Wednesday, October 12, 2016

New Library Displays for October 2016

The library is pleased to provide several new displays in the library for October 2016.

5th floor - Display celebrating the 135th birthday of Pablo Picasso. The display discusses his different artistic periods and has examples of books we have on Picasso in the library.

4th floor - Display celebrating National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.This display highlights some tools for people to be aware of when online and has examples of some of the resources available in the library on cybersecurity.

3rd floor -
  • Display highlighting the history of political cartoons. Political cartoons have been in America since before we were first a country. Ben Franklin is credited with penning the first political cartoon in America. This display also highlights Dr. Seuss, who during World War II was a prolific political cartoonist. You can see some of his cartoons on display as well as other examples of political cartoons.
  • Display highlighting the Independent Lit Festival that is being held October 14 and 15. This festival is sponsored by FSU's Center for Literary Arts.
  • FSU has great faculty and staff working for the university. Besides begin great educators, they are also researchers and authors. The display highlights some of the faculty and staff who have written books or produced other works that are available in Special Collections. 
These displays will be up through October.

Ort Library Hosts Banned Book Reading

Thirty participants listened to readings of selections from banned books in the Ort Library on October 4. The event was co-sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, FSU's English Honor Society and the Ort Library.

Readings included excerpts from titles: The Amityville Horror, Scary Stories, The Grapes of Wrath, Harry Potter and Huckleberry Finn.

Dr. Mary Anne Lutz, Honor Society Adviser, is pictured below with Bailey Kight, Kat Wharton, Katie Duddridge, Nick Gray, Niki Folk, Megan Alvarez and Marshall Sandifer.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Banned Books Week Reading in Library - October 4, 7 pm

Frostburg State University’s English Honors Society Sigma Tau Delta and the Ort Library will host a banned books reading on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. on the third floor of the Ort Library on campus. Members of the campus and local community are invited to attend and read excerpts from books deemed controversial enough to be banned or challenged.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available. For further information contact Dr. Mary Anne Lutz of the FSU Department of English at or Dr. Lea Messman-Mandicott of the Ort Library at

Friday, September 23, 2016

Banned Books Week - Sept. 25 - Oct. 1

The Lewis J. Ort Library Celebrates Banned Books Week 2016

Banned Books Week runs from September 25 through October 1. Banned Books Week began in 1982 when libraries began to notice that a large number of books were being challenged and/or removed from libraries, schools, and bookstores. Since 1982, libraries and other organizations have taken an active role in making sure the public is aware of the books that are being challenged and to make sure everyone has the “FREEDOM TO READ”. This year’s theme for Banned Books Week is Diversity. Stop by the Ort Library to see a display on Banned Books and check out some of the books that have been challenged (those that people have asked to have banned).

The American Library Association is asking that during Banned Books Week you ask yourself the following questions:

  • Who in your life has most influenced your love of books and your right to read?
  • Which banned book character would you want to have lunch with?
  • Which book would you go to jail defending?
  • Which banned book would you memorize to prevent being lost to the sands of time?
  • If you could go back in time, which book would you give your younger self?

The display for Banned Books Week will be up through October 4.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Celebrate Constitution Day! Sept 17, 1787 (Observed Friday, Sept 16, 2016)

Join us today as we celebrate the 229th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution (Sept. 17, 1787).  Since it falls on a Saturday this year, we are observing the anniversary a day early on Friday, Sept 16, 2016!

Every year on this date, we commemorate this occasion and honor the Founding Fathers who signed this important document by celebrating Constitution Day!

We have a limited number of pocket Constitutions and the booklet,  The U.S. Constitution and Fascinating Facts About It.  These are available at the library's circulation desk on the main floor (3rd floor) of the library.  These will be available while they last, and are limited to one per person.

Please join us in the celebration by visiting our online library guide as well as our display cases.  This year, we are featuring additional information on the amendment process.

The display cases with additional information and library resources about the Constitution can be found on the 4th floor of the Ort Library.

The library guide is available at  This year, we are including a tab with samples of informative videos about the Constitution from Kanopy.  We have temporary access to these videos until October 15, 2016.  Enjoy them, and let us know what you think!    The guide also provides information about the amendment process, a link to the National Constitution Center's Interactive Constitution, and much more.

Please take some time today to learn a little more about the Constitution with these resources today!

Happy Constitution Day!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Kanopy Streaming Video Trial

The Ort Library is conducting a trial of Kanopy, an on-demand streaming video service of educational films, from September 12, 2016 through October 15, 2016.  Kanopy’s collection includes more than 26,000 films, including award-winning documentaries, training videos and theatrical releases.

You may access the Kanopy trial at  Off-campus users must login by entering the 14 digit barcode number from their FSU ID card.

The Kanopy collection includes films from many leading producers, such as the Criterion Collection, PBS, Kino Lorber, New Day Films, The Great Courses, Media Education Foundation, and many others. Independent filmmakers are also included.

Films are licensed for educational use and can be easily shared.  Kanopy provides the ability to create clips, create teaching playlists, and embed films into Blackboard.

New online resources are regularly evaluated by the Library.  Your input is a very important factor, along with budgetary and licensing considerations, in helping the Library determine which resources are most useful to FSU students, faculty and staff.  Please feel free to provide your opinions, questions and comments about Kanopy by completing a brief voluntary, anonymous survey at located at  Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Additional information about Kanopy may be found at  If you have further questions or would like additional information about Kanopy or this trial, please contact the Ort Library Reference Desk at 301-687-4424 or

Monday, September 5, 2016

New Library Displays for September 2016

The Ort Library is pleased to announce 3 new displays for September 2016.

The first display, located on the 3rd floor of the library, highlights some of the resources that the library offers, including books, DVDs, periodicals (newspapers, magazines, journals).

The second display, located on the 4th floor of the library, highlights Constitution Day, which is held each year on September 17th. This display celebrates Constitution Day and provides an opportunity to learn more about the amendment process.

The third display, located on the 5th floor, highlights the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service. The introduction of the Park Service placed the protection of the national parks under one governing body. This display highlights several of the national parks including: Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and the C & O Canal.

The displays on the 4th and 5th floors will be up through the end of September. The display on the 3rd floor will be up through September 23.

If you have any questions, please contact Theresa Mastrodonato ( or 301-687-4425).