Stress Relief Week is Here

Give yourself a break during the last two weeks of the semester. Visit the meditation room, play games, color, or pet some pups. Can’t pull yourself away from your work? Then at least stop by for a free cup of coffee anytime, or for free snacks every weeknight at 9pm. Best of luck on finals!

stress relief

Calendar of Stress Relief Week events:

  • All week, all day: Games and coloring in the Learning Commons
  • Monday, Dec. 4th at 7:30pm: 20-minute meditation in the computer lab
  • Tuesday, Dec. 5th from Noon-2:00pm: Paws for Fun in the Learning Commons
  • Wednesday, Dec. 6th at 5:45pm: 20-minute meditation in the computer lab



Learn new skills at a Library workshop

Fall semester workshops have just been announced and they feature a variety of skills to boost your papers, projects and everyday life and work. Back by popular demand is a workshop about creating an academic poster, which many seniors will need to make this year in 400-level classes. New to the schedule is a class about the brand new version of RefWorks, a tool which helps you organize your references and quickly create a bibliography. Also slated is a course on evaluating websites (couldn’t we all benefit from how to identify “fake news” and other types of bad information?) See the schedule below for more details.

Is there something you want to learn? Let us know and we’ll consider adding it to our next workshop series.


I’m new! Check me out.


You might have noticed a new addition to the lobby: a bookcase underneath the digital sign. This is a display of new titles recently purchased by the Library. As new books arrive the selection will change so stop by to browse it any time you’re in the building.

Best part? Everything on this bookcase can be borrowed outside the library for three weeks.

Want to recommend a book to the library? Fill out this form and if we can buy it we’ll let you know (and then add it to the new book display).


#truthseekers: Identify Truth in News & Media


Want to be a #truthseeker in an era of “alternative facts”? Check out the Truth Seekers series of workshops starting this week:

  • “Fake News” 101 – Tuesday, February 21st – 2:15-3:00pm
  • “Fake News” 101 (SophoMORE workshop)– Tuesday, February 28th—2:15-3:15pm
  • The Truth is Out There – Tuesday, March 21st—2:15-3:00pm

For more information, we’ve compiled a bibliography about fact-checking, critical thinking, and misinformation in the news. See some of these books on display in the Library and read reviews of select titles below:


Virtual Unreality: The New Era of Digital Deception

By Charles Seife

 DC Call Number – 025.04 Se42v

The author explains how to tell truth from fantasy in the digital world, and why it matters. Today, the Internet allows us to spread information faster and to more people than ever before. Charles Seife takes the reader deep into the information jungle and cuts a path through the fakery that the Internet enables, providing a much-needed toolkit to help separate fact from fiction.

Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News

By A. Brad Schwartz

DC Call Number – 791.4472 Sch95d

On the evening of October 30, 1938, radio listeners across the United States heard a startling report of a meteor strike in the New Jersey countryside, but the hair-raising broadcast was not a real news bulletin–it was Orson Welles’s adaptation of the H. G. Wells classic The War of the Worlds. Few listeners believed an actual attack was under way. But even so, Schwartz shows that Welles’s broadcast became a major scandal, prompting a different kind of mass panic as Americans debated the bewitching power of the radio and the country’s vulnerability in a time of crisis. The present-day popularity of “fake news” can be traced back to its source in Welles’s show and its many imitators.

Deciding What’s True: The Rise of Political Fact-checking in American Journalism

By Lucas Graves

DC Call Number – 302.23 G785d

Over the past decade, American outlets such as PolitiFact,, and the Washington Post‘s Fact Checker have shaken up the political world by holding public figures accountable for what they say. In a hyperpartisan world, facts can easily slip into fiction, and decisions about which claims to investigate and how to judge them are frequently denounced as unfair play.  Graves vividly recounts the routines of journalists at three of these organizations and what informs their approach to a story.

A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age: Scientific Habits of Mind

By David J. Helfand

DC Call Number – 500 H366s

We live in the Information Age, with billions of bytes of data just two swipes away. Yet how much of this is mis- or even disinformation? A lot of it is, and your search engine can’t tell the difference. This book provides an inoculation against the misinformation epidemic by cultivating scientific habits of mind. This survival guide supplies a set of apps for the brain while making science both accessible and entertaining.

A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age

By Daniel J. Levitin

DC Call Number – 153.42 L579f

We are bombarded with more information each day than our brains can process—especially in election season. This New York Times bestselling author shows how to recognize misleading announcements, statistics, graphs, and written reports. Levitin groups his guide into two categories—statistical information and faulty arguments—ultimately showing how science is the bedrock of critical thinking. He defines infoliteracy as the understanding that there are hierarchies of source quality and bias that variously distort our information feeds.

Display case featuring African-American History related titles

February is African-American History Month!

In celebration, the Sullivan Library has selected some popular titles to be featured in our display case.  Feel free to check out any of these books OR search our online catalog for other books related to African-American History Month!  If you need assistance searching our catalog simply ask a library staff member to help!


Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

By Barack Obama

DC Call Number – 973.04 Ob1d

The former President of the United States, US Senator and activist writes about his life as a black American whose father was a black African and his mother a white American. His story begins in New York, where he learns that his father has been killed in a car accident. The sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey—first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother’s family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father’s life, and lastly reconciles his divided inheritance.

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