New Stuff Tuesday – August 7, 2018

Ready Player One book cover

Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline
PS3603.L548 R43 2011
Main Collection, 3rd floor

You may have heard of a little blockbuster movie in the theaters this summer, called Ready Player One. We have not one, but TWO copies of the book that inspired the film available through Andersen Library for your reading pleasure. I like reading books related to movies I’ve seen or will see because they almost always to provide more detail that the movies possibly could. Although Cline was a screenwriter on this film version and could pick and choose the most relevant pages for it, how could even he possibly capture everything from the book in a mere 2 hours 20 minutes? That is why I read the books. I need to know!

This engrossing science fiction novel shows both dystopian and utopian sides of the foreseeable future. The protagonist Wade Watts finds little to love about his reality, but in virtual reality he, and many others, enjoy a far better world called the OASIS. Upon the death of the massive multiplayer game’s eccentric creator, a video is released in which he challenges users to find his “Easter Egg.” Wade is all game for this. If he solves the puzzles he will gain massive fortune and power, however, he’s not the only one putting the pieces together and those other people are out for blood. If you geek 1980s pop culture and classic video games you will surely like this book. A lot. It sucked me in from the first page. Oh, and don’t skip over the footnotes.

Check out this CBS Sunday Morning interview with Ernest Cline about the book.

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New Stuff Tuesday — July 24, 2018

How the Cookie Crumbled

How the cookie crumbled: The true (and not-so-true) stories of the invention of the chocolate chip cookie
by Gilbert Ford
E For
Curriculum collection, Easy books, 2nd floor

I’d heard the origin story – perhaps you have too – of how some baker had forgotten the vital ingredient, the baking chocolate, in her chocolate cookie recipe. She broke up a Nestle chocolate bar and hoped the chocolate pieces would melt while baking. They didn’t, and the chocolate chip cookie was born.

Well, turns out there are plenty of variants on that story, and like most stories, the truth is a bit different, as is explained in a minor authorial intrusion in the middle of the story. I won’t ruin the surprise for you, but suffice to say that the real story of baker and restaurant entrepreneur Ruth Wakefield’s invention – and its amazingly fast adoption as America’s classic cookie – is more interesting than the fantasy ones. The various other stories are probably more of a creative invention by Nestle than anything else. Within a few years after the recipe’s creation, Nestle was carrying the “Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookie” recipe on every bag of its chocolate chips – a product they specially designed to match her recipe.

The bright and cheery illustrations (and a sprinkling of food puns throughout the text) make this book fun to read for adults and kids alike. And Ruth’s original recipe at the back makes me want to go make that simplest and best of home recipes. Mmmm!

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Abatement is back!

As summer renovations continue here at the Andersen Library, each week seems to be home to a new adjustment. As for this week, abatement has begun and will carry throughout the week.

Check out some photos from the abatement so far!

Abatement Sign
Long Shot
Medium Shot
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Elevator access to and from 2nd floor is inaccessible. If you have access needs, visit the circulation desk for assistance, or call ahead of time 262-472-5511.

Elevator Work

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Mixed media art – exhibit, demonstrations

The Whitewater Arts Alliance (WAA) will host an exhibit called “Making Magic with Mixed Media” at the Cultural Arts Center (402 West Main Street, Whitewater) from Thurs, Aug 2-Sun, Aug 26. The gallery is open from noon-5pm on Thursdays-Sundays (closed Mondays through Wednesdays). There will be a closing reception on Sun, Aug 26 from 1-3pm.

To participate in the exhibit, go to to get the entry form, which must be sent to the Whitewater Arts Alliance, P.O. Box 311, Whitewater, WI 53190, by July 18. Artwork must be delivered to the Cultural Arts Center on Mon, Jul 30, between 4:30 and 6:30pm. WAA members may submit four pieces; non-members, three pieces.

In addition, there will be three free demonstrations on using different materials and techniques in mixed media at the Cultural Arts Center. The demonstrations are open to the public and run from 1-3pm, but please contact Linda Long to let her know you are coming: email or call 262-473-5538.

  • “Alcohol Ink and Pen” by Kathy Gibbs – Thurs, Aug 9
  • “Watercolor and Mixed Media” by Karolyn Alexander – Fri, Aug 17
  • “From Pop Can to Pop Art” by Dawn Hunter – Thurs, Aug 23

book coverWould you like to learn more about mixed media? You can preview text from Painting with Mixed Media or The Complete Book of Mixed Media Art via Google Books to get some ideas (these and other books may be available from public libraries or UW-Whitewater students and staff can make ILLiad interlibrary loan requests for them; requested items usually arrive in 5-7 days), or UW-Whitewater students and staff may request An introduction to mixed media from another UW campus library via the free UW Request system (requested items arrive in 2-5 weekdays), or peruse books at Andersen Library such as Printmaking + mixed media: Simple techniques and projects for paper and fabric (3rd-floor Main Collection, NE860 .E45 2009).

