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An Evening with Sherman Alexie

An Evening with Sherman Alexie


Thursday, April 9

7:30 p.m.

Satellite Student Union, Fresno State

Free and open to the public.  Limited seating!

Join the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature and Fresno State for an evening lecture with Sherman Alexie, author of The Absolutely True Diary of a

Part-Time Indian, and many other titles. His books will be available for sale and autographing after his talk. Seats are reserved for event sponsors, registered Outlawed Conference attendees, and dignitaries.
Purchase a $3 daily parking permit (dispensers located near campus entrances) or display your faculty/staff/student parking permit. Parking violations are $50. We do not want you to get a ticket! 

Please visit for more information.

For information about disability accommodations or physical access, call 559.278.8116 in advance of your participation or visit.


Censorship Conference on campus

Censorship conference to be held on campus April 10-12

The Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature in the Madden Library will conduct a conference about censorship. “Outlawed: The Naked Truth About Censored Literature for Young People” will explore the many ways in which censorship affects reading choices for young people.

While the most blatant banning of a work garners the greatest attention, pre- and self-censorship occurs quietly and unnoticed at the selection level. Learn how authors’ writings are influenced by censorship. Whether it is to highlight themes that oppose it or to restrict controversy in order to avoid becoming targeted, authors must heavily weigh what is included or omitted in the creation of their work. Banning can either create a skyrocketing effect in sales or doom a work to anonymity.
Become enlightened about intellectual freedom as practiced in the United States and in other countries.
MEET OUR FEATURED SPEAKERS: Joan E. Bertin, Michael Cart, Matt de la Peña, Margarita Engle,
Leonard Marcus, Lesléa Newman, and Jacqueline Woodson.
Please join us as we navigate the varied issues of censorship in children’s and young adult literature.

For more information, visit
For information about disability accommodations or physical access, call 559.278.8116 in advance of your visit.

Finding Funders workshop

Using the Foundation Directory Online to Find Funders

Free “Get the Grant” workshop

April 1, Wednesday, 2 - 5 p.m.

Presented by the Fresno County Public Library and the Madden Library at Fresno State

Introduction to the comprehensive database Foundation Directory Online. Learn how to conduct customized searches to develop targeted lists of foundations that match your funding needs. Hands-on training is included. The workshop will last about 90 minutes. The instructors will stay for an additional 90 minutes for people who’d like help with their projects.

The workshop will be held in the Madden Library at Fresno State: 2nd floor, North Wing, in Studio 2, Room 2134.

Seating is limited! RSVP to Allison Cowgill:; 559.278.1022

Campus parking information will be provided when reservations are made.

Questions? Please contact Sandra Bisnett, Librarian, Fresno County Public Library at or phone 559.600.6201.
Allison Cowgill, Librarian, Henry Madden Library at or phone 559.278.1022.

International Coffee Hours Spring 2015

International Coffee Hours explore global diversity

Library Auditorium, Room 2206

2nd floor, South Wing

Held on the following Tuesdays, from 2 to 3 p.m., during the Spring 2015 semester:


7: Saudi Arabia

14: Living French

21: International Panel

28: Hong Kong


Leo Politi Garden design awards

Left to right: Robert Boro, Denise Sciandra (founding ANCA president), First Lady Mary Castro, and
Jennifer Crow (curator, Arne Nixon Center).

Leo Politi Garden receives design awards

The Arne Nixon Center and the Arne Nixon Center Advocates (ANCA) received a design award for the Leo Politi Garden (on the east side of the Library) from the California Garden Clubs, Inc., on Feb. 3. Jennifer Crow, Center curator, accepted the Landscape Design Commendation for Good Land Use. Fresno State's First Lady, Mary Castro, who considers the garden one of her favorite places on campus, attended the ceremony, as did Curator emerita, Angelica Carpenter.

Robert Boro, designer of the Politi Garden, received the Garden Clubs’ Award of Merit of Landscape Architect. He designed the Garden based on Politi’s art and chose plants typical of Los Angeles home gardens, like Leo Politi’s. The delicate plants are protected from Fresno winters by the Garden’s sheltered niche.

KNOW HOW Business Workshops

Business Wednesday Workshops

Learn more about the most valuable resources for business and economics student researchers. Each session includes a brief overview of the research process and tools, and ample time to do your own guided searching. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to come!
The last research workshop of the semester will be held on Wednesday, April 8:

4/8 @ 4 p.m. ECONOMICS --  ROOM 2127
Up-to-date information and data on the current U.S. economy

Register today:

Tower of Jewels

Tower of Jewels

Check out the display on the Tower of Jewels and Novagems from the 1915 San Francisco Panama-Pacific International Exposition in the foyer of the Special Collections Research Center on the 4th floor, South Wing. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the exposition. In celebration, Don Larson and noted Tower of Jewels and Novagem expert, Jay Stevens, put together a unique exhibit with a handmade backdrop created especially for the case by Stevens. 

“The Tower of Jewels was the 435-foot tall centerpiece building . . . it was liberally decorated with 102,000 Novagems—faceted cut glass “jewels” that hung over the building’s surface . . . the Novagems were mounted on brass hangers with small mirrors behind them . . . breezes would make them independently sway, causing the building to shimmer . . . at night an assortment of 54 searchlights hidden around the tower were pointed towards it, creating a spectacular sparkling impression.” from by Zoe Heimdal

Future Events

Concerts, Spring 2015
Friday, Feb. 13
Friday, March 27
12:10 -- 12:50 in the Table Mountain Rancheria Reading Room, 2nd floor, north
Get the Grant workshop: Using the Foundation Directory Online to Find Funders
April 1, Wednesday, 2 -- 5 p.m.
Contact Allison Cowgill to reserve a; 559.278.1022