Archive for April, 2016

Poetry Rare Book Pop-Up

April 27th, 2016

Please join us from 12-1 pm on Thursday 4/28 in the library foyer for a rare book pop-up exhibit of small and fine press poetry books by female poets of the Beat Generation.

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Lenore Kandel with a Siamese Cat

The center piece of the pop-up is Lenore Kandel’s The Love Book, which went on trial for obscenity here in San Francisco in 1967, and the associated newspaper clippings from the Chronicle.

There will also be books containing the work of Joanne Kyger, Diane di Prima, and Ruth Weiss on display.

The pop-up has been curated in conjunction with the Ignatian Literary Magazine’s feature on the female writers of the Beat Generation, which in turn inspired the National Poetry Month display in the library foyer.

We look forward to closing out National Poetry Month with a bang. Hope to see you there!

Gleeson’s April Action

April 25th, 2016

In living the mission of the University of San Francisco,  living, learning and social justice is part of what April Action embodies. It is a time of giving back to the community. April Action is a hands-on volunteering opportunity available to the USF community and its Alumni, organized by USF Ministry and Office of Alumni Engagement. This year we wanted to take our service beyond the walls of Gleeson.

With the help of University Ministry, your Gleeson Staff Development Committee partnered with San Francisco – Marin Food Bank for a two day volunteering event. The days that lay ahead would turn out to be both a cause of anxiety and rewarding in more ways than one.

Situated on the 900 block of Pennsylvania Ave. and 23rd St. the San Francisco – Marin Food Bank is a spacious warehouse temporarily housing produce, fruit, canned goods and various assorted healthy snacks that are distributed throughout the city of San Francisco and Marin. The friendly staff work along side thousands of volunteers to sort, pack and distribute the daily shipments that are both donated by a wide range of sources and also purchased by the food bank. Staff begin work at 3 AM, volunteers at 9 AM and work runs until 8 PM.

The Monday group, groggily filled with coffee, took to their task at hand. Monday’s items on the list were corn kernels and fruit strips; we were assigned the fruit strips. Not a strenuous task but it proved to require organization, problem-solving skills and an effective collaborating team.

On day one an estimated total of about 2,200 bags containing 24 fruit strips were sorted, bagged and tied. The snack bags would be shipped to schools to support the city’s Morning Snack Program working to provide students with healthy snacks that will help them focus on their school activities.  In the short time that Gleeson’s Monday group hustled and bustled,  we were able to contribute approximately  200+ bags. I’d say not too shabby for four ladies.

Before Monday could come to an end, some recon work had to be done to get a feel for what the second group would except on their afternoon shift on Tuesday. Instead of fruit strips, there was cabbage…32,256 lbs of cabbage. Group #2 did not back down at the sight of an intimidating mound of leafy greens. With sweat, tears, and hopefully no blood, Tuesday’s volunteers packed approximately 30 pallets.

April 18th and 19th marked Gleeson’s first April Action, and hopefully it will not be the last. Thank you to those who were able to join us. Thank to you University Ministry and to San Francisco-Marin Food Bank for the amazing community work that they do.


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“I had a great time working at the food bank! My group was able to put our well-honed librarian skills of efficiency and organization to process hundreds of snacks for local organizations. It was great to volunteer with Gleeson coworkers who I don’t see often or don’t work beside each day. And I was really grateful for the opportunity to help my SF community for a couple of hours on a Monday.  It started the week off perfectly.” – Colette

“I left the Food Bank feeling happy.  We worked hard, had a good time and left knowing we had made a difference. A lot of people will have healthy food to eat because of the work we did.  I will volunteer again and I plan on bringing my daughter for one of the shifts that they allow kids to participate” -Matt

“It’s always a wonderful experience volunteering at SF-Marin Food Bank. The staff are very sweet and they really care about the work they are doing. It means a lot to be able to help our community, to give back to those who need that extra help and to make a positive difference. This experience not only makes me love this city more, it has also created a stronger camaraderie among our Gleeson family.” – Fabiola

Bill and Miguel’s Excellent Earth Day

April 23rd, 2016

William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes died 400 years ago on 23 April. Earth Day is 22 April. In the spirit of conservation and commemoration, Gleeson Library celebrated the days with one glorious mashup. We joined the Earth Day Celebration on Thursday 21 April in Gleeson Plaza. And we’re asking people to put their own spin on passages from Shakespeare and Cervantes with our “Recycle a Classic” fill-in-the-blank game.


23 April is World Book and Copyright Day, chosen by UNESCO because it is the traditional date marking the deaths of Shakespeare and Cervantes. (They died on the same date but not the same day because time is slippery.)

Miguel de Cervantes
circa September 1547 – April 22 1616


Image credit: Maren Solomon

William Shakespeare
circa April 1564 – April 23 1616


Image credit: Maren Solomon

2016 is Shakespeare crazy because of the 400th anniversary.

Planet Earth
circa 4.5 billion years ago – present


Image Credit: NASA



April 22nd, 2016

It’s that time again….GLEESON LIBRARY’S GAME DAY!!!


Please join us in Gleeson Library’s Atrium on Saturday April 30th for GLEESON GAME DAY!! Come have some fun, play some video / board games, eat some pizza, and of course try your luck at some GIANT JENGA! Gleeson Library’s Game Day is a full day of fun in the library!! We’ll have video games projected on large screens and prizes for the winners of our video game competition! Xbox, PlayStation, GameCube and more! COME HAVE SOME FUN IN YOUR LIBRARY!!!


April 30th 2016

Gleeson Library Atrium

Gleeson Library’s Game Day is brought to you by the Animation, Comics, and VideoGames Club and Glesson Library!

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 20th, 2016


Sexual assault affects countless numbers of people every day, every month, every year. April is the month specifically set aside to focus on knowledge, support, and healing.

Several offices on campus, including Gleeson Library, have created displays and activities to inform, comfort, prevent. A list of these campus-wide activities can be found here.

In the library, near the Reference Desk, there is a display of books and DVDs on sexual assault awareness, prevention, and personal experience. There is also information on the Clothesline Project, a visual expression of feelings about sexual assault, and a call to action. This project was started in 1990, and continues in the present, around the world.



In addition to the items in our display, the library also subscribes to several streaming video collections that you can watch from your computer or device (once you sign in with your MyUSF user name and password). Here are two links to specific streaming video collections on sexual assault awareness, issues, prevention, healing:


Films on Demand:

If you, or someone you know has been affected by sexual assault and needs support or information, please contact our campus Counseling Center: or the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network’s (RAINN) online 24/7 confidential support line: or RAINN’s 24/7 confidential support phone line: You do NOT have to cope alone, and it is NOT your fault.