Western Libraries Display Case Exhibits

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Library Case 1 - see map

From the very beginning of motion picture exhibitions, there was public debate about whether or not the motion picture industry was morally fit to control their own content. Boards and committees have been influencing the censorship of film since 1909. Many of these committees tried to get Congress to pass bills over censoring movies based on concern over the quality, propriety, decency, and taste of Hollywood productions. This display acknowledges the movies that are not only weird and wonderful, but have been banned at some point and in some place around the world since their release. Even though they have been banned or censored, these movies still made an impact on society through their experimental and bold nature.


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Display By:
Emma Sieh
Library Case 2 - see map

There are some books that have withstood the passage of time to bewitch countless readers all over the world.  Whether you've been forced to read them in high school as required readings, or are a book-lover with a bucket list, these books are some of the "Classics that everyone should read."


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Display By:
Emma Sieh
Library Case 3 - see map

Have you ever seen the gorgeous books that bed and breakfasts, hotels, and fancy mansions have on their coffee tables? People tend to choose these books just for how gorgeous their cover is and how well they will go with the theme of the room, but there is so much more to these books than meets the eye. These gorgeous art books display the works of some very famous artists such as Seurat, Monet, Van Gogh, and so many more. Enjoy the vibrant colors of their work and some facts about their life in our Coffee Table Book: Art Edition display!


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Display By:
Nora Burmeister & Emma Sieh
Library Case 4 - see map

The Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award is given annually to three students who demonstrate outstanding library research in the writing of papers for Western Washington University college credit courses that were taught during either fall or winter quarters of the current academic year. The Award gives students the opportunity to showcase to their research skills and the valuable work they are doing here at Western! Each award winner will receive $500.00 and publication in Western CEDAR, Western’s institutional repository.

This years winners were:

  • Mimi Boumatar, Emma Hefton, Alex Johnston-Thomas, Dillon van Resburg for their paper titled “Preventing Anorexia in Adolescents Through Empowerment and Education (PAATTEE)”
  • Marissa Hall for her paper titled “Feminist Identification with the White Supremacy Movement”
  • Rachael Redjou for her paper titled “Shunga: Erotic Art in the Tokugawa Era”

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Display By:
Emma Sieh
Library Case 5 - see map

Books and Book Collecting

In conjunction with our summer fly fishing speaker, John Alevras ("Building a Collectible Angling Library", July 13 @ 2:00), Special Collections has put together this display featuring aspects of book collection (bibliographies, catalogs, and a book about books) and areas of collecting: history, equipment, and the classic Northwest.


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Display By:
Tamara Belts
Library Case 6 - see map

On July 4th, 1776 the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence and declared that all of the 13 colonies of the United States were no longer under British rule. Since that day, the United States has grown, developed, and become a strong and free global entity. But we are not the only ones who have fought for and earned their independence from the colonizers of the past. This display celebrates the independence days that are held around the world and proudly acknowledges the freedom that people everywhere feel on these days.


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Display By:
Sloane Ralston & Emma Sieh
Library Case 7 - see map

 

Pride Month is celebrated every year during the month of June in recognition of the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals have had on local, national, and international history and culture. Pride Month commemorates the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, which were widely regarded as a tipping point for the gay liberation movement and struggle for gay rights in the United States.

This display showcases copies of archival resources from the three programs that make up Western Libraries Heritage Resources: the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Special Collections, and University Archives and Records Management. For more information about primary source materials related to local and regional LGBTQ+ experiences, please contact Heritage.Resources@wwu.edu .


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Display By:
Rozlind Koester
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Library Case 8 - see map

These are some of the 30 books Western Libraries purchased in 2016 with funding from a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant administrated by the Center for Canadian-American Studies at WWU. 

WWU, along with its consortium partner, the Canadian Studies Center at the University of Washington, is one of two National Resources Centers on the study of Canada in the U.S.


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Display By:
Rob Lopresti
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Mathes Figurine Exhibit - see map

A Book Club is a group of people who meet to discuss a book they have read.

WWU's Associated Students Clubs inculdes some book clubs including A Novel Idea, WWU Comic Book Club, and Western Classics Club.

To find a book club, check the AS Club listings, look at the websites for the Bellingham Public Library and the Whatcom County Librry System, or visit Village Books in Fairhaven.

Read on!


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Display By:
Pattie Moon
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