Loving Shakespeare as a Performer with ASC actor, Guest Artist in Residence, Rick Blunt

Rick Blunt as Iago (right)

Othello (Fernando Lamberty) and Iago (Rick Blunt)

What draws an actor to roles that have been performed countless times over the past four hundred years? What more is there to discover about Hamlet, Othello, or Falstaff? Join us for an evening of love, honor, jealousy, and magic as we explore the staging and text that make Shakespeare as exciting as ever. American Shakespeare Center actor Rick Blunt will take us on a tour of some of the greatest hits and lesser-known masterpieces that celebrate the Bard of Avon. Whatever your level of experience, Rick is sure to engage you on a journey from the Classroom to the Stage, around the world and back.

Thursday, April 28th
8:15 p.m.
Wyndham Robertson Library, Reading Room
Refreshments & reception following performance

Rick Blunt has been a leading player with the American Shakespeare Center for 10 years and has appeared as 60 different characters in over 30 productions. He holds an M.F.A. in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance (Acting Emphasis) from Mary Baldwin College. A former collegiate athlete, Rick discovered his passion for Shakespeare while climbing telephone poles for AT&T. He is currently the Guest Artist in Residence at Hollins University, where he is teaching Madness in Shakespeare with Professor Marilyn Moriarty, Classical Scene Study, and Acting Dynamics.

Funding provided by the Beanstalk Fund. The Beanstalk series brings readers and writers together by supporting lively and entertaining literary events at the Wyndham Robertson Library and Hollins University.



Janisse Ray: A Walk in the Words

220px-Janisse_Ray_HeadshotJoin us on Earth Day (Friday, April 22nd), for a special event that celebrates the connections between writing and nature! Writer, activist, and naturalist Janisse Ray will lead a hike where you can appreciate the beauty of our natural surroundings and learn to channel that inspiration into your work. The hike will be half of The Library Hike (2 miles total), with stops along the trail for writing exercises. Need more information about The Library Hike or the trail? Visit our FAQ post.

Friday, April 22nd from 2:30—4:30 pm
We will leave from the Reading Room in the library at 2:30 pm sharp.
Please wear close-toed shoes, and bring water, paper or a notebook for the writing exercises, and a writing utensil.

Questions? Contact Rebecca Seipp, Outreach Librarian, at seipprl@hollins.edu.

Rain location: Reading Room in the library

The Library Hike, April 15 – May 1

What better place is there to feel inspired than your own backyard? Let the Blue Ridge Mountains and a few good books speak to you this spring with The Library Hike. Walking is known to inspire creativity and chip away at mental blocks, while books allow you step into a new world one page at a time. The Wyndham Robertson Library and Hollins Outdoor Program invite the Hollins community to explore the connections between movement, nature, and literature with a Library Hike from April 15 – May 1.

TLH MapStop by the library to check out a “hiking pack”, then head off on the trail from Hollins to Carvins Cove where you will discover books from the humanities, arts, social sciences, and natural sciences along the way. Each hiking pack contains a blanket, sunscreen, and bug spray to help you with the hike, and a journal and pens to use when inspiration strikes.

We encourage you to stop and look at the books along the trail, then use the journal to document your creativity. Leave your work in the journal to inspire others, or take the pages with you. If you take pictures along the trail and post them online, please use the hashtag #LibraryHike so others can see your hike!

This is a self-guided hike that you can go on at any time. Please practice good hiking etiquette and let someone else know you are on the trail.

The entrance to the hike is on the north side of the campus. It is located in the northeast corner of the parking lot above the lower barn (next to the paint shed).  Follow the trail that runs alongside the lower horse field.

We will also have a special event in conjunction with the hike – A Walk in the Words with Janisse Ray! Ray is a writer, activist, and naturalist who will take a group on the hike on Friday, April 22nd at 2:30 pm. Full details will be in an upcoming post!

Questions? Take a look at our FAQ page or contact Rebecca Seipp, Outreach and Humanities Liaison Librarian, at seipprl@hollins.edu or 540.362.6328.

