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Thesis writers invited to debrief on their experience
Join Risalat Khan ’13 and Research & Instruction Librarians this Wednesday, May 1, at 7 pm in the Frost Library reference area for a quick half-hour debrief on your thesis writing research and process. What do you wish you had known going into the thesis? What worked; what didn’t work; and what would you have liked more help figuring out?  Share your “wow, I could have had a V8” moments! Your feedback will help us design new workshops for next year! If you can’t attend in person, email your reflections and suggestions to

Thesis Confidential this Thursday, May 2, at 4:30 pm
Thinking about writing a thesis in the near future and want the inside scoop on the thesis experience? On Thursday in the Friendly Periodicals Reading Room, five seniors who have just turned in their honors theses will tell all! The thrill of intellectual discovery ... the secrets to success ... the ways to overcome obstacles ... and the hard, cold facts these writers wish they’d known before they started. Rendezvous with these students, the Writing Center and the Library, and all of your questions will be answered. (And refreshments will be served.)


Thesis binders
Used thesis binders in good condition are available for $5 each in Archives & Special Collections, located on Level A of Frost Library. We accept cash, checks, or AC dollars. Hours are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Worried about the bibliography that goes in the thesis binder? See our citation page or stop by the reference desk for help.)

Want to work in the Library?
We are currently accepting applications for Frost Library Student Assistants for fall 2013. Come join a dedicated and talented group of Amherst College students and staff to provide excellent service to the campus community.  Applications are due Friday, April 26th. You must be a current AC student to apply.

POETRY MINI-MARATHON—Thursday, April 18, from 7 to 10 pm
The Emily Dickinson Museum is sponsoring a poetry mini-marathon, reading all 295 of the poems that Emily Dickinson wrote in 1863. Participants will read one poem each. Items from Archives and Special Collections will be on display, and gingerbread and coconut cake made from Dickinson’s recipes will be served. Drop in at any time—no prior experience with Emily Dickinson or with reading poetry aloud required!

Amherst Explorations:
A Celebration of Student Research and Creative Work

Come to the College’s inaugural campuswide showcase of student discovery and inspiration on Friday, April 5, noon to 5! You’ll see artwork, posters, and videos, and hear lightning talks, panel discussions, and musical performances. Check out the full schedule, or just stop by the Periodicals Reading Room. Refreshments served throughout the day.

Staff open house
The Amherst College Employee Council and the Library invite staff and faculty to an Open House Wednesday, March 20, 1-3 p.m. Join us for an afternoon of analog and digital fun and discovery throughout the library: scavenger hunts in the stacks, contests of dexterity and nerd skill, muskets, high-res scanning demos, a database petting zoo, tours, the world’s largest magazine, food, prizes, and absolutely no shushing.


Tuesday, March 12. 4:30 p.m. in the Friendly Periodicals Reading Room. Copeland Fellows Idan Cohen, Eric Leonardson, Matana Roberts, & Artist in Residence Rebecca Tolley reflect on modes of research in their sound, video & performance work, and explore how their creative process shapes the work they produce. Co-sponsored by Frost Library and the Copeland Colloquium. Part of a yearlong series exploring the intersections of research and the arts. 

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Need a charger for one of your Apple devices?
Frost Library now has a variety of chargers you may borrow. Although not an exhaustive selection, we have chargers for iPads, iPhones (excluding 5s), and several MacBook models (Pro, 13”, 15”, and 17”) to borrow for up to 4 hours; ask at the Frost Circulation Desk. Similar MacBook chargers are also available to borrow at the Computer Center in Seeley Mudd; check with the Help Desk there. And remember that Frost and Keefe Science Library also have scientific calculators that circulate for 4 hours at a time.   

Spring Faculty Book Party
Please join us Thursday, February 21 at 4PM in Frost Library's Friendly Reading Room to celebrate recent publications by Amherst College faculty. Discussions will focus on Laure Katsaros’ exploration of the images of the mid-nineteenth-century city in the poetry of both Whitman and Baudelaire in New York-Paris: Whitman, Baudelaire, and the Hybrid City; Chris Dole’s Healing Secular Life: Loss and Devotion in Modern Turkey, and Krupa Shandilya’s translation of Muhammad Hadi Ruswa’s novel, Junun-e-Intezaar, The Madness of Waiting, with Taimoor Shahid. The authors will each be introduced by a colleague, followed by a presentation about their work, including comments on their research and writing process. This event is free and open to the public; light snacks will be provided.