Library Highlights



National Poetry Month

Things to do during National Poetry Month


  • Read Poetry ; Hear Poetry; Poetry Live!
  • Learn about Poet Laureate for the U.S. Tracy K. Smith
  • Discover America’s first National Youth Poet Laureate — Amanda Gorman
  • Read about one of Illinois’ Poet Laureates:
    • Howard Austin, 1936-1962
    • Carl Sandburg, 1962-1967
    • Gwendolyn Brooks, 1968-2000
    • Kevin Stein, 2003-
  • Read some of the poems of author and poet, Maya Angelou, born April 4, 1928
  • Review Bible Books of poetry: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon.
  • Read about Charles Wesley, clergyman, poet, hymn writer and brother of John Wesley



Women’s History Month

After visiting the Northwestern exhibit150 Years of Women at Northwestern” Sherman’s Library created exhibits and bulletin boards honoring African American women of Northwestern and Garrett Seminary. We highlighted women of NU and Garrett including those Sherman members and women who have spoken at Sherman. (*) The research was done by library staffers Cheryl, Virginia, and Gloria.

African American History Month

On February 6th the Library presented “Tea and Talk” with Kathleen Bethel, who is the African American studies librarian at Northwestern. She gave an engaging and informative talk about her four years as a librarian at Johnson Publishing Company.  

Felicia and Kudzi

In September 2019 we bid farewell to Library staffers, Felicia and Kudzi Chiomadzi.  They joined Wellington who was appointed from the West Zimbabwe Annual Conference, as senior pastor to Armstrong Chapel UMC in West Lafayette, Indiana. He is also serving at both the Wesley and Baptist Student Campus Ministries at Purdue University. 


September-October 2018

During the months of September and October, the library celebrated  National Grandparents DaySherman’s 96th anniversary, the Fisk concert, Hispanic Heritage, National Book month, Barbershops and Books, Breast Cancer Awareness and Back to School 2018/2019 by recognizing Sherman’s students and educators.    

September/October Bibliography

Ayers, Dohrn, Ayers, William, Dohrn, Bernardine, & Ayers, Rick. Zero tolerance: Resisting the drive for punishment in our schools: A handbook for parents, students, educators, and citizens. New York: New Press. (2001).  ** 371.5 Zero (Donor: Darlene Eady) “Prominent educators and intellectuals, including the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Michelle Fine, and Patricia Williams, along with teachers, students, and community activists, show that the vast majority of students expelled from schools under new disciplinary measures are sent home for nonviolent violations.”

Brawley, James P. Two Centuries of Methodist Concern: Bondage, Freedom, and Education of Black People. New York: Vantage Press, 1974. ** 377.8 Brawley

Fields, Carl A, and Charles W. Daves. Black in Two Worlds: A Personal Perspective on Higher Education. Princeton, NJ: Red Hummingbird Press, 2006. **378 Fields (Donor Dr. Gessel Berry).  Fields (1919-1998) reflects on his experiences at Princeton University from 1964-1971 as the first black administrator to be hired there and at the University of Zambia from 1971-1974 as the only American black administrator.

Heller, Daniel A. Teachers Wanted: Attracting and Retaining Good Teachers. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2004. ** 371.1 Heller. (Donor: Darlene Eady)

Irby, Alvin. Barbershop Books  debut program of Reading Holiday Project, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit literacy organization in New York City. Developed in Harlem, Barbershop Books is a community-based program that creates child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops and provides early literacy training to barbers across America.                  

Ostrander, Richard. Why College Matters to God: An Introduction to the Christian College. Abilene, Tex: Abilene Christian University Press, 2012 ** (Donor: Dr. Gessel Berry) “introduction for students to the aims and purposes of a Christian college education”

Stone, Emily, Make It Better Magazine, Sept/Oct 2018 This is What Going Back to School Looks Like Around the World (website) article shows what it is like to be a student in:  Dar’a in the Syrian Arab Republic, Cameroon, Iraq, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Myanmar, Ghana, Afghanistan, Uganda, Jordan, Ukraine, Niger.

The I Promise School is Unique, Lebron James’ I Promise School, the first public school of its kind.  The school opened August 2018 and serves “low-icome and at-risk students in Akron, Ohio. (Source: By Faith Magazine, Sept/Oct 2018.

