Holiday Gifts at the Book Sale

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December is here and around the university people’s minds turn to final exams and the holidays. If rushed without much time or money to shop, never fear! This month the library’s book sale is chock full of gift worthy books, CDs, DVDs, and video games for $2 each. Whether it’s Hanukkah, Solstice, Festivus, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or any other holiday (or regular day!) you celebrate, if you’re likely to give a gift check this sale out. (I do realize that some of these holidays are not traditional for gift giving, like Festivus, but if you’d like to buck tradition we’re here for you.)

The sale includes a selection of fiction and nonfiction books, large language dictionaries, and coffee table books. These items cover a wide range of topics, so you’re likely to find something for even the most persnickety person on your list.

Hope to see you here soon.

Also, best of luck with your exams!

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New Stuff Tuesday – December 1, 2015

Zombies: A Cultural History

A Cultural History
by Roger Luckhurst
GR581 .L83 2015
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

This time of year some of you may be binge-watching zombie shows on Netflix to relieve stress. Add some scholarly analysis to your love of zombie pop culture and you may have the beginnings of an interesting research topic. Roger Luckhurst’s new book, Zombies: A Cultural History, is a great introduction to the arc of the zombie from Caribbean folklore to pulp fiction in the 1920s to the present hordes overrunning TV and movie screens. Luckhurst’s sense of humor and the many pictures, posters, and stills from movies and television shows enliven this book about the living dead.

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Help a Woman, Help the Planet

Annie Griffiths will talk about “Help a Woman, Help the Planet” on Mon., Nov. 30, 2015, at 7pm in the Young Auditorium. It’s the last Fall 2015 Contemporary Issues lecture!

Annie Griffiths, one of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, has photographed in nearly 150 countries. She is the Executive Director of the nonprofit Ripple Effect Images, a collective of photographers who are “dedicated to covering under-reported issues that impact women and girls.” The group uses visual storytelling to highlight effective aid programs, e.g., The Rwanda Girls Initiative and Chintan. Griffiths has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association, the Associated Press, the National Organization of Women, The University of Minnesota and the White House News Photographers Association. With author Barbara Kingsolver,she produced Last Stand: America’s Virgin Lands, a book celebrating the last pristine wilderness in North America (available to UWW students and staff from other UW libraries via free UW Request). In 2008, Griffiths published A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel: My Journey in Photographs and in 2010, she published Simply Beautiful Photographs, which was named the top photo/art book of the year by Amazon and by Barnes and Noble.

You also can listen to her talk on this subject at at TEDxSanJoaquin via YouTube:
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Please ask a librarian (via email, chat, phone 262.472.1032 or visit the Reference Desk) for assistance with finding materials.

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Relaxathon Events – December 2015

Join us for pet therapy events, crafts, and soA flyer for promoting the Relaxation events at the library (detailed in this blog post) much more!  Stop in any time to participate in FREE activities like creating a holiday card, making a paper snowflake, coloring, or writing on our graffiti wall.

As always, we happily invited many of our four legged friends to come visit with students to give extra stress-reducing cuddles when they are needed most.  Visit the dogs from 12:00pm-2:00pm on Mon. Nov. 30, Tues. Dec. 1, Monday-Friday, Dec. 7-11, and Monday-Wednesday Dec. 14-16.

Wed, Dec. 2 – Painted Gift Bags from 1-4pm Paint your own craft bags to use for gifts.

Thurs, Dec. 3 – Painted Ornaments from 1-4pm Paint your own wooden ornaments to display.

Mon, Dec. 7 – Wellhawks Stress Reduction from 3-5pm Make a stress ball, participate in a yoga class, and win prizes with the Wellhawks!

Tue, Dec. 8 – Essential Oil Sachets from 1-4pm Join Academic Advising in creating your own relaxing essential oil sachets.

Wed, Dec. 9 – Stress Ball Making from 1-4pm Create a flour and balloon stress ball to help you relax during your long study sessions.

