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Events in the Library - Fort Wayne: Displays & Resources

Displays & Resources

The Ivy Tech Library Northeast will be featuring a variety of literary holidays, national awareness, and interesting subjects throughout the year with displays. These displays will be inside and around the Coliseum Campus Library. They will include physical and digital Library resources, as well as community contacts.

Information about the displays are featured below. These resources are available year long, we just feature them at specific times. 

If you have any questions about the displays or getting materials before or after a display period, please contact the Library 480-4172.

June: Bloomsday (June 16th)

​Bloomsday display will be up in the Library from June 1st to June 19th.

This holiday celebrates the life and work of Irish author James Joyce. On this holiday, participants relive the events of his most famous work, Ulysses, which takes place on the same day. Bibliophiles will know that the holiday is named after the novel’s main character, Leopold Bloom. While you can celebrate at home, the real party takes place in Dublin with pub crawls, cultural activities and reading and a generally good time.

Why you should read Ulysses (article by the Economist)

Want to read Ulysses? Click here for the eBook! (Project Gutenburg)

Other Resources to check out:

Blooms Literary Reference (Ulysses overview)

Biography in Context (James Joyce)

June/July: Tom Sawyer Fence Painting Day

The Tom Sawyer Fence Painting Display will run from June 20th to July 10th.

You don’t have to be in Hannibal, Missouri, home town of the fictional Tom Sawyer, to appreciate this holiday. The celebration, which takes place during the Fourth of July, Offers participants the chance to indulge in frog jumping, Tom and Becky contests, parades, and of course, fence painting. If you can’t make it out to Hannibal, have your own "Samuel Langhorne Clemens", better known as "Mark Twain", themed party at home.

The Ivy Tech Library will have resources you need to have your own Mark Twain themed party. Check out our display or see resources below.

Want to read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain? Click here to access the eBook.

Hannibal, Missouri also holds a Tom and Becky Contest. The town picks two 7th graders each year. For more information about the contest rules and selection process, click here.




Other Resources to check out:

Blooms Literary Reference (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer overview)

Biography in Context (Mark Twain)

Hemingway Days (July)

An exhaustive traveller, Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) is revered as one of the iconic writers of American fiction
To properly celebrate the beard and books of Hemingway on this week long holiday, you’ll need to head down to Key West Florida. There, you’ll find everything from Hemingway look-alike contests to rounds of drinks served at Hemingway’s Favorite Key West Bar, Sloppy Joe’s. The celebration culminates with a party on Hemingway’s birthday. The celebrations are all in jest, however, as there is a serious literary award, the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, held as well.

Many parts of the world can claim an affiliation with the great man, his heavy footsteps solidified in the years he spent trawling their cities, and the novels he crafted as a result.
Pamplona Spain also recognizes Ernest Hemingway at his favorite place, Café Iruña. Pamplona in northern Spain was Ernest Hemingway's first obsession. In total, Hemingway journeyed to Pamplona on nine occasions, the most prolific burst between 1923 and 1927, when he visited every year. Each time he came for San Fermín, the city's famed fiesta of bullfighting and brutality, drink and song. Pamplona is well known for celebrating San Fermín and “The Running of the Bulls”.
These cultural traditions go on in their own version in the Key West week long holiday.

The Hemingway Look-Alike Contest included approximately 150 silver foxes all vying for the trophy. About 24 finalists are chosen to give convincing one-minute presentations. Judging is handled by former Look-Alikes winners.For information and pictures, check out the fun and prestigious Hemingway Look-Alike Society (HLAS), go to

We have resources and books about Ernest Hemingway. Come check out our display or ask a Library staff member for help.

Purple Heart (August)

Purple Heart Day commemorates the day in 1782 when General George Washington created the Purple Heart Medal – a military decoration that is awarded to those wounded or killed while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

The holiday also encourages people to pay their respects to fallen soldiers, to listen to the stories of soldiers and veterans, and to thank them for their service to the nation

At current estimates about 1.8 million Purple Hearts have been awarded.

Today, in addition to being awarded to those who fight wars overseas, the Purple Heart is also given to military personnel who display bravery and valor as prisoners of war and while fighting certain types of domestic terrorists.

