Festival of Trees: Birds of the Connecticut River


The Hoffman Family Library’s contribution to the Goodwin’s Festival of Trees. Check it out next week in the lobby, and if you win the silent auction you could take it home!


“God Help the Child” – Good(win) Reads Review

“God Help the Child: A Novel” by Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison weaves a story from the experiences of Bride. Bride’s story vividly shares her reality about subtle and controversial issues that continue to exist in society.

Bride tells her story from her childhood into adulthood. She is celebrated for the very attributes that she was abused. The other characters, Sweetness, Brooklyn, Sofia, and Rain share their narrative with Bride’s to describe the influence and intersection on her relationships, regrets, and future.

As Bride shares, “The hardest part of healing is the memories”.

I would recommend “God Help the Child: A Novel” to anyone that has a past with folks that are a part of their past, present, and future.

– Leslie J. Harris (Ed.D., MSN, BA, RN, Assistant Professor RN-BSN Program), member of the Library Advocacy Committee

Announcing Good(win) Reads

Good(win) Reads is an initiative that started this fall by the Library Advocacy Committee to encourage non-required reading in the Goodwin community.

Every other month or so, Committee members will choose a book to read. Readers can join in the discussion in the comment section below each new book announcement, come to campus for an in-person discussion (watch out for announcements), and/or write a review that can be posted here.

Anyone can join in the reading and participate in the discussion. Over the next few weeks we will be presenting your reactions to God Help the Child while collecting your thoughts on the current selection, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

September/OctoberGod Help the Child by Toni Morrison Library | Amazon
November/DecemberThe Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Toni Morrison Library | Amazon
January/February – TBD, watch this space

New Models and Slides Are In!

We just got in a new batch of models for Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, and Biology students. Here’s what’s new:

  • heart
  • kidney
  • mini muscle man
  • mini torso
  • ½ head (muscle, brain, and upper respiratory)
  • blood vessel flat torso

And a reminder of what is already in the collection:

  • 2 microscopes
  • muscle leg
  • muscle arm
  • mini articulated skeleton
  • 1/2 disarticulated skeleton
  • A&PI slides for all three practicals
  • A&PII slides for all three practicals
  • Bio 120 slides for all three practicals
  • Micro slides: prokaryote only

These items are for use in the library only; you can’t take them home. A time limit may be invoked if there is a lot of student demand—so plan early and don’t wait until the week before your practical! Sharing with your classmates is encouraged.

To sign out a model or a box of slides, just sign in at the circulation desk and ask the staff for what you need. Your Goodwin ID will be held at the desk while you use the models or slides.

It’s International Open Access Week

“We believe that knowledge is for the public good, not for private gain. It’s time to act on those beliefs and do more to make scholarship accessible to all from here on out.” Barbara Fister, The Library of Forking Paths

“‘Open Access’ to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.” -IOAW About page

Some OA things to check out:

Libraries around the world are putting on events to mark the occasion. Find an event near you!

Mes de la Herencia Hispana



During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture.

Come check out the works of Hispanic authors on display in the library and join the Library Advocacy Committee’s group read of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao!