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May Day @ Simmons

The Simmons College Archives collects, preserves, and makes available materials which document the history and development of Simmons College. The Archives is pleased to share this May Day @ Simmons exhibit, curated by Library Assistant Kimberly Arleth.

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Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine

Harry Potter is here at Beatley Library! This traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) highlights the role that Renaissance traditions of alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy played in development of Western Science. You'll be fascinated to learn how these ideas are incorporated into the tales of Harry Potter! More »

Anti-Racism Resources for a Community in Dialogue

Are you seeking help reflecting on or guiding dialogue? The Library aims to support your learning and help guide change in our community by highlighting selections from our collection -- e-books, videos, articles, and, of course, books too. More »

Meatless Monday

Check out our new display to learn more about health, budget, and environmental benefits of participating in the Meatless Monday pledge this month. More »

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Simmons is going pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2014. The books listed here are just a sample of the collection on this topic. More »

Summer in New England

Check out the books currently on display at Beatley Library to find ideas for outdoor adventures in New England this summer. More »

Open Access Week

October 21-27 is Open Access Week, A global event now in it's sixth year! Beatley Library has a new book display highlighting the open access movement and current open access issues in universities and libraries. More »

Autism Awareness Month 2013

April is Autism Awareness Month. In America, autism affects 1 in 88 children, and there is currently no medical test or cure for the disorder. More »

Career Education - Spring 2013

Whether you're about to graduate or just starting to think about your future career, the Library's Careers display has something for you. More »

Women's History Month 2013

March is National Women's History Month, and we've got a lot to celebrate! From Abigail Adams to Zora Neale Hurston, women have been contributing to American society since the very beginning. And with 158.3 million women currently in the USA, we're still going strong! More »

Academy Awards 2013

It's Oscar season! At the Library, you can check out DVDs of previous Best Picture winners, read up on topics addressed by this year's nominees, and even pick up your Oscar ballot. More »

Black History Month

February is African-American History Month! Our book display celebrates African-American culture and history, and highlights important voices in the field. More »

Best of 2012

Browse the best books of 2012. More »

Happy Holidays from the Library

Beat the winter blues with the Library's holiday display. Check out some great items from the Library on the celebration of winter holidays throughout the world. The Library wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season! More »

National Picture Book Month 2012

The Library is hosting a display in honor of all of your favorite childhood books, from classics like Where the Wild Things Are and Harold and the Purple Crayon to contemporaries like Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and The Wolves in the Walls. More »

2012 Presidential Elections

Wherever you are on the political spectrum, the Library's display on the Presidential Elections of 2012 has something for you! Come into the Library to peruse the display in person More »

LGBTQ History Month

October is LGBTQ History Month! 2012 marks the 18th anniversary of this month-long celebration of the accomplishments, history, and heritage of the LGBTQ community in America. More »

CET Faculty Seminar 2012-13

Simmons College has launched a new Center for Excellence in Teaching to help faculty find resources for teaching, exchange ideas with colleagues, and try new teaching ideas. More »

Banned Books Week

Celebrate the freedom to read with our Banned Books display! From Absalom, Absalom! to Zora Neale Hurston, classics and authors throughout history have been the object of censorship and banning. More »

Faculty Publications

Come celebrate as The Library honors newly-promoted Simmons faculty with a display of their work. More »

London 2012 Olympics

The London Olympics will begin on Friday July 27th! Check out our display of materials for resources on sports, fitness, British culture, and the global impact of sporting events. More »

Game of Thrones

Winter is Coming to the Simmons Library! Our new book display, with its Game of Thrones theme, is all the proof you need. More »

Children's Literature Association Conference 2012

The 2012 Children's Literature Association conference will be held here at Simmons, June 14-17. More »

Summer Diversions

Relax in the sun with a good book! The Library has a wide range of titles to hold your interest or help you tune out. For a complete list of items on display, visit: More »

Carlos Fuentes, 1928-2012

Carlos Fuentes (1928-2012) was one of the most admired writers in the Spanish-speaking world, a catalyst, along with Gabriel García Márquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Julio Cortázar, of the explosion of Latin American literature in the 1960s and '70s. More »

Maurice Sendak, 1928-2012

Maurice Sendak was among the most prolific, beloved, and sometimes controversial children's authors/illustrators of the 20th century. More »

Stand Against Racism

Simmons College recently hosted an all day STAND on our campus to promote anti-racism and social justice. More »

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, the library has selected works from our collection featuring poets and poetry. More »

Earth Day 2012

On April 22, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day 2012. People of all nationalities and backgrounds will voice their appreciation for the planet and demand its protection. More »

National Library Week

April 8-14th is National Library Week. "National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use." ( To celebrate we have selected books that highlight many of the beautiful libraries not just in the United States, but around the world. For a list of items on display, go to: More »