The Library has several resources on veterans and military (poetry, PTSD help, and personal narratives). Come check out our display or ask Library staff for help.

Websites to check out history and services.


Senior Citizens (August)

Senior Citizens day is August 21st, but this holiday is more than just "respecting your elders".

Various events and activities are organized on Senior Citizens Day to raise awareness of supporting older people and recognizing their achievements. Some people raise awareness through social media and news stories, while others organize special community gatherings inviting senior citizens, their families, friends and volunteers. Some businesses give special discounts or deals to senior citizens on or around August 21.

The Library has a variety of resources available, including tips on how to engage older loved ones.

Come check out the Library display August 15th through August 31st, or ask Library Staff for help locating a particular resource.

Websites and videos featuring trend setting and wise seniors.

Advanced Style: Advanced Style is Ari Seth Cohen’s blog-based ode to the confidence, beauty, and fashion that can only be achieved through the experience of a life lived glamorously. It is a collection of street fashion unlike any seen before—focused on the over-60 set in the world’s most stylish locales.

'You Wont Regret That Tattoo' is a short documentary that explores the meanings and memories behind the tattoos of an older generation, and challenges the belief that ink is something we will come to regret.

June: LGBT Pride Month

The LGBT Pride Month display will be up in the library from June 6th to June 26th.

LGBT Pride Month is a month set aside to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community and their struggle for equal rights and against discrimination.  This event is held each June in commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Manhattan, a galvanizing moment in the gay liberation movement.  This is a time to recognize the unique struggles faced by LGBT individuals and to foster compassion for all people.  Come and browse some of our books which examine LGBT issues, and learn for to get involved with Project Equality, an Ivy Tech student organization for LGBT students and allies.

Website for Fort Wayne Pride Festival.

Website of The Trevor Project, a search engine tailored for finding local resources and support for “providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.”

June/ July: National Independence

The National Independence display will be up in the Library from June 27th to July 24th.

On July 4th, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, and in the following month it was signed.  We use this time to learn more about the history of the founding our nation, the great figures involved, and fearsome battles that were fought to secure that Independence. 

Come and grab a fact sheet including information found in our American History Online database.

Facts on File American History Online page for the American Revolution

Culinary Arts (July)

Ivy Tech Northeast Library would like to promote and celebrate the culinary arts, as well as the wonderful Hospitality Administration program that draws so many students to Ivy Tech.

This month-long celebration held each July promotes awareness of professional cooks and chefs and their contributions to new culinary trends and dining excellence. Celebrate by checking out our collection of cook books and foodie literature and resources.

Other resources to check out!

Ivy Tech Hospitality Administration. Learn about the program offered here at Ivy Tech.

Anthony Bourdain’s Theory on the Foodie Revolution. The bad boy chef and author weighs in on Americans’ late-arrival to the glorious delights of food culture. (Smithsonian Mag article)

Food Science Source -- (an EBSCO database) Food Science Source™ is an extensive full-text database designed to support the informational needs of the food industry at all levels. This collection offers unmatched full-text coverage of information relevant to many areas that are integral to the food industry. 
Hospitality & Tourism Complete-- (An EBSCO database) covers scholarly research and industry news relating to all areas of hospitality and tourism. This collection contains more than 828,000 records, with coverage dating as far back as 1965. There is full text for more than 490 publications, including periodicals, company & country reports, and books.


Hobbit Days - September

Hobbit Day is observed annually on September 22.

Hobbit Day is the birthday of the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two fictional characters in J. R. R. Tolkien’s popular set of books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. In the books both Bilbo and Frodo were said to be born on September 22, but of different years.

The American Tolkien Society first proclaimed Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week in 1978, and defines them as this: “Tolkien Week is observed as the calendar week containing September 22, which is always observed as Hobbit Day”, but acknowledges that Hobbit Day pre-dates their designation.

In large part, Hobbit Day is usually taken up with the fun activities - the feasts, games, costume events, fireworks and the like.  Hobbit Day is a virtually ideal holiday, incorporating attractive elements of several others: the masquerade fun of Halloween, the feast of Thanksgiving, the exchange of greeting cards and gifts associated with Christmas and birthdays, the picnic atmosphere of Labor Day and Memorial Day, the fireworks of Independence Day (or Guy Fawkes Day)... and the study and reflection associated with many commemorative days throughout the year.

