By: Lexie Murphy
On Monday, November 13th, 2017, Chancellor James Beingessner and President and Vice-Chancellor Katherine Bergman welcomed many individuals to an Illuminated High Tea in support of the St. Jerome’s University Library Expansion, set to take place in 2018. Guests came to St. Jerome’s from near and far to enjoy a very special talk and homemade finger foods and were treated to a special guest lecture by Dr. Greti Dinkova-Brunn, librarian of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (PIMS) at the University of Toronto, entitled “Selecting Sacred Scripture: How the Biblical Canon was Created”. Dr. Dinkova-Brunn spoke about the Biblical Canon’s uniqueness and beauty that is seen throughout the set of texts as well as the history behind creating them. After her engaging talk, individuals at the High Tea received an exclusive viewing of a priceless original tenth-century Carolingian manuscript and a gorgeous fifteenth-century book of hours.
The week following the High Tea, November 13th-18th, an exhibit of precious medieval manuscript facsimiles on loan from the PIMS was on display in the St. Jerome’s University Atrium for all to come and experience. Members of the D.R.A.G.E.N.S Lab were very excited to share their knowledge with the community and help look after the manuscripts throughout the week. Groups ventured in all week to experience the display for themselves, all of whom have been looking forward to the event for some time. The week was a great success for the manuscripts and the D.R.A.G.E.N.S Lab who organized the event.
The St. Jerome’s University Library is in the final stages of planning and preparation for the upcoming renovation that is set to take place in 2018. The Library staff are hard at work fine tuning all the details in order to make a library for research, comfort and focus for everyone to enjoy in the future years of St. Jerome’s. If you are interested in the library renovation, take a look around and come talk to Zack MacDonald in the Library. Leave some feedback or suggestions on this page. Don’t forget to check back in for new updates on the New St. Jerome’s Library!