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Nobel Week brings pop-up libraries on laureates and their legacies

September 6, 2018

What do Swedish fish candies and celebration of the most august international prizes have in common? You can find out Oct. 1-8 at pop-up library displays at both James Branch Cabell Library and Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences.

The tables in honor of Nobel Week will be open all day, with librarians and a bowl of Swedish fish candies present 1 to 2 p.m. weekdays at Cabell Library. Tompkins-McCaw will also offer a display.

The Nobel Prizes in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, economics and the promotion of peace are generally announced the first week in October. Honorees receive their awards in Stockholm at a white-tie dinner on or around Dec. 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death. Nobel, a wealthy industrialist and inventor best known for inventing dynamite, provided in his will for the creation of the prizes to honor people who make great contributions to mankind.

The library book displays will offer materials from VCU Libraries collections that detail the achievements of Nobel Laureates. The display at Cabell Library will change daily in concert with the day’s prize announcement.

  • PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE – Monday, Oct. 1.
  • PHYSICS – Tuesday, Oct.  2.
  • CHEMISTRY – Wednesday, Oct.  3.
  • LITERATURE -- Thursday, Oct. 4. There is no literature prize for 2018. 
  • PEACE – Friday, Oct. 5.  
  • ECONOMIC SCIENCES  – Monday, Oct.  8.

The library displays will showcase books, any of which may be checked out. LIbrarians will staff the table 1 to 2 p.m. daily and be availble to discuss the Nobel Prizes and research. A video monitor at the pop-up table will show videos related to the prize announcements.

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