What did the President say?

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Presidents Bush, Obama, GW Bush, Clinton, and Carter

With today’s Presidential Inauguration, I have been giving some thought to the speech every president gives on the historic day. Today, with the ability to live broadcast on TV and now also the internet, one is able to hear firsthand what a president says in real time. That is true. But what if you cannot catch the speech live? I strongly encourage you to go to the primary source and read a full transcript of the speech, rather than relying only on commentary online and in the news. Continue reading

Remembering Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King, Jr. Montgomery arrest, 1958 (CC0 image via Wikimedia)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Montgomery arrest, 1958 (CC0 image via Wikimedia)

As we approach this long weekend, take some time to look back on the life and achievements of its honoree, Martin Luther King Jr. Librarian Annette Carr contributed this history of MLK Day and resources from our collection available to learn more. 

Martin Luther King Day occurs each year on the 3rd Monday of January. This federal holiday was established in order to commemorate Martin Luther King’s birthday (which was January 15, 1929) for his vision of an America where equality and freedom is extended to all citizens.
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A New Year

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Without a doubt, 2016 has been an eventful year. Whether good, bad, or most likely a little of both, a new calendar year offers a symbolic chance for a fresh start. We urge everybody to take advantage of a new year and a new semester by rededicating yourself to doing your best work and setting yourself up for success.

If it’s academic success you’re chasing, there’s no better place to start than the library. Whether you’re looking for study space, books and articles for a research project, or help citing your sources, you can visit us in person or online. Don’t forget that librarians are available and happy to answer your questions.

But the library is about more than just coursework; we encourage you to take advantage of the resources available to you at this unique time in your life to dig deeper into the topics you encounter in your classes and your interests from other parts of your life. Check out a documentary, magazine, or ebook on the topic of your choice. As one wise man once wrote, “The more that you read, the more thinks you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Happy New Year!

Happy Chanukah!

This year, the 8 days of Chanukah will occur from the evening of December 24th to January 1st. Did you know that you can learn more about the celebration of Chanuka on the Touro College Library Guides? There are many helpful resources on the Festival of Lights and other holidays on the guide dedicated to weekly Torah readings, Parashat HaShavua Sites and Hagim. From this libguide, one can gain insight on how Chanukah fits into the constellation of all Jewish holidays throughout the year. The diverse resources on Chanukah include a link to Jacob Richman’s web directory of Educational Resources for Chanukah, Chanukah audio files of Jewish music from JNUL Sound Archives, as well as a few of my essays on the topic. Continue reading

Pig Bones and Pottery: Exciting Archaeological Discoveries in Israel

2016-11-09-10_55_03-blmj-quieafa-youtubeWalking around museum exhibits reading the fine print on signs identifying archaeological artifacts isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time.  But what if the artifacts you’re looking at were found at your favorite hiking spot near your home?  What if one of the artifacts is the oldest Hebrew writing ever to be discovered?  And what if the museum exhibit proved the existence of the biblical King David, and revealed the site to be one of King David’s palaces and an important administrative center? Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

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From GST student Md. Zahidul Haque, on the origin and celebration of Thanksgiving:

Americans celebrate this public holiday as a harvest festival on the 4th Thursday in November each year in the United States. The First Thanksgiving day was celebrated by the Pilgrims in the new world in 1621 after their first harvest. After the USA became independent, Congress recommended one day each year as Thanksgiving for the whole nation to celebrate. Canadians also celebrate this day on the second Monday of October. Up to today, we believe that this day is for the celebration of Pilgrims and offering foods to Native Americans. It is also a day of gratitude as well the respect to Native Americans for teaching the Pilgrims how to cook. At that time the pilgrims couldn’t survive without help of Native Americans.

In New York City, my family and I celebrate this day by joining with our child’s school or family or friend’s homes. For this year’s celebration, we will get together in a common place for dinner. We will make traditional food like carved turkeys, pumpkin pie, corn, vegetables, fruits, as well as some other Indian fried dishes, then serve each other and have dessert at the end of the meal. So every year we are waiting for this day to celebrate.

Wishing everybody a happy, safe, and delicious Thanksgiving weekend!

All Touro library locations will be closed 11/24-11/25.

5th Annual Faculty Author Reception

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Professor of Art History Dr. Maya Katz discusses her research on the popular Russian cartoon, Cheburashka’s House of Friends

On November 10th the library hosted the annual Faculty Author Appreciation Reception.  The Touro College & University System authors have contributed to a worldwide increase in knowledge and awareness of their research topics.  To demonstrate how effective Touro scholars have become internationally, Carrie Levinson, Scholarly Communications Librarian displayed the new Touro Scholar digital repository. Touro Scholar is an online archive of our scholarship.   With this project, we will increase the visibility of our accomplished faculty, staff and students.  The library is very excited about this project. Continue reading