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Event archives


Fall 2011

Vinyl record and musical notes
Through January 2012 • Second Floor Quiet Area

Discs, memorabilia, and music of the glory days of Philadelphia Soul from the collection of Rohrbach Library Monographs Technician Richard Pugliese, a Philly native.   More
Image from the exhibit
Through December 13, 2011 • 2nd Floor Gallery

Tracey Luscia, Fine Arts major at KU, shows recent paintings and pop-culture inspired multimedia works in Cheer Up, Frankenstein!  Reception: Dec. 6 (Tuesday), 4pm - 6pm.  Poster
Frederick Douglass image
November 16, 2011 • Noon - 1pm • Room 100B

Drs. Linda McMillan and Mary O'Neil of KU's Elementary Education department lead a discussion of what it means to be literate in our culture, and how embracing diversity and variety in the perception of literacy leads to a more democratic and empowered society.
Photo of guest author
November 10, 2011 • 11am - Noon • Room 100B

Presentation in German. MLS, LRC, the German Club & Rohrbach Library welcome via Skype Veit Müller, journalist and mystery author. Müller will discuss his writing background and how he got involved in Kriminal-romane (crime fiction). Müller has written four novels.
Photo of the group in performance
October 27, 2011 • 7pm - 8:15pm • Room 100B

The music of Samantha Miller, including songs from Maybe Gray and her work with Jeremy Parson and Amanda Richardson in Die Marriyeschtanne, a group dedicated to preserving, by performing, secular Pennsylvania German dialect music.
Frederick Douglass image
October 19, 2011 • Noon - 1pm • Room 100B

Dr. Pascale Dewey of the Kutztown University Department of Modern Language Studies shares her research of the French slave trade as the 2011-12 KU Frederick Douglass Institute Colloquium Series continues.
Four pairs of dancers
October 12, 2011 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm • Second Floor Gallery

Gala reception for Peruvian watercolorist Daniel Egusquiza features food, drink, great door prizes, and performances by the exciting Barrio Alegría dance company. Get to know an artist who 'paints' with his feet as expressively as he does with his brush!
Cover image of Milo and Jazz books
October 5, 2011 • 7pm - 8:30pm • Room 100B

Get an inside view of the children's book world from author Mara Rockliff, illustrator Amy Wummer, and their editor Juliana Hanford of Kane Press, the team behind the popular The Milo & Jazz Mysteries. Bring your questions about publishing for kids. More
Image of book display
October 4, 2011 • 4:30pm • Room 100B

A week ahead of National Coming Out Day, Kutztown students relate their own coming-out stories in a reading organized in conjunction with KU Allies. Features a display of recent Stonewall Book Award winners and other notable GLBTQ titles.    More
Rumpuspalooza graphic
September 24, 2011 • 10am - Noon • Ground Floor & 1st Floor

Rumpuspalooza! It's a Family Day funfest for kids of all ages with crafts, stories, films—Sendakian all—and snacks on the library's lower level, plus the In a Nutshell exhibit and Scholastic Book Fair beside the Main Floor café.
Young child on muscular father's shoulders
September 21, 2011 • Noon - 1pm • Room 100B

Dr. James Jackson, Kutztown University Professor of Psychology, inaugurates the 2011-12 KU Frederick Douglass Institute Colloquium Series with a discussion of Black Fatherhood.
Aftermath of WTC attacks
Through September 2011 • Second Floor Quiet Area

Rohrbach Library remembers 9/11 with a set of displays devoted to the horrific day and to the rebuilding of the Ground Zero site. Includes first-person stories from readers of the library's blog. Part of KU's Remembrance Day observances.
Photo of Patrick Rodgers
September 1, 2011 • 7:00pm • Room 100B

Curator of the In a Nutshell exhibit Patrick Rodgers, on Drawing the Other Story: The Cathartic Art of Maurice Sendak. Join the insightful scholar from the Rosenbach Museum for a rousing talk and footage of his interviews with the author. More
Young Max rides a Wild Thing
August 29 - October 14, 2011 • Main Floor café area

Rohrbach Library hosts In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak, an acclaimed exhibit that uncovers the wonder and inspiration the artist found as a Depression-era Jewish child in Brooklyn. More

Spring 2011

Image of baby at a computer keyboard
May 3, 2011 • 2pm - 4pm • Room 100B

Library Journal 2005 Mover & Shaker and original Blended Librarian John Shank on Reengineering the Academic Library for Digital Natives.  A free workshop supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Library Association.  Register to attend
Detail of print from exhibit
April 8 - 29, 2011 • Main Floor Lab

