ReadUP Update

Charming Billy - ReadUP BookReadUP, the campus initiative to read one book together, launched last semester. Over 300 copies of the ReadUP book, Charming Billy, were given away before Winter Break. If you finished the book, pay it forward and pass it along to a friend. Or if you cherish your copy, lend it to a friend.

Soon there will be opportunities to discuss the book and hear directly from the author.

Everyone is invited to participate in the book discussions moderated by Fr. Charlie Gordon, C.S.C. in the Clark Library Conference Room (upper floor). Here are some starter questions to ponder in advance.

Feb. 11, Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Feb. 19, Thursday, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Feb. 24, Tuesday, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Alice McDermott, the book’s author, will be on campus to give a public lecture followed by a book signing.

Feb. 26, Thursday, 7:00 pm in Buckley Center Auditorium

Season’s Greetings

Clark Library staff and faculty wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

In honor of the season, we have a 1750 triptych from our art collection on display in the lobby. Triptychs were a popular form of Christian art and consist of three painted, or carved, panels and the side panels can be closed like shutters. This format made it easier to protect and transport, and viewing could be limited to special occasions.1 See high resolution images of this triptych (open and closed) in our digital Art in the Clark Library collection.

1 triptych.” The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 9 Dec. 2014

Madonna with Child Triptych

Madonna with Child


Welcome New Students – Get a Photo Memento

redcurtainAfter you settle into your new home away from home, drop by the Clark Library!

Get a free, fun memento right away and visit the Red Curtain Photo Booth on the main floor (available Thursday from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm). Bring your new roommates and your family! While you are in the building, visit the Digital Lab on the upper floor and learn about the cool, multimedia things you can do there. Need another photo? Stop by the Image Production Studio (next to Digital Lab).


Therapy Dogs Reduce End of Semester Stress

For the first time the Clark Library had two therapy dogs visit. During the last week of classes Chelsea Ritner of the University Health Center brought her dog Laika in for a few hours of stress relief. During Exam Week graduate student Kristin Gustaff brought in her therapy dog, Dalai. Both were very popular!

Students take a stress break with Dalai

Students take a stress break with Dalai

Getting ready for the holidays

Decorating the tree

Decorating the tree (click to enlarge)

What does the fox say? Happy holidays!

What does the fox say? Happy holidays! (click to enlarge)


The Clark Library’s student workers wasted no time in decorating for the upcoming holiday. We hope the festive atmosphere illuminates everyone’s studies. The Toys for Tots collection box is also out and underneath the monitors on the main floor.

UP Authors Reception – always a fun annual event!

The Fifth Annual UP Authors Reception was a lively event with string and horn quartets providing the backdrop as students, faculty and staff browsed publications and socialized on the Thursday before Fall Break. If you missed the event, you can still see whose publications were featured.

Check your calendar: Open House this Friday!

Things have changed after 55 years! Come celebrate the reopening of the Clark Library at the official Open House this Friday, September 27, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Everyone is welcome!

Before: main floor view and balcony

Before: main floor and balcony (click to enlarge)

After: main floor and balcony

After: main floor and balcony (click to enlarge)

Cool stuff to look at in the lobby

Book as Art and Statement  Exhibit

Book as Art and Statement Exhibit

Need a mental break or inspiration? Slow down and visit the special exhibit: The Book as Art and Statement. These unique, handmade books will be on display through September.

Page changing in action

Page changing in action

The Clark Library also has a permanent display of the heritage edition of the Saint John’s Bible, which is in the alcove next to the new books. The page on display is changed twice a week. Each time a new page is chosen, a blog post describing the featured illumination is posted so you can keep up. For example, the current page on display is: Garden of Eden / Adam and Eve.

Orientation 2013

Greeting new students

Greeting new students (click to enlarge)

Fall 2013 Orientation

Fall 2013 Orientation (click to enlarge)


It’s been fun greeting students and their families during Orientation. The umbrella tables for Orientation weekend are a nice touch too.

We’ve also been giving out Clark Jr. bars because… we are now named the Clark Library! Extras will be in baskets at the Service Desk as long as supplies last.

Clark Library is open!

The Clark Library’s doors opened to the public today and it is fun for us to see faculty, staff, students, alumni, and visitors admiring the building. We are still ironing out the kinks and having “real” people using the facility is helping us identify what else might need attention. More pictures to come soon, or stop by and see it firsthand (library hours)!