New Stuff Tuesday – July 22, 2014

Classical Primer: Ancient Knowledge for Modern Minds

A Classical Primer:
Ancient Knowledge for Modern Minds

by Dan Crompton
DE59 .C7 2012
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

A few years ago, I listened to a lecturer at the Young Auditorium make a case for Biblical literacy being an important part of a contemporary education. As much as I agreed with him, I felt there were also compelling cases to be made for the importance of other types of cultural literacy, one of the most important being classical literacy.

It’s hard to navigate literature, a good New York Times article, an urban downtown or even Main Street in Whitewater without running across references to the classical world of Ancient Greece and Rome. The Trojan horse, Helen, Aesop’s fables, Julius Caesar, Roman numerals in movie credits and on buildings, sorority and fraternity names, and Greek architectural columns are just a few classical elements you might run across in your quotidian world.

So if you’d like to bone up on your classical literacy, this pocket-sized Primer will get you up to speed on the basics of classical languages, history, literature, philosophy, architecture, science, and technology.

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Friday Fun: “Be a Better Bird Nerd”

I know, I know, it was only a couple of weeks ago that I used bird cams for Friday Fun. But I can’t resist another birds-on-the-brain entry!

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology challenges you to be a better bird nerd! Take its Bird Song Hero challenge, and then the “ultimate” challenge! Can you recognize the visualization of a bird’s song? There’s a brief training video first. I remember being asked to draw my visualize of some music for a class long, long ago…

Screen shot from Bird Song Hero web site

And if you’re interested in learning more, Andersen Library has resources! Searching the catalog will find titles such as A study of bird song (3rd-floor Main Collection, QL698.5 .A7 1973)and A guide to bird songs; descriptions and diagrams of the songs and singing habits of land birds and selected species of shore birds (3rd-floor Main Collection, QL698 .S355 1951). Searching article databases will find titles including “Finding Motifs in Birdsong Data in the Presence of Acoustic Noise and Temporal Jitter” (Behavioral Neuroscience, 2014, vol.128:no. 2, pp.228–236).

Want help? Ask a librarian!

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New Stuff Tuesday – July 15, 2014

Herta Muller

Herta Müller
by Brigid Haines and Lyn Marven
PT2673.U29234 Z692 2013
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

Alas, the world is often less than perfect, and this mar is reflected in the works of Herta Müller, a German-Romanian writer, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2009. She was born in Romania in 1953 and later emigrated to Germany. The novels, short stories, poems, and essays she writes and the collages she creates deal with the global experiences of oppression, dispossession, exile, migration, memory, and other themes relevant to our past, present, and future. She writes in her mother tongue, German, but has been translated into many languages including English. From her first book of short stories, Niederungen (1982), translated into English as Nadirs in 1999, to her most recent book of poetry Vater telefoniert mit den Fliegen (Father is calling the Flies) (2012) she’s been a force to reckon with.

This book is about her oeuvre, covering many topics from the realism of her poems, the gender and sexual politics of her prose, to her winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. There is even a chapter on reading her in translation, which is of particular interest here, as comparatively few Americans read German. Those of us who read her would likely be doing so in English. My boss, who has excellent German skills, could be one of the exceptions to that rule. I can read a bit too, but the nuances of Müller’s work would likely escape me, so I’ll be gleaning useful information from this volume and then reading one of her novels in English. I hope you get the chance to enjoy her in German, English, or any other language.

If you want to read her novels, this is what UW-Whitewater has:

  • Appointment: a Novel translated by Michael Hulse and Philip Boehm (2002)
    Great Minds Collection under call number: PT2673.U29234 H4813 2002
  • Hunger Angel: A Novel translated by Philip Boehm (2012)
    Main Collection under call number: PT2673.U29234 A9213 2012

Additional work by Müller is available via Universal Borrowing such as Niederungen and it’s English translation Nadirs, all of her novels that have been translated into English, and more.

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Sink Your Teeth Into Vampire Info!

Interested in researching all things vampire? Andersen Library can help!

Cover of The Physics of the BuffyverseSearch the catalog to find titles such as Encyclopedia of the vampire: The living dead in myth, legend, and popular culture (2nd-Floor Reference Collection, PN56.V3 E63 2011), The universal vampire: Origins and evolution of a legend (3rd-Floor Main Collection, GR830.V3 U55 2013), or Vampires: Myths and metaphors of enduring evil (ebook).

