Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Winter Break Hours

Hewes Library will be open during winter break Monday - Friday 8am-4:30pm beginning Thursday, December 13th, closed on weekends and December 24 – January 1.

Regular hours resume when classes begin, Monday, January 14th, 2019.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Access Popular Periodicals Remotely via Flipster

What's the next best thing to visiting Hewes Library and perusing a popular periodical? Accessing digital magazines via Flipster!

Flipster is a digital platform available via web browser and Android / iOS app. 

Eight titles currently available: 
American Scientist, Bloomberg Business, Discover, France-Amerique, New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, and Time

How do I access Flipster?  

  • Android or iOS device:  see "Flipster Digital Magazines" in the app store.
    • To initialize the Flipster app for the first time:  1) You must be on campus with a networked computer OR on the campus wifi  2) Download and open the app  3) Allow Flipster to access your location, OR manually search for Monmouth College  4) Select Monmouth College from the list of libraries and tap "Log in"

  • Personal Computer (web browser)

Monday, December 10, 2018

Return/Renew Materials

Here are some tips before you leave for winter break:

1. Return library materials 24/7 with the exterior bookdrop on the west-side exit of Hewes Library. You'll see the little metal bookdrop door in the brick wall just outside the door.

2. Check your library account to make sure everything has been returned. To do so, login to your library account, click "Checked Out Items" for a list.

3.  Renew library materials, both Monmouth and I-Share, via your library account
Photo courtesy SMU Libraries Digital Collections via Flickr Commons.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Collaborations: New Art

Collaborations is now open in the Len G. Everett Gallery in Hewes Library, comprised of final projects from art majors and minors in the Contemporary Art course.

The students' final project was to research an artist and engage in a “collaboration” with that artist to create a new work of art. This year, Brian Baugh, who teaches the course, invited the art faculty to complete this project too.

A cookies and coffee reception will be held on Monday, December 10th from 3:00-4:30.
Please stop by as a break from finals and grading, have a cookie, and enjoy the art.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Celebrate Illinois Authors: Bicentennial Exhibit

In celebration of the Illinois Bicentennial (December 3, 1818), a new exhibit on the main level highlights a "celebration reading list" curated by the Illinois State Historical Society. A selection of titles by Illinois authors is listed below and available as a handout at the exhibit.

Also on display are writings by instructor Kevin Roberts' ENGL 180 students, writing in the style of Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology. 

The exhibit will be available through the end of the year. It's a great study break and a way to celebrate 200 years of Illinois statehood!

ILLINOIS CLASSICS: A Celebration Reading List Compiled by John E. Hallwas of the Illinois State Historical Society

Black Hawk, Black Hawk: An Autobiography (1833). Famous in its own time, it was the first native American autobiography. A remarkable self-portrait of a complex individual.

Edgar Lee Masters, Spoon River Anthology (1915, 1916). An American classic of poetic monologues, in which dead village residents reflect on their lives and struggles.

Eliza Farnharm, Life in Prairie Land (1846). Engaging account by a traveler and settler, who came to central Illinois in the 1830s. She depicts the natural world as well as people.

Edna Ferber, So Big (1924). Winner of the 1925 Pulitzer Prize, this novel, set near Chicago in the 1890s and early 20th century, depicts a widow who supports herself and her son.

Jane Addams, Twenty Years at Hull House (1910). A superb autobiography, in which the famous social activist recounts her early years and the social work at Hull House.

Carl Sandburg, Poems of the Midwest (1946). Selected poems by the famous poet and Lincoln biographer taken from Chicago Poems and Cornhuskers.

Richard Wright, Native Son (1940). An acclaimed, powerful novel, about a black youth in Chicago, who is brutalized and depraved by powerful forces, and condemned to die.

Gwendolyn Brooks, Selected Poems (2006). A volume of compelling poems, often about the black experience, by the celebrated, Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago poet.

Studs Terkel, Division Street: America (1967). One of several best-selling books by Terkel. His oral interviews about Chicago become very insightful social commentary.

Lisel Mueller, Alive Together: New and Selected Poems (1996). This volume won the Pulitzer Prize. She deals with her cultural and family history, the value of love, etc.

William Maxwell, So Long, See You Tomorrow (1980). An acclaimed short novel focused on youth, memory, and personal loss. It reflects Maxwell’s youth in Lincoln, Illinois.

Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street (1984). A celebrated short novel, with chapters like prose poems, about a young woman in a Chicago Latino neighborhood.

