Nuclear Nonproliferation Events and Display

The Jonathan Edwards Library announces a display of 40 posters and a book display in commemoration of the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the April 24 – 26th Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference.

  • The exhibit will remain up through April 30th.



April Is:

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The Library is featuring a display of books on sexual assault awareness and prevention now on the first and ground floors.
Book display in Library

The Berkshires and Massachusetts State Assistance.

National Programs


The library has a new director

Richard Felver

The Jonathan Edwards Library is pleased to announce and welcome Richard Felver as its new director. Felver replaces longtime director Nancy Walker, who retired in June.

Felver joined BCC on Aug. 1. Most recently he worked as a librarian for the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Previously, he worked as the electronic and distance education librarian at Southeastern University in Florida and as a librarian/media specialist at a Christian school.

Prior to entering librarianship, Felver was an educator, director and musical performer. He earned his bachelor degree in music (piano). He later earned an MLS degree and later an MBA while at Southeastern University.

A native of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Felver is the father of two young children.





The Latest Edition of Zine.

The Latest Edition of Zine.

On April 24th the Jonathan Edwards Library was honored to have a Zine Event in the Library.  Organized by Zine faculty adviser, Professor Julianna Spallholz, and featuring readings by some of the contributors to Zine, the event was a smashing success.  Also featured was a slide presentation of exceptional student art by Nikki Hall and Sergio DiGirolamo.

At the beginning of the event Professor Spallholz announced the creation of the BCC Writer’s Room, a creative writing group.   If anyone wants get involved, please contact Zine co-editor, Nikki Hall

The event was attended by over fifty attendees.

The event was attended by over fifty attendees.


The first reading was made by Stephen Grabowski, whose work was Sunrise/Sunset.  The second reading, The Ballad Of Dr. FeelGood, was given by Nikki Hall.  Eric Vogel then recited his work, Tale of An Angel.  Will deManbey then read an excerpt from his short story, Between.

After the readings were finished everyone had the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful table of cheese, punch and sweets provided by Kevin Kennedy and the BCC cafeteria.  The room remained crowded with writers, faculty and well- wishers, and the consensus was that events like this should occur again in the Library.  This was a wonderful way to celebrate literature and the arts at BCC.

Tom Tyning presents Snakes! at the Jonathan Edwards Library

Did you know that there are fourteen species of snakes in Western Massachusetts, and with the exception of the unfortunately very rare timber rattlesnake, none are venomous?  Professor Tyning presented an intriguing talk on snakes, and even brought along some live specimens for the audience to touch.  There was a good crowd in attendance, and plenty of opportunity for the curious to ask questions.  Tom featured his excellent website in the discussion.  We highly recommend that you peruse it, as here you can find in-depth descriptions of snakes and their habitats, as well as photographs for identifying these.  The site can be found at  And if you are worried about Rattlesnakes on Mount Greylock, don’t; there aren’t any in North County.

Ellen Kennedy and Bob Deluca get to hold a snake.

President Ellen Kennedy and Bob Deluca at the presentation.


Library Assistant Roz Broch makes a friend.

Library Assistant Roz Broch makes a new friend.

Food For Thought

Food for Thought is a series of diverse and informal presentations given by and for BCC faculty and staff.  The Jonathan Edwards Library holds three to four presentations each semester.  Sessions are held at 2:00 in the library and usually last about an hour, with specific dates to be determined.  Event open to faculty and staff members.
Spring 2014 Food For Thought Offering
Fabulous Snakes of Berkshire County :
Food for Thought by Tom Tyning
WHERE:    Jonathan Edwards Library, Reference Room
WHEN:     Thursday Feb. 27 at 2:00
Please plan on joining us for this spring’s first FFT presentation.  Tom Tyning, reptile and amphibian expert extraordinaire, will give a presentation highlighting some of the least known and most fascinating animals in our backyard.   The illustrated talk will cover ways of identifying snakes, a bit about their biology, interesting tidbits about their behavior, and methods snakes use to protect themselves and reproduce.  Light refreshments will be served. 
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake Crotalus Adamanteus
Professor Tom Tyning
Professor Tom Tyning

Tom,  is a longtime BCC environmental science professor and well-known in Berkshire County and beyond for his writings and lectures on environmental topics.  He earned M.S. and B.S. degrees from UMass/Amherst and his book A Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles is in our collection.   Tom’s presentations are always informative, entertaining, and thought-provoking