On the lighter side, browse for DVDs of several seasons of TV series such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2nd-floor Browsing DVD Feature Films, Buf), Angel (2nd-floor Browsing DVD Feature Films, Ang), and True Blood (2nd-floor Browsing DVD Feature Films, Tru). There are also books about Buffy, such as Reading the vampire slayer: The new, updated, unofficial guide to Buffy and Angel (ebook) and The physics of the Buffyverse (3rd-Floor Main Collection, QC75 .O84 2006). There are so many authors of vampire fiction, it’s just not possible to list them all, but you can find titles by Christine Feehan, Charlaine Harris, Laurell K. Hamilton, Stephanie Meyer, Anne Rice, Jeaniene Frost, Bram Stoker (Dracula is available as a print book, audio book, or ebook!), and many other authors. If you know these already and you need an infusion of, ahem, new blood, try reader lists posted at sites like Goodreads, e.g., Best Vampire Books from “New Authors” and Best Adult Vampire Books.

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A B C It’s Easy as 1 2 3 Books

We seem to have more time and energy, if not more daylight, during the summer. If you’re like me, you hope to be sitting on the beach or perhaps in the shade of a tree whiling away some hours reading book after book. What better books to read than series that have been around for a while so you can sink in and read the whole series in one go, or perhaps read a few that you missed along the way. Andersen Library may not have all the books in a fiction series, but we are likely to have some, and you can use UB or your local public library to borrow the rest.

As for the series I’d recommend, I don’t know if the Jackson 5 would too, the letter books by Sue Grafton and the number books by Janet Evanovich are at the top of the list. I’ve been a serious devotee of both for some time. I started reading each series years after they began, so was able to quickly catch up to the latest volume. It gave me a good, thorough sense of the storylines and I didn’t miss the years of anticipation one bit. Both mystery series’ books are written in a conversational style and are relatively fast reads. Even though death and destruction follow the female protagonists around in each, the books are relatively light reading good for enjoying under the summer sun. Beware though: you’ll get sucked in and won’t be able to come up for air until you get to the end!

Kinsey Millhone series by Sue Grafton
NoveList says: “Hard-boiled private investigator Kinsey Millhone investigates murders and searches for missing persons, often taking on cold cases. Sassy and practical, she is an orphan and a loner, and she does not hesitate to confront vicious criminals who will stop at nothing to get away.”

You can find the full list of books by her on Sue Grafton’s Fantastic Fiction page. Here is what we have:

A is for Alibi (1982) – Use Universal Borrowing

B Is for Burglar (1985) – Use Universal Borrowing

C Is for Corpse (1986) – Use Universal Borrowing

D Is for Deadbeat (1987) – Use Universal Borrowing

E Is for Evidence (1988) – Use Universal Borrowing

F Is for Fugitive (1989) – Use Universal Borrowing

G Is for Gumshoe (1989) – Use Universal Borrowing

H Is for Homicide (1991) – Use Universal Borrowing

I Is for Innocent (1992) – Main Collection; Call Number: PS3557.R13 I2 1992

J Is for Judgement (1993) – Use Universal Borrowing

K Is for Killer (1994) – Use Universal Borrowing

L Is for Lawless (1995) – Use Universal Borrowing

M Is for Malice (1996) – Use Universal Borrowing

N Is for Noose (1998) – Use Universal Borrowing

O Is for Outlaw (1999) – Use Universal Borrowing

P Is for Peril (2001) – Main Collection; Call Number: PS3557.R13 P3 2001

Q Is For Quarry (2002) – Use Universal Borrowing

R Is for Ricochet (2004) – Main Collection; Call Number: PS3557.R13 R15 2004

S Is for Silence (2005) – Use Universal Borrowing

T Is for Trespass (2007) – Main Collection; Call Number: PS3557.R13 T15 2007

U Is for Undertow (2009) – Main Collection; Call Number: PS3557.R13 U3 2009

V Is For Vengeance (2011) – Main Collection; Call Number: PS3557.R13 V46 2011

W is for Wasted (2013) – Browsing Books Collection; Call Number: PS3557.R13 W17 2013

There is also a book of short stories you might want to read:
Kinsey and Me: Stories – Browsing Books Collection; Call Number: PS3557.R13 K56 2013

Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich
NoveList says: “Stephanie Plum may not be the best bounty hunter in New Jersey, but she always gets her man. With more luck than talent, her life is full of bail-jumping criminals, car chases, missing persons, and trying to find a decent guy in Jersey. This series is full of non-stop action, high-stakes suspense, and the trademark Evanovich humor.”

