Current Displays

Concourse Display Case

28th Annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Award Nominees

This display showcases books nominated for the 28th annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA).

The NEMBA Awards will be presented at a public celebration on Thursday, May 26, in Kirby Ballroom on the UMD campus. The celebration will include featured speaker Michael Fedo, a book fair, and refreshments.

Attend the book fair and enjoy refreshments and a cash wine/beer reception starting at 5 pm. The program begins at 6:30 pm with guest speaker Michael Fedo followed by the awards presentation.

About the Speaker

Michael Fedo is a native of Duluth and a graduate of UMD and Kent State University (where he earned a master's degree in broadcasting and theater). Fedo briefly taught English at Duluth's Denfeld High School before leaving the area in 1964.

Fedo is the author of nine books, including locally significant books such as Zenith City: Stories from Duluth and The Lynchings in Duluth.

The Awards

Each year, NEMBA recognizes books that best represent northeastern Minnesota in the areas of history, culture, heritage, or lifestyle. This year, 44 books published in 2015 have been nominated.

NEMBA prizes are currently awarded in six categories: (1) Nonfiction (2) Fiction (3) Art, Photography (4) Children's Literature (5) Poetry, and (6) Memoir. 

The winning author in each category will receive a cash prize of $200. The winning author and the honorable mention in each category will receive a glass plaque as well as 100 NEMBA book seals.

NEMBA is a free community event sponsored by the Kathryn A. Martin Library at UMD with financial support from Friends of the Duluth Public Library, Lake Superior Writers, TCF Bank, and the UMD Stores.
For information, call 218-726-7889 or go to the NEMBA web page.

First Floor Interior Displays

Past Winners of NEMBA

Previous Northeastern Minnesota Book Award winners and books chosen for honorable mention are displayed in the library's first-floor interior display case. The titles represent the best in regional writing and are available for checkout. Stop at the Circulation desk to request an item.

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. There are millions of people who live with a mental illness. It affects all ages, sexes, cultures, races, and religions. There has always been a negative stigma surrounding mental illness, but with awareness, education, and kindness, we can all help.

This display contains information and resources about the topic of mental health.

Caps, Caps for Sale

An exhibit featuring the Michael S. Berman Political Collection is in the table-case in the Kathryn A. Martin Library lobby.

Content includes a selection of caps from the 1988 to 2000 presidential campaigns.

People have always worn hats. To protect from weather, to keep warm, to look fashionable, or to add a few inches of height to their frames. Today, we also use them to persuade and to advertise our point of view—as in politics.

The Michael S. Berman Political Collection is part of Martin Library's Archives and Special Collections. Berman, a longtime Democrat and UMD alumnus (class of 1961), held a number of roles in presidential politics after he completed law school. 

Fourth Floor Display

All Shakespeare!

In anticipation of the arrival of the 1623 First Folio volume of 18 of Shakespeare's plays, an ALL SHAKESPEARE display is featured on the Kathryn A. Martin Library's fourth floor.

The Library teamed with the English Department and the Tweed Museum of Art to successfully compete for the opportunity to showcase the FIRST FOLIO volume on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Museum. The First Folio will be at UMD in October 2016.

Martin Library's Archives and Special Collections drew upon selected items to create this display, documenting the fact that Shakespeare has had a consistent local presence from the 1880s forward.

Display themes include Shakespeare and the Bible, Shakespeare and Duluth, as well as Shakespeare and UMD.

Playbills and programs from early Duluth show that residents in 1884 attended a production of Macbeth in the Grand Opera House. The Duluth Playhouse and Blackthorn Theater mounted productions into the 1970s. UMD's theater department student productions included Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night in the 1930s, and just last month the department produced All's Well That Ends Well.

The display includes an 1888 Annual Report showing that Duluth public school libraries held volumes of Shakespeare. 

Four volumes from the Ramseyer Bible collection are opened to source passages of familiar phrases William Shakespeare modified and used in Richard II, Julius Ceasar, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and A Winter's Tale.


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