Authors on the Hill Presents: Professor Melissa Shoenberger

Monday, October 21, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the Levis Browsing Room, join Professor Melissa Schoenberger for a reading and discussion of her recent publication, “Cultivating Peace: The Virgilian Georgic in English, 1650-1750.”

“During the decades following the English civil wars, British poets seeking to make sense of lingering political instabilities turned to Virgil’s Georgics. This ancient poem betrays deep
ambivalences about war, political power, and empire, and such poets as Andrew Marvell, John Dryden, and Anne Finch found in these attitudes valuable ways of responding to the
uncertainties of their own time. Composed during a period of brutal conflict in Rome, Virgil’s agricultural poem distrusts easy stability, urging its readers to understand that lasting peace must be sowed, tended, reaped, and replanted, year after year. Like the ancient poet, who famously depicted a farmer’s scythe suddenly recast as a sword, the poets discussed in Cultivating Peace imagine states of peace and war to be fundamentally and materially linked. In distinct ways, they dismantle the dream of the golden age renewed, proposing instead that peace must be sustained by constant labor.

Published by Bucknell University Press. Distributed worldwide by Rutgers University Press.”

This event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the Levis Browsing Room of Dinand Library. Light refreshments will be served. For questions, contact Outreach Librarian Laura Wilson at, or at 508-793-3886.

Ask an Archivist Day – October 2nd

Archives staff members pose in the Archives stacks

“Ask an Archivist” Day is happening on Wednesday, October 2nd! The Archives staff will take over our Twitter and Instagram accounts to answer your questions about Archives and Special Collections. Have you ever wondered what is in our Archives and Special Collections, or what the oldest thing in our collections is? Comment with your questions, and Corinne, Sarah, or Abby will answer! Be sure to follow us on Twitter @hc_libs, and Instagram, @hc.libs,

LibFest – September 12th, 11:30 am

Poster image announcing LibFest.  September 12, 2019.  11:30 am - 1:30 pm.  Kimball Quad.  Rain location: CrossRoads.

Join us September 12th from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm on Kimball Quad for the annual library and information services festival, LibFest. Learn about the libraries, the Writer’s Workshop, ASLR, Educational Technology and Media Services, the Digital Transgender Archive, and ITS!

We will have free giveaways, and chances to win one of two raffle baskets – each include an Amazon Fire e-reader!

This event is open to students at College of the Holy Cross. Rain location is CrossRoads. We hope to see you there!

Open House September 9th: Dinand Debate Room

Debate Room Open House Invitation.  Sept. 9th, 1-5 pm, Dinand Debate Room.  All are welcome.  Refreshments served.

This summer we updated the Dinand Debate Room! Join us Monday, September 9th from 1-5 pm for an open house to see the newly renovated Debate Room Study Space. All are welcome, and light refreshments will be available. Stop by when you can, we hope to see you there!

Worcester Art Museum Library is Open!

Worcester Art Museum Library

The WAM library has reopened! Admission to the Reading Room is free, and open Wednesday to Friday, 10-4, every week, plus Saturday 10-4 until Memorial Day.

Following an extensive reclassification, the Reading Room is now organized according to the Library of Congress classification system.

Did you know that the Worcester Art Museum Library is one of the Holy Cross branch libraries? Learn more here:

Petting Zoo Study Break

Holy Cross Libraries present Take a Break at a Petting Zoo!  Wednesday May 8th, 2019.  11 am - 1 pm, Hogan Oval.

Take a study break with baby animals from the Animal Craze petting zoo! On May 8th, from 11am – 1pm on the Hogan Oval, Animal Craze will provide 20 baby animals, which may include chicks, ducks, rabbits, a goat, a lamb, and a piglet. (Types of animals are subject to change, and are not guaranteed).

This event is co-sponsored by the Libraries, the DREAM Team, the Men’s Involvement Coalition, CAB, and the Chaplain’s Office.

This event is free and open to the Holy Cross community. We will have canopies at the event in case of rain. We hope to see you there!