Friday, September 30, 2011

Feastday of St. Jerome

History Of St. Jerome
Doctor of the Church b.347 d. 419
Feastday: September 30
Patron of Librarians

St. Jerome
was baptized when he was 18 by Pope Liberius. An ambitious and hard worker, St. Jerome began building a library that became one of the most famous in the world, copying most of the books himself. He continued this practice while living as a hermit, learning several languages in order to translate the works. His nights were spent writing letters and suffering the usual austerities of Living in the desert. In only a few years, he left after growing tired of the laxidity of the other hermits. While living in Rome as a secretary to Pope Damasus, and under his direction, St. Jerome completed copying the New Testament into Latin. He was only 40 years old at the time. He then continued with the Old Testament, having the assistance of several learned companions. During his life he made numerous enemies because of his fierce attacks on pagan Life, his denouncement of several heresies, and his sometimes-abrupt demeanor. On the death of Pope Damasus, who was his supporter and protector, he decided to return to the East, and eventually settled in Bethlehem with a small community he had formed. St. Jerome died in Bethlehem, with his head resting in the manger where Our Lord was born.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

We have 400 fans!

Photoshop by Josh Woods
We've finally hit 400 fans on our Facebook page!  Recommend us to your Coker friends and family!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

LITC Parking Lot Closed September 22-24

Just a heads up - our parking lot will be closed from 11 PM Thursday, September 22nd until Saturday, September 24th at 5 PM.

The parking lot will act as a rest/lunch stop for cyclists from the 26th Annual Bike MS: Breakaway to the Beach charity event.

The 190 mile event begins in Charlotte and ends in Myrtle Beach, raising money for Multiple Sclerosis research.

Picture courtesy of Richard Puffer, via his blog

Friday, September 9, 2011

Remembering 9/11

As we approach the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks (how can it be ten years already?), we decided that we would assemble a subject guide (LibGuide) on remembering and researching that dark day and its aftermath:

9/11 Remembrance and Research.

Please comment here or on the LibGuide with your thoughts or remembrances of that day.

Also, Former library employee and author Donald Quist will be reading during Coker and the City of Hartsville's 9/11: A Community Remembers commemorative event on Sunday at 4 PM in the Watson Theater of the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center.  Click here for more information.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Labor Day Weekend Hours

We will close today at 7 PM.
Saturday: 12-5 PM
Sunday:     2-7 PM
Monday:   2-12:00AM

Have a great weekend!

Picture of the Day - 2 September 2011

OK, so it's more of a picture of the library's parking lot.  The Coker vans are now sporting our new Cobra logos, just in time for Fall sports season!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

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

Harry Potter's World: Renaissance, Science, Magic, and Medicine explores the world of Harry Potter and its roots in Renaissance magic, science, and medicine.

In 1997, British author J.K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions which played an important role in the development of Western science and medicine. An exhibition created by the National Library of Medicine, Harry Potter's World highlights collections of the History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine.

The Charles W. & Joan S. Coker Library will be hosting the traveling exhibition from September 18 to November 5, 2011. Be sure to come in and check it out. For more information about the exhibit click on Harry Potter's World: Renaissance, Science, Magic, and Medicine