2014 Library Scholars Announced!

The Library Scholar award recognizes students who have demonstrated growth in and increased understanding of information literacy through independent study or research. Students were nominated by faculty; winners were chosen through an application process reviewed by the award committee.

A hearty thank you to all faculty who submitted nominations and to the many students who produced such quality work and applications.

The winners (and nominators) of the 2014 Trexler Library Scholars competition are:

  • Kristen Wendt ‘15 – Nominated by Prof. Susan Clemens and Prof. Sally Richwine
  • Michael Schramm ‘14 – Nominated by Prof. Daniel Wilson

A library display highlighting this year’s award winners will be posted near the reading lounge on Level A of Trexler Library.

A special thank you to our judges: Dr. Michael Huber, Dean of Academic Life Rachel Hamelers, Librarian Peter Schartel, Class of ‘15, 2013 Library Scholar

Congratulations to our 2014 Trexler Library Scholars!

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First Annual Edible Book Festival Recap

Our first annual edible book festival, which took place Friday, April 11th, was a smashing success! Over a dozen contestants contributed a veritable buffet of edible books representing an array of literary genres and authors. Prizes were awarded for Most Booklike, Most Humorous, Best Student Entry, People’s Choice, and Best in Show. Attendees were invited to sample the entries after the awards presentation and all agreed the entries were both imaginative and delicious!

most book like

WINNER: Most Booklike
Bake at Fahrenheit 451
Faculty/Staff Entry: Katy Mangold

most humorous

WINNER: Most Humorous
12 Angry Henz – 12 Angry Men
Faculty/Staff Entry: Rachel Hamelers

people's choice

WINNER: People’s Choice
WINNER: Best Student Entry
Cinnamon World of Roald Dahl – The works of Roald Dahl/ Student Entry: Alex McKhann, Emily Baldasarra, Hannah Cook, Matt Dicken, Brian Pacelli, Marc Jablonski

best in show

WINNER: Best in Show
The House of Seven “Clark” Gables
Faculty/Staff Entry: Joy LeFevre

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Special Collections & Archives Highlights: “Frakturs: American Illuminated Manuscripts”

Hand-decorated birth certificate of Michael Lang, 1802

Hand-decorated birth certificate of Michael Lang, 1802

To commemorate important rites of passage, such as births, baptisms, graduations, and marriages, the Pennsylvania Germans celebrated with an art form that is unique in American folk art: the fraktur.Badge_final

Though frakturs have their antecedents in European models descended from illuminated manuscripts, examinations of examples in French, Swiss, and German folk art museums show that they cannot compare with American frakturs in complexity, vividness, or sheer number.

Birth and baptism certificate for Heinrich Motz, 1832

Birth and baptism certificate for Heinrich Motz, 1832

The word “fraktur” was derived from a 16th-century type font of the same name. A fraktur essentially must meet two qualifications: it must utilize this font, and include designs in or around the text. Typically, the design would be symmetrical, and comprised mostly of greens, blues, reds, and yellows. The most common style of fraktur was that of the birth or baptismal certificate, but other formats included decorated books and bookplates (like the one pictured below), Valentines, Vorschriften or writing specimens, and religious broadsides.

Bookplate of Christian Steeley, 1826

Bookplate of Christian Steeley, 1826

The earliest frakturs produced in America came from the Ephrata Cloisters in the 1740s. The artists creating frakturs were typically teachers and ministers, and fully handmade frakturs continued to be created alongside printed versions which were to be hand-colored and filled in with names and dates. The demand for birth and baptismal frakturs was so great that first Ephrata, then Reading and Allentown, became centers of mass-production.

Detail of 1829 partially-printed birth certificate

Detail of 1829 partially-printed birth certificate







Surprisingly, frakturs were not intended for display, but to be tucked away inside of Bibles or chests to be kept as vital records. Thus, away from potential sun-damage, they have often remained bright and well-preserved.

While artists typically did not sign their works, a few of the examples in Special Collections contain the initials of the artists.

While artists typically did not sign their works, a few of the examples in Special Collections contain the initials of the artists.

Trexler Library’s frakturs are part of the Pennsylvania German Collection, held in Special Collections and Archives.








