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Styron book cover

Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English James L.W. West III guest-curates this new exhibit in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library. West is a scholarly expert on and biographer of Styron and his works, as well as donor of the collection from which the exhibition was curated. Styron, one of the most prominent writers of his generation, authored Lie Down in Darkness,The Long March, Set This House on Fire, The Confessions of Nat Turner, Sophie’s Choice and Darkness Visible. During his career Styron won the Pulitzer Prize, the Howells Medal, the National Book Award, and the Legion of Honor. 

The exhibit is on display in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library,  104 Paterno Library, University Park, through Jan. 7, 2018.


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The Painted Photograph: Selections from the B. & H. Henisch Photo-History Collection

antique photo case with overpainted photo of a woman in a blue dress

Photographers in the 19th and early 20th centuries enhanced their work with water colors, oil paints, chalk, charcoal and crayon to simulate the splendors of traditional oil portraits of the upper classes. This Penn State University Libraries' Special Collections exhibit on display through Friday, Dec. 8, in the Hensich Room, 201A Pattee Library, University Park, shows the rich variety and range of techniques and materials used on a selection of painted photographs.


Academic Libraries Around the World

logo to promote Academic Libraries Around the World exhibit with title encircled by colorful book spines extended outward

This exhibit features images and descriptions of libraries worldwide, materials from the University Libraries’ library science collections, items highlighting Penn State's Global Engagement Network peer libraries, plus new, interactive kiosks with additional content including a historical timeline. On display through Feb. 12, 2018, the exhibit is located in the Diversity Studies Room, 203 Pattee Library, University Park.


The History of Pattee Library and Paterno Library

1930s Pattee Library in snow with old cars parked along Pattee Mall and tall elm trees

This exhibit chronicles the University Libraries’ 162-year lifespan at the heart of the University Park campus, to raise awareness of the Libraries’ ongoing improvement to provide the most effective spaces and resources to meet the needs of students and researchers, and to encourage visitors to use the Libraries’ tangible and digital collections. On display through Jan. 15, 2018, first floor central Pattee Library entrance display cases and adjacent Sidewater Commons, University Park.



Fire & Freedom: Food & Enslavement in Early America

On display Oct. 23–Dec. 1, viewable during library open hoursHazleton Campus Library.


Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons

On display through Dec. 16, viewable during library open hoursLife Sciences Library, 4th Floor Paterno Library, University Park.


A. Lawrence Kocher: Modernist, Traditionalist, Penn Stater

On display through Dec. 14, viewable during library open hours, Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library, University Park.


Falling to Places: Photography by Staci Grimes

On display through mid-December, viewable during library open hours, second floor, Mont Alto Campus Library.


NLM/NIH Traveling Exhibit: Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Surgeons

On display Nov. 6–Dec. 16, Life Sciences Library, viewable during open hours, 4th floor Paterno Library, University Park.



Open until midnight, and puzzles and activities available all week.

Dec. 9: Surprise Coffee hour (Bring Your Own Cup)

Dec 10: Snacks and drinks (BYOC), 6-7 p.m.

Dec 11-13: Snacks and drinks (BYOC) 10-11 a.m. & 6-7 p.m.

Dec 9, 7:45 am to Dec 13, 12:00 am

Stop in and enjoy free coffee and snacks; Or stretch your mind with a quick game, stress-reducing activities and art therapy. 

Mann Assembly Room, Paterno 1st floor - 3-8 p.m. - Free Coffee and snacks, games and art therapy  

HealthWorks De-stress zone - 4-6 p.m. - Biofeedback programs, brain massage music, Penn State coloring books, games and more!

Paterno Library Lobby, Paterno 1st floor - Puzzles all day

Pattee Library Lobby, Central Pattee 1st floor - Wii and bean bag toss all day

Dec 10, 3:00 am to Dec 12, 8:00 pm

Group collaboration rooms, comfy seating and lots of table space to suit your study needs. Quick access to downtown restaurants, too!

 Extended hours, puzzles and activities available all week. Fresh apples and snacks available every day (while they last). 

Dec 10, 7:45 am to Dec 14, 11:00 pm

Snacks and drinks available all day, while supplies last, and puzzles and other activities all day. 

Dec 11, 7:45 am to Dec 14, 12:00 am

A live-streamed presentation on research by Nari Senanayake, Ph.D candidate in Penn State's Department of Geography, who received a Whiting Award in 2016 for "Cultivating Health in Landscapes of Uncertainty: Mystery Kidney Disease and the Return of Native Seed in Dry Zone Sri Lanka." (rescheduled from Dec. 5)

Jan 16, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm