Mount celebrates Library Week with American history and Dominican heritage

February 14, 2018

MSMC Library Week 2018 was a success.

Students from the Mount’s Dominican Scholars of Hope, as well as Campus Ministry, presented “Dominican Values Revealed in News of the World” as part of the college’s Library Week.


From the history of the Civil War as told by an avid reenactor to a traditional Tex Mex meal, Mount Saint Mary College celebrated its 12th annual Library Week by immersing the campus in the historical fiction novel, News of the World.

The events were part of the Knight Reading program, the Mount’s campus-wide shared reading experience. Members of the Mount community, including students, staff, and faculty, are all encouraged to read the same book, News of the World, during the 2017-2018 year. 

This year’s Library Week celebrations, spearheaded by the Mount’s Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center, brought the novel to life across campus through a variety of programs.

Josh Mordin, a Civil War enthusiast and reenactor, kicked off Library Week detailing the causes and repercussions of the Civil War. Mordin discussed the pre-war period through the major battles and campaigns, post-war politics, and the challenges of Reconstruction. He also revealed the history of the West Texas frontier – the setting for News of the World – as well as its history after the Mexican War, the influx of immigrants, and conflict between German immigrants and Native Americans. The presentation included a display of Civil War weapons, a Union uniform, and more, 


MSMC Library Week 2018 was a success.

During the Mount’s Library Week, Josh Mordin, a Civil War enthusiast and reenactor, discussed the causes and effects of the Civil War on Texas and beyond. 


Another highlight of the Mount’s Library Week was “Dominican Values Revealed in News of the World,” a presentation by 20 students from the college’s Dominican Scholars of Hope and Campus Ministry.

The students described how they saw the four pillars of the Dominican Order – prayer, study, service, and community – unfold in News of the World. They gave a short lecture on the topic, as well as performing a skit and hosting an interactive game to test participants’ knowledge.

The student presenters were Derek O’Hanlon of Goshen, N.Y.; Christopher Blackwell of Yonkers, N.Y.; Michelle Carnovale of Massapequa, N.Y.; Sarah Confeiteiro of Yonkers, N.Y.; Emma Granholm of Island Park, N.Y.; Raiya Isaac of Hawthorne, N.J.; Jessica Kovach of Flushing, N.Y.; Victoria Kuhr of Holbrook, N.Y.; Courtney Manniello of Bronx, N.Y.; Meredith Murphy of Mahwah, N.J.; Hallie Benson of Miller Place, N.Y.; Amanda DiFazio of West Babylon, N.Y.; Nicole Dreisbach of Dumont, N.J.; Rebecca Goldberg of Massapequa, N.Y.; Leila Saleh of Ansonia, Conn.; Margaret Seely of Berwick, Penn.; Katelynn Whitfield of Garden City, N.Y.; Alyssa Picard of Torrington, Conn.; Christina Mistretta of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Molly Jensen of Bayport, N.Y.  

Other Library Week events included a movement workshop by Elizabeth Harper, assistant professor of Biology; a lecture detailing Native American culture; and crafts.


MSMC Library Week 2018 was a success.

Mount Saint Mary College's Elizabeth Harper, assistant professor of Biology, presented “Follow Your Own Journey: A Movement Workshop” to help celebrate the Mount’s Library Week.