Library “Mini-Break” Hours Apr 18-20

Mini Break!
Andersen Library’s hours will be:
Fri Apr 18: 8am-4:30pm
Sat Apr 19: CLOSED
Sun Apr 20: 3pm-2am (only 2nd floor is open midnight-2am)

Remember that even when the Library is closed or you are traveling, you can:

  • Search library databases …just login when prompted with your campus Net-ID (same as for your campus email or D2L),
  • Search the HALCat Library Catalog and use links to the titles that are online, including ereserves for classes,
  • Renew your checked-out books, DVDs, etc., online (once) through your Personal Record,
  • Consult online guides for assistance, including citation guides for APA, MLA, and Turabian format, and class assignment guides, and
  • Ask a librarian for help using email or chat, or phone us at the Reference Desk (262-472-1032) during Reference Desk hours (Fri 9am-4:30pm, Sunday April 20th 3-10pm).

Regular Spring Semester hours resume on Monday, April 21.

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Stuffed Animals at the Library?

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On April 11, children and their favorite stuffed animals occupied the Andersen Library for the 2nd Annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover.

The event kicked off with the children (helped by parents and volunteers) creating unique nametags for their animal best friends. Once the animals were properly accounted for, the children joined together in a few songs and story time.

All the singing and reading really got the stuffed animals tired! It was time for the stuffed animals to take their nap – so the children tucked them and headed on home.  Sometime later in the night, the stuffed animals woke to the library being completely empty. This was when all the late-night shenanigans could truly begin.

After sleeping for so long, the animals were starving. So they acted like all the college kids on campus and ordered a pizza from Toppers. We are still not sure how the pizza deliveryman reacted when he saw that stuffed animals were the ones who ordered!IMG_2402
Once they filled their bellies, the animals got together to play different games like Guitar Hero and Dominoes. This was fun for a while, but there were different parts of the library offering to be explored. Soon enough, the animals found themselves lost in a stack of books 10 times bigger than they were!

After reading, they ended the night by watching cartoons on the big screen TV. Once falling asleep again, the animals woke up in their owner’s arms the next day. Each child was fitted with their own booklet filled with camera footage of their stuffed best friend’s fun the night before!

After everything has been said and done, the Andersen Library staff would like to thank all the children participants and volunteers for another successful year of the Stuffed Animal Sleepover. We are already looking forward to next year!

-By Andrew E.

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New Stuff Tuesday – April 15, 2014

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad:
Critical Essays on the Contexts, Politics, Style, and Reception of the Television Series
Edited by David P. Pierson
PN1992.77.B74 B739 2014
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

Missing Walter White already? Need a fix? Now that the series is over, it’s time to reflect on the impact the award-winning and crowd-pleasing television series had on viewers. This collection of essays engages with the series as it both reflected and helped shape popular culture. The essays range from meditations on the portrayal of Latinos on television to the political ideology (if there is one) of the characters on the show. For the true fan, this book will help the reader think more deeply about the show and its legacy in American culture.

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Money Mondays: Insurance

Last week we talked about net worth, which involves comparing what you own (your assets) to what you owe (your liabilities). Some of the assets taken into consideration include high-value items like a house or car. Should something happen to those items, such as damage caused by a car accident, the cost of repair or replacement could be significant which is why it is so important to have good homeowner’s and car insurance. Insurance is a form a risk management that transfers your risk to a third party, like an insurance company.

There are a number of different homeowner’s insurance plans, but according to HowStuffWorks the most common plan is the HO-3, which “covers your home and its contents against damage and theft, as well as you, the owner, against personal liability if someone is injured while on your property.” Most plans do not cover damaged caused by earthquakes and floods, so depending on where you live you may want to purchase an additional insurance plan. The cost of insurance is determined by the likelihood of disasters where you live; what your house is made out of; crime rates; the size and condition of your house; and your proximity to fire hydrants and a fire station. Even if you don’t plan to own a home for a few years, you should consider purchasing renter’s insurance (HO-4). This insures your personal belongings, such as clothes, electronics, and furniture. You can get renter’s insurance for about $10 a month, so it won’t break the bank.

