New Stuff Tuesday – December 11, 2018

Ada Lovelace: The Making of a Computer Scientist book cover

Ada Lovelace:
The Making of a Computer Scientist
by Christopher Hollings, Ursula Martin, and Adrian Rice
QA29.L72 H65 2018
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852), daughter of Lord Byron and his wife Anne Isabella, was tutored at home instead of receiving a formal education at institutions that were mostly closed to women. Demonstrating her intelligence at a young age, her mother made sure she was taught a wide variety of subjects to feed her brain. She grew to become a gifted mathematician and one of London’s social and scientific elite in the Victorian era. Lovelace has been called the first computer programmer. But how was that possible in an age when there weren’t any computers? There was the idea of computers, that’s how. Not counting devices such as the abacus and slide rule, the first modern computer was the “Analytical Engine.” Although never built, it was created by British mathematician Charles Babbage between 1833 and 1871. Lovelace worked with him. She published her first computer program, essentially a table with mathematical entries, in 1843. This book includes that table along with many other illustrations of formulas, diagrams, paintings, drawings, and correspondence. Each of the many illustrations appear carefully chosen to elucidate Lovelace’s development from childhood onward and help us understand the mystery that is Lovelace. This book is a quick read, filled with many illustrations to delight as well as unique information gleaned from previously unpublished archival materials used by the authors. It is a delight to read.

If you’re interested in a another blog post about Lovelace, but about a picture book, please look here: Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer.

The Andersen Library has a few more adult Ada Lovelace titles if you’d like to read more:

You can also borrow books from other UW System libraries through Research@UWW by using UW Request.

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Singalong! Fa la la la laaaaaaa

Do you need a study break? Do you like to sing?

Go to “Carol-OKE” on Wed., Dec. 12, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Irvin L Young Memorial Library (Whitewater’s public library at 431 W Center St). Sing favorite winter songs with friends, family, and neighbors, and enjoy a “fabulous Hot Chocolate Bar!” Free and open to all. No registration.

Andersen Library can help, with CDs such as Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas (2nd-floor Browsing CDs, HOL Car Mer) and Merry Christmas II You (2nd-floor Browsing CDs, HOL Car Merr), Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (2nd-floor Browsing CDs, HOL Bac Wei), Let’s celebrate Kwanzaa sing-along (2nd-floor Curriculum Collection CDs, CHIH Let), and A Christmas festival with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops (2nd-floor Browsing CDs, Fie Chr). Or, find music to play or sing, including Béla Bartók’s Rumanian Christmas carols: Piano solo (3rd-floor Main Collection, M25 .B27 R8x), Twelve traditional carols from Herefordshire: For voice and piano (3rd-floor OVERSIZE Main Collection, M2114.5.V38 T7 1996), and The complete Jewish songbook for children!: 201 Jewish songs for holidays, everyday or just for fun! (3rd-floor Main Collection, M2194.3 .C667 2002).

Don’t forget to check out the streaming music databases: DRAM, Music Online: Jazz Music Library, and Naxos Music Library For an example of what you can find, click on the Verve Remixed Christmas album from Jazz Music Library!


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Holiday Book Sale

The holiday season is upon us. This month’s book sale features $1 and $2 giftworthy books! This month’s subjects include children’s books, history (especially Latin American history), philosophy, and computer science – and, of course, there are a smattering of other subjects on the shelves. We hope all these items find new forever homes. Stop by soon for the best selection!

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Andersen Library exam hours

Andersen Library is extending its hours for exam study:

Fri., Dec. 7: 7:30am – 10pm
Sat., Dec. 8: 9am – 10pm
Sun., Dec. 9: 9am – 2am
Mon.-Thurs., Dec. 10-13: 7:30am – 2am
Fri., Dec. 14: 7:30am – 10pm
Sat., Dec. 15: 9am – 10pm
Sun., Dec. 16: 9am – 2am
Mon.-Thurs., Dec. 17-20: 7:30am – 2am
Fri., Dec. 21: 7:30am – 6pm

The first and third floors of the Library close at 1am; only 2nd/main floor is open until 2am. All three floors are open until closing on nights when then Library closes earlier than 2am. Doors are locked 15 minutes before closing.