Come check out our display and resources below to prep for your Hobbit Day.

Blooms Literary Reference Online: The Hobbit (Overview Synopsis)

The American Tolkien Society:

Are Hobbits Real? article by The New York Times

Smithsonian Institute: Homo floresiensis 

Banned Books Week - September

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. The Library will have a a display featuring our collection of books that have been challenged or banned.

Click here for more resources and information on Banned Books week. 

All Hallows Read - October

All Hallow’s Read is a Halloween tradition. It’s simple. In the week of Halloween, or on the night itself, you read or give someone a scary book. Come to the Library to see our collection of books featuring true crime, paranormal, and zombies. 

Click here to listen to scary podcast, watch short horror films, and of course find more scary books.

Indigenous People Day - October

The second Monday of October annually marks Columbus Day in many parts the United States but not all states or region follow this observance. Instead, they celebrate other events on the day. For example, South Dakota's official holiday on this date is Native Americans' Day (also known as Native American Day), while people in Berkeley, California, celebrate Indigenous People's Day.

"Indigenous Peoples Day" reimagines Columbus Day and changes a celebration of colonialism into an opportunity to reveal historical truths about the genocide and oppression of indigenous peoples in the Americas, to organize against current injustices, and to celebrate indigenous resistance.

Needless to say there is controversy and opinion on changing the holiday, discussing the history, and celebrating the culture. Check out the following resources to decide for yourself.

More cities celebrating ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’ amid effort to abolish Columbus Day

10 US cities ask: Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day?

"On the White Man's and Red Man's Religion" Speech


International Education Week (November)

International Education Week

(November 14-18, 2016) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of

Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

We invite you to explore other cultures here in the United States by introducing yourself to Ivy Tech’s exchanges students as well as looking into international travel yourself.

Check out the Library resources here and online to get you started.

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Global Road Warrior

November: Picture Book Month

Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November.

In this digital age where people are predicting the coming death of print books, picture books (the print kind) need love. And the world needs picture books. There’s nothing like the physical page turn of a beautifully crafted picture book.

Come to the Library for great picture books and puppets that we have available to check out.

More resources to check out:

Our Collection of Caldecott Winners (Award Winning Picture Books)

5 Children's Books You Should Read as an Adult- (The older you get the better they get).

The Ivy Tech Library's Puppet Collection.


Winter Solstice - December

Now marks the beginning of the end. Of winter's darkness, that is.

The Shortest Day of the Year in the Northern Hemisphere: Winter Solstice
The December solstice is on either December 20, 21, 22 or 23. 

It is the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, where it is the shortest day of the year.
In the Southern Hemisphere, it is the summer solstice and the longest day of the year.
After the solstice, the days begin to lengthen. Probably because the day marks the beginning of the return of the Sun, many cultures celebrate a holiday near Winter Solstice, including Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

Check out our books on solar systems, astrology, paganism and science, plus resources online.

6 Ancient Tributes to the Winter Solstice

Nasa’s Earth Observatory: Winter and Summer Solstice

Gale's Science in Context  collection of articles, videos, and audio clips on the Solstice

*Also tapping into our late night studying students during finals week.

The Brighter Side Of Darkness: For Some, The Night Inspires (NPR Weekend Edition interview)

Winter solstice — the longest night of the year. For many, winter's darkness is depressing. But others seem to bloom, thrive, even come alive in the dead of night. It's not just vampires who seek the dark: it's poets, painters, musicians and artists of all kinds.

Winnie The Pooh - January

Travel back to your childhood with this holiday that commemorates the honey-obsessed bear and his pals. Observed on the birthday of author A.A. Milne, this holiday invites celebrants to read the classic stories to themselves or to share them with the next generation of book lovers.

If you didn’t know, Winnie was a real bear.

Check out resources on the fictional and the real life of the famous bear.

Remembering the Real Winnie - the World's Most Famous Bear turns 100 - diary entries, photographs, maps and more.

All about A.A. Milne and his fantasy writing from Gale

A.A. Milne Biography from Blooms Literature