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September 2 – Labor Day – Holland/Terrell Open, Owen and AHL Closed

September 2 – Labor Day – Holland/Terrell Open, Owen and AHL Closed

Holland and Terrell has no closures for Labor Day. We are full-on open regular hours. Owen has reduced hours on Sunday, September 1, 12pm-5:45pm and is closed Monday, September 2. The Animal Health Library (AHL) closes early on Friday, August 30, and is open 7:30-5pm that day. AHL is closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, August 31-September 2.

Virginia Woolf Scholar to Deliver Emeritus Society Legacy of Excellence Lecture

Virginia Woolf scholar Diane Gillespie
Virginia Woolf scholar and professor emerita Diane Gillespie will deliver this year’s Emeritus Society Legacy of Excellence Lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in Todd Hall 130. Gillespie’s talk, titled “What’s Left to Say about Virginia Woolf?,” is part of WSU Showcase, the annual celebration of faculty, staff and student excellence. British author Woolf was one of the most recognized writers of the modernist era, writing such books as “Mrs. Dalloway,” “A Room of One’s Own,” “To the Lighthouse” and “Orlando.” Gillespie’s lecture provides a partial overview of her research and publication on Virginia Woolf. Gillespie’s work focuses on two areas: 1) Virginia Woolf and the visual arts, especially the painting of her sister, Vanessa Bell, and 2) Virginia Woolf and the Woolfs’ personal library in WSU Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections, especially unexpected publications by the Woolfs’ Hogarth Press. Gillespie’s work also addresses the Woolf “industry,” reasons why scholars have found so much to write about and why Woolf studies remain relevant today. Gillespie will also be awarded the Emeritus Society Legacy of Excellence Award, which recognizes sustained contributions to academia, continued service to the university, community and mankind, and personal accomplishments in retirement that serve as an example for other retirees. In nominating Gillespie for the award, associate professor emeritus of English Alexander Hammond noted that Gillespie has remained a major voice in Virginia Woolf studies post-retirement. “Gillespie is an internationally recognized scholar and editor of Virginia Woolf; of figures connected to Woolf’s Bloomsbury group; and of late 19th- and early 20th-century British literature and culture,” Hammond wrote. “Since her retirement in 2001 from the Department of English at WSU, Gillespie has made outstanding contributions to her academic fields, to Washington State University and its reputation, and to her community.”

Register by April 5 for April 12 Edible Book Festival

Judge a book by its cover and its culinary creativity during WSU Libraries’ fourth annual Edible Book Festival on Friday, April 12, part of WSU Mom’s Weekend activities.

“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” submitted by Chelsea Leachman, earned the Best Visual Presentation Award at last year’s Edible Book Festival.

Registration is now open, and entries will be accepted through April 5; to register and for more information, visit the library guide website. Participants can register individually or as a group. Entry rules are simple: Submissions must be made from edible materials and somehow relate to a book.

Edible book festivals take place around the country and world to celebrate books, art, food and culture. They got their start with the first International Edible Book Festival on April 1, 2000. Since then, organizations and universities have served up their own versions of the popular event.

WSU’s festival begins with public viewing and judging at 2:30 p.m. in the Terrell Library atrium, with winners announced at 3:30 p.m. Awards will be given for People’s Choice, Best Visual Presentation and Punniest. Light refreshments will also be available.

“Celebrity judges” for the event will be Jamie Callison, executive chef and catering manager with the WSU School of Hospitality Business Management; Mary Jo Gonzales, WSU vice president of student affairs; Squeak Meisel, chair and associate professor of the Department of Fine Arts; and Joanna Bailey, library director of Neill Public Library.

New to the festival this year will be participation for People’s Choice Award by students of WSU’s Global Campus. Their entries will be judged before the Pullman event by the Global Campus community, and the winner’s submission will be on display April 12 in the Terrell Library atrium.

“We really hope that people will take inspiration from a favorite book or author and run with it,” said Erica England, organizer and first‑year experience librarian. “Every previous festival has drawn more than 100 people who voted for their favorite entry, including many WSU moms with their students. We’d like to see this become a popular Cougar tradition as well as a celebration of literature.”

“I like seeing everybody’s creativity in relation to books and food,” said Chelsea Leachman, science and instruction librarian at Owen Science and Engineering Library.

Leachman, a two‑time winner at previous Edible Book Festivals, drew her creative inspiration from children’s books for her entries.

“I always do children’s books because their whimsy lends itself to baking,” she said.

—Story by Nella Letizia

Celebrate WSU Authors at Crimson Reads


The published works of WSU authors will be recognized at the sixth annual “Crimson Reads: A Celebration of WSU Authors,” 2 p.m. Friday, March 29, in the Terrell Library Atrium. Crimson Reads is part of WSU Showcase, the annual celebration of faculty, staff and student excellence.

“Crimson Reads publicly acknowledges and celebrates our faculty, students, staff, alumni and retired university community members who have authored, co‑authored or edited a book within the past year,” said Chelsea Leachman, co‑organizer and science and instruction librarian at Owen Science and Engineering Library. “This year’s event is an opportunity to network with authors and gain insight into the diverse writing and publishing activity of WSU authors.”

Refreshments will be offered during a reception open to the public. A panel of three authors will discuss the theme of “Behind the Scenes: From Practice to Published.”

For more about Crimson Reads, including the full book list, visit the Crimson Reads website. Learn more about Showcase at

About the panelists

  • Cornell Clayton, WSU School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs. Clayton, director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute of Public Policy and Public Service, co‑wrote “Governing the Evergreen State: Political Life in Washington,” which provides an absorbing look at an ever‑evolving state political and judicial system and presents intriguing case studies.
  • Aric Dutelle, WSU Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. Dutelle, a graduate student and graduate assistant for the WSU Emeritus Society, co‑wrote “Criminal Investigation,” which walks readers through the entire investigative process and the roles involved, including police officers, investigators, forensic personnel, defense lawyers, and prosecutors.
  • Christy Zlatos, WSU Libraries. Zlatos, humanities and social sciences reference librarian, wrote “Profiles of Academic Library Reference Services Management,” which explores the development and management of reference services at seven American higher education institutions.

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