Bombing of Hiroshima: Seventy-Six Years Later

August 4, 2016

In 1945, the World War II Allies, the Soviet Union, United Kingdom and the United States met at Potsdam, Germany where they discussed the political order of Europe and issued a declaration for the unconditional surrender of Japan. Due to the fact that Japan had not surrendered, the belief that a direct invasion of Japan would cause high numbers of casualties for the United States and as a show of resolve to the Soviet Union, President Harry S. Truman ordered the launch of an atomic bomb.  On August 6, 1945, the bomb carried in B-29 plane, was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. The combined heat and blast generated fires that burned 4.4 square miles and immediately killed some 70,000 people, with a death toll that would pass 100,000 by the end of the year. A second bomb, dropped on Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945 led to a Japanese surrender and the end of the Second World War.


Clement Attlee, Harry Truman, and Joseph Stalin. August 1, 1945.

Works Cited:

Library of Congress. “Clement Attlee, Harry Truman, and Joseph Stalin.  August 1, 1945.”Retrieved on: August 4, 2016. Retrieved from:

World War II. Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved August 2, 2016 from 


On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 lands on the Moon

July 20, 2016

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 lands on the Moon.  Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first two humans on another planetary body. Upon setting foot upon the Moon Armstrong utter the phrase “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” See him say this at 3:30 minutes in the below video entitled Restored Apollo 11 EVA.

To learn more visit:
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

Stonewall Rebellion – June 28, 1969

June 28, 2016

Today marks the 47th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, also referred to as the Stonewall Uprising, a watershed event in the history of LGBT civil rights in the United States. “In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar located in Greenwich Village, New York City.” [1] Rather than dispersing as was the usual course of action after all too frequent police raids, the patrons defied the police, and a large crowd of neighbors and allies grew around the bar, forcing the police to remain in the Stonewall Inn until reinforcements arrived. The following night, the crowd outside the Stonewall Inn grew and continued the clash with police for six day before the riots ended in early July.

Commemoration of the Stonewall Rebellion is the reason June is currently proclaimed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month; for more details from see the Library of Congress post.

To learn more about this seminal event and its significance please consult a variety of these resources used to prepare the above summary. 

Carter, D., Dolkart, A. S., Harris, G., & Shockley, J. (1999).  National Historic Landmark Nomination – Stonewall (USDI/NPS NRHP Registration Form 10-900).  Washington, D.C.: National Park Service. Retrieved from   See pages 7 – 27 for concise and documented summary of events and significance, followed by an ample bibliography.

Frank, W.  (2014).   Law and the gay rights story: The long search for equal justice in a divided democracy.   New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press.  See chapter 2: Stonewall (1969). E-book:

[1] Mucciaroni, G. (2013). Stonewall Rebellion. In R. Chapman & J. Ciment (Eds.), Culture wars in America: An encyclopedia of issues, viewpoints, and voices. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. Retrieved from  Brief overview.

Office of the Press Secretary. (2016). President Obama Designates Stonewall National Monument. Washington, D.C.: The White House. Retrieved from:

For fuller treatments, consult the following: 

Carter, D. (2004). Stonewall: The riots that sparked the gay revolution. New York: St. Martin’s Press.  Print: (On Display)

Corporation of Public Broadcasting. (n.d.). American Experience Online: Stonewall Uprising.  Retrieved from .  See timelines, photo gallery, biographies, documents etc. associated with Stonewall Uprising DVD.

Rosenberg, R., Scagliotti, J. & Schiller, G. (1985).  Before Stonewall: The making of a gay and lesbian community [DVD].  New York, N.Y.: First Run Features.

Scagliotti, J.  (2005). After Stonewall: From the riots to the millennium [DVD].  New York, N.Y.: First Run Features.

In Honor of Flag Day

June 14, 2016

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“We identify the flag with almost everything we hold dear on earth, peace, security, liberty, our family, our friends, our home… But when we look at our flag and behold it emblazoned with all our rights we must remember that it is equally a symbol of our duties. Every glory that we associate with it is the result of duty done.”

— Calvin Coolidge


May 3, 2016

book stack croppedDon’t forget to return all borrowed library items before you leave for the summer.

Thank you,

The Library Staff




Word of the Week: Rankle

May 2, 2016

As in: “The remark both humiliated and rankled her” (Tan, 2001, p. 22).BookCover_BonesettersDaughter

Tan, A. (2001). The bonesetter’s daughter. New York, NY: G. P. Putman’s Sons.

  • For definitions of rankle, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.
  • In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, why not consider browsing our East Asian Studies guide available through the Library website or visiting our book display in the Library Reading Room.

Library Quiet Hours during Reading Day and Final Exams

April 29, 2016

For Reading Day and Final Exams,
the Library is reserved for silent study only.
May 4th through May 9th

Please be considerate of your fellow students and refrain from talking or whispering. Conversations in the Library lobby carry over into the Reading Room. Please be mindful and quiet in the Lobby.

Need to study in a group?

  • Two study rooms are available on the Library lower level.
  • Speak with Security about opening classrooms in other buildings.

Please let a Library staff member know if you are being disturbed by noise.

Thank you for helping us to keep the Library an effective study space.

Good luck with finals!


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