An Historical Look at Pride Month:

New York Times photo by Michael Evans (29 June 1970).

Today Pride Month is a month-long celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transexual, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ+) people. There are many activities across the country and the globe that bring awareness of the LGBTQ+ triumphs and struggles.  The first Gay Pride  gathering took place on June 28, 1970, with a march led by Gay activist groups in New York City in honor of the Stonewall Uprising of the previous June in Manhattan.  The uprising at Stonewall Inn occurred when the police raided the well-known Gay bar and encountered resistence.  These riots went on for six consecutive nights.  These marches or parades continued to be an annual event until it finally evolved into a month-long celebration. 

Check out our display case for books regarding current issues within the LGBTQ+ community.  There’s also a display of fiction and memoir on the table near the elevators.  For more New York Times articles use the A-Z Databases on the homepage to access the New York Times with Index database.  There you will find primary sources about many more historic moments in Pride history.  

Finals at the Library

It’s that time of the semester again.  Finals!  The library will be open overnight Wednesday & Thursday, April 27 & 28, 2022 for finals. It will be open from 7AM on Reading Day all the way through 9PM on Friday, April 29. Coffee will be served at midnight. Check out our new official “break room”.  RPL 300A will be a student space to relax, de-stress, and re-charge.

The Break Room will be open for students to chill out between 11PM & 7AM. The coffee will be served in there along with some light snacks. There will be games, puzzles, and coloring available while back-to-back episodes of “The Office” play on the big screen. 

Don’t forget to book your study room now if you are planning on using one.  They fill up fast during finals. You can reserve your own study room at

Take care of yourself through these stressful times.  Eat healthy, get enough sleep, and pace yourself.  You can do it.  

2nd Monday Author Series Returns

After a two-year hiatus from the popular program, the 2nd Monday Author Series is back. Join us Monday, April 11, 2022, at 7pm in room 300A at the Ross Pendergraft Library & Technology Center. We are happy to have Eli Cranor, a Russellville … [Continue reading]

7th International Film Festival

    Tonight kicks off the 7th International Film Festival presented by the Ross Pendergraft Library and the English and World Languages Department. The film is Undine (2020), a German film with English subtitles, about a historian … [Continue reading]

Gifts from Japan

The Ross Pendergraft Library wishes to say “Domo arigatou gozaimasu” to the Read Japan Project for the donation of 162 books about Japanese studies to the library’s collection.  The books were received last week from the Nippon Foundation through the … [Continue reading]

Unjudge Someone: Human Library Coming to RPL

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The Ross Pendergraft Library and the Social Movements class are working together to bring a Human Library to Tech. This is happening at the library in room 300B on Thursday, November 4, 2021. This will be the fifth Human Library to take place here … [Continue reading]

Echoes of the River Valley

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  Echoes of the River Valley is a series of events that celebrate, explore, and preserve traditional folk arts of the Arkansas River Valley. From music to social dancing to hand quilting. Come and experience these activities as they have been … [Continue reading]

Starting Out Normal?

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Starting Out Normal?Welcome and welcome back! Here’s to starting a new academic year in a more traditional way than last year. Hopefully, things can remain normal, whatever that may be. However,  we are prepared to serve your needs whether your … [Continue reading]

The Time of Your Life

Are you experiencing FOMO watching all your friends travel to distant places for their summer vacation?  Too broke or too busy to fly?  The library has just purchased two first-class tickets to the most exotic and hard-to-reach destination of all: … [Continue reading]

Like Us? Love Us? Want Us to Do Better? Tell us!

If you haven’t had a chance to take the Library survey, take three minutes and help us, help you: Take the Library Survey.  Available until Friday, April 16th, the annual library survey is your chance to suggest changes, recommend new services or … [Continue reading]