Chinese Calligraphy

The Library is proud to display the work of Simmons students from CHIN 260, Professor Alister Inglis's Chinese Calligraphy course. We have over a dozen examples of Chinese calligraphy, handwritten renderings of poetry from the Tang Dynasty (618-907), as well as books about calligraphy and the poetry and art of the Tang Dynasty. Professor Inglis has also allowed us to display some of his work. Go to to view the titles on display, but you'll need to come to the Library to see the amazing student work! More »

Careers & Professional Identity

How will the pictures you post on Facebook affect your job search? What are the pros and cons of writing a public blog? How do you balance privacy and sharing on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and other social media? The Library's Careers & Professional Identity book display has items designed to help you work through these questions and more, whether or not you are currently on the job market. For more information, see our virtual display at More »

Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month! The Library has arranged a display of items to celebrate women throughout history and into the future. More »

National Nutrition Month

It's National Nutrition Month! Come see selections from the Library's nutrition collection and read tips on eating well from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. More »

Downton Abbey

To celebrate the finale of Season 2 of Downton Abbey, come check out our Downton-themed display with books about the show, its time period, and setting. You'll find books on WWI, selected titles about British aristocracy in the early 20th century, and novels set around the same time period. Downton Abbey is a British television drama set in the early 1900s on the estate of the Grantham family. It follows the lives of the artistocrats and the servants who work and live there. The first series spans the two years before the Great War beginning with news of the sinking of the Titanic, which sets the story in motion. The second series covers the years 1916 to 1920 and focuses on World War I and women's rights. More »

Black History Month

February is Black History Month! This year's Library display is a collaboration with the Simmons Black Student Organization (BSO). The BSO's Black History Month theme for the year is "Redefinition: reinstate the purpose, pride and inclusivity that began us." Come to the Library to see the specially selected materials and learn more about the events the BSO has planned for this month. More »

Yoga & Wellness

This display includes freshly-acquired items about yoga, fitness, stress reduction, and nutrition. More »

The Graphic Novel

Graphic novels, like comics, use words and pictures to tell a story. They can be novels, memoirs, or political commentary. Come see the variety in this art form in our book display, which showcases the diversity of our collection. (Art by Meaghan Ingram.) More »

Winter Break Diversions

Take your (Winter) Break from Reality with Some Fiction! Come to the library to see our selection of books and DVDs you might enjoy over the winter break. If you check a Diversions book out by December 22, you can keep it for 6 weeks! As for the other items, when the loan period runs out, you will still be able to renew them (in person or online). More »

American Food Culture

You are what you eat...or are you? Come to the Library to check out our newest display on American food culture, featuring books about food, cooking, and the cultural forces behind the way we eat. There are personal essays, historical accounts, reference books, cookbooks, and more. More »

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month. From the Library of Congress website dedicated to the month: "What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose." Come browse our display of writings by and about Native American women as well as resources for educators and librarians. If you're looking for more ways to become involved on campus, visit the Simmons Multicultural Affairs page. Make sure to also check out the Library Multiculturalism guide for more resources available to you online. More »

Veterans Day

Veterans Day is this Friday, November 11. Come explore some of the resources we have on display in the library in honor of our veterans. More »

National Reading Group Month

October is National Reading Group Month! NRGM "salutes reading groups. It fosters their growth and promotes the love of literature. It's an opportunity for reading groups to reflect on their accomplishments and plan for the future -- the perfect time to join or start a group." Come to the Library to check out some of the fascinating reads we have on display! More »

LGBT History Month

Happy LGBT History Month! LGBT History Month has been celebrated in America every October since 1994, and strives to educate all people about the heritage and history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Take a look at our selection of fiction, nonfiction, media, and other items on display, and be sure to check upstairs at the Archives for a display on the history of the LGBT community at Simmons! More »

Horn Book at Simmons

The Boston Globe--Horn Book Awards celebrate some of the best children's literature in three categories: Fiction and Poetry; Non-Fiction; and Picture Books. For the second year, Simmons is hosting a colloquium to bring together librarians, educators and children's literature professionals to examine the Boston Globe--Horn Book Award winners. This day-long event includes talks, panel discussions and small group sessions to explore how books for children and teens interpret the world for young readers as well as new strategies for bringing young people and books together. Come see the display of past and present Horn Book Award winners in the Library! More »

National Hispanic Heritage Month

This book display honors National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept 15-Oct 15. The theme of this year's celebration is: "Many Backgrounds, Many Stories...One American Spirit." More »

Welcome to Simmons!

