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In the Concourse

Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards

In this display, visitors can view the winning titles in six categories announced at the May 18, 2017, NEMBA celebration.

The 29th annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards honored books published in 2016, showcasing books that captured the spirit of the Northland and substantially represented Northeastern Minnesota. 

The featured speaker was Larry Weber, a nature writer.  

To see the winning book covers and descriptions online, go to the NEMBA web page.

First Floor Interior Displays

Past Winners of the Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards

This display contains a selection of past winners and books chosen for honorable mention during the 29 years that the library has sponsored the Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards. 

Since its inception, the contest has expanded from one award to an array of awards in six categories. Each year in May, winners and all nominated books are showcased in a grand celebration of regional works that celebrate the spirit of the Northland. 

For more information, contact Gail Trygstad at 218-726-7889.

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

This library display contains materials in the library collection that support learning about mental illness and its treatment.

When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concern, sometimes it’s a lot to handle. It’s important to remember that mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. Yet, people experience symptoms of mental illnesses differently—and some engage in potentially dangerous or risky behaviors to avoid or cover up symptoms of a potential mental health problem. 

That is why this year’s theme for May is Mental Health Month—Risky Business. It is a call to educate ourselves and others about habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or could be signs of mental health problems themselves. Activities like compulsive sex, recreational drug use, obsessive internet use, excessive spending, or disordered exercise patterns can all be behaviors that can disrupt someone’s mental health and potentially lead them down a path towards crisis. 

May is Mental Health Month was started 68 years ago by Mental Health America to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. MHA has developed a series of fact sheets on specific behaviors and habits that may be warning signs of something more, risk factors and signs of mental illness, and how and where to get help when needed. 

For more information on May is Mental Health Month, visit Mental Health America’s website

A Presidential Campaign, 1984

An exhibit featuring the Michael S. Berman Political Collection is in the table-case in the Kathryn A. Martin Library lobby.

In 1984 former Vice President Walter Mondale (Minnesota) was the Democratic candidate in the Presidential election. His running mate, Geraldine Ferraro, was the first female vice presidential candidate to represent a major American political party.

The Michael S. Berman Political Collection includes materials gathered during UMD alumnus Mike Berman’s work as campaign coordinator for Mondale’s presidential campaign. The display features administrative documents from the campaign, including a copy of the Republican Party’s “opposition research” on Walter Mondale. These documents reveal the complexity, depth of detail, and logistical planning involved in mounting a major campaign on a national scale.

The Berman Political Collection is held by Kathryn A. Martin Library’s Archives and Special Collections unit.

Fourth Floor Display

All Shakespeare

UMD hosted the 1623 First Folio volume of almost all of Shakespeare's plays (36 in total, including 18 never published before) in the Tweed Museum of Art from October 4 to 26, and the library's Archives and Special Collections team created a supplementary ALL SHAKESPEARE display on the Kathryn A. Martin Library's fourth floor.

"The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare" exhibit was on loan from the Folger Library in Washington, D.C.

Martin Library's Archives and Special Collections drew upon selected items to create its All Shakespeare display, documenting the fact that Shakespeare has had a consistent local presence from the 1880s forward.

Display themes include Shakespeare and the Bible, Shakespeare and Duluth, as well as Shakespeare and UMD.