Miniature Therapy Horses

Don’t forget that the therapy horses of Heartland Mini Hoofs will be making a special visit to The Ames Library from 11:30AM to 1:30PM on Tuesday, April 23rd. If the end of the semester has you panicked, this is a guaranteed way to lower your blood pressure!

Before Dr. Vandana Shiva’s Stevenson Address, Watch This Film!

On Monday, April 15th, author and activist Dr. Vandana Shiva will present a talk “The Future of Food” as part of the Adlai E. Stevenson Memorial Lecture Series. We wanted to make you aware that the 2016 Collective Eye film SEED: The Untold Story, which features Shiva, is available for through our streaming video service Kanopy.

Says Kanopy:

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds, worshiped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.

Check it out here and be sure not to miss Dr. Shiva’s talk next Monday!

Miniature Therapy Horses at the Library for Finals

Nothing cures finals stress better than therapy dogs–except for maybe therapy horses!

You heard right. On April 23rd from 11:30AM to 2:30PM, The Ames Library is hosting Heartland Mini Hoofs. Take a break from studying to meet their miniature therapy horses on the Ames Plaza; the event is free and open to the campus community. We hope to see you there!

New Materials Monday: Donations from IWU Peace Fellows with Grant from Peace First

For this week’s New Materials Monday, we have 23 fiction and non-fiction books donated by Illinois Wesleyan’s Peace Fellows with a grant from the Peace First organization.

The books are not part of The Ames Library’s formal collection, but will circulate through our Social Justice and Diversity Room, located on the south side of the main floor. The book collection in the room works like a Little Free Library. You can take a book to borrow and after you’re finished, you can bring it back or pass it along to another reader. We also encourage you to donate books on the topic of social justice that you think might be good additions to the room.

Come by any time to browse the collection and snag a book or two!

Celebrate Women’s History with Kanopy Films

March is Women’s History Month and Kanopy is celebrating with a new collection of documentaries by and about women. Check out some of their selections below.

As always, Kanopy films stream free for all current IWU faculty, staff, and students. You can find all these films and more right here.

New Artwork in the Library

One of the distinguishing features of The Ames Library is our expansive and ever-growing collection of artwork, which includes everything from Rembrandt etchings to art from graduating Wesleyan seniors. We are delighted to add ten prints from cartoonist Keith Knight to this collection.

You might remember Keith from his visit to campus in October 2018, during which he spoke about race and racism in the United States.

You can see the new prints, which feature quotes on race and social justice from figures like Nelson Mandela and Grace Lee Boggs, on the east side of the main floor.

New Materials Monday: Trans Literature

If you’ve read Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt for the Summer Reading Program, then you may be interested in the following five books, selected by the author Susan Stryker. In a November 2018 interview with Five Books, Stryker explains how she made her selections. Jordy Rosenberg’s Confessions of a Fox is a retelling of the story of criminal Jack Sheppard (better known as Mack the Knife) as a transgender man, while I’ve Got a Time Bomb is an illustrated punk rock novel about “very non-normative sorts of trans lives.” Black on Both Sides looks at the intersection of blackness and transness. Histories of the Transgender Child explores “notions of the transgender child” that “[stretch] back to at least the early 20th century” and are “related to notions of emotional and physical plasticity or malleability that are intimately related to questions of race.” Trap Door is an “art-focused” book that documents trans people’s contributions to visual culture.

All five books are available through The Ames Library. (And if you’re not sure about how to find them on the shelf, just ask a librarian!)

Confessions of a Fox by Jordy Rosenberg: PS3618.O8323 C66 2018

I’ve Got a Time Bomb by Sybil Lamb: PS3612.A5449 I94 2014

Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton: E-book

Histories of the Transgender Child by Julian Gill-Peterson: HQ77.95.U6 G55 2018

Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility, edited by Reina Gossett, Eric A. Stanley, and Johanna Burton: NX650.G44 T73 2017

New Trial Databases at the Library

From now until March 9th, The Ames Library is offering two new databases on trial, Periodicals Archive Online and Women’s Magazine Archive.

Periodicals Archive Online “makes the backfiles of scholarly periodicals in the arts, humanities and social sciences available electronically, providing access to the searchable full text of hundreds of titles. The database spans more than two centuries of content, 37 key subject areas, and multiple languages.”

Women’s Magazine Archive is comprised of digitized “leading women’s interest consumer magazines” which are “scanned in high-resolution color and feature detailed article-level indexing. Coverage ranges from the late-19th century through to 2005 and these key primary sources permit the examination of the events, trends, and attitudes of this period. Among the research fields served by this material are gender studies, social history, economics/marketing, media, fashion, politics, and popular culture.”

Both trial databases will be available for the next 19 days and can be accessed through this link. (Trial databases are located on the right-hand sidebar.) If you are interested in seeing the library acquire either database on a more permanent basis, please share your thoughts with us in a comment here or email us at

A Fairy Tale Romance

“While the ceremony took place at Evelyn Chapel, the couple also visited several campus locations for photo opportunities, such as the Bates & Merwin Reading Room, also known as the ‘Beauty and the Beast Room’ because of its rolling ladder resembling the library featured in Disney’s animated classic.” (Source.)

Congratulations to Haley (Lower) Loyet ’16 and Cameron Loyet ’18!

Access to “The African American Experience” for a Limited Time

For a limited time, you can explore The African American Experience, a database ABC-CLIO, for free. The database will be open access until February 19th. It documents black history and black culture from the year 500 to the present day, and is divided by topics such as the Antebellum, Rise of Jim Crow, and Black Power Movement.

If you’re ever interested in recommending a certain database for our collections, just email us!