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March 3, 2014

Professor to discuss 'The Politics of Porcelain'

Join us for a fascinating look at how porcelain played an important part of the politics and currency of the late 18th century. Stephanie Rozene, artist, potter and assistant professor of art at Hartwick College, will discuss tableware and politics and how French kings and queens used porcelain to demonstrate their wealth and power. 

The talk will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 10. 

You may know her for her local involvement in the Empty Bowls project, but Rozene also participates in shows across the country. Most recently she exhibited at The Evans Contemporary Gallery in Canada, the Ferrin Contemporary “Ceramic Top 40” and at SOFA, one of the world’s foremost fairs devoted to sculpture, objects, functional art and design in Chicago.

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You may notice a few changes to the library on your next visit. The latest is a nice electronic counter that is placed discretely by the front door. It will provide us with an accurate count of library usage without the staff trying to count people while they’re busy helping patrons with a myriad of other things. If you’re on our website, you may notice that we now have a virtual suggestion box. You can make general suggestions or recommend a book, DVD or other item. Please help us to create a library that serves our community by giving us feedback. There is also a Room Reservation and a Library Card Application form at the bottom of every page. Of course all of these forms are also available in print at the Circulation Desk. The graphic novels have also been moved to a shelf between the youth nonfiction and the adult fiction. It opens up the main hallway and restores a bit of the former grandeur of our old building.

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I’m currently reading “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” the first Cormoran Strike novel by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling). It’s a great mystery full of compelling characters and opportunities to guess “who done it.” To date, the book has been translated into 37 languages and this will continue to grow. Rowling is donating her royalties to ABF The Soldier’s Charity. She wanted to thank the people who helped with her research and while writing the novel, she gained a greater appreciation of how much the charity does for soldiers, ex-servicemen and their families.

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