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Obituary Workshop

14 October 2013

Obituary Workshop (Register) Will you be responsible for writing an obituary for a family member? Do you want to have the last word? Receive tips and advice on how to write a thoughtful sendoff for yourself or someone else. Registration limited. Monday, October 14, 6-7 pm, Mansfield Library, Student Learning Center, Room 283 Wednesday, October […]

Meet the Mansfield – Chris Vance

8 October 2013

Name and work title: Chris Vance, Assistant Manager/Media Specialist. What do you do in the library? I assist users in Circulation, Interlibrary Loan and Paw Print and maintain our varied and exciting collections of media. What are you watching/reading/listening to right now? I’ve just begun a survey of literature about the experiences of pioneer women, […]

A Family Undertaking

8 October 2013

Screening of the documentary: A Family Undertaking. A Family Undertaking explores the growing home funeral movement by following several families in their most intimate moments as they reclaim the end of life, forgoing a typical mortuary funeral to care for their loved ones at home. Far from being a radical innovation, keeping funeral rites in […]

Xibalba: the Mayan Underworld

3 October 2013

Xibalba: the Mayan Underworld Learn about the Mayan underworld ruled by the twelve lords of Xibalba. Lecturer: Rafael Chacon. Friday, October 4, 5:30 pm., Mansfield Library, East Faculty Office Area, Main Level Monday Oct. 7, 7-8 pm, Missoula Public Library

Banned Books in Montana?

27 September 2013

Think it can’t happen here? Even in Montana, books are routinely challenged. The Montana Library Association has put together a list of book challenges in the state. As recently as 2012, Sherman Alexie’s Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian was challenged in a Montana school district.

Was Your Favorite Children’s Book Banned?

26 September 2013

Professor Samantha Hines talks in today’s Banned Books Week Video about her favorite banned book, Where the Sidewalk Ends. Did you know that this is just one of a host of beloved children’s books banned across the United States? Check out this link to see what other classics have made the list. Is your favorite […]

Banned Books Week: Annie Belcourt on “Looking for Alaska”

25 September 2013

Professor Annie Belcourt talks about John Green’s Book “Looking for Alaska” in today’s Banned Book Week Video. Did you know that in 2009 Green took to his webpage to defend the same book against charges that it was ‘pornographic’? Check out his own defense of the book!

Banned Books in College?

24 September 2013

Ever wonder why books are banned or challenged? The American Library Association compiles data on censorship attempts and lists the following as main reasons for book challenges between 2000-2009: 1,577 challenges due to “sexually explicit” material; 1,291 challenges due to “offensive language”; 989 challenges due to materials deemed “unsuited to age group”; 619 challenged due […]

What’s Your Favorite Banned Book?

23 September 2013

This week is Banned Books Week, and initiative of the American Library Association bringing attention to issues of censorship and the freedom to read. All week we’ll be highlighting information about BBW and featuring videos of members of the UM community talking about their favorite banned books. Today’s blog features Mansfield Library employees sharing some […]

UM Professor and Missoula Public Library Present “Muslim Journeys”

19 September 2013

UM Professor Samir Bitar is helping lead a reading and discussion group at the Missoula Public Library on the topic of Muslim Journeys. Sponsored by Humanities Montana, in partnership with Missoula Public Library and Dillon Public Library, this scholar-led reading and discussion program is based on the Muslim Journeys bookshelf—a program jointly produced by the […]


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