Free coffee on weekends and late nights, and popcorn on evenings the Library is open until 2am! Check out the stress-relieving Relaxathon events, and plan ahead plan ahead for the pet therapy dogs that will be visiting from noon-2pm on Mon.-Thurs., Dec. 10-13, and Mon.-Thurs., Dec. 17-20.

collage of images of students studyingStudy hard and good luck, everybody!

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New Stuff Tuesday — Dec. 4, 2018

Book cover for Heavy

Heavy: An American Memoir
by Kiese Laymon
E185.97.L394 A3 2018
New Arrivals Island, 2nd Floor

Kiese Laymon, one of the best writers currently chronicling his experience of growing up and living as a black man in the South, has published a new memoir. He writes about his family, schooling, and professional life and how they have been shaped by violence, trauma, and addiction. He links this trauma to the experience of growing up as a black man in the United States and how that has affected generations of black men and black families. This is a moving book by a wonderful writer.

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Andersen Library Presents: Relaxathon (Fall 18′)


There’s no denying it, the weeks that follow Thanksgiving, leading up to the promise of Winter Break, are a stress filled journey of papers, projects, and tests.  Juggling these due dates can quickly get overwhelming, so it’s important that you stop and take a break.  The Andersen Library is here to help you do just that!  From December 3 until December 20, there will be daily activities, offering several opportunities to take a quick break from the stress of finals, and rejuvenate your motivation.

Collaborating with several organizations across campus, the Andersen Library is excited to offer Relax Snax, with University Heath and Counseling Services (UHCS), Paint and Sip, with the Student Art Association (SAA), and an NBA 2K19 Tournament, partnered with and hosted at Warhawk Alley.  As always, Pet Therapy will continue, increasing in frequency as we approach finals week.

Likewise, through several hands-on activities, there are many opportunities to allow your mind a much-needed break, whenever you need it.  Make sure to visit our Stress Navigation Station to reevaluate your own, personal stress-coping mechanisms, and take a moment to color a picture, or complete a word search.

Navigating stress can be difficult, especially when schedules are stretched to the max and taking a break seems like an unproductive waste of time.  But by allowing your mind a little time to relax, even just for a few moments, motivation and productivity will return, making finals week just a little bit easier.

Check out these visuals (Relaxathon, Paint and Sip, NBA 2K Tournament) to learn more. Also, visit us online for Relaxathon’s  full line-up with dates and times:

We look forward to seeing you here, at the Andersen Library. Best of luck with finals!


Pet Therapy


2K Tournament (Dec. 5th)


Paint N’ Sip (Dec. 6th)


Life-Sized Games (Dec. 7th- 11th)


UHCS Relax Snax (Dec. 11th)


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New Stuff Tuesday — Nov. 27, 2018

Book cover for DIY Circus Lab for kids

DIY circus lab for kids: A family-friendly guide for juggling, balancing, clowning and show-making

by Jackie Leigh Davis

791.3 Dav
New Arrivals Island, 2nd Floor

This book makes me want to be a 10-year-old again with lots of spare time, creativity, willing neighbor kids, and a big backyard, so I could try out some of these fun creations!

The expected tricks – juggling, tightrope walking – make their appearances, but so too do the unexpected – the poi, the diabolo, the rola bola. Each section begins with step-by-step directions for how to make your own item in question, with adult help as may be needed. Then in the ABCs of…, the author starts practitioners with the most basic moves, working up to more complicated. Safety is demonstrated throughout, with clear directions for how and when to use a spotter or otherwise practice with less chance of injury.

Full-color photographs and helpful supply lists throughout make the Make Your Own tasks feel do-able to most kids with access to a hardware store and a helpful parent or friend. As for the circus activities, I am quite sure I would be a flop at anything more challenging than hula hooping, but it’d sure be fun to try! If you’re thinking it’d be hard to learn some of these skills just from seeing pictures, the author and her Circus Lab kids have also created excellent tutorials that mirror the book at

The author also has several helpful resource lists at the end, including curriculum connections and how circus can be incorporated into all sorts of positive social empowerment movements.