If you’d like assistance with finding additional information, please ask a librarian (choose chat or email, phone 262-472-1032, or ask to see a reference librarian in Andersen Library).

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New Stuff Tuesday – July 10, 2018

Ceramics: The Indispensable Guide

Ceramics: The Indispensable Guide
by Duncan Hooson & Anthony Quinn
TT920 .H657 2017
Main Collection, 3rd floor

This week’s selection was a little trickier than usual due to the temporary disbanding of the New Arrivals Island during the Library’s re-carpeting project (don’t worry, New Arrivals will be back soon). Inspired by the colorful palette of wildflowers around campus, I hunted for something to brighten up the blog. It was a toss up between Vogue: The Gown (too hot and sultry), Gems of the World (too cold and aloof), and this one (ah, just right), which also seemed the most practical.

If you haven’t dabbled in clay since your Play-Doh days, this guide might inspire you go sink your fingers into a clump of cool, creamy clay — and see what you can make of it.

Both authors teach ceramics in London and their book is overflowing with ideas, techniques, glazes, tools, kilns, and firing processes. They have packed a dizzying array of material and hundreds of photographs into these pages and the subtitle of “Indispensable Guide” is well-earned.

To find more books on ceramics, you can browse in the Main Collection of books on the third floor of the Library.

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July fun @ Whitewater’s public library

The Irvin L Young Memorial Library, Whitewater’s public library (431 W Center St), is providing some fun and free summer events in July! No registration required. Mark your calendars:

  • Thurs., July 12, 4pm: Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular Comedy Show – Performing artist Curt Strutz will appear as Dr. Cletus Beaker, MD, to provide a humorous but educational experience about basic science concepts and conducting experiments safely. You can get a taste of the presentation via YouTube.
  • Sat, July 14, 10am-noon:Make your own terrarium – The Library will have all supplies needed until they run out! No registration required.
  • Thurs, July 26, at 4pm: Experience Rhythm for Unity with Tom Gill – “Rhythm For Unity uses hand drums and other percussion instruments to create and cultivate commUNITY! All ages! All abilities!” from Facebook

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Andersen Library may be able to help you learn more if you’d like, with resources such as the articles “Community building through drumming” (The Arts in Psychotherapy, 2002, vol.29:no.5, pp.261-264), “Drumming and mindfulness: Integrations into an evidence-based group intervention” (Social Work with Groups, 2017, pp.1-14), and “Synchronized drumming enhances activity in the caudate and facilitates prosocial commitment – If the rhythm comes easily” (PLoS ONE, vol.6:no.11, E27272, doi: Andersen Library also has books that can help you enjoy silly science at home with kids, such as Weird science: 40 strange-acting, bizarre-looking, and barely believable activities for kids (Curriculum Collection, Nonfiction, 507.8 Wie), Where puddles go: Investigating science with kids (3rd-floor Main Collection, QC26 .S77 1995) and Catch the wind, harness the sun: 22 super-charged science projects for kids (3rd-floor Main Collection, TJ808.2 .C33 2011).

These examples are just the tip of the iceberg! If you’d like assistance with finding additional information, please ask a librarian (choose chat or email, phone 262-472-1032, or ask to see a reference librarian in Andersen Library).

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New Stuff Tuesday – July 3, 2018

Reconstruction book cover

Reconstruction : voices from America’s first great struggle for racial equality
by Brooks D Simpson (editor)
E668 .R4245 2018
Main Collection, 3rd floor

In Reconstruction: voices from America’s first great struggle for racial equality , Brooks Simpson has organized the diversity of voices calling out for racial equality during the 12 years after the Civil War ended, known as Reconstruction. The voices are collected from a variety of primary sources including diaries, newspaper articles, letters, interviews, and more. The works are presented chronologically and show that with the end of the Civil War, America’s struggle over racial equality was really only just beginning. We have works that show the controversy over the passing of the 14th and 15th amendment, and one’s that reveal the tension that lead to the first impeachment of a president in Andrew Johnson. Reconstruction highlights a complex and aspirational time in America’s history that ultimately ended tragically.

For more by Brooks Simpson, check out his edited work The Civil War: the third year told by those who lived it.

