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About the Library: 2004-2008

This guide contains the nuts and bolts information about our library. Here is where you find out about our policies, assessment, history, and view the appropriate links for even more information.


  • April 2005  Reception for Faculty,  Honors Day
  • March 2005

Dr. Sally Browder, Associate Professor of Psychology "The Gender Gap in Science."  

  • Display  Women and the Sciences
  • February 2005  Susan Steelman, M.L.I.S.,from the University of Arkansas Medical Science Library

Gems of Health Information & Statistics and Arsenic & Old Lace: Identifying Chemical Hazards in Everyday Life 

  • January  Dr. Tom Carpenter  "Israel After Arafat"  January 27 at 4 PM.
  • Display: Diversity in America


December 2004  Free Snowflakes at the library!  Come and get a free snowflake to cut out! 

Amnesty Days  Bring cans, bags, or boxes of food to the library and we'll forgive your fees, fines, and over dues.  The food goes to "Help and Hope" of Batesville.

  • November 2004  Presidential Legacies  Dr. David Stricklin, Associate Professor of History at Lyon College

November 1, at 3 PM @ the library.

  • October 2004  Display: Features Dr. Paul Bube, The W. Lewis McColgan Professor of Religion this month.

Tricks and Treats.  Come to the front desk at the library and let us show you some tricks for navigating in Academic Search Premier.  Then we'll give you a treat!  How about a bag of M&M's or Starbursts?

  • September 2004
  • Jennifer Paddock "A Secret Word."  Jennifer is surrounded by the Batesville High School Book Club who attended her reading.


  • Display:  Works by Arkansas authors, Constitution of the United States.
  • January  Dr. Bradley Gitz, The William Jefferson Clinton Professor of International Politics   "International Terrorism. "   January 24, 11 AM @ the library.  


  • Displays Daisy Bates, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King
  • February  Andrea Hollander Budy, poet in residence

An Evening of Love Poems- Tuesday, February 14, 7:30 p.m., Mabee-Simpson Library

  • Wolf CDs to be featured on radio shows

The two-CD collection of folk music released by the Lyon College Regional Studies Center last spring will be the focus of two upcoming episodes of the radio program “Arkansongs.” Sounds of the Ozark Folk contains more than two hours of live music from the 1963 Arkansas Folk Festival. The recordings were originally made by Dr. John Quincy Wolf Jr., and donated by his widow, Bess Millen Wolf, to the Regional Studies Center. 

  • March  Dr. Michael Counts performs his original play: Our Flag Was Still There.    
  • Displays First women graduates of Lyon College:   Mary Maxfield, Susie Butler, and Cynthia Scherer in 1876. 
  • April  Faculty Reception, Honors Day, 3 PM.   
  • Displays:  Faculty publications, and books suggested to start researching  your Scottish heritage.
  • May

Amnesty Days until May 4th.  Bring us the food and books, and we'll forgive those overdue fines.  The food will go to "Help and Hope" of Batesville to feed those less fortunate than you. 

  • August 
  • Faculty and staff ice-cream social:  4-5 PM @ the library.  August 16, Tuesday. 

"World War II Remembered"  August 30, Tuesday, 10:30.  The Scottish Rite Freemasons of Arkansas and Mr. Gabe Gentry the director and editor,  are donating this collection to the Mabee-Simpson Library at Lyon College.  Dwane Treat (right) head of Scottish Rite Masonry in Arkansas, presents the DVD collection to Lyon President Walter Roettger.

  • September Dr. Scott Roulier, September 11, Sunday, 4 PM  "The September Project
  • Banned Books Week, September 24-October 1, 2005.  Exhibit of banned books in lobby. 
  • October 2005  Collection highlighted:  DVD and CDs.
  • November  Author Clyde Rodgers Book Reading

"Lives of Quiet Desperation," and "Just Tuning My Air Guitar: Stories and Poems from the Arkansas Delta."  November 6

  • November Displays: Arkansas Authors.  
  • December  Amnesty Days at the library!  

The library offers forgiveness of overdue fines and fees if you bring back the books and give us food for "Help and Hope." 

  • Displays:  Christmas Toys and Ornaments from Europe  .


  • August 2006  Marjorie Seasholtz Retires

Ms. Marjorie Seasholtz retired at the end of August this year.  The library hosted a reception in her honor on August 29th.  She worked at the library for 7 years and we wish her well on her retirement adventures with grandson Bryce and husband Chuck.

