Engage, Serve, Lead: A community reading and discussion group

What makes a community? What do we give up to be part of one? Join Johnny Brennan and Alexa Murphy for discussion on selections from The Civically Engaged Reader (edited by Adam Davis) to find out! This four-part series is open to Bard and local community members. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Sign up for one of all of the sessions here. Readings will be provided to participants in advance of each session. All meetings will take place in Stevenson Library.

This series is funded in part with a grant from Humanities New York. (Any views, findings, or conclusions or recommendations expressed in these workshops do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.)

Discussion 1: Associating
October 5th 6:30- 7 p.m.

Discussion 2: Serving
October 19 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Discussion 3: Giving
November 2 6:30-7:30  p.m.

Discussion 4: Leading
November 16 6:30-7:30 p.m


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Worry Doll Workshop

Hispanic Heritage Month Event: Worry Doll Workshop

with Ixmucane Pereira ‘26
Wednesday, September 27
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Worry dolls are small, hand-made dolls that originate from the highland indigenous people of Guatemala. A local legend about the origin of the Muñeca quitapena refers to a Maya princess named Ixmucane. The princess received a special gift from the sun god which would allow her to solve any problem a human could worry about.

In traditional and modern times, worry dolls are given or lent to brooding, anxious or sorrowful children. They tell their doll about their sorrows, fears and worries, then hide it under their pillow before going to sleep at night. It is said that the child relinquishes their worries to the dolls during the night and by the next morning, all sorrows have been taken away by the worry doll.

All students, staff, and faculty are welcome to come and create their own worry dolls. Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Inclusive Excellence.

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Therapy dog hour!

Come meet the library’s very own therapy dog: Nala! Nala will visit the library every Tuesday from 7 – 8 p.m.

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It’s senior carrel time!

UPDATE 9/11/2023 12:00 p.m.

The senior carrel lottery is officially OPEN! The lottery will close next Friday, September 15th at noon. To enter:

  • Check your library account to make sure you don’t have any outstanding fines or overdue books.
  • Fill out this form. The Senior Carrel Lottery is now closed.

IMPORTANT: To be eligible for a carrel, you should be working on a text and/or research-based senior project, and your library record should have no overdue books or fines.  If you have questions about outstanding books on your account, please contact Hannah Cremo ([email protected]) asap. It’s your responsibility to make sure your library account is clear before the lottery closes. 

If your name is drawn in the lottery, you’ll be notified by 5 pm on Monday, September 18 with further information about the carrel selection process. 

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Library takeover night!

Stevenson Library and the Bard Houses presents: Library Takeover Night! Come play games & have fun in the library this Thursday, September 14 from 7-9 p.m. We’ll have our famous minigolf course made out of books, corn hole, board games, plus food and prizes! Happens on the first floor.


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Tea & Conversation

Join Dean of the College Deirde d’Albertis, Associate Dean of the College Michael Sadowski, and Alexa Murphy, Associate Director for Library Outreach & Public Services, for tea, cookies and conversation. All are welcome!

Monday, August 28th
4:30-6 pm
Stevenson Library browsing area.

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Therapy dogs!

Miss your pets? Need a snuggle? Join us this Wednesday, August 23 from 4-5 pm to meet the newest class of Bard therapy dogs in training! These wonderful dogs and their handlers have been training all summer, and are ready to meet you! Happens on the first floor of the library.

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New Exhibit: Night-Blooming Prophecy

Night Blooming Prophecy: The Surrealism of Stephen Robeson-Miller
Curated by Dr. Susan L. Aberth
August 14–October 30, 2023
First-floor lobby and second-floor Sussman Room
Reception: Thursday, October 19 4:00–6:00pm


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Sign up for the New York Times today!

New York Times Logo

Did you know that the library has a subscription to the New York Times?

It works a little differently than our other resources, but it’s easy to use after the initial sign-up!

Here’s how it works:

To register at the New York Times site, you have to use this link

Please use your Bard email address. Students will be prompted to give a graduation date. Staff and faculty will need to renew their accounts every 4 years.

Do you already have a paid account and want to cancel your subscription? You will need to contact NYT Customer Care before trying to sign up for the complimentary Bard subscription. [email protected] / 800-591-9233 / Chat 

Our subscription covers mostly current articles and unfortunately, NYT Cooking and the Crosswords are not included.

Are you looking for an older article? Your best bet would be to use The Historical New York Times , it covers 1850 to 3 years ago.

Once you have your account set-up, you can just go to nytimes.com, no need to visit the library’s page after initial set-up.


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Library hours for L&T

The library will have expanded summer hours during Language & Thinking. Beginning Monday, August 14, we will be open 8 am – 10 pm Monday-Thursday, 8 am – 5 pm Friday, 12-5 pm Saturday, and 12 pm – 10 pm Sundays.

Regular semester hours will resume Monday, September 4.

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