Friday, November 30, 2018

New Items at Hewes Library

New items are added to the Hewes Library collection on a continual basis. Recent titles have included:

  • Bluebeards Egg by Margaret Atwood
  • Bodily Harm by Margaret Atwood
  • Fake News and Alternative Facts by Nicole A. Cooke
  • Art of Libation in Classical Athens by Milette Gaifman
  • Cancer Journals by Audre Lorde
  • Estonia: A Modern History by Neil Taylor
  • Essentials of Health Justice by Elizabeth Tobin-Tyler
  • Designing and Proposing Your Research Project by Jennifer Brown Urban
  • Operacion Masacre by Rodolf J. Walsh
  • Oxford Handbook of Hope by Matthew W. Gallagher & Shane Lopez, editors

Extended Hours Have Begun

Library Extended Hours 
Friday, November 20th through Wednesday, December 12th

Friday, Nov 30  (7:30am - 9pm)
Saturday, Dec 1  (9am - 9pm)
Sunday, Dec 2  (9am - Midnight)
Monday-Wednesday, Dec 3–5  (7:30am - Midnight)
Thursday - Friday, Dec 6-7  (7:30am - 2am)
Saturday - Sunday, Dec 8-9  (9am - 2am)
Monday - Tuesday, Dec 10-11  (7:30am - 2am)
Wednesday Dec 12  (7:30am - 4:30pm)

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

ScotsReads Rolling In

New ScotsRead recreational reading titles were added to the collection recently. Check them out now...or save them for the end of the term. The ScotsRead collection can be found on the main floor of Hewes Library, and circulation for two weeks (with three renewal).

New Titles:

  • Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, by Jose Antonio Vargas
  • Next American City, by Mick Cornett
  • American Prison: A Reporters Undercover Journey  into the Business of Punishment, by Shane Bauer
  • Katerina: A Novel, by James Frey
  • A Spark of Light, by Jodi Picoult
  • Fruit of the Drunken Tree, by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
  • Timeless : A Drizzt Novel, by R. A. Salvatore

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Winter Warmth Drive Thru 11/16

The PIT (Pain Is Temporary) Monmouth College Mentors are collecting new and gently used winter wear for area elementary and intermediate school children in the Monmouth area.

Bring mittens, hats, gloves and outerwear to #HewesLibrary through Friday, November 16th! 

#donate #sharethewarmth #NobleScots

Monday, November 5, 2018

New Items at Hewes Library

New items are added to the Hewes Library collection on a continual basis. Recent titles have included:

  • Negotiating With the Dead: A Writer on Writing by Margaret Atwood
  • Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece by Judith M. Barringer
  • Principles of Thermal Ecology by Andrew Clarke
  • China: A Cultural, Social and Political History by Patricia Buckley Ebrey
  • On Faith and Science by Edward J. Larson & Michael Ruse
  • 1517: Martin Luther and the Invention of the Reformation by Peter Marshall
  • Great Plains: A Fire Survey by Stephen J. Pyne
  • Sappho: A New Translation of the Complete Works by Diane J. Rayor
  • Ancient Olympic Games by Judith Swaddling
  • Sustainable Agriculture Reviews by Eric Lichtfouse, ed.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

New Recreational Reading

The recreational reading collection, ScotsRead, has several new title choices this month! Browse the entire collection on the main floor of Hewes Library!

Stars Now Unclaimed (Drew Williams)
Star Wars: Thrawn Alliances (Timothy Zahn)
Leverage in Death (J.D.Robb)
How to Change your Mind (Michael Pollan)
Line of Sight (Tom Clancy)
Agatha Christie The Mystery of Three Quarters (Sophie Hannah)
Promise (Minrose Gwin)
Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy (Anna Clark)
My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton
100 Days of Real Food on a Budget (Lisa Leake)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Streaming Broadway Theatre & More!

The BroadwayHD collection, part of Academic Video Online streaming film collection, includes 21 Broadway theatre productions! Content highlights include:

• Sam Shepard’s highly studied Pulitzer Prize-winning play Buried Child stars Ed Harris (2016)

• Tony™ Award winning musical She Loves Me with its original revival cast: Jane Krakowski, Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi (2016)

• Based on a book by Tony winner John Caird, Daddy Long Legs has music from Tony nominee Paul Gordon and is performed by Megan McGinnis and Adam Halpin (2015)

• Tony Lifetime Achievement award winner James Earl Jones tackles one of theatre’s most iconic roles in Shakespeare’s King Lear (1974)

• Verbal wordplay and dashing swordplay abound as Tony and Academy Award winner Kevin Kline portrays the long-nosed poet in Cyrano de Bergerac opposite Jennifer Garner (2008)