Whether you are brand new to Simmons or returning for another semester, the library has something for you. More »

Simmons and the City

This display highlights people, places, art, and history to explore in Boston. More »

"The Body Electric": Children's Literature Symposium

This book display celebrates "The Body Electric," a symposium sponsored by The Center for the Study of Children's Literature. More »

Handmade Typography Books

Come and see the work of Judith Aronson's Comm240 class, presented earlier this spring at the Undergraduate Conference. Learn about the anatomy and classification of various typefaces and admire the handiwork of those student designers! More »

Summer Reading 2011

The Library has gathered a selection of great books ideal for summer reading. Come visit our display on Level 1 in the Library Living Room to find one that is right for you! More »

Take a Stand Against Racism: Civil Rights Pioneers from 1828 to Present

Currently on display in Beatley Library, "Take a Stand Against Racism: Civil Rights Pioneers from 1828 to Present" highlights some of the influential people who sought to improve equality for all. Both well- and lesser-known pioneers are showcased: Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, John Brown, Earl Warren, Ella Baker, Maria Elena Lucas and more. And while you're in the Library, raise your voice in support of this cause by signing the Stand Against Racism pledge which is located by the book display. The Pledge was created by the YWCA and endorsed by Simmons College. Learn more about the pledge at More »

Black History Month 2011

Join the Library in celebrating Black History Month 2011. Visit our display on Level 1 of Beatley Library, featuring books and other materials that explore this year's national theme: African Americans and the Civil War. Also, check out our Africana Research Guide or the Library of Congress Black History Month homepage for more resources on the topic. More »

AIDS Awareness Month Timeline

Come and see the Library's newest exhibit in recognition of World AIDS Day (December 1) and AIDS Awareness Month (December). Materials are displayed by decade with a timeline that highlights significant moments in the on-going history of this global disease. See for yourself what authors were saying in the early 1980s versus the status of science and politics today. More »

Women Leaders

The Library announces its newest book display on Women Leaders, in honor of the Brave Women, Bold Ideas, Big Change Conference, which is being held at Simmons on Tuesday, November 16th. The display, located just inside the Library's entrance, features books about women who have been leaders in politics, business, entrepreneurship and sports. Please stop by and check out a book on women leaders. More »

Veteran's Day Display

In honor of Veterans Day, the Library invites the Simmons Community to visit our new display in the Beatley Library which exhibits books and DVDs reflecting the voices and stories of veterans from the conflicts and wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, and WWII. We wish to acknowledge Simmons community members who have and currently are serving in the Armed Forces as well as to recognize the students, faculty, and staff who have family and friends serving in the military. More »

"Guides to the Fourth Dimension" Companion Display

Are you going to see Thomas Banchoff's lecture on four-dimensional metaphors in art and literature on Monday, October 25 in the Linda K Paresky Center? Come check out our companion display for examples and explanations of the fourth dimension. You can also see Professor Banchoff's web guide on the 4D philosopher Edwin Abbott Abbott: More »

National Coming Out Day and GLBT History Month

Join the Beatley Library in celebrating National Coming Out day on October 11th and our gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender & queer (and questioning) community! Books and DVDs in our collection exhibit the powerful history, celebrations and struggles of our GLBTQ friends, families, neighbors and colleagues. Also, check out our Gender Identity and Transgender Resources and LGBQ Library Guides. Show your support and enjoy our resources! More »

Horn Book Award Winner, 1967-present

In honor of the recent Simmons College colloquium on the prestigious Horn Book awards and children's literature, come check out the library display featuring Horn Book Award winners from 1967 to the present. This exhibit highlights winners over the last forty years in categories of fiction, picture books, poetry, and nonfiction. Old-time favorites include Tikki Tikki Tembo (Arlene Mosel) and the Westing Game (Ellen Raskin), as well as recent winners such as Bubble Trouble (Margaret Mahy) and Old Bear (Kevin Henkes). Come and reconnect with old friends! More »

Banned Books Week 2010 Display

The Library invites you to see our newest display in honor of Banned Books Week. Come and check out our display of famous titles that have been banned such as Harry Potter, The Great Gatsby, Huckleberry Finn and On the Road. The display also features many favorites and classics from children's and young adult literature. Banned Books Week is an annual event which celebrates the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Check out a book and make a stand for intellectual freedom! The Banned Books display is located on Level 1 of the Library, to the left of the main entrance and will be up until October 2. You can also visit our Banned Books Week Guide at More »

Hispanic Heritage Month 2010

The Simmons Library and Organizacion Latino Americana (OLA) invite you to check out our Hispanic Heritage display at the first floor Library Living Room. Come by and see books, videos, magazines, and newspapers representing the culture and history of the Hispanic experience, including materials by and about Hispanic poets, authors, scholars, artists, and more. Interested in learning more? Visit OLA on Collegiate Link and the Simmons College Library Latina/o Heritage Guide. More »

Exploring Boston

Whether you are new to Boston or have lived here all your life, there is no better time to explore the Hub than in Fall. Check out our Exploring Boston display on Level 1 of the Library for resources to help you uncover all that Boston has to offer. More »

Summer Fun

Great reading ideas to inspire your summer excursions More »

Summer Reading

Visit the Library Living Room to see our current display for summer reading recommendations. More »