SU Libraries’ United Way Auction Extravaganza, December 14

The Syracuse University Libraries’ United Way Auction Extravaganza will be Friday, December 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons.

Items are currently being accepted and contributors may bring their items to Pat Hunt on the 3rd floor of Bird Library between now and December 13. Both Brown Bag and Silent Auction items are welcomed.

Tickets for the “Day Off Donation Giveaway” are available in the Business Office for just $5.00 each

Thank you for supporting our community through your participation in the Library United Way activities, and by completing your on-line pledge card.


December 10-14 is “Food for Fines”

Donate food and reduce your library fines!

The libraries of SU and SUNY-ESF will once again be participating in “Food for Fines” from December 10-14 by collecting food for the needy and offering patrons the opportunity to reduce their overdue fines.

Overdue circulation fines will be reduced by $1 for each healthy, nonperishable food item donated by an individual during those dates–Interlibrary loan fines and lost book fees are not included.

Participating libraries include Bird, the Carnegie Library, the Law Library, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, the King + King Architecture Library, and ESF’s Moon Library.

Donations may be brought to the circulation desks of affiliated libraries. Students, faculty, and staff without current fines may also contribute.

All food items will be donated to the Hendricks Chapel Food Pantry.

For more information about “Food for Fines,” please contact Laura Benjamin at

In Our Shoes: A Student Creative Writing & Art Showcase, December 7 at 3:30 p.m.

Perception Magazine, the Sigma Delta Tau English Honor Society, and the Syracuse University Libraries present In Our Shoes: A Student Creative Writing & Art Showcase on Friday, December 7 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (Bird 114). Hear students read their work and share their visual art in celebration of the launch of the new issue of Perception Magazine.

Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) interpretation will be provided. To present a creative work at the event, for any questions, or to request accommodations, please contact Julia at


Gerry McCarthy receives Libraries’ Distinguished Service Award

The Syracuse University Libraries Assembly (SULA) Distinguished Service Award Committee has awarded the 2018 Distinguished Service Award to Gerry McCarthy, Office Supervisor in the Learning Commons at Bird Library.  This award represents recognition by Gerry’s peers of her significant contributions to Syracuse University Libraries and the Syracuse University community.

Gerry joined the library in 2007 as Office Supervisor for the Social Sciences and Area Studies department.  In 2009, Gerry joined the Learning  Commons and has been a key contributor in establishing it as a highly useful resource for the SU community and keeping it running smoothly.  She has also been generous with her time and effort, lending her enthusiasm and deep competence to many projects outside her home department, including the Outstanding Student Employee Awards, student appreciation efforts, Bird Beautification team, the Human Library, many search committees, the Libanalytics team, and Welcome Fest.

The many letters sent in support of Gerry’s nomination praised her valuable personal qualities — tireless energy, a cheerful and upbeat attitude, and endless patience -– as well as her outstanding professional abilities, her superb organizational talents, her strong dedication to service, and her skills as a supportive, attentive, and empowering supervisor.

As one supporter put it:

“Gerry’s managed to do such a good job in…her role of connecting the needs of the department to the activities that make it work that in some ways she is nearly invisible.”

SULA, SU Libraries, and the DSA Committee are pleased to take this opportunity to make her highly, and deservedly, visible.

The award will be presented to Gerry at the Syracuse Libraries Holiday Party & Recognition Event on Tuesday, December 18.

Members of the selection panel for 2018 were Natalie LoRusso (chair), Michele Combs, Philip Movsovich, Erin Smith, and Patrick Williams.


Poet Dylan Krieger Reads Lunch Time Poems on Friday, November 30 at noon

On Friday, November 30, poet Dylan Krieger will present the final Lunch Time Poems reading of the semester.  Krieger is author of three books, Giving Godhead (Delete Press, 2017), No Ledge Left to Love (Ping Pong, 2018), and Dreamland Trash (Saint Julian, 2018). Krieger lives in southern Louisiana. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and an M.F.A. in creative writing at Louisiana State University.

The reading will take place from noon to 1pm in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, first floor, Bird Library. Hosted by poet Stephen Kuusisto, University Professor and Director of the Burton Blatt Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, the Lunch Time Poems series has featured many noted poets. All events are open to students, staff, faculty, and the general public.

At the event, the publishers of Nine Mile Magazine will be giving away copies of the spring and fall 2018 issues.

Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided, and if you require any additional accommodations please contact Liz Cronkwright at 315.443.2573 or