Thurs, Dec. 10 – Button Making from 1-4pm Join SaVE to create your own buttons. Use premade library images or draw one of your own! Limit 2.


Extended hours

Fall Final Exams
Mon, December 7th 7:00 am – 2:00 am
Tue, December 8th 7:00 am – 2:00 am
Wed, December 9th 7:00 am – 2:00 am
Thurs, December 10th 7:00 am – 2:00 am
Fri, December 11th 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sat, December 12th 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sun, December 13th 9:00 am – 2:00 am
Mon, December 14th 7:00 am – 2:00 am
Tue, December 15th 7:00 am – 2:00 am
Wed, December 16th 7:00 am – 2:00 am
Thurs, December 17th 7:00 am – 2:00 am
Fri, December 18th 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat, December 19th 10:00am – 6:00 pm
Sun, December 20th 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Mon, December 21st 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Free Popcorn/Coffee/Hot Chocolate Schedule – 

Free Hot Chocolate & Coffee on the weekend and on evenings (once the café closes).

11/30 – 12/9

  • Monday-Thursday  8:30pm – 1:00am
  • Friday 2:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Saturday 9:00am – 9:00pm
  • Sunday 9:00am – 1:00am

Free popcorn at 9pm on nights we are open until 2am.


In need of special accommodation? Contact Rebecca Jones at or 262.472.7164

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New Stuff Tuesday – November 24, 2015

Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll: The Evolution of an American Youth Culture

Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll:
The Evolution of an American Youth Culture
by Douglas Brode
HQ27 .B685 2015
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

If you’re interested in history, film, music, or popular culture in general, take some time to check out Douglas Brode’s book about young Americans in the mid-twentieth century. Following World War II, significant changes occurred in the United States, and teenagers played a significant role in those changes. Brode highlights youth culture icons from James Dean to Sandra Dee to Bob Dylan to Timothy Leary. He touches on the popularization of drive-in movie theaters, car culture, hippies, and more. Check this book out from the Library, put on some Beatles and get a better understanding of how youth culture in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s shaped our country.

Check Research@UWW for other books Andersen Library has on youth culture.

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Celebrate faculty & staff scholarship and creative achievements

Scholarship event graphicThe 28th annual exhibition of scholarly & creative works by UWW faculty & staff will celebrate accomplishments of the past year across a range of disciplines.

A sampling of the articles, artwork, books, music performances and conference presentations produced by many of UWW’s staff and faculty during the period July 2014-June 2015 will be displayed in the Crossman Gallery (Greenhill Center of the Arts) on Tues., Nov. 24, from 10am-5pm and 6pm-8pm. A reception will be held on Tues. from 3pm-4:30pm, with welcoming remarks by Chancellor Beverly Kopper. Refreshments will be available during the reception and the Chancellor’s String Quartet will perform.

This event is co-sponsored by the Chancellor, Andersen Library, Crossman Gallery, and the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs.

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Library, Café Hours: Thanksgiving Week

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 open from 8am until 2pm on Mon. Nov. 23 and Tues. Nov. 24, and then closes for the rest of the week. You can see other Thanksgiving Break hours of service for campus dining online.

Andersen Library also adjusts its hours for the holiday this week:

  • Wed., Nov. 25th: 7:30am-6pm
  • Thurs., Nov. 26th: CLOSED
  • Fri., Nov. 27th: 8am-4:30pm
  • Sat., Nov. 28th: CLOSED
  • Sun., Nov. 29th: 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) 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! If you’re traveling, please be safe.

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New Stuff Tuesday – November 17, 2015

Despite the Best Intentions : How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools

Despite the Best Intentions:
How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools
by Amanda E. Lewis and John B. Diamond
LC212.2 .L49 2015
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

Dr. Amanda E. Lewis and UW-Madison Professor in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, Dr. John B. Diamond, present a fresh approach in their discussion of the racial achievement gap in education.

