Human Library: Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover

The Human Library: Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover
Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 1pm – 4pm
Noreen Reale Falcone Library- 1st Floor

The Human Library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is a safe place where real people are on loan to “readers,” and where difficult questions are expected, appreciated, and answered. Human Books talk about what they have experienced, a challenge overcome, their struggles with stigma or stereotypes. By checking out a “book,” visiting “readers” engage in a 20-minute dialogue with a “book” of their choosing..

  1. A Night in Tunisia: When I tell people I grew up in Tunisia, they often ask me, if I knew the song “A night in Tunisia” by Dizzy Gillespie. Growing up in a multilingual and multi-cultural household shaped the scholar in me. Furthermore, moving from the city to the countryside as a child influenced my perspective of Tunisian culture. For us all not to forget, A Night in Tunisia is a book about growing up under dictatorship and the implications of politics on daily life and decision making.  Ultimately, my friends and I cultivated an underground intellectual life full of adventure and danger.  Life was so fun under the watching eye of the Dictator.
  2. Cultivating a Rose: What it’s like to raise a multicultural transgender child
  3. Open Book: Ask me Anything: I am here to share my knowledge of music and food  to show the ways in which my immigrant life has been enriched by the intermingling of different musical and culinary traditions.
  4. Diversity from Within: It’s all Relative(s)!  Discovering my diverse family heritage back to the 16th century through genealogy has taught me to understand both sides of a historic event without judging their choices. The historic events and conflicts over the centuries my ancestors suffered and has given me insight on how different generations decided to come to America, how rich I am to have a diverse background, and insight on the complexity of immigration today.
  5. Embracing the Imposter Within: My journey from a kid growing up in a public housing projects to become a college professor and the feelings of inferiority that have plagued that journey.
  6. I Take my Tea Seriously. Hear the Voice Behind the Hijab: My senior year of high school, I moved from a very large, diverse California school to a small, less diverse on in New York. The geographical shift was enough to knock me off my feet, especially as the way people treated me changed. In the California school system, I had people call me oppressed and a terrorist; even my 8th grade teacher called Arabs barbarians. Yet, most people I interacted with were interested in me as a whole person.Now, I often feel that is not the case. I have faced micro-aggression more than before and I never know how to respond. I often feel as if I am a box to be checked off on someone’s diversity list, or even worse, on someone’s “To Be Saved” list. At least two of my high school senior teachers told me they never spoke with a Muslim woman before. I am not the embodiment of the Muslim woman, but I am one who would like to share what makes me me.

This event is sponsored by the Noreen Reale Falcone Library and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. For more information, visit the Human Library guide.

Le Moyne Book Club: March 8

Come join the Le Moyne College Book Club on Wednesday, March 8 as we discuss The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian. We will be meeting in the Bernat Special Activities Room in the Noreen Reale Falcone Library from 7-8:30 pm. Refreshments will be served!

Please contact Kari Zhe-Heimerman ( with any questions.

Resources For Resistance


The American Library Association has said, “During times like these, our nation’s 120,000 public, academic, school and special libraries are invaluable allies inspiring understanding and community healing. Libraries provide a safe place for individuals of all ages and backgrounds and for difficult discussions on social issues. Our nation’s libraries serve all community members, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and the most vulnerable in our communities, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds and promote inclusion and diversity.”

As librarians and information professionals at Le Moyne College, and in support of the college’s mission to care for the whole person and promote a more just society, we present this collection of resources for resistance.

Presentation By And Discussion With Erin Davies, Film Producer Of Fagbug

Erin Davis : Fagbug Erin Davies was a victim of a hate crime in Albany, NY because of a rainbow sticker on her VW Beetle. Her car was vandalized with the words ‘fag’ and ‘u r gay’ on the driver’s side window and hood. Despite initial shock and embarrassment, Davies decided to embrace what happened by leaving the graffiti on her car. Attend a presentation and discussion on Monday, February 13, 7:00 PM, Bernat Special Events Room, Noreen Reale Falcone Library, Le Moyne College. Due to limited space, please RSVP

Pet Therapy For Spring Semester

Pet Therapy in the Library Pet therapy will be held in the Library’s Bernat Special Events room on the following dates.

Tuesday, 1/31 – 2 to 3:30 pm
Monday, 2/6 – 6 to 7:30 pm
Tuesday, 2/28 – 2 to 3:30 pm
Monday, 3/13 – 6 to 7:30 pm
Tuesday, 3/28 – 2 to 3:30 pm
Monday, 4/10 – 6 to 7:30 pm
Tuesday, 4/25 – 2 to 3:30 pm

Tuesday, 5/9 – 4 to 7:30 pm (special finals week session)

These events are sponsored by Pet Partners of Syracuse. For more information, contact Lisa Chaudhuri at or (315) 445-4681.

Le Moyne Book Club: February 8

Come join the Le Moyne College Book Club on Wednesday, February 8 as we discuss The Big Burn by Timothy Egan. We will be meeting in the Bernat Special Activities Room in the Noreen Reale Falcone Library from 7-8:30 pm. Refreshments will be served!

Please contact Kari Zhe-Heimerman ( with any questions.

Penny Santy: Between Us

“Between Us,” an exhibit of original paintings by artist Penny Santy will be on display from January 27 through February 24 in the Wilson Gallery during regular library hours. On Friday, January 27, from 4 to 6 p.m., there will be an opening reception for the exhibit. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. For more information, call (315) 445-4153.

Exploration of the spaces between the subjects in these works are integral in exploring the physical and psychological relationships. Some of these works also explore the relationship of the human effect on other creatures that share our world.

Penny Santy painting

Penny Santy holds a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Syracuse University. Her work has been exhibited in the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse and received a first place award through the “On My Own Time” art show. She won a second place award in the Rome, N.Y. Regional Fine Arts Exhibition, and third place award in the Central Adirondack Art Show. Since 1997, she has worked as a graphic designer in the College’s Office of Communications.

Connect NY Outage on December 20

Connect NY The Connect NY servers will be offline for a planned outage from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm on December 20 while they upgrade and move their servers to the Syracuse office. During this time, you will be unable to search the catalog or request materials from other libraries in the consortium. Regular interlibrary loan services will be available as usual.