born storyteller, The Miniature Wife is an unforgettable debut.




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Brain in a Jar: A Daughter’s Journey Through Her Father’s Memory, by Nancy Stearns Bercaw


In this unflinchingly honest memoir, Nancy Stearns Bercaw (a staff member with UVM Libraries) recounts her life with Dr. Beauregard Lee Bercaw,  who became a neurologist in response to watching his own father deteriorate and die of Alzheimer’s. For many years Beau kept an autopsied brain in a jar on the desk in his office as a constant reminder of the struggle that he waged against the disease first with his patients, and ultimately for himself as he succumbed to its effects. This is also the story of the author’s own struggle to establish her identity and to navigate the treacherous and ever-changing emotional terrain of her relationship with her father, as she literally traveled the world in her quest to make sense of both of their lives.