Research often focuses on schools in urban neighborhoods and points to factors which are beyond the control of the school, such as poverty and family stability. As the basis for their study, Lewis and Diamond identify a single, diverse, well-funded school in an affluent neighborhood, yet which reflects common disparities in achievement. The authors look within that school for clues as to what might cause the racial achievement gap. Lewis and Diamond present five years of their research: interviews with students, parents, and teachers of all races; observations; analysis of school policy and its application; education data and demographics. Their research illustrates how school structures, practices and racial ideologies reinforce each other to create advantage or disadvantage for students. They recommend moving past common interventions which emphasize cultural characteristics or which search for intentional discrimination. The lessons learned here are numerous, but one often revisited throughout the work is that carefully designed policies and routines can be derailed by well-intentioned teachers, parents and administrators.

In addition to the book, listen to an interview and call-in discussion with Dr. Diamond to learn more about what this research implies, at, or hear his interview from the Univ. of Texas at Austin station KUT:

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American Education Week: Nov. 16-19, 2015

That American Education Week follows closely on the heels of Veterans Day could be no more apropos considering its origins.

This annual week long campaign came about after World War I, when the National Education Association and American Legion, concerned that 25 percent of the country’s World War I draftees were illiterate and 9 percent physically unfit, recognized a need to generate support for public education. Both organizations adopted resolutions of support for a national effort to raise public awareness of the importance of education. The first observance of American Education Week occurred December 4-10, 1921, with the NEA and American Legion as the cosponsors (National Education Association, 2014).

When did the idea of a universal public-educational system become an expectation in the United States? “School, the Story of American Public Education,” by Sarah Mondale and Sarah B Patton, available in both print and PBS DVD in Andersen Library, leads the reader or viewer through the history that has shaped the current average public school day for most students. Follow up with additional print and electronic titles such as The Myth of the Common School, and more.

Don’t miss the many screenings and speakers sponsored by the College of Education & Professional Studies throughout the week, starting with events today, Monday, November 16th:

2 Million Minutes Two Million Minutes DVD
Summer Auditorium 12:30-3:00
Screening & Discussion
“As soon as a student completes the 8th grade, the clock starts ticking. From that very moment the child has approximately Two Million Minutes until high school graduation…to build their intellectual foundation…to prepare for college and ultimately career…to go from a teenager to an adult.”
Also available for checkout from Andersen Library Browsing Collection, DVD Academic, 2nd Floor (LB1607 .T95 2007 )

Paper Tigers
Summers Auditorium 6:45-9:15 pm
Screening & Discussion
“Paper Tigers captures the pain, the danger, the beauty, and the hopes of struggling teens—and the teachers armed with new science and fresh approaches that are changing their lives for the better.” Donation of a non-perishable food donation for the Whitewater Food Pantry is requested.

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International Games Day 11/21

Andersen Library will join over a thousand libraries around the world on November 21, 2015, for the eighth annual celebration of gaming in libraries – International Games Day @ Your Library.

Join Andersen Library for special gaming programs and events including free League of Legends and Super Smash Bros. tournaments, free food, prizes, a Minecraft photobooth, and much more.  MAGD student work will be on display including video game art work and a zine featuring “What do Video Games Mean to You”.

All activities and tournaments are free to enter and take place from 12:30pm-5:30pm on Sat., Nov. 21.  To sign up for tournaments, visit

Andersen Library would also like to thank sponsors for the generous donations received from many companies including OnePlay, Piazo, Munchkin, Looney Labs, and USAopoly.  Attendees will get to try out many of these games before they are even added to our collection.

International Games Day @ your library is an international initiative supported by the American Library Association, the Australian Library and Information Association, and Nordic Game Day. For more information on International Games Day please visit For more information on the events at Andersen Library, or if you need special accommodations, please contact Rebecca Jones at or 262.472.7164.


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