Car vs motorcycle / motorcycle vs car, by Julian Schungel (flickr)

Car insurance is required in almost every state in the US. The price you pay will change based on a number of factors, including: the value of your car; where you live; how much you drive your car; your age; your gender; and your driving record. Consider these factors when purchasing a car, and be sure to drive safely! The older you are and the longer you go with a clean driving record, the cheaper your policy will be.

According to HowStuffWorks, a car insurance policy may include:

  • Liability: This protects you if you unintentionally cause bodily harm or property damage to a third party.
  • Collision: This covers damages to your vehicle if you hit another vehicle or object.
  • Comprehensive: This coverage protects you against damage caused by “fire, wind, hail, flood, vandalism or theft.”
  • Medical coverage: Pays medical expenses for injuries caused in an accident.
  • Personal injury protection (PIP): Pays medical expenses of the insured driver for injuries caused in an accident.
  • Uninsured motorist: This coverage pays for damage to your car caused by a driver without liability insurance (meaning they don’t have insurance to pay for your damages).
  • Underinsured motorist: This coverage pays for damage to your car caused by a driver with too little liability insurance.
  • Rental Reimbursement: If your car is damaged in an accident, your insurance will provide an allowance for you to pay for a rental car.

Not all of these elements are required and there are different coverage levels for each. Different states have different requirements so make sure you know what the requirements are where you live. It’s also important to take the time to compare insurance providers; you may save yourself a lot of money.

There are many other insurance policies to consider. Life insurance provides your family with money should you die at a young age and may be available through your employer. Health insurance is offered by many employers and provides you with coverage should you get sick or injured. Take some time to figure out what is available to you and what you really need.

Here are a few last things to be aware in regard to insurance policies:

  • Your deductible is how much you have to pay before the insurance company will pay anything.
  • Your premium is how much you pay annually or monthly to the insurance company.

Andersen Library has many books on insurance. In Research@UWW you can search for specific types of insurance, such as health insurance, or just do a title search for insurance in general.

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Esera Tuaolo, former Packer, Wed Apr 9

Esera Tuaolo will talk on Wed., Apr. 9, at 7pm in the UC Hamilton Room. Tuaolo, a former Green Bay Packer, is one of very few professional football players to come out as gay. The talk is part of Pride Week and is sponsored by the PB Poorman PRIDE Resource Center.You can read more about Tuaolo’s appearance in the LGBT (Task) Force‘s blog.

cover of Tuaolo autobiographyTuaolo’s autobiography, Alone in the trenches: My life as a gay man in the NFL, is available in Andersen Library’s 3rd-floor Main Collection at GV939.T78 A3 2006. Andersen library has additional resources for learning more. Search HALCat for books including The lavender locker room: 3000 years of great athletes whose sexual orientation was different (3rd-floor Main Collection, GV708.8 .W373 2006), which includes sections on tennis player Martina Navratilova and football player David Kopay, and When baseball isn’t white, straight and male: The media and difference in the national pastime (3rd-floor Main Collection, GV867.64 .A38 2013). Search article databases or Research@UWW to find articles such as “Updating the Outcome: Gay Athletes, Straight Teams, and Coming Out in Educationally Based Sport Teams” (Gender & Society, 2011, vol.25:no.2, pp.250-268, doi:10.1177/0891243210396872), “Openly Gay Athletes – Contesting Hegemonic Masculinity in a Homophobic Environment” (Gender & Society, 2002, vol.16:no.6, pp:860-877, doi:10.1177/089124302237892), “Coming Out in the Heterosexist World of Sport: A Qualitative Analysis of Web Postings by Gay Athletes” (Journal of Gay & Lesbian Psychotherapy, 2007, vol.11:no.1/2, pp.153-174), and “Glasswing Butterflies: Gay Professional Football Players and Their Culture” (Journal of Sport & Social Issues, 2011, vol.35:no.4, pp.420-436, doi:10.1177/0193723511420163).

If you’d like assistance with finding additional materials, please ask a librarian.

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New Stuff Tuesday – April 8, 2014

Coffee

Coffee:
A Comprehensive Guide to the Bean, the Beverage, and the Industry
Edited by Robert W. Thurston, Jonathan Morris, and Shawn Steiman.
HD9199.A2 C59 2013
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

If you’re a coffee fanatic like I am, you’ll love this new book available at Andersen Library! Individuals from around the world discuss both the business and culture of the steamy beverage. Whether you want information on coffee farmers in Indonesia or coffee drinkers in the United States, this book has a chapter for you.

