Did you know that March is Women’s History Month? In the United States, Women’s History Month traces its origins back to the first International Women’s Day in 1911, which then turned into Women’s History Week when President Jimmy Carter issued a presidential proclamation declaring March 8, 1980 as National Women’s History Week. This eventually developed into Women’s History Month when Congress passed Public Law 100-9, officially making March 1987 Women’s History Month, which then in turn led to additional resolutions in the years that followed to grant future presidents the authority to declare every March as Women’s History Month. The Katharine Brush Library is sharing in the celebration this year with our That’s What She Said display on the second floor. This display highlights quotes by women activists, scientists, politicians, and artists who have paved the way for women today and showcases books by and about some of these women, including Gloria Steinem, Hillary Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Eleanor Roosevelt.
The Katharine Brush Library is celebrating Black History Month all February long with a display of books about important black leaders, scientists, artists, musicians, and activists. Come check out exactly who we’re featuring … and feel free to pass along your own recommendations to us at the Reference desk! We just might add your suggestion to our display.
On Tuesday, January 10th, we were delighted to celebrate the literary arts at Loomis Chaffee through our second annual LC Authors Out Loud event. Sponsored by the Katharine Brush Library and the Loomis Chaffee Arts department, this event enabled students, faculty and staff to share with an audience their original work, which spans a wide range of literary genres.
Having the reading at the Richmond Arts Center on the same night as the community art show and visiting artist show openings gave attendees the unique opportunity to experience a vibrant spoken word event alongside beautiful visual art displayed at the gallery. The event also featured acoustic live music performed by a quartet of faculty musicians.
We look forward to putting on more of these events in years to come!