The Library Hike – FAQ

The Library Hike FAQ

  • When is The Library Hike to Carvins Cove?
    • Books will be along the trail and hiking packs will be available for checkout from April 15 – May 1.
  • How long is the trail?
    • It’s approximately 4 miles round trip. Writing & Hiking with Janisse Ray will be half of the trail, 2 miles total.
  • Is the trail difficult?
    • The trail does gain some elevation and has sections with loose rocks. Be sure to wear appropriate shoes and bring water with you.
  • When is A Walk in the Words with Janisse Ray happening?
    • Janisse Ray’s special event will be on Friday, April 22nd from 2:30 – 4:30 pm. We will meet in the Reading Room of the library and leave at 2:30 sharp for the hike. Please wear close-toed shoes, and bring water, paper or a journal, and a writing utensil. The rain location for the event is the Reading Room in the library.
  • Where are the books?
    • The books are divided into 4 groups and kept in dry-packs. The first stop is approximately 0.5 miles into the hike and each stop is approximately 0.5 miles apart.
  • What do we do with the books?
    • Feel free to browse the books in the pack and take a book out to read a portion of it. Please return books to the pack before you leave that stop.
  • What happens to the books when the hike is over?
    • All of the books will be given away when the hike is over. Want to get one of the books? Sign up for the drawing at the circulation desk. Winners will receive a random book from the hike (meaning you cannot specify which book you would like to win).
  • Does the event have a hashtag?
    • Yes! Please use #LibraryHike.
  • Who should I contact if I have questions?

Library Community Puzzle Sept 14 – Oct 2

Picture1Help us celebrate the excitement and possibilities the new year brings by participating in the library’s community puzzle. Beginning on September 14th we will have blank puzzle pieces around the library that you can transform into works of art. Use the blank space to depict your plans for the new year, show us how the library fits into your college experience, or showcase your favorite new design. The possibilities are endless!


Once they’re decorated, just drop the puzzle pieces off at the library. In October we will take the decorated puzzle pieces and create an art installation for the library.

Community Puzzle
Blank pieces available at the circulation and reference desk in the library
– Decorate pieces between September 14th—October 2nd, some art supplies
available in the library coffee commons
Return pieces to the box by the reference desk

Questions? Please contact Rebecca Seipp, Outreach Librarian at seipprl@hollins.edu.


Let citation mangers do the work for you!

Writing a thesis or multiple papers? Would you like to have a tool to help you keep track of sources, a one that:
a. downloads citations automatically

b. creates bibliographies in any format, with one click

c. can be used from any computer

d. is easy to use

e. is FREE ? 

This workshop is for you! Zotero is software created especially for students and scholars. Its designers describe it as a “personal research assistant – inside your browser.” 
Wed., July 1 OR Friday, July 10 (choose one)
12:15-1:15 p.m.
Library Instruction Room  

RSVP to Maryke Barber at mbarber@hollins.edu 


Have an opinion? We thought so!

All current summer graduate students are invited to participate in the library’s summer student advisory board.  Join us for lunch to discuss how we can improve our current library programs and services, and help by providing input on new services. Nothing is required beyond your participation in the discussion – lunch is on us.

Wendesday, July 22, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch TBD

RSVP to Maryke Barber at mbarber@hollins.edu or 540-362-6592 and let her know if you have any dietary restrictions.

National Library Week: Featured Staff Member Karen Ryan

Thank you to everyone who has helped us celebrate National Library Week. Friday brings us to our final staff member bio. From the archives to the front lines, these are the people that make our library great.

Meet Karen Ryan, Circulation Coordinator

KarenHow long have you worked in libraries and how long have you worked at Hollins?
I started working at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library system in North Carolina when I was attending University in 1997. I met my now-husband four years later and moved to Virginia in 2002, starting at the Lynchburg Public Library’s law library/city hall branch the same week as the move. In 2003, a circulation position opened up at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College’s Lipscomb Library and I took the wonderful leap into the world of academic libraries. In the summer of 2013, I joined Hollins University as Wyndham Robertson Library’s Circulation Coordinator.