• Learn how the Tin Man lost his heart in The Woodsman, a touching exploration of a piece of Oz told through music and puppetry (2008)

• Watch two of the greatest clowns of our generation at the top of their game as Tony winners David Shiner and Bill Irwin enchant audiences in Old Hats (2016)

The Broadway HD collection is part of a larger online resource, Academic Video Online and Music Online, accessible from the Hewes Library website via the "Databases A-Z" tab.  Additional collections in music and film include:
...and much more! Check out the collection list here:

Friday, October 5, 2018

New Items at Hewes Library

New items are added to the Hewes Library collection on a continual basis. Recent titles have included:

  • Oryx and Crake: A Novel by Margaret Atwood
  • Can We Solve the Migration Crisis by Jacqueline Bhabha
  • Egypt and the Egyptians by Douglas J. Brewer and Emily Teeter
  • Rise of Supernatural Fiction 1762-1800 by E.J. Clery
  • Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
  • Slaves and Other Objects by Page DuBois
  • Billy Joel: America's Piano Man by Joshua S. Dunchan
  • Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff
  • Short Book About Drawing by Andrew Marr

Thursday, October 4, 2018

'Objects & Experience' Art Exhibition

A new exhibition, "Objects & Experience," by Monmouth College Professor Stephanie J. Baugh, showcases collage pieces in the Len. G. Everett Gallery in Hewes Library.

On display currently, a reception will be held Friday, November 2nd, 3-4:30pm, with a gallery talk at 3:30pm.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Displays Highlight Prejudice and Censorship

Hewes Library invites visitors to peruse two current displays focused on censorship and the persistence of prejudice in the United States.

The visit of educator Jane Elliott to the Monmouth College campus facilitates a display of library materials addressing racism and prejudice. Materials in the exhibit are available for checkout and include:
Race: The Power of Illusion
The Myth of Race (Sussman)
A Class Divided : Then and Now

Patrons may also utilize a streaming film list of Jane Elliott documentaries available through the library databases Academic Video Online.

In conjunction with Monmouth College Educational Studies students, the library is displaying books that have been challenged or removed from U.S. libraries and schools in recent years. Titles like "And Tango Makes Three" and "I Am Jazz" are consistently challenged based on LGBT themes.  "Little House on the Prairie," "The Color Purple" and "To Kill a Mockingbird" have been removed from reading lists when parents object to racist language and negative stereotypes.

According to the Office of Intellectual Freedom, an office within the American Library Association, "Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular." The exhibit in Hewes Library is located on the east side, main floor and will remain open for approximately two weeks.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

New Recreational Reading

New recreational reading titles have been added to our Scots Reads collection located on the main floor of Hewes Library. Titles check out for two weeks, and can be renewed three times. Check them out!

Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper
Dead Girl Running by Christina Dodd
What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and our unfinished conversation about race in America by Michael Eric Dyson
Not That Bad: Dispatches from rape culture by Roxane Gay , ed.
The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst
Barracoon: The Story of the last "black" cargo by Zorqa Neale Hurston
Then She was Gone by Lisa Jewell
Death of Truth by Michiko Kakutani
The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh
Promise and the Dream: The untold story of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy by David Margolick
Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change by Leonard Mlodinow
Macbeth by Jo Nesbo
Beautiful Days by Joyce Carol Oates
3 Kings: Diddy, Dr. Dre, Jay Z, and hip-hop's multibillion-dollar revolution by Zack O'Malley Greenburg
Red Alert by James Patterson
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
Twisted Prey by John Sandford
You Think it, I'll Say it by Curtis Sittenfeld
Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith
Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss
Little Book of Lykke: Secrets of the World's Happiest People by Meik Wiking
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff
Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Art Lecture 9/21

Altered States: Painting Myanmar in a Time of Transition, hosts Dr. Ian Holliday, exhibition collector from the University of Hong Kong, on September 21, 2018.  Dr. Holliday will speak about the collection at 3pm in the Barnes electronic classroom in Hewes Library. 
His lecture will be followed by a gallery reception from 3:30-4:30.

The paintings in this exhibition are from a collection called, Thukhama; more about the collection:  and about Dr. Holliday the collector: .

Sunday, September 9, 2018

JSTOR Accesses Articles and eBooks

Monmouth College's JSTOR subscription accesses thousands of scholarly journals, a menu of 34,000 book titles from scholarly publishers, and now over 3,000 Open Access books. This multi-disciplinary database provides complete full-image access and is a valuable research tool for all levels of academic research.