You can find the full list of books by her on Janet Evanovich’s Fantastic Fiction page. Here is what we have:

One for the Money (1994) – Also made into a movie – Use Universal Borrowing

Two for the Dough (1996) – Use Universal Borrowing

Three to Get Deadly (1997) – Use Universal Borrowing

Four to Score (1998) – Use Universal Borrowing

High Five (1999) – Use Universal Borrowing

Hot Six (2000) – Use Universal Borrowing

Seven Up (2001) – Use Universal Borrowing

Hard Eight (2002) – Use Universal Borrowing

To the Nines (2003) – Use Universal Borrowing

Ten Big Ones (2004) – Use Universal Borrowing

Eleven on Top (2005) – Main Collection; Call Number: PS3555.V2126 E44 2005

Twelve Sharp (2006) – Main Collection; Call Number: PS3555.V2126 T93 2006

Lean Mean Thirteen (2007) – Use Universal Borrowing

Fearless Fourteen (2008) – Use Universal Borrowing

Finger Lickin’ Fifteen (2009) – Main Collection; Call Number: PS3555.V2126 F56 2009

Sizzling Sixteen (2010) – Main Collection; Call Number: PS3555.V2126 S59 2010

Smokin’ Seventeen (2011) – Main Collection; Call Number: PS3555.V2126 S66 2011

Explosive Eighteen (2011) – Main Collection; Call Number: PS3555.V2126 E97 2011

Notorious Nineteen (2012) – Browsing Books Collection; Call Number: PS3555.V2126 N68 2012

Takedown Twenty (2013) – Browsing Books Collection; Call Number: PS3555.V2126 T36 2013

Top Secret Twenty-One (2014) – Browsing Books Collection; Call Number: PS3555.V2126 T67 2014

I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer. Oh, and don’t forget to get some outdoor activities in as well so you can soak up that vitamin D!

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New Stuff Tuesday – July 8, 2014

The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914

Sleepwalkers:
How Europe Went to War in 1914
by Christopher Clark
D511 .C54 2014
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

June 28, 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. That day is also my mother’s birthday so I always remembered that Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated on that day. It was never very clear to me why this started a world war and which countries were involved. Many new books have come out to mark the centenary of the war and The Sleepwalkers is especially useful for explaining the context. The author emphasizes the “how” and not the “why.” He believes that focusing on the why leads to blaming and he wants to explain not blame. The book is well written and interesting and it helped me understand the origins of the First World War. The book includes a very clear map which makes it easier to understand the geography. This is a good starting point for anyone curious about the “Great War.”

Post written by Vicky Topp

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Mealtime Music on Thursdays

Looking for a place to enjoy lunch outside? Maybe with a little music, too? Mmmmm…like a mini-vacation in the middle of your day!

collage of images of food and music outsideOn Thursdays in July, from 11:30am-12:45pm, eat while sitting on the lawn of the Cultural Arts Center (402 W Main St, Whitewater, by the Birge Fountain) and listen to live music! Bring your own lunch, or get something from the vendor of the week. It’s the “Savory Sounds” series:

  • July 10: Music: Brothers Quinn / Food: LaPreferida
  • July 17: Music: Whiskey Doubles / Food: Black Sheep
  • July 24: Music: Looper’s Blues Duo / Food: Rocky Rococo

Also check out “Summer on the Mall” lunches by University Dining/Chartwells on July 10 and August 7, from 11am-1pm outside the north side of the campus University Center (or if it rains, in the UC Hamilton Room). Live music, art activities, prizes, socializing. Yum.

If you’re in town on Thursday nights, check out the free 2014 Concert In The Park series! Music starts at 7pm in Cravath Lakefront Park (341 S Fremont Street, Whitewater), and if you’d like to dine you can bring your own meal or order dinner baskets from the Black Sheep (call 262-458-4751 or stop into the Black Sheep to order your basket before the concert). Music dates are listed below, while on other Thursday nights there are “Family Fun Night” events instead of music.

  • July 10: The Dang Its’
  • July 31: Funky Blue Reaction
  • August 21: Piper Road Spring Band

On other days, you can always check out music recordings (or audio books or print books, if you prefer) from Andersen Library and liven up any lunch or evening! They’re all listed in the catalog, or you can browse the shelves. We’ve got all kinds of music, from Wycliffe Gordon (jazz trombonist) to opera classics. Please ask a librarian for assistance with finding materials, if desired.

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T3: Note-taking and Your Digital Life

Your Digital Life

Do you have notes for classes, papers, or lesson plans written on loose sheets of paper, typed up in Microsoft Word files on your laptop, and written down in a notebook you can’t find at the moment? Do you have important bits of information scrawled on scratch paper littering your desk, car, or room? Do you use more than one internet browser and can’t keep track of which one contains the bookmark to a vital website? Do you have a folder on your computer with images you want to use in multiple projects, but the images aren’t labeled or categorized so you never get around to starting the projects?

