Thursday, October 11, 2018

Local History: "Plagues"

According to locals, there are cemeteries in Marion County that mention a plague...

In fact during the summer of 1854, Marion County had its own Cholera epidemic.

According to In the History of Marion County, Ohio sixty-five residents in the city of Marion lost their lives to this disease.

What is Cholera? Cholera germs come from contaminated food and water sources (from feces) and are often caused by poor sanitation systems (See CDC: Prevention & Control).

Calomel was routinely used to treat patients for Cholera, Yellow Fever, and Malaria but was poisonous as it contains mercury.

Also see: Quackery : a brief history of the worst ways to cure everything / by Lydia Kang, Nate Pedersen

Cholera : a worldwide history / S.L. Kotar and J.E. Gessler

For more information on "Plagues:" visit the Marion Campus Library display The Black Death and other "plagues" on humankind on the second floor of the library.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Black Death and other "plagues" on humankind

The Black Death
The Black Death and other "plagues" on humankind display is now up on the second floor of the library.
This display highlights books from our collection on various infectious diseases, epidemics, and pandemics over the years such as the Black Death, The Great Plague of London in 1665, Smallpox, Spanish Influenza Outbreak of 1918, and more!

History of the Plague; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Credo Reference
Illustrated London News Digital Archive 1842-2003
Popular Medicine in America, 1800-1900

Thursday, September 27, 2018

The New 7 Wonders of the World Display

The New 7 Wonders of the World

At the entrance of the library you will find The New 7 Wonders of the World display highlighting books and resources available through the library such as databases like Credo Reference and National Geographic Virtual Library.
  • Great Wall of China (China) 
  • Christ the Redeemer Statue (Rio de Janeiro)
  • Machu Picchu (Peru)
  • Chichen Itza (Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico)
  • The Roman Colosseum (Rome, Italy)
  • Taj Mahal (Agra, India)
  • Petra  (Jordan)

Banned Books Week at the Library!

 What do the following titles have in common????
           To Kill a Mockingbird
           A Wrinkle in Time
           I know Why the Caged Bird Sings
           The Hate U Give
           Gone With The Wind

If you said they have all been CHALLENGED OR BANNED over the years by various groups for various reasons, then you are correct!! J  
Do you know how many you have read?? (More than you think, very likely)

This week, the library has been highlighting BANNED BOOKS WEEK (September 23-29, 2018) with a display in the Library/Classroom Rotunda. The theme is:

    Banning Books Silences Stories. Speak Out!


Stop over and learn about censorship, intellectual freedom, reasons often used in  challenges  and see the Top 10 Challenged titles for 2017.

Oh, and while you are there, try to guess what title has been banned or challenged under the yellow cards, such as this one (they are all in our local collection for you to check out to read, too!):


We have coloring sheets too! Pick up one or two or three – would love to see your efforts!!!

The display will be up through October 12!! Come over and check it out!!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Constitution Day Sept 17th

Happy Constitution Week

Constitution Day is normally observed on September 17, the day in 1787 that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the constitution. 

The library has a pop up display and free pocket Constitutions for students at the circulation desk.

For more information:

The Constitution of the United States

Constitution Day

The Founding Fathers 

Bill of Rights Institute

Monday, August 27, 2018

Welcome to a new semester!

We at the library wish to welcome everyone to Autumn Semester!  Ohio State Marion started last Tuesday and Marion Technical College starts today so there are lots of new and returning students, faculty and staff trying to find parking spaces, their classrooms, and meeting each other around campus. Be sure to smile and say hi to someone - everyone can use a smile to brighten their day!

Remember that the library offers many services to help you succeed. There are computers, a mobile device charging station, study spaces, discussion rooms, (not to mention our collections and the online catalogs) and other helpful services such as course reserves and printing. We also have a variety of seating from comfy seats and sofas to carrels to help you focus. You might even find a puzzle that needs put together!

Please stop by and say hi - we'd  love to have you visit and ask questions or just let us help you find your way on campus.

We wish each of you a wonderful semester filled with learning and discovery!

Betsy Blankenship
Library Director

Monday, August 13, 2018

Autumn Semester Hours

August 21, 2018-December 16th, 2018 
Monday-Thursday 8:00am to 7:00pm 
Friday: 8:00am to 5:00pm 
Saturday-Sunday   Closed

The library will be closed 9/3, 11/12, 11/21 at noon, 11/22, 11/23.