Conner, Paul and Jill Roberts. Pennsylvania German Fraktur and Printed Broadsides.   Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1988. (P.G. 745.6709748 L697p)

Shelley, Donald A. The Fraktur-Writings or Illuminated Manuscripts of the Pennsylvania Germans. Allentown, PA: The Pennsylvania German Folklore Society, 1961. (P.G. 974.81 P4154 v.23)

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Edible Book Festival Rules



The rules are simple: all entries must be made of edible materials, and must be somehow inspired by the title or contents of a book. Each entry can be a reflection, representation, or interpretation. Use your imagination!  Muhlenberg students, faculty, staff, and members of the Allentown community are invited to participate.

Prizes will be awarded for the following categories:

Most Booklike • Most Humorous • Best Student Entry • People’s Choice • Best in Show

A few requirements to ensure an enjoyable Festival:

– Entries should be constructed only of technically EDIBLE substances. (Non-edible support materials such as toothpicks are permitted but must be listed on the registration form).

–Registration takes place on the day of the Festival. There will be an entry form to complete when you bring your submission.

– You are welcome to display your book inspiration [or cover image] alongside your entry.

– Entries must not need any additional care like refrigeration during the festival.

–By entering, you give Trexler Library permission to photograph your entry, (and you, if you are a prize-winning entrant).

–The Trexler Library Edible Book Festival planning committee reserves the right to reject any entry that they believe is unsuitable for the competition. (Nothing in poor taste, please!).

–Entrants and guests are invited to share the tasting of the entries at the end of the Festival, but Trexler Library accepts no responsibility for the food safety of said items. Participants consume at their own risk.

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First Annual Edible Book Festival

Edible Book Festival Poster FacebookIn celebration of Trexler Library’s 25th anniversary we are hosting our First Annual Edible Book Festival.  Competitors utilize edible materials to create works that are representations or interpretations of books.   Entries can involve a play on the words of a book title (“S’more and Peace”), a reference to an author (“Ezra Pound Cake”), or physically be in the shape of a book.  Participation is open to the Muhlenberg community and the neighboring public.

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2015 Budget of the United States Government now online

Issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Budget of the United States Government is a collection of documents that contains the budget message of the President, information about the President’s budget proposals for a given fiscal year, and other budgetary publications that have been issued throughout the fiscal year.

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Barack H. Obama. Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
Budget of the U.S. Government Contains the Budget Message of the President, information on the President’s priorities, budget overviews organized by agency, and summary tables.
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Spring Break Library Hours

March 3rd -7th: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 8th: Closed. March 9th: 6 p.m.-1 a.m.

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E-Book Collection Grows Exponentially at Trexler

Via the Trexler Library website, Muhlenberg students, staff, and faculty have immediate access to over 130,000 scholarly press (primarily university press) e-books.
One way to access the e-book collection is to type any title or keyword in the large Encompass Search box on the Trexler Library home page.
For instance, in the Encompass Search box, type in Japanese internment. Several of the results will be e-books. Click on VIEW NOW to see the full text of any of the e-books. Here is an example text.
Search within the text by typing into the box marked “Search Document.” To print selected pages (typically up to 10 percent of the total is permitted), click on the InfoTools tab. To download selections, click on Download after creating a user account.
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Panel Discussions of Landmark Documentary Films

In honor of the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, Muhlenberg College is hosting panel discussions of three award-winning documentaries chronicling important aspects in U.S. civil rights history.
SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME & FREEDOM RIDERS Panel Discussion of Films March 11 – 7:00-8:30 p.m. led by Prof. Roberta Meek Muhlenberg College -Trexler Library – Level A Concourse
THE LOVING STORY Panel Discussion of Film April 8 – 7:00-8:30 p.m. led by Prof. Roberta Meek Muhlenberg College -Trexler Library – Level A Concourse
***All films can be viewed in their entirety on-line at http://createdequal.neh.gov/***
In addition, free screening of the films will take place on March 10 and April 7, 7-8:30, in Trexler Library.
More about the films:
Slavery by Another Name is about the huge system of forced, unpaid labor that affected many Southern black men, lasting until World War II.
Freedom Riders is about the white and black volunteers who risked beatings, imprisonment, or even death to promote the cause of civil rights.
The Loving Story is about the legal battle over interracial marriage.
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Feb. 14: Open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Due to inclement weather, Trexler Library will operate on a shortened schedule.  The library will be open today, Friday February 14, from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

The Faculty Author Reception scheduled for Mark Wolfmeyer is canceled and will be rescheduled for a future sunny day.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

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