In addition to business information (which is incredibly useful for entrepreneurs hoping to open a cafe), this book contains chapters on the coffee quality assessment process called cupping; the types of espresso drinks (so you can sound really fancy next time you order a drink at a Starbucks); the World Barista Championship; and the health effects of coffee and caffeine. Grab a cuppa and take your coffee snobbery to the next level!

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Money Mondays: Net Worth

This semester we have talked about both assets (like investments) and liabilities (like loans). These play a major role in determining your net worth. Net worth is a way of stating how much wealth you have, and it does so by comparing your assets (your investments, money in bank accounts, home, car) to your liabilities (your student loan, car loan, mortgage, credit card debt). You just have to subtract what you owe from what you own.

Balance Scale, by Sepehr Ehsani (flickr)

When you consider what you own in this scenario, only account for things that have significant value (like a car or house) and do not depreciate (lose their value) too quickly. Things like your TV and furniture aren’t often included in your net worth because they lose their value relatively quickly. If you collect art or own expensive jewelry, those things should be included in your net worth because they generally increase in value over time.

Individuals who consistently increase their net worth are considered to be in good financial health. As you start to save and invest money and pay off your debts, your net worth will increase. It’s a good idea to calculate your net worth every so often to see how you’re doing. If your net worth is not increasing, you may not be putting yourself in a good position for retirement. We’ll talk more about retirement in a few weeks.

It’s much easier to start increasing your net worth once you have a full-time job. It can be tempting to accept the job that offers the biggest salary, allowing you to save and pay down debt more quickly. However, you also need to consider the cost of living where you would be located. If the cost of living is extremely high, you won’t be able to save nearly as much as you would if you lived elsewhere. You may be offered a position with a salary of $40,000 in Milwaukee or a position with a salary of $60,000 in Manhattan. Seems like going to Manhattan is a better option. However, the cost of living in Manhattan is significantly higher, and a $60,000 salary is equivalent to about $27,000 in Milwaukee. The cost of living will affect how much you can increase your net worth over time. Check out the Statistical Abstract of the United States to find city-level data on cost of living and much more. The 2014 edition is available at the Reference Desk.

Below are a few more resources to help you calculate your net worth as well as the cost of living in different cities across the United States.

Net Worth Resources:

Cost of Living Resources:

Note: This blog post is for informational purposes only. No content should be construed as financial advice.

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T3: Microsoft Office on Your Mobile Device

MSOfficeAppMany of us use MS Office products daily for a variety of projects. While there have been ways to view and edit MS Office projects on tablets–until recently you needed to be on a Microsoft tablet (such as the Surface) to use them efficiently. Now Microsoft has debuted MS Office Mobile for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. You can view, edit, and create documents for personal use through this free app. An Android app is coming soon.

MS Office on iTunes

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2nd Annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover!

UW-Whitewater students, staff, faculty and Children’s Center families, with a child 6 years of age or younger,are invited to experience the Library’s second annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover on April 11, 2014. Not only will the children have the opportunity to enhance their love of books, but so will their stuffed animals!

The two sessions this year will be held at the Andersen Library between 3:30-4:30p.m. and 4:30-5:30p.m.

In order to participate, the child must bring a stuffed animal that will join them in Library story time and craft activities. After all their fun, the stuffed animal will get to stay the night and experience the Library after hours! The children can pick up their beloved stuffed animal along with a photo memory book of their animal’s late-night Library adventures on Saturday, April 12 or Monday, April 14.  Children need to be accompanied by an adult, but chaperones will be provided for the stuffed animals during the night.

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Registration is required. Follow the link to register: http://goo.gl/nYNa2

If you would like read about last year’s fun, you can do so here: http://blogs.uww.edu/library/archives/11867

By Andrew E.

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Book Sale in April

This month the sale books are $100 a piece.

April Fools!

Seriously though folks, this month we have a good variety of books in the sciences, literatures (English as well as German), and internationally themed books, such as travel guides and books about foreign cultures. Each is a mere $1 each. A bargain on any day, especially this one!

The carts with the sale books are in their usual place near the Food for Thought Cafe. Please come, peruse, purchase, and have a great month. Spring will be here before we know it.

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