My Peruvian Experience  Prints inspired by Christina Taylor's study trip to Peru meet the hard sciences in the work of this future art conservator who's as comfortable in a chemistry lab as she is in an art studio.  Reception: April 14; see below.
Exhibit poster
April 14, 2011 • 5:30 - 6:30pm • Room 100B and 2nd Floor Gallery

Join painters Alicia Bonilla-Puig and Ekaterina Popova, whose exhibit All of the Lights adorns the library's Second Floor Gallery space through April 24, and Christina Taylor for this joint reception for KU student artists.
Craig Czury at his writing desk
April 13, 2011 • 4pm - 5pm • Room 100B

A child of the PA Coal Region, Craig Czury has led an adventurous and reflective life that pays close attention to the details. The Berks County Poet Laureate celebrates National Poetry Month with a rousing reading in the Voices and Choices Center.
Image of African-American woman with a padlocked shackle around her head
April 13, 2011 • Noon - 1pm • Room 100B

Join Kutztown University Professor of English Dr. Ellesia Blaque for the final KU Frederick Douglass Institute Discussion Series event of the year: The Miseducation of Minorities: Overcoming the Odds.
Author standing in front of his book covers
April 12, 2011 • 4pm - 5pm • Room 100B

KU electrician Robert J. Saniscalchi has authored several books since Bullets and Bandages honored his brother's work as a Vietnam field medic. In this National Library Week talk he discusses his writing and introduces his novel, My Life, For Her.
Face of Pamela Thomas
March 23, 2011 • Noon - 1pm • Room 100B

KU Frederick Douglass Institute Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Pamela Thomas, an expert in working with at-risk youth, facilitates a
discussion on the qualities needed now for effective leadership in alternative education.  FDI Discussion Series.
Exhibit poster
March 7 - 18, 2011 • Main Floor Lab

KU Fine Arts major Jacqueline Arbaugh shows five incisive mixed-media works that pierce the superficiality of modern American vanity in her exhibit pretty please.
Film poster
March 18, 2011 • 5pm - 8:30pm • MSUB Alumni Auditorium

The extraordinary documentary Library of the Early Mind explores the art and impact of children's literature, featuring nearly 40 authors including Lois Lowry, Jerry Pinkney, Mo Willems, and Lemony Snicket. A panel discussion follows the screening.
Face of speaker
March 18, 2011 • 11am - Noon • Room 100B

Painter, hypnotherapist, and author Kanta Bosniak speaks on the use of icons as motivational models. Bosniak, whose work is featured in the RL's Icons exhibit, explores topics of interest to students of psychology, counseling, and art.
Exhibit poster
February 24, 2011 • 5pm-7pm • Room 100B and 2nd Floor Gallery

Black History Month Exhibit and Reception.  Artists and educators Ed Terrell and Sandi Turner of ACOR discuss their work, on display in Rohrbach Library through the month of February.
Image of book cover
February 16, 2011 • 12pm-1pm

Frederick Douglass Institute lecture. Dr. C. James Trotman, founder of the FDI Collaborative of the PA State System of Higher Education, speaks on his new biography of Frederick Douglass.
Horse-drawn black Mennonite buggy on a country road
January 27, 2011 • 5pm-7pm

James Weaver: Mennonite Cultures and Community.  The audio of Mr. Weaver's talk, along with details on many relevant library resources, is available in this LibGuide.

Fall 2010

Photo of exhibit
November - December, 2010 • 2nd Floor Gallery

"Panorama Obscura": A Long Painting By Kevin Travers. KU Fine Arts major shows a series of 300 long paintings comprising an iconographic narrative of a drive in the countryside above Kutztown.
Speaker shown beside iconic Catrina image by Posada
November 11, 2010 • 11am - 2nd Floor

KU professor of Communication Design Kevin McCloskey discusses the life and work of immortal Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada in his multimedia talk, "Catrina and Her Children," in front of the 2nd Floor Day of the Dead exhibit.
Keith Haring figure coming out from behind a door
October 14 • 11am • 2nd Floor  

Every 1 Knows Some 1: KU Students Tell Their Own Coming Out Stories.  Celebrate National Coming Out Day with a reading and a book display featuring the 2010 Stonewall Award honorees.
Mahatma Gandhi portrait
Through March 2011 • Library gallery spaces

Icons by Kanta Bosniak.  A rotating exhibit of portraits of 60 global luminaries, with life stories from the library's Biography In Context database.
Life-size papier-mache skeleton figures in library lobby
October - November, 2010 • Main and 2nd Floors

Rohrbach Library's Day of the Dead display, in partnership with Dr. Dawn Slack and the Department of Modern Languages.  For a wealth of related books and resources see the accompanying LibGuide.
The artist at work
September - October, 2010 • 2nd Floor Gallery

Internationally renowned landscape artist Oscar Lloveras brings his vision to Rohrbach Library for a multimedia installation highlighting his global body of work.