Trotter, F T, Samuel D. B. Cook, and Charles E. Cole. Politics, Morality and Higher Education: Essays in Honor of Samuel Dubois Cook. Franklin, TN: Providence House Publishers, 1997. ** 378 Trotter (Donor: Dr. Gessel Berry.)

What America’s Teacher Wish Parents Knew compiled by Judy and Tony Privett, Atlanta: Longstreet Press, 1993, 111 p. (“how-to book on raising children in homes of faith, love, security, and commitment.”) Goodreads review. 

Health and Wellness

Breast Cancer Resources. National Breast Cancer Foundation (website)

Coloring Mental Health Collective. Telling Our Untold & Unacknowledged Stories: Reflections from Black and Brown Bodies, 2018 Coloring Mental Health Conference, Chicago September 7-8, at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary & Los Angeles, October 26-27, Holman United Methodist Church, Coloring Mental Health Collective (CMHC) advocates and organizes for the mental wellness of Black and Brown people; it also seeks to dismantle oppressive ideologies and behaviors that cause emotional suffering. (website).

Ricciotti, Hope, Breast Cancer Prevention Cookbook. New York: W.W. Norton, 2002. ** (Donor: Darlene Eady)

World Health Organization. “World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries.”

Hispanic Heritage

Garza, Carmen Lomas, In my family = en mi familia / En mi familia paintings and stories by/cuadros y relatos de, Carmen Lomas Garza; as told to contados a, Harriet Rohmer; edited by/editados por, David Schecter, Francisco X. Alarcon. – San Francisco, Calif.: Children’s Book Press, c1996. – 1 v. (unpaged)** 

United Methodist Church

“Ask, Seek, Knock, Find” Sherman United Methodist Church, Sunday, October 20, 2002, 80th Anniversary Rev. Leon Willis. Cover Design, Basil Clunie.  (Donated by Leonard Gistover from the collection of Jeanne Gistover).

United Methodist Men unveil Heritage Stamp of Lena Horne (Source: “By Faith Magazine” Sept/Oct 2018.


CROP Hunger Walk Oct. 23 CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world.

Materials the Library Staff are Using

 My Favorite Songs, a CD by Bishop Lorenzo L. Kelly and Aretha Franklin’s Greatest Gospel Hits.


Karen Chavers, Evanston community activist.  Fighter for fair housing and community preservation, 1949-2018, founding board member and advisory board member of Shorefront Legacy Center.

Mayor Lorraine Morton, (December 1918 – September 2018), First Black, first Democratic and Evanston’s longest serving mayor, 1993-2009.

Tyler James Paul Stephan March 27, 2000 – October 1, 2018, brother of Brittney Stepan, student, Purdue University.

Warner Saunders, January 30, 1935 – October 9, 2018 Chicago NBC anchor, winner of 20 Emmys; graduate of Xavier University.

Keith Harris, husband of Vivian Harris, son of Dorothy Harris, brother of Duane and Sheldon, December 1952 – October 2018.

Worshippers killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 27.

Shange, Ntosake (October 18, 1948-October-28,2018) spoken word artist, playwright. Her first work For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf,” was nominated for a Tony Award in 1977. She was a champion of black women and girls, author of 15 plays, 19 poetry collections, six novels, five children’s books and three essay collections. 


  • Seven deadly sins from Mahatma Gandhi —Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, and Politics without principles.

  • The Bible is the only Book whose Author is always present when it is read.” (from Our Daily Bread “Fifteen-minute challenge” if we spend fifteen minutes a day reading God’s word, it would add up to ninety-one hours a year spending time with God.”
  • On Barbershop Books “…getting young black boys to say three words: I’m a reader.” Alvin Irby
  • “Let us pick up our books and pencils. They are our most powerful weapon.” Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for educating girls.
  • Grandparents
    • are a gift from God.
    • are the heart of the family.
    • a love that lasts a lifetime.
    • brighten lives
  • For students going back to school:
    • Keep God First; Always remember that you are not alone. Seek God when making friends; God has a plan for your life. By Patsy J. Thomas.
    • “I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (Source: Upper Room Monday September 3; Prayer focus: Educators)

Coming in November/December

  • All Saints Day – Remembering the dead in Christ
  • Honoring veterans by paying tribute to veterans
  • Thanksgiving
  • Native American Heritage Month
  • National Epilepsy Awareness Month
  • “Men’s Health Month
  • Advent 2018
  • Christmas
  • Kwanzaa