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Fall Break Hours!

The library will be closed during the weekend of Fall Break on Saturday, October 12th and Sunday, October 13th. We’ll be open again on the following Monday and Tuesday for limited hours between 11-5PM, and we will resume normal hours of operations starting Wednesday. Wishing a safe and relaxing fall break to everyone on Cornell’s…

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Criminal Justice or the New Jim Crow?

The rate of incarceration in the United States is higher than anywhere else in the world, and our legal system has shown a particular structural bias against black males. Author Michelle Alexander explores and documents this phenomenon in her book, The New Jim Crow, and we wanted to know what prisoners across the country thought…

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Art News from Prisoner Express

Prisoner Express has begun two new art projects inviting the community (both local and national) to participate with prisoners through letter correspondence focusing upon art. The first art project is in conjunction with Prison Arts Coalition. Established in 2008, the Prison Arts Coalition serves as a national network for prison arts in the United States.…

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Getting ready for Spring earth keeping

We’re excited and honored to be participating and sponsoring the upcoming Climate Wise Gardening, An Earth Keeping Fair event on April 27th. This is a free, all ages event from 10 – 3pm at Boyton Middle School featuring talks, exhibits, demonstrations, plant sales (and freebies), and films. Exciting! We hope you’ll join the Alternatives Library in sharing…

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Join Us for Opening Night–Art from Behind Bars April 17

We invite you to join us on April 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 to view art and write letters of encouragement to the prison artists! Prisoner Express is one of the library’s longest-running programs.  Its annual prisoner art exhibit, Art from Behind Bars, features the work of incarcerated individuals and will be held from April…

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Thank you! Our Podcast is fully supported

Last month I wrote a quick blog post about a plan to release a podcast from the Durland Alternatives Library about the ways people are taking action to implement solutions to some of today’s challenges. Today I’m happy to announce that the project is fully funded! We were asking for a modest $300, just enough…

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Movement-based Book Club

Peanut butter and maple cream. Peanut butter and coffee. Books and movement. How wonderful it is when we can take two things that are perfectly sublime on their own and then introduce them to each other—sparks fly! Being a librarian means I get to connect with people, information, and ideas daily. And then connect them…

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