SCL Picks for Valentine's Day, or, 14 Books About Love

It’s all about love today!  In honor of Valentine’s Day, Stone Center Librarian Shauna Collier has hand-picked a selection of books from the collection on the subject of LOVE. In no particular order, here are 14 books for February 14th: 
African love stories : an anthology (2006), edited by Ama Ata Aidoo
Bicycles : love poems (2009), by Nikki Giovanni
Courtship and love among the enslaved in North Carolina (c2007), by Rebecca  Fraser
Forbidden fruit : love stories from the Underground Railroad (2005), by Betty DeRamus
Haruko : love poems (c1994), by June Jordan
How three Black women writers combined spiritual and sensual love : rhetorically transcending the boundaries of language (Audre Lorde, Toni Morrison, and Dionne Brand) (c2010), by Cherie Ann Turpin.
I hear a symphony : African Americans celebrate love (1994), edited by Paula L. Woods and Felix H. Liddell
It’s all love : black writers on soul mates, family, and friends (c2009)
Love & marriage in early African America (c2008), edited by Frances Smith Foster
Love in Africa (2009), edited by Jennifer Cole and Lynn M. Thomas
Love poems (c1997), by Nikki Giovanni
Salvation : Black people and love (2001), by bell hooks
The suitcase book of love poems (2008), edited by Martin De Mello & Muli Amaye
Wild women don’t wear no blues : Black women writers on love, men, and sex (c1993), edited and with an introduction by Marita Golden
All titles are available here at the SCL. Enjoy! 🙂
* Image by Stuart Miles

The SCL is hiring: FAFSA Work/Study student assistants needed ASAP!

ATTENTION UNC STUDENTS: the SCL is hiring **FAFSA Work/Study** student assistants for this semester. We are looking for dependable, detail-oriented employees with excellent communication and customer service skills. Duties include circulation and reference activities and assisting patrons. Starting salary is $9.65 per hour. Work hours are approximately 8-12 hours per week. For more information contact Sofia Becerra (

Upcoming changes to library hours (Thanksgiving & Winter Break)

Just a quick heads up to let you all know that the Stone Center Library will be operating on a reduced schedule next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Our hours will be as follow:

Tuesday, November 22: 8:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday, November 23: 8:00am-12:00pm
Thursday,  November 24: Closed
Friday, November 25: Closed

Regular hours resume Monday, November 28th and will continue through the end of exams on Friday, December 16th. For those of you planning ahead, the SCL will also operate on a reduced schedule over Winter Break as listed below:

Winter Break Hours
Monday, December 19 - Thursday, December 22: 8:00am-5:00pm
Friday, December 23 - Monday, January 2: CLOSED

Research Grant Applications DUE 1/31: John Hope Franklin Research Center, Duke University

Posted on behalf of our colleagues at Duke’s John Hope Franklin Research Center, here’s a great opportunity for researchers interested in making use of their collection.
The John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture, part of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University, announces the availability of travel grants for research travel to our collections.
The John Hope Franklin Research Center seeks to collect, preserve, and promote the use of printed and manuscript materials bearing on the history of Africa and people of African descent.
Research grants are available to any faculty member, graduate or undergraduate student, or independent scholar with a research project requiring the use of materials held by the Franklin Research Center. Grant money may be used for travel, photocopying, and living expenses while pursuing research at the Rubenstein Library. Applicants must live outside of a 100-mile radius from Durham, NC. The maximum award per applicant is $1,000.
The deadline for application is January 31, 2012 by 5:00 PM EST. Recipients will be announced in March 2012. Grants must be used between April 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.
For more information and to download a copy of the application form, please visit:
Applicants are encouraged to contact Jennifer Thompson, the Franklin Research Center’s research services librarian, before submitting their application. Past applications have demonstrated that those who spoke with a staff member about their projects produced stronger applications. Contact information is listed below:

Jennifer Thompson
John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Duke University, Box 90185
Durham, NC  27708-0185
Phone: 919-660-5922

ATTN. UNC-CH students: James & Florence Peacock Fellowship deadline Friday 11/4

James and Florence Peacock Fellowship (for UNC-Chapel Hill students)

Applications for the 2012 Fellowship are now OPEN.  Application deadline is Friday November 4, 2011 at 5:00 pm EST.