Book titles include:
The Role of Nongovernmental Organizations in Long-Term Human Recovery After Disaster
Oil Sparks in the Amazon: Local Conflicts, Indigenous Populations, and Natural Resources
The Queer Fantasies of the American Family Sitcom
Selling Transracial Adoption: Families, Markets, and the Color Line

How do you discover JSTOR ebook content?
Search for articles and ebooks within the JSTOR database platform, and while searching Discovery, a library database that searches almost 100 Hewes Library resources at once.

Contact the Hewes Library Reference Desk ( for assistance and see this quick guide for more information.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

New Items at Hewes Library

New items are added to the Hewes Library collection on a continual basis. Recent titles have included:

  • Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology by David Abram
  • Ethics of Ambiguity by Simone de Beauvoir
  • Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow
  • Do I Make Myself Clear? Why Writing Well Matters by Harold Evans
  • Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant
  • Iced: A Novel by Robert Grindy
  • Plotinus on Consciousness by D. M. Hutchinson
  • Dead Poets Society: A Novel by N. H. Kleinbaum
  • Seeds of Science: Why We Got It So Wrong on GMOs by Mark Lynas
  • How to be an Illustrator by Darrel Rees

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

New Art Exhibition

Altered States: Painting Myanmar in a Time of Transition,
our first art exhibition of the year, is now open in the Len G. Everett Gallery in Hewes Library.

The paintings in this exhibition are from a collection called, Thukhama, organized by Ian Holliday from the University of Hong Kong.
More about the collection is available here:
More about Dr. Holliday, the collector, is available here:

Mark your calendars for Dr. Holliday’s visit to campus and lecture on September 21, 2018.
He will speak about the collection at 3pm in the Barnes electronic classroom in Hewes.
His lecture will be followed by a gallery reception from 3:30-4:30.
We hope to see you there!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Reset Your Library Account Password

August 17, 2018

We have been notified by our library consortium office that there is a current problem with user logins to Monmouth College and I-Share library accounts.

If you receive an “Invalid Login - Please try again” message when attempting to login, they have suggested you do the following.

Please reset your password using the “Forgot Your Password” link. (see image below)
For those of you who may have signed up using an email, be sure to use that email address.
You may use the same password again.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Contact Hewes Library (x2301 or if you have any problems.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Purdue OWL Updates Website

Purdue University's helpful OWL (Online Writing Lab) website has become the defacto free citation guidance source online in the past few years, providing helpful citation examples in the major styles:  APA, MLA (2016) and Chicago.

Purdue OWL has recently updated their URL from to the new (and more specifically the citation help page:

The website indicates that a redirect is in place, so never fear if you don't update your bookmarks!

Their press release:

It's Here: A new look for the Purdue OWL!
The new version of the Purdue OWL is available at Worry not! Our navigation menu and content will remain largely the same. In 10 days, we will be discontinuing and you will be automatically redirected to the new site.

A peek at the new website:

Friday, July 13, 2018

New Items at Hewes Library

New items are added to the Hewes Library collection on a continual basis. Recent titles have included:

  • Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson
  • Stan Lee: The Man Behind Marvel by Bob Batchelor
  • Transgender Phenomenon by Richard Ekins and Dave King
  • Death Makes the News by Jessica M. Fishman
  • Diagnosis and Stigma of Schizophrenia by Charles E. Harman
  • Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs
  • Jasper Johns edited by Roberta Bernstein
  • End of White Christian America by Robert P. Jones
  • Seaweed: A Global History by Kaori O'Connor
  • Heart of Wilderness by Adrian Onyando

Friday, July 6, 2018

New! Web of Science Database

New Database Subscription: Web of Science

Don’t be fooled by the name! Web of Science is an indexed collection of over 20,000 scholarly journals in science, social sciences, AND humanities disciplines.

The database provides cited reference searching  within those 20,000 journals. This means a growing collection of over 1.3 billion cited reference connections going back to 1900 are discoverable.

Cited reference searching lets you track how any idea, innovation, or creative work has been confirmed, applied, improved, extended, or corrected, and discover anyone who is citing particular research worldwide.

Value of Citation Indexing (video 6:17 min):

Contents of the Web of Science Core Collection:
                    Science Citation Index Expanded: 1900-present
                    Social Sciences Citation Index: 1900-present
                    Arts & Humanities Citation Index: 1900-present
                    Conference Proceedings Citation Index™
                    Science: 1990-present
                    Social Science & Humanities: 1990-present
                    Emerging Sources Citation Index: 2015-present
                    Index Chemicus: 1986-present
                    Current Chemical Reactions:1993-present

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

New Library Director

Welcome to Sarah Henderson, joining the staff of Hewes Library as Director! 

