Beneath the Surface Events At The Library

By: Chelsi Byrnes, Staff Writer

At the library this semester, the librarians have been hosting several events as a part of Lyndon’s Year of Compassion. In January, they hosted an author named Dan Swainback, to come and talk about his story. In February, they held a Hunger Banquet in the Stevens Dining Hall. During the month of March, they’ve done a variety of activities during lunchtime. Our librarian, Abbey Pasquence hosts the events.

Pasquence said, “We have about 160 people at our events.”

On January 26, a local author Dan Swainback came for a visit. He had talked about his book “The Farr Disease.” The book is about a Vermont family’s ongoing disease called (ALS). Susan Lynaugh joined him in which her family members are talked about in the book.

“She shared both warm and heartbreaking stories of the family’s struggle.” Pasquence said, “It was a wonderful discussion and he used some historical medical data which he turned into a compelling story makes us feel helpful.”

In February, they held the hunger event in the Stevens Dining Hall to help awareness of promote world hunger. It helped people realize the struggle with hunger in the world and for some it opened their eyes more. The Oxfam America Hunger Banquet showed attendees how hunger works.

“People divided into three groups based on income to show us how hunger happens in this country and other countries,” Pasquence said. “One group had rice another had fancy cider and were served food to them and got whatever food they wanted and the third group got rice and vegetables.”

In March, the library had weekly lunchtime activities. In the first week, they learned how to manage time and energy while dealing with mental or physical illness. The second week, they held the event “Walk A Mile in Their Shoes,” which was hosted by the Northeast Vermont Regional Hospital and Keene Medical Supply. The final event was during the Multicultural Week, in which discussed about aging and how we treat our elders from perspectives of many different cultures on campus.

They had an online text based game that  helps you know what it’s like living with illnesses and disabilities.

“They also had students build a lego house blindfolded to know what it’s like being blind,” Pasquence said.

“They had people read backwards like a person with dyslexia and the reading frustrated some people,”  Pasquence said. “ The program is designed for people who need to function everyday with disabilities.”

“They also learned perspectives on how you treat your elders in different countries like China, Africa and Germany.”  Pasquence said.