The Carolina for Kibera Fellowship allows UNC-CH undergraduate and graduate students to apply their skills and talents while engaging in grassroots participatory development in Nairobi, Kenya.

The yearlong fellowship begins in the spring semester with orientation, campus activity involvement and project formulation with CFK staff. In the summer, fellows travel to Nairobi, Kenya and spend a minimum of eight weeks implementing their project in Kibera. They will complete their project and help tell the story of Kibera on campus upon return to UNC. The fellowship includes a small stipend and other scholarship/grant opportunities are available through the Center for Global Initiatives.

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For more information, please contact LaKeshia Jones at


Monday 10/17 & Tuesday 10/18 @Duke: Archives & Justice events w/ Verne Harris (Nelson Mandela archivist)

From our colleagues at Duke, two great events next week featuring Nelson Mandela archivist Verne Harris:
Verne Harris, Nelson Mandela and a Centering of Memory
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Rare Book Room, Perkins Library (note location)
Co-sponsored with the John Hope Franklin Research Center 
Verne Harris has been Nelson Mandela’s archivist since 2004. He is head of the Memory Programme at the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Centre of Memory and Dialogue, an honorary research associate with the University of Cape Town, and former Deputy Director of South Africa’s National Archives. He will give a public talk about the Memory Programme at the Centre of Memory and Dialogue.
Reception to follow. More detailed information here
ARCHIVES & JUSTICE: a faculty/graduate seminar with VERNE HARRIS, Center of Memory & Dialogue, Nelson Mandela Foundation
Time: 12-2pm
Franklin Humanities Institute Garage (C105, Bay 4, 1st Floor, Smith Warehouse)
Lunch provided – Space limited, sign up by Oct 11 via this link
Co-sponsored by the John Hope Franklin Research Center at the University Duke Libraries
You are invited to engage Verne Harris, Nelson Mandela’s archivist since 2004, on questions of “archive,” “deconstruction” and “postmodernisms.” He will open the discussion with a brief reflection on legacy and the archive through three intersecting enquiries: the South African tradition of “memory for justice”; deconstruction’s insistence that the work of archive is justice; and the legacies of Nelson Mandela and Jacques Derrida.
Readings will be available very soon electronically – by signing up at the link above, you will be added to the reading distribution list automatically.
Verne Harris is head of the Memory Programme at the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Centre of Memory and Dialogue, an honorary research associate with the University of Cape Town, and former Deputy Director of South Africa’s National Archives.

Feedback wanted! What do YOU think of the new SCL blog?

Happy Friday, everyone! Today marks the first day of fall and we thought we’d share some of what we were up to this busy summer. As you may have noticed, we rolled out some significant changes here on the SCL blog. In addition to a new theme, we’ve started expanding and displaying tags more prominently to encourage browsing.
Here are some highlights:

So let us know… what do YOU think of the new blog design? What else would you like to see us do? Leave us a comment! 🙂

Welcome back, students!

Here at the Stone Center Library we’re excited to see the campus abuzz with students again. We hope you all are settling into your respective schedules and routines and – as always – we encourage you to make use of our resources and study spaces over the course of the semester.

So please be sure to…
—–>Come by the Library! We’re on the third floor of the Stone Center, on South Rd by the Bell Tower. Starting September 6, our hours are M-Th 8am-8pm and F 8am-5pm.
—–> Send us your reference questions! Our chat buddy name is StoneCenterRef. Or contact Stone Center Librarian Shauna Collier at for an in-person consultation.
—–> Check out our Guide to the Web!
—–>Follow us on Facebook!
Best of luck with classes, and we hope to see you soon! 🙂