This is a “welcome back” for Sarah who is returning to Monmouth after 12 years, most recently serving as the Chair of the Gordon B. Olson Library at Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota.
In this photo, Sarah (right) views a scrapbook donated by the family of Josephine (Kilpatrick) Marshall ('47) with Technical Services Librarian, Lynn Daw. 

Monday, July 2, 2018

Rick Sayre Retirement

Hewes library director, Rick Sayre, retired at the end of June 2018. For the past 20 years, Rick led the library through many changes, including a complete building renovation, the addition of hundreds of digital resources, and membership in the CARLI consortium (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois).

Happy retirement, Rick!

Monmouth College story 

Monday, June 18, 2018

New ScotsReads

Summer reading just got more exciting with these newly acquired recreational reading titles!

The ScotsRead Collection can be found on the main floor of Hewes Library, and check out for two weeks, with up to three renewals.

Sandman, by Lars Kepler
Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind, by Barbara K. Lipska
Blessed Life, by Kim Fields 
Rocket Men, by Robert Kurson
Woman in the Window, by A. J. Finn
Promise Me Dad, by Joe Biden
How to Stop Time, by Matt Haig
Need to Know, by Karen Cleveland

Friday, June 8, 2018

Everett Oil Painting Donation

William Blackwell and his dog Happy 
Len G. Everett
Oil on canvas
Monmouth College is the recipient of a generous gift of a Len G. Everett oil painting.  

Mr. Ralph Glaser, Jr., of Florida donated this paining to Monmouth College and it is temporarily on display in Gallery 203 on the upper-level of Hewes Library, and later will find a home on the wall outside the gallery.

The painting, titled "William Blackwell and his dog Happy" is the portrait of a close personal friend of the artist, Len G. Everett, and the artist’s parents.  Mr. Blackwell attended the University of South Carolina and earned a Bachelor of Laws Degree, passing the bar and admitted to the practice of law in 1945.  He was active in many professional and social activities in southern Florida, and included Sir George Roberts, the first President of the Bahamian Senate, and Lady Roberts, among his friends.

For more information about the Hewes Library Len G. Everett Galleries:

Monday, May 21, 2018

Oxford Classical Dictionary - Online

Hewes Library is pleased to now access the Oxford Classical Dictionary Online (4th edition) as part of Oxford Reference Online. This resource is now available in both print and online for maximum availability to Monmouth College researchers.

Access to the Oxford Classical Dictionary is provided through the Classics Research Guide as well as Oxford Reference Online.

"Unrivalled in scope for over sixty years, this established reference work has been thoroughly updated for this edition to reflect modern scholarship. Written by distinguished scholars from around the world, it covers all aspects of the classical world from literature and history to religion, science, and archaeology.

As well as providing factual information, the Dictionary contains many thematic entries on subjects relevant to the 21st century such as nationalism, race, gender, and ecology. Anthropology and reception have been added as new subject areas, covering topics such as creolization and kinship, as well as dance reception and translation.

The most authoritative and accessible dictionary of its kind, this is an essential reference for both scholars and non-specialists with an interest in the classical era."

Friday, May 18, 2018

New Items at Hewes Library

New items are added to the Hewes Library collection on a continual basis. Recent titles have included:

  • When the Sick Rule the World by Dodie Bellamy
  • Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times by H.W. Brands
  • Gulf: The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis
  • Israel/Palestine by Alan Dowty
  • All Around Us by Xelena Gonzales
  • War and Turpentine: A Novel by Stefan Hertmans
  • Six Drawing Lessons by William Kentridge
  • Fixer by Bernard Malamud
  • First Son: George W. Bush and the Bush Family Dynasty by Bill Minutaglio
  • Slave Ship: A Human History by Marcus Rediker

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Summer Reading with Flipster

Take current subscriptions with you wherever you travel this summer!

Hewes Library has current subscriptions to eight magazine titles in EBSCO’s Flipster database, which provides full-image access to current periodicals (popular and trade periodicals). 

How to access Flipster:

  • Android or iOS device:  see "Flipster Digital Magazines" in the app store. Note: you must first initialize the campus subscription within the app while you are physically on campus. Learn how:

The titles to which Monmouth College currently subscribes on this platform are:
American Scientist
Bloomberg Business
New Yorker
Rolling Stone
Sports Illustrated