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A Class about the Bullet Journal System

The phenomenon of BuJo has come to Loyola, and Monroe Library is here to teach you all about it. BuJo stands for Bullet Journal, a way to organize via paper and pen. But it’s much more than organization: it’s a way to plan for the future, keep track of what you’ve done, and get creative. Using a specialized bullet system as its base, the bullet journal helps keep everything together and on track. And it is highly customizable!

Come find out why BuJo is a buzz-worthy word in the Library Living Room from 5pm-6pm on the First Day of Spring, March 20.

The first ten people to register get a free starter Bullet Journal! Supplies like colorful pens, rulers, and practice paper will be provided for everyone.

Hosted by Emily Bufford, Learning Commons Coordinator. Email Emily at to register.

Celebrating Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month

In his 1983 landmark study of national identity, Imagined Communities, Benedict Anderson writes that people are united by the fact that they’ve forgotten the same things. It is, Anderson asserts, the shared act of common remembering that draws people together (191-2). While there are many ways that we commemorate Black History Month, the library’s place as the repository of books and of memory itself positions it as a key site of imagined community for this shared remembering. In the interest of fostering such an act of communal memory, Monroe Library has assembled displays of our print and digital holdings in black history and culture in the United States.

Located at the LC desk, our print display features the work of black artists and thinkers from a wide range of disciplines: poetry, drama, music, fiction, visual arts, autobiography, and social commentary. We’ve assembled a chorus of voices, visions, and viewpoints that includes the earliest slave narratives, the poetry of the Harlem Renaissance, the theater of the Black Arts movement, and the contemporary cultural critique of bell hooks and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Feel free to stop by and check out a book from our display. Or, if you don’t see what you’re looking for, just ask a librarian.

If you’re interested in browsing our online, digital collections, be sure to check out our research guide – especially useful for class projects! The guide collects together a large range of digital materials on black culture, art, and history, including vintage and contemporary newspapers, print and electronic encyclopedias, ebooks, music, and movies.

- Victoria Elmwood

Work Cited

Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. New York: Verso, 2006.

Mardi Gras Break

Even though Monroe Library is closed Saturday February 25th through Wednesday March 1st in celebration of Mardi Gras, that doesn’t mean you can’t do some learning about Fat Tuesday right here on our website.  Check out the links below to see some past blog posts about the colorful history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. The library will re-open Thursday March 2nd and Friday March 3rd from 8am-6pm, and resume regular hours Saturday March 4th. We hope you have a wonderful and safe Mardi Gras season!

Blog posts about our Mardi Gras collections:

Mardi Gras at Loyola, 1983

The Colors of Carnival

How To Tuesday: King’s Cake Recipe

Mardi Gras Memories

Mardi Gras Literature

It’s Carnival Season!

Mardi Gras Coloring Pages


More Mardi Gras Archives

Collection Spotlight: Carnival

Welcome Back, Wolf Pack!

Happy Valentines Day! From LOYNO SCA!


Thompson, Basil. Childhood Scrapbook, circa 1900. Basil Thompson Papers, Box 4 Folder 4, Special Collections and Archives, Loyola University New Orleans., Louisiana Digital Library

Thompson, Basil. Childhood Scrapbook, circa 1900. Basil Thompson Papers, Box 4 Folder 4, Special Collections and Archives, Loyola University New Orleans., Louisiana Digital Library

Women’s March Archive at SCA

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Celebrate National Pie Day via the Jefferson Parish Extension Homemakers Council Cookbook.

A Book of favorite recipes, compiled by Jefferson Parish Extension Homemakers Council, 1979.

A Book of favorite recipes, compiled by Jefferson Parish Extension Homemakers Council.

Take a look at our TUMBLR for larger images of the recipe text, or view the book while visiting the Booth-Bricker Reading Room in Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives M-F 9-4:30.

Weather in New Orleans

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If you live in New Orleans, you know that the weather can change drastically day to day, especially in the winter. I’ve compiled a few photos from our Loyola University Photographs collection to illustrate the weather one might experience in a single week in January. Happy Monday, everyone! Stay warm! (or dry, or cool, depending..)

Happy New Year!

2017 is here! Happy New Year 9and almost Carnival) from Special Collections and Archives!

Surprise! Cookies!

Pop-up cookie parties are coming! The next time you’re in the library you just might look up to see a plate of homemade cookies coming your way…

Keep your eyes open starting December 8th! Happy studying!

Thanksgiving Break Reduced Hours

The J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library hours for the Thanksgiving
break are as follows:

Monday, November 21 7:30am-2:00am

Tuesday, November 22 7:30am-10:00pm

Wednesday, November 23 CLOSED

Thursday, November 24 CLOSED

Friday, November 25 CLOSED

Saturday, November 26 11:00am-6:00pm

Sunday, November 27 11:00am-2:00am

Monday, November 28 Normal Hours Resume
(also available at )

All of us here at Monroe Library hope you have the happiest of

Please contact Emily Bufford if you have any questions.

Learning Commons Coordinator