  • September 
  • Displays The first Amendment Of The Constitution, Banned Books, and the First Amendment.
  • October
  • Displays The Career of Dr. Dorothy Landis Gray.

The library display this month features Dr. Dorothy Landis Gray.  Dr. Gray was professor of music at Lyon from 1946-1986.  She will be on campus during Home Coming October 21 and 22 and  will conduct an alumni choir for "The Kirkin O' the Tartans" on Sunday.  The displays have original 1946 programs  and  the student newspaper the Highlander, as well as many photos of the choirs, Landis, and the Lassies and Lads.  A contest was also held and a total of about 50 pounds of candy was given away to those students who could guess who the "mystery lady" was in the display cases. (Dorothy Landis Gray)

  • November  Dr. David Thomas   "Searching for Life in the Solar System and Beyond"  November 7, 1 p.m.

Dr. Thomas is an associate professor of biology at Lyon College, where he is also the campus representative to the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium. Before coming to Lyon College, Dr. Thomas helped to develop the life support systems for the International Space Station. He has also worked at summer programs at NASA's Ames and Kennedy Space Centers. Dr. Thomas actively pursues research in astrobiology, and is interested in all space missions that provide insight into the evolution and distribution of life in the Universe.

  • August  Dr. Martha Beck  "The Rise and Fall of Athenian Democracy"

Dr. Beck presented life in Greece as Plato on August 31, at 4 p.m. at the Mabee Simpson  Library. 

  • September  Lyon library to host unique joint art exhibition

Three members of the Lyon community are pooling their talents for a unique art show designed to "Burn the Buddha."  On Sept. 11 at 7 p.m., the Mabee-Simpson Library will unveil the exhibit "Burning Buddha in Batesville." John Chiaromonte, Gary Harris, and Kenton Adler are the joint contributors, and the exhibit will run a month in the lobby of the library and is a form of micro art.

  • Display  Founding Fathers of the Constitution and the Dahlquist shelf contains books about the U. S. Constitution.
  • October  Dr. George Lankford  "Reachable Stars" (University of Alabama Press 2007) 

Dr. Lankford explores the ways ancient North Americans used the stars to create and inspire their stories and traditions.

  • Displays

Banned books, Homecoming photos from 1914-15.

Dahlquist bookshelf  History of Baseball.

  • November

James L. (Skip) Rutherford  An Early Look at the 2008 Election  November 7, 7 p.m. @ Nucor Auditorium
Reception after @ library

  • December

Amnesty @ the Library

Display Reading Lists for the holidays

Dahlquist Shelf  Christmas adult fiction

  • January 2008  Displays Japanese Wedding Kimonos

The Mabee-Simpson Library of Lyon College is displaying vintage wedding kimonos that are on loan from First Community Bank of Batesville, Arkansas.  Mr. Dale Cole, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, purchased them from his friend, Harvey Bell who currently resides in Japan.  The gowns will be displayed until the end of January and the display is open to the public. Call 307-7444 for more information.

  •  “Beuys Will Be Beuys”

John Chiaromonte will be at the library on January 22, at 11 a.m. to open the micro exhibit “Beuys will be Beuys

  •  February 2008  Dr. Brooks Blevins  "The 'Arkansas Ghost' Trial:  The Strange Story of the Murder of Connie Franklin."

The lecture is on February 27, Wednesday, at noon and is free and open to the public. 

  • March 2008  Dr. Elizabeth Jacoway   "Turn Away Thy Son: The Crisis That Shocked the Nation." 

March 25, Tuesday, NOON @ the Mabee Simpson Library

  • April 2008  David Sonnier Fides et Ratio  (Faith and Reason)  April 23, Noon

David Sonnier, associate professor of computer science at Lyon College, is presenting Fides et Ratio (Faith and Reason) at the Mabee Simpson Library

  • Good-bye reception for Deanna Devall

A good-bye reception was held for Deanna Devall at the Mabee-Simpson Library on May 1, at 4:30.  Deanna is leaving the library, moving, and getting married!

  • The Lyon Recyclers met at the library on April 30 for a rip roarin' party.  That is they ripped out hundreds of pages from books for recycling.  
  • Amnesty @ the Library




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