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Indigenous Sustainability: Honoring Lands, Resurging Communities, Resisting Injustice

Dr. Kyle Whyte, Timnick Chair in the Humanities at Michigan State University and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability, will talk about “Indigenous Sustainability: Honoring Lands, Resurging Communities, Resisting Injustice” on Mon., Nov. 26, 2018 at 7pm in the Irvin L. Young Auditorium. It’s part of the Contemporary Issues Lecture series!

cover of Forest Service publicationAndersen Library’s resources can help you read some of Dr. Whyte’s publications, such as the articles “Indigenous women, climate change impacts, and collective action” (Hypatia, 2014, vol.29:no.3, pp.599-616), “Justice forward: Tribes, climate adaptation and responsibility” (Climatic Change, 2013, vol.120:no.3, pp.117-130), and “Weaving Indigenous science, protocols and sustainability science” (Sustainability Science, 2016, vol.11:no.1, pp.25-32), and the 2015 Forest Service publication Climate change through an intersectional lens: Gendered vulnerability and resilience in indigenous communities in the United States (General technical report PNW ; 923). Dr. Whyte provides a list online of his forthcoming and currently published articles, and his website also offers essays, a video, teaching materials, and more.

There also are other resources such as the books Rethinking resource management: Justice, sustainability and indigenous peoples (online via EBSCO eBook Collection) and Seventh generation earth ethics: Native voices of Wisconsin (2nd-Floor New Arrivals Island, E78.W8 L654 2014).

If you’d like assistance with finding additional information, please ask a librarian (choose chat or email, phone 262-472-1032, or visit the Reference Desk).

Andersen Library is a federal depository library with federal government documents on a variety of current and relevant issues available to you in various formats (print, DVD/CD-ROM, online). Check out your government at Andersen Library!

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New Stuff Tuesday – November 20, 2018

game box for Gravity Maze Logic GameGravity Maze: Falling Marbles Logic Game
by ThinkFun GV1507.M3 G7 2014
New Arrivals Island, 2nd Floor

Did you know that the Curriculum Collection Teaching Tools contains board games in addition to math manipulatives, puppets, and robotics?  Many items have a direct correlation to a teaching standard. Others simply support social interaction, collaboration, and play – for both the preK-12 crowd as well as the rest of us.

Teaching Tools will now be featured at the New Arrivals Island alongside the more scholarly fare. Test your visual perception and reasoning skills with this new one, Gravity Maze, a single player game. Choose a beginner, intermediate, advanced, or expert challenge card, place the starting block and red target block as shown in the challenge card, and using only the color cubes indicated on the card create a maze that will carry the marble from the start to the red target block. It sounds simple, but don’t get cheeky and skip from the #1 beginner card to an intermediate card as I did. I abandoned that shortcut after a few failed attempts, and humbled myself back to the beginner cards.

Stop in before taking off for Thanksgiving break, browse the New Arrivals Island and Teaching Tools collection on the 2nd floor, and pick a few games to check out for the holidays!

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Thanksgiving Hours (Library, Café)

clip art of horn of plentyPlan ahead! Hours of the Andersen Library and Food for Thought Café are affected by the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Food for Thought Café will be closed Wed. through Fri., Nov. 21-23 (and closed on the weekend, as is usual).

Andersen Library’s hours for the holiday week are:

  • Mon.-Tues., Nov. 19-20: normal hours (7:30am-2am)
  • Wed., Nov. 21st: 8am-4:30pm
  • Thurs., Nov. 22nd: CLOSED
  • Fri., Nov. 23rd: 8am-4:30pm
  • Sat., Nov. 24th: CLOSED
  • Sun., Nov. 25th: 3pm-2am

Please remember that even when the physical Library is closed, you can:

    • Search the article databases (login when prompted with your campus Net-ID, same as for your campus email or D2L/Canvas) or Research@UWW (sign in to access all possible full text),
    • Search the Library holdings of Books, Media and more and use links to online titles
    • Renew checked-out books, government documents, etc. through My Account (unless you’ve already used up your allowed renewals),
    • Consult online guides for help, including citation guides for APA, MLA, and Turabian format, and class assignment guides, and
    • Ask a librarian for help using email or chat (UWW librarians respond to the emails when the Library is open, but chat is covered 24/7 by non-UWW staff).

Happy Thanksgiving! Please be safe: Drive safely (tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), cook that turkey safely (tips from the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services’ “”), and see ReadyWisconsin’s “Are You Ready for Thanksgiving?” for more safety tips.

FDLP logo Andersen Library is a federal and Wisconsin depository library with federal and state government documents on a variety of current and relevant issues available to you in various formats (print, DVD/CD-ROM, online). Check out your government at Andersen Library!

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