Mount’s Kaplan Family Library celebrates fifth anniversary

February 06, 2019

Dr. Jason Adsit cuts celebratory cake at Kaplan Library birthday

Dr. Jason N. Adsit, president of Mount Saint Mary College, cuts the first piece of cake at the recent Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center birthday celebration.

Mount Saint Mary College’s Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center marked its fifth anniversary last week with a celebration Mass, a showing of the college’s recently obtained Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition, and birthday cake for all.
After the special Mass celebrated by Fr. Gregoire Fluet, chaplain and director of Campus Ministry, the Mount community gathered to learn about the library’s history from Mount President Dr. Jason Adsit and Library Director Barbara Petruzzelli. Dr. Adsit then cut the first piece of birthday cake.
Later in the day, students, faculty, and staff enjoyed the majestic Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible – the only handwritten and illuminated Bible produced in more than 500 years. Using medieval inks, materials, and methods, an international team of artists and calligraphers worked for 15 years to create the seven volumes that comprise the Saint John’s Bible.
Mount Saint Mary College recently acquired the full seven-volume Heritage Edition set of the Saint John’s Bible, a fine art reproduction that captures the original down to the smallest details.
That same day, James Finn Cotter, the college’s longest serving professor, discussed the intricacies of the Saint John’s Bible and others like it in his talk “The Book within the Book in Medieval Illumination.”
Five years ago in January, hundreds of students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the college gathered to form a human chain, and passed 25 final selected books to the college’s state-of-the-art library. The chain spanned from Aquinas Hall – home of the former Curtin Memorial Library – up the hill to the Dominican Center, site of the Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center. Cotter started the books off at the old library.
The chain mirrored a similar event in Mount history, when students and faculty helped move the library contents from the Villa Madonna to Aquinas Hall in 1963.
In just a few years, the Kaplan Family Library has become a staple of the college. On top of cutting-edge digital information and a wealth of printed materials, the library serves as a venue for many of the college’s free, public talks, including the Investigating Research on Campus (iROC) series, as well as talks sponsored by the college’s prestigious Catholic and Dominican Institute.