EvernoteMultimedia note-taking apps can help you organize and capture information in your studies, work, and daily life. These apps allow you to store information in various digital forms that you gather from your physical or online life. These apps use the concept of notebooks and notes to manage your files and information. You can set up different notebooks for your courses or projects and put almost anything into a notebook. OneNoteYou can view your notebooks and add notes on our own computer, on campus computers through the app websites, and on mobile devices. Everything is synced automatically across your computers to your account. With note-taking apps you can:

  1. Capture (almost) everything
    • Notes you type directly
    • Microsoft Word documents
    • Microsoft PowerPoint documents
    • PDFs and scanned files
    • Photos of handwritten notes or documents you take with your smartphone or other mobile device
    • Photos or screenshots
    • Audio recordings (You can record lectures with your smartphone or mobile device.)
    • Websites
  2. Organize your stuff and find it fast
    • You can separate your notes into different notebooks, but you can also tag notes with labels that you create.
    • These apps have powerful search features.
    • You can share your notebooks with other app users or email notes to anyone.

Free Apps

  • Evernote, the most popular web-based app, has the most elegant interface and best features on the free account. The free account should meet your needs—if you pay for a Premium account, you just get a few more features and more space.
  • Onenote, a Microsoft product, has a new free account option. You cannot record audio with the free account.

Can’t Decide?
Lifehacker has a post breaking down the pros and cons of each system: Lifehacker Faceoff: OneNote vs. Evernote.

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New Stuff Tuesday – July 1, 2014

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter Series
On Audio Book
written by J.K. Rowling, read by Jim Dale
PR6068.O93 H3
Audio Books, New Arrivals, 2nd floor

Do you drive to class or an internship every day during the week? Rather than listening to the same six songs on the radio, check out the Harry Potter audio books at Andersen Library. Listen to Harry talk to snakes, Ron and Hermione argue about house-elf rights, and the Sorting Hat sing a new song at the start of the school year. Jim Dale reads all seven books. He set a Guinness World Record for doing 134 distinct voices in the Order of the Phoenix, then he beat that record by doing 146 voices in the Deathly Hallows!

If the 117 hours of Harry on audio book isn’t enough for you, you can watch A Very Potter Musical and A Very Potter Sequel on YouTube. These parodies of the series, created by University of Michigan students (including Darren Criss from Glee), are hilarious and well worth watching. And if you need yet another way to escape reality and pretend your Hogwarts letter just got lost in the owl post, sign up for an account on Pottermore. Pottermore allows you to experience the Harry Potter series in a completely new way. You can walk through your favorite chapters, make potions, cast spells, get sorted into a House, and more!

Dumbledore Quote

Embrace your nerdy side this summer. Break out the wand you bought at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, put the audio books on your iPod, and pretend that someday you’ll finally see Hogwarts.

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July 4: Andersen Library hours, Whitewater events

Andersen Library will be closed on Friday, July 4th, 2014. Of course, online access to databases (including articles), the library catalog (including ebooks) and Ask a Librarian online assistance via chat will be available.

Flag and fireworks imageBut if you’re taking a break from studies, you can celebrate the holiday!

Whitewater has a parade that starts at 10 a.m. on the 4th (parade route map), preceded by the Whippet City Mile along the same route and starting at 9:45 a.m.

The Family Festival at Whitewater runs Thurs.-Sat., July 3-5. The schedule includes midway games, food (pickle on a stick!), music, the annual car show (on the 4th), Minneiska ski show (on the 4th), fireworks, the Whitewater Classic Drum Corps International tour event (on the 5th in UWW’s Perkins Stadium) and more.

Also on Sat., July 5th, from 1-3pm in the Cultural Arts Center (402 W. Main Street): The Whitewater Arts Alliance and the Whitewater Historical Society are sponsoring an appearance by Barbara Birge of Charlotte, NC, who will read from the 1860s diaries and 1912 published work of her great-grandfather, Julius Birge, who gave the Birge Fountain to Whitewater.

Many nearby communities will be celebrating as well, e.g,. Milton offers “Taste of Milton,” Optimist Run/Walk (on the 4th), carnival, parade (on the 4th), music, softball, and more. The Hoard Historical Museum in Fort Atkinson will host its annual ice cream social on the 4th from 1-3 p.m. with live music.

Enjoy.

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