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Patrick's mission to Ireland from the Pope, Kilkenny cathedral

Who Was St. Patrick?

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner. Though many of us think we are celebrating Irish culture by dressing like leprechauns or decorating with three-leaf clovers, these fun activities do not fully represent the historical and religious meaning of the holiday. In a recent blog post, Marc Vinyard, research and instruction librarian and history liaison, writes about the life of the holiday's namesake and the celebration of Irish culture and heritage that comes every March 17th.

artist's hands throwing a vessel on a potter's wheel

Contemplating Transformation This Lenten Season

For the many Christians who celebrate the season of Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter are marked by prayer, sacrifice, and personal transformation. Guided by scriptures, it's a time for reflecting on God's purpose for us as we contemplate the life and the Passion of Jesus Christ. Jeffrey Bowen, director of library programming and public affairs, shares three books that readers may find interesting this Lenten season.

Portrait of J.R.R. Tolkien. Credit: Haywood Magee/Picture Post/Getty Images

Understanding J.R.R. Tolkien through a Christian Perspective

Pepperdine Libraries celebrates the 130th birthday of renowned British author John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, born January 3, 1892. The Libraries holds several works by the acclaimed author.