What is your favorite thing about libraries?
I was going to be a high school English teacher, but working at Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library at the same time I was completing my student teaching made me to realize that (to me) it was more fulfilling to have someone come to me in search of knowledge on any subject rather than to try to force the knowledge of one particular subject into people’s (sometimes unwilling) minds. And the subjects people bring questions about can be so varied and interesting! It is very fulfilling work.

Do you have a favorite moment at Hollins that you can share? Or what is your favorite aspect of your work at Hollins?
Most of my favorite moments are the day-today interactions with my student employees, co-workers, and our wonderful library patrons. Having the winning entry on the library’s Pie Day was a highlight as well.

Fill in the blank: If I wasn’t working in a library, I would be ___________________.
I suppose I would be a high school English teacher.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
I love gaming in all of its forms – tabletop RPGs, board games, video games, etc. I enjoy reading and writing science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, gothic and Lovecraftian horror, and paranormal fiction to name a few genres. I love graphic novels/comic series; I am currently reading Rat Queens and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves strong, quirky female leads. I’m fond of movies, museums, visiting historical places, and finding kitschy roadside attractions.

National Library Week: Featured Staff Member James Miller

Day four of National Library Weeks brings us another dedicated staff member at the Wyndham Robertson Library. From the archives to the front lines, these are the people that make our library great.

Meet James Miller, IT & Sciences Librarian

How long have you worked in libraries and how long have you worked at Hollins?
I’ve been in libraries since 2006 (first public libraries, a technical college library, and now an academic library). I started at Hollins in 2013.

What is your favorite thing about libraries and/or librarianship?
Most jobs push you to overspecialize, but librarianship can provide a fair amount of variety. I can lead an instruction session in the morning, then I might help a student with research on whether aboriginals in Guam have higher incidences of Parkinson’s because they eat bats. In the late afternoon I can immerse myself in learning web development. Not many careers allow someone to learn about eating bats and JavaScript in the same day.

Do you have a favorite moment at Hollins that you can share? Or your favorite aspect of your work at Hollins?
Playing miniature golf in the library with students during the spring festival last year was fun. Working with colleagues and students who are intelligent and creative is probably my favorite aspect of work at Hollins.

Fill in the blank: If I wasn’t a librarian I would be _______________.
….working in IT or um, I’m kind of drawing a blank here. My career test results were all over the map.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
Before having children I was regularly immersed in vegetable gardening, skateboarding, and playing tennis. Now, I try to integrate two toddlers into these activities with varying degrees of success and failure.

National Library Week: Featured Staff Member Casey Brozovsky

It’s Day 3 of National Library Week and we’re featuring another great staff member at the Wyndham Robertson Library! From the archives to the front lines, these are the people that make our library great.

Meet Casey Brozovsky, Technical Services Assistant

Casey_photoHow long have you worked in libraries and how long have you worked at Hollins?
I have worked in libraries for two years, and I have worked at the Hollins library for 14 months. I graduated from Hollins in 2009 with a double major in Business and French. While completing my undergraduate degree, I worked in Tuner Hall for work study.

What is your favorite thing about libraries and/or librarianship?
No matter the type of library, I think that libraries are non-exclusive learning environments that provide access to information in a special way that no other organization, person or Internet-based site can. Access to information and the learning environment are what I love most about libraries.


Do you have a favorite moment at Hollins that you can share? Or your favorite aspect of your work at Hollins?
My favorite moment at Hollins was my wedding! 🙂 My husband and I were married right inside the Chapel in 2010! A close second favorite moment would be my study abroad experiences in France during the Fall semester of my senior year.


Fill in the blank: If I wasn’t working in a library, I would be ___________________.
If I wasn’t working in a library, I would be a cat veterinarian! (We have 5 cats at home!)


What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
I am very active within my church and church community, so when I am not at work, I like to attend church gatherings, Bible study classes and fellowship with friends. Also, I help run our church’s bookstore! 🙂