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New Stuff Tuesday – June 26, 2018

Bunk book cover

The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News
by Kevin Young
HV6691 .Y674 2017
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

Poet and critic Kevin Young writes with humor about “bunk” in this country. Call it what you will, balderdash, bosh, fakery, flimflam, forgery, fraud, spin, or twaddle; these are all variations on the theme of bunk and are things to think seriously about. This book is filled with many examples of bunk that will entertain you while getting across the message of the book. Far from being a new phenomenon, bunk has existed for centuries in many forms. The time frame covered includes recent and more distant stories. Not only the “fake news” of Donald Trump, but also the “humbug” of PT Barnum, and other falsehoods of people who lived either recently or long ago. Bunk is woven from stereotype and suspicion. Kevin Young considers race to be the most insidious American hoax. According to Young, “the hoax reminds us, uncomfortably, that the stories we tell don’t just express the society of the self, they construct it” (p. 432).

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Celebrate July 4! Library hours, local events

It’s almost July 4th! How will you celebrate? Andersen Library will be open until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3rd, but the Library is closed on Wed., July 4th. Then it’s back to normal summer session hours as of 7:30 a.m. on Thurs., July 5th.

While the physical library is closed, online access to databases (including articles), the library holdings information listed in Books, media and more (UW Whitewater) (including access to ebooks) and Ask a Librarian online assistance via chat will be available.

Flag and fireworks imageNow, about celebrating…there are a lot of choices!

On Tuesday, July 3rd, enjoy the next Summer Concert outside Andersen Library on the Wyman Mall from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Enjoy music by King Solomon (world, reggae and ska), catering by various food trucks (Flying Cow Pizza, Smoked on Wheels BBQ, Lefty’s Two, Stormy’s Grilled Cheese, Yang’s Thai food, Pops Kettle Corn) and all the offerings of the Whitewater City Market vendors! There will be guided tours featuring campus history at 5 and 6 p.m, and lots of other fun for the whole family.

Whitewater’s Family Festival runs Fri.-Wed., June 29-July 4. The schedule includes a parade at 10am on Wed., the 4th (parade entries), preceded by the 11th annual Whippet City Mile Run along the same route and starting at about 9:50am. The Festival also includes midway games, food, music, the annual car & bike rally (on the 4th, beginning at 8am), Minneiska ski show on Cravath Lake (on the 1st at noon; on the 4th at 12:30 p.m.), fireworks, and more.

Many nearby communities will be celebrating as well, e.g., Milton offers softball games, carnival, parade (1pm on Wed. the 4th), music, fireworks, and more. The Hoard Historical Museum (401 Whitewater Ave, Fort Atkinson) will host its 39th annual ice cream social on the 4th from 1-3pm with music and patriotic readings. Fort Atkinson also has fireworks on Sun., July 1, at 9:45pm at the high school (925 Lexington Blvd, Fort Atkinson) and a Community Band Concert on Mon., July 2, at 7:30pm in Barrie Park (210 Robert St), with an ice cream social that starts at 6:30. Events listings are available for Jefferson County communities or Walworth County communities by selecting a date or date range on their calendars. To find events in other communities, please search the Internet or ask a librarian (call 262.472.1032, come in, email or chat) for assistance.

Enjoy. Happy Fourth!

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New Stuff Tuesday – June 12, 2018

Bonnie and clyde CD cover

Bonnie & Clyde: The Original Broadway Cast Recording
Composer, Frank Wildhorn
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor, SOU Wil Bon

Close your eyes, and from the first tinkling piano and smoky brass notes in this show’s prologue, you are transported back to a different time and place: perhaps a dark backroom of a bar, in some down-and-out rural town, where people in the depths of the Depression have lost their hopes and dreams but still can get swept up in the story of an illicit love affair, of two rebels with a downtrodden origin story who still manage to give the finger to “the authority” in all its forms.

This is the story of the criminal duo Bonnie and Clyde, who became sensational fodder for the day’s newspapers for a time thanks to their daring bank robberies, but who quickly became public enemy #1 when their escapades turned to murder. This original Broadway CD uses a wide variety of jazz, honky-tonk, country, and gospel styles to tell the story in a way that feels authentic to the time period. The historical parallels are there too, from Bonnie smuggling Clyde a gun to help break him out of jail in 1932, to sheriff’s deputy Ted Hinton’s unrequited crush on Bonnie – Ted eventually participated in the 1934 shootout that killed both criminals. In reading about the characters, I was also amused by the historically-accurate dress that Bonnie wears on the cover of the CD booklet, which then led me down the rabbit hole of the internet to the incredible collection of memorabilia and photos maintained here by some dedicated fan.

Indeed, the ill-fated pair’s enduring presence in pop culture in the decades since their death is an ironic parallel to the show’s opening, with a young Bonnie and Clyde both singing about how “This world will remember me!” Perhaps not in the way the young ones first intended, but this CD is evidence of that very remembrance.

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