Tuesday, October 29, 2013

November Library Display


Featuring Native American art, literature, and information with a focus on our local Kumeyaay tribe. Items will be on display from the Natural History Museum and Cuyamaca’s Heritage of Americas Museum which is located on our campus and free with a student ID card.

  • Exhibit of golden eagle, coyote, hummingbirds, bison & caribou hides
  • Learn about animal symbology, arts, crafts & myths
  • Native American culture of men, women and children
  • Artwork & books on display

The Cuyamaca Library along with Campus College Hour features:

The 3rd Annual Native American Dance 

  • Guest speaker Richard De Crane
  • Dance performances
  • Drums
  • Special guest speaker Ral Christman
  • New this year—Bird singers!

Monday, August 12, 2013


 September is National Hispanic Month

On the library’s first floor we are featuring National Hispanic Heritage Month. Come celebrate and recognize historical and cultural contributions of Hispanic Americans.  Most Latin American countries observe their independence during a 31-day period beginning on September 15 and ending on October 15. 
In conjunction with the Hispanic Heritage celebration, the library is displaying various books and informational maps, dealing with Hispanic history, art, literature, and culture. 

Celebrating U.S. Constitution Day

September 17th 

Come see the books, posters, and Documents of Democracy on the U.S. Constitution through the end of September on the library’s second floor. Constitution Day is a time to remember the great event and “birthday” of our government, Sept 17, 1787.

For more information and resources pertaining to the U.S. Constitution including scans of:
The U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Bill of rights
Visit the Charters of Freedom Website:

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Library Display on Student Success!

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”

Nelson Mandela

Learning for the Future

This month’s library display will focus on student success in its many forms. For our soon-to-be graduates, we will provide information about the Transfer Center. For those students who are looking for a job after graduation, we will refer them to the services available through the Job & Career Information Center. For all of our students we hope to provide snippets of inspiration for learning, for growing, for striving, and for achieving.

It is with great honor that the library features (i am intelligent), a book that chronicles Peyton Goddard’s challenges in life and describes how she was inspired by the community college staff and faculty. Peyton lives with the label of autism and is unable to speak. The synopsis of her books states, “When her mother Dianne brought her to Whittier, California in 1997, to try a new communication strategy for people with autism, she did not expect much. She did not expect her daughter to type the words ‘i am intlgent.’ She did not expect to learn that her daughter possessed a gifted mind and poetic lyricism.”

Peyton became the first person to use facilitated communication to graduate Valedictorian from a U.S. college, (Cuyamaca College class of 2002). Here is part of Peyton’s speech; “Years I thought I would forever eat separate rather than be supported at the table. I thought this epic was impossible. You Cuyamaca, proved it possible.” The news anchor who covered the event said, “The Valedictorian at Cuyamaca College is proof that everyone can achieve if the desire is there.” Stop by the library and see how you can CHANGE YOUR FUTURE.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Springtime @ Cuyamaca College

This month’s library display focuses on establishing solid foundations for a bright and cheerful future. On April 9th, the annual Health Fair is held in the Student Center and our display cases provide books on healthy living. Information on the varied services and health screenings available at this event and other resources available to Cuyamaca College students are featured. Then, on April 27th, our Ornamental Horticulture department, in conjunction with the Water Conservation Garden, presents “Celebrating Urban Farms & Gardens 1994-2013” at the 20th annual Spring Garden Festival sponsored by San Diego Home/Garden. In support of this popular community affair, our displays feature a variety of gardening tips for the smallest spaces and containers to large acreage farms as well as resources like raising your own chickens.

Stop by the library this month to get yourself ready for a healthy, blossom-filled “Swing Into Spring”!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Cuyamaca College Library Celebrates National Women's History Month

Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination:

Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Throughout the month of March, the library will reflect upon the many achievements women have made over the years in the STEM fields. This month’s display features some of the women whose extraordinary accomplishments and amazing strength have significantly impacted our world, such as:

• Florence Bascom (1862-1945) – First woman scientist hired at the US Geological Survey.

• Maria Curie (1867-1934) – First woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize and the only woman to have won two Nobel Prizes, each in different fields, Physics and Chemistry.

• Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) – Provided crucial evidence for the helical structure of DNA.

• Jane Goodall (1934-Present) – Notably the world’s foremost primatologist.

• Grace Hopper (1906-1992) – Developed the first compiler for a computer programming language.

• Mae Jemison (1956-Present) – First African American woman to travel to space.

• Augusta Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) – The world’s first computer programmer.

• Barbara McClintock (1902-1992) – First woman to receive the Nobel Prize in medicine for her work in genetics.

• Maria Mitchell (1818-1889) – Discovered a comet invisible to the naked eye in 1847.

• Emmy Noether (1882-1935) – A pioneer in the field of abstract (non-communicative) algebra.

• Rosalyn Yalow (1921-Present) – Helped discover how to use radioisotopes to measure levels of tiny amounts of hormones in the human blood system; received Nobel Prize in medicine in 1977.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Black History – The Road to Freedom

One hundred and fifty years ago, on January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation as the nation entered its third year of bloody civil war. Throughout February, the Cuyamaca College library honors African Americans and their tremendous contributions to American History. One transformational figure being featured is none other than the great, great, great uncle of our own Interim Vice President Danene Brown. Mr. J.R. Clifford was born in 1848 in Moorefield, WV to free black parents. He fought for the Union during the Civil War, attended Storer College, was a school principal in Martinsburg, WV and established the Pioneer Press, the state’s first black newspaper. In 1887 Mr. Clifford became the first African American to pass the West Virginia bar examination. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Come learn more about this accomplished man and celebrate Black History month with us at the Cuyamaca College library! We will showcase Black History timelines with posters displayed on both floors in the library as well as books featuring famous African Americans and landmark historical topics.

For more information and ideas for celebrating African American History, visit The Library of Congress, African American History Month hosted by The Library of Congress, Black History Month hosted by History.com and Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with the Cuyamaca College Library!

Join us on November 20 from 12:30 – 1:30 for a transcendent blend of the past and contemporary expression of American Indian Dance where dancers from various tribal backgrounds join together for an exciting performance in front of the library! Richard DeCrane, a member of the San Diego Inter-Tribal Singers, will return once again as our guest speaker.  Don’t forget to visit the library throughout the month of November! We will feature art, literature and information focused on the fascinating indigenous cultures of the Americas. Check out the first floor display in our foyer where we highlight Native Americans from California including our local tribe, the Kumeyaay. Learn a little about Native American arts, crafts, and myths. Visit with the exhibit animals and check out the beautiful animal pelts on loan from Balboa Park’s Natural History Museum and discover more about Native American animal symbology. Travel to the second floor and gain a deeper understanding of Native American men, women and children and enjoy the wonderful cultural items on display. Want to learn even more about Native Americans? You’re in the right place! The reference librarian on the second floor will be more than happy to introduce you to more information!