Library hours during Dead Week & Finals Week

"OPEN 24 HRS" by Tom Magliery is licensed under CC BY 2.0

It's about time! The Albertsons Library will be once again be open 24 hours a day for dead week AND Finals week starting on Monday, April 25. Here's the schedule (1st & 2nd floors only):
  • Dead Week: 
    • Monday, April 25 open 24 hours until Friday, April 29 when we close at 7 pm.
    • Saturday, April 30: 10 am to 7 pm.
  • Finals Week:
    • Sunday, May 1: open 24 hours starting at 10 am until Thursday, May 5 when we close at midnight.
    • Friday, May 6: 7 am to 5 pm
    • Saturday & Sunday, May 7 & 8: Closed
During the late night hours staff will be on hand to answer questions and check out first-floor reserve materials. Our instruction classroom (L203) and its bank of computers will be open and available to students during dead and finals week.

Free coffee and treats will be provided each night (while supplies last!) by the Associated Students of Boise State University (ASBSU). An officer from the Boise Police Department will be on duty in the library all night and can provide escort service as needed.


Today is Earth Day!

The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 http://www.earthday.org/about/the-history-of-earth-day/ . Students from Boise State’s Environmental Science program have continued the tradition, organizing Earth Week events each day this week as part of their capstone projects https://news.boisestate.edu/update/2016/04/18/celebrate-earth-week-campus-april/.

In the library Dr. Lisa Brady and graduate student Kate Clausson have organized a display in the first floor elevator lobby using items from Special Collections and Archives, including the above image, from the original Earth Week program. The first Earth Day was organized by US Senator Gaylord Nelson to raise awareness of growing ecological issues with an environmental “teach-in” in schools and universities across the nation.  We can get a sense of the tenor of the event from the program guest list, which included Allen Ginsberg and Ralph Nader.

An Earth Day board on the library’s Pinterest account includes more resources on the event https://www.pinterest.com/albertsonslib/earth-day/. For research on the topic check out the Environmental Studies library guide http://guides.boisestate.edu/environment.

Elizabeth Ramsey Assistant Professor, Librarian


Hear! Hear! Shakespeare!

Celebrate Shakespeare’s Life and Death on April 22, 2016 

In honor of the impending visit of Shakespeare’s First Folio to Boise State
, Laura Coleman and Audrey Williams of  Access Services have staged a display of Shakespeare materials at the Circulation desk. 

You can peruse all manner of Shakespeare items from serious drama and comedy, sonnets, music, the Globe Theatre, and Will’s life. We’ve also included the adorably cute Shakespeare Cats, by Susan Herbert with Hamlet in fine feline form.
Research Shakespeare with the Theatre Arts guide http://guides.boisestate.edu/theatre

Find streaming videos of Shakespeare plays http://www.ambrosedigital.com/content/view/119/186/

And check out the Idaho Shakespeare Festival.
Audrey Williams,
Access Services


Celebrate Shakespeare’s Life and Death

Shakespeare’s grave at Holy Trinity church, Stratford. The inscription includes a poetic curse discouraging would be grave robbers. CC-BY David Jones https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5250485

April 23 marks the official 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 1616.  Students, faculty, and staff are invited to celebrate on the quad Friday, April 22 from 11am-2pm with birthday and death-day cakes, a Shakespeare selfie-station, and interactive exhibits that highlight Shakespeare’s contributions to literature and culture.

Though there is no definitive record of Shakespeare’s birth, his baptism was recorded in the register of Holy Trinity parish church in Stratford on April 26, 1564.  Based on Elizabethan traditions, scholars suggest that this indicates he was born on April 23.  There is also no definitive record of his death, but he was buried at Holy Trinity church April 25, 1616 and scholars generally accept that he died on his 52nd birthday on April 23.  The cause of his death is not known. 

In honor of the 400th anniversary, The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., presents “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare.”  Published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death, the First Folio was the first collected edition of his plays.  It contains 36 of the 38 surviving scripts, including 18 works that were previously unpublished and would likely have been lost without the Folio.  This includes titles like, “Macbeth,” “Julius Caesar,” and “Twelfth Night.”  This national traveling exhibition comes to Boise August 20-September 21, 2016. The Folio will be on display in the Arts and Humanities Institute Gallery in the Yanke Family Research Center.  For related programming updates visit: http://archives.boisestate.edu/shakespeare2016.php

Heather Grevatt, Assistant Professor, Research & Instruction
Gwyn Hervochon, Assistant Professor, Special Collections & Archives



This year’s Campus Read selection is The Road to Character by  David Brooks. It is available in print http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/906798072
or electronic formats http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/906826452 or eAudiobook http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/910525679 at Albertsons Library. For more information check  out the Campus Read Libguide http://guides.boisestate.edu/character

Join us for the Campus Read kick-off on Tuesday April 12 at 2:00 PM on the 1st floor of the Library. We’ll have cake, a display of past year’s books, and whiteboards posing questions that will engage students in the themes of the book.

We are also continuing the tradition this year -- find the traveler on the road to character! Locate the plush toy hidden inside the library and win a Prize.   
The Turtle Is traveling all over the library and you might be surprised where it can be found. If you find the Turtle, bring it to the Circulation Desk. You will receive a ticket to fill out as an entry into a drawing for a $10 Starbucks gift card. Find the Turtle as many times as you can -- entries will remain in the box till the end of the scheduled drawings. Winners will be notified via email, and need not be present to win.

Access Services and the Library Campus Read Team


Read a Poem. Write a Poem. Share a Poem.

The Current  Poet Laureate of the United States is Juan Felipe Herrera. No, that's not him in the photo above. That's one of our super student employees, John. You can find out more about Juan Felipe Herrera at the Library of Congress  http://www.loc.gov/poetry/laureate.html   Copies of  his works Exiles of Desire, Mayan Drifter  and Border-Crosser with a Lamborghini Dream  are included in the poetry display  at the Circulation desk as well as works by former Poet Laureates. The display was arranged by Laura Coleman of Access Services. 

Interested in Idaho Poets and Poetry? The book Idaho’s Poetry A Centennial Anthology  http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/18441308  is a great place to start. You will find poetry by  Vardis Fisher, Darryl E. Jones, Tom Trusky, and Richard Ardinger, to name but a few.  And be sure and take a look at  Archives and Special Collections Ione Thielke Collection http://archives.boisestate.edu/digital/thielke/

You can also find lots of poetry in our ebook collections:
The Poems of Edgar Allen Poe   http://boisestate.worldcat.org/oclc/867774066

Audrey Williams,
Access Services


Bronco Day 2016

Bronco Day 2016 - Saturday, April 9th - Live Like a Bronco!

Stop by Albertsons Library during Bronco Day 2016 and see what we have to offer. Prospective, admitted and current students are all welcome to come learn more about YOUR library!

The Bronco Day 2016 main page can be found at:

Click on Find Events at the top of the page and then choose Albertsons Library.

Check out the eleven planned events we have going on from 11-3. Or just stop by and talk with any library employee about what we can offer you as a student, how we can help you succeed in your research, and how the library can expand your lifelong learning!

Take a chance on some great prizes!
Check out our 3D printer!
Take a tour!
Spin the wheel for some candy!
Peruse the artwork display!

Everyone is welcome.