10 essential online resources for Constitution Day

With Constitution Day quickly approaching on September 17, the Constitution Center put together a look at 10 essential online resources they use in their quest to explain and understand our founding document.


Banned Book Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read: Sept. 27- Oct. 3, 2015

Banned Books Week

Are you looking for a way to celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week? Consider participating in the Banned Books Virtual Read-out!

Since the inception of Banned Books Week in 1982, libraries and bookstores throughout the country have staged local read-outs—a continuous reading of banned/challenged books—as part of their activities. Now readers from around the world can participate in the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out by creating videos proclaiming the virtues of the freedom to read that will be featured on a dedicated YouTube channel.

You can submit a video no more than 3 minutes long of a reading from a banned or challenged book. The video should include information on where and why the book was banned or challenged. You may also add a comment about why you believe the book is important. Please keep your remarks brief. A list of books is available at the library. He library staff will also set up an appointment for your video.

Goodwin Reads Fiction This Summer!

This is not the New York Times Best Seller List. It is our list.

The Bad Doctor: The Troubled Life and Times of Dr. Iwan James
by Ian Williams
The Bad Doctor
In our new graphic medicine collection.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North
by Richard Flanagan
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
“Sort of Australian War and Peace

Parable of the Sower
by Octavia E. Butler
Parable of the Sower
The first American science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Fellowship—highly recommended.

by Renee Knight
Psychological thriller, this year’s Gone Girl.

Everything I Never Told You
by Celeste Ng
Everything I Never Told You
“Ghostly debut novel about a Chinese family calls to mind The Lovely Bones.

Family Life: A Novel
by Akhil Sharma
Family Life
An immigrant story like no other.

The Present Moment
by Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye
The Present Moment
Hidden treasure of African writing—one of Kenya’s most internationally respected writers—don’t miss it.

The Final Silence
by Stuart Neville
The Final Silence
Lee Child’s say “crime fiction doesn’t get much better.”

Freshman Reading Focuses on Diversity, Racial Equality

Social justice. Climate change. Racial inequality. Immigration. Hunger. While those topics might read like a laundry list of some of the world’s biggest problems, they are just a few of the issues covered in books that are required reading for freshmen at colleges across the country.

Freshman reading programs are popular among institutions, used as a community-building project that helps freshmen to unite academically with a common discussion on one book. The selections are generally skewed toward nonfiction (although fiction is sometimes selected), and choices for this year are no different.

Submitted To Inside Higher Ed by Jacqueline Thomsen on July 22, 2015

Some of the popular choices are:

  • Just Mercy: A Story of Redemption and Justice (top pick) Bryan Stevenson*
  • The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People and Communities Will Allen*
  • Bad Feminist: Essays Roxane Gray (on order)
  • Garbolgoy: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash  Edward Humes*
  • Station Eleven Emilty St. John Mandel*
  • The Other Wes Moore Wes Moore*
  • Enrique’s Journey Sonia Nazario*
  • Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut
  • A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway*
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness  Michelle Alexander*
  • Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates*

*in the Hoffman Family Library collection

Library Student Workers Positions Available!


The Hoffman Family Library has openings for students to work part-time up to 15 hours weekly. This is the perfect work study job for friendly, outgoing students who want to help others while learning at the same time. Apply at the library today!


  • Work study eligibility
  • 2.3 minimum grade point average

When you come to the library to apply, please bring:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • References (Goodwin faculty & staff preferred)
  • Class schedule

Docuseek2 Webinars

Faculty are invited to attend a webinar profiling Docuseek2.

Two sessions of the webinar will be held on July 21, 2015 at 11:00 -11:30 a.m. EDT and July 29, 2015 at 2:00-2:30 p.m. EDT.

Docuseek2 provides exclusive educational streaming access to content from Bullfrog Films, Collective Eye Films, Icarus Films (including The Fanlight Collection and dGenerate Films), Kartemquin Films, Sincerely Films, Terra Nova Films, Scorpion TV and Villon Films. The Docuseek2 database is comprised of over 670 titles including over 35 titles added since the beginning of the year.

Docuseek2 supports traditional key word searches, but expands to include searching through descriptions and transcripts, and additionally includes an expanded subject taxonomy allowing you to combine subject category searches with grade level, length, filmmaker, awards, format and other characteristics to focus your search. Detailed analytics and MARC records with permanent links to the films are also available.