New Stuff Tuesday – May 23, 2016

Word of Mouse

Word of Mouse
Written by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein; illustrated by Joe Sutphin
F Pat
Curriculum Collection, Fiction, 2nd floor

From Stuart Little to Bernard and Bianca from The Rescuers, these little characters that squeak their way into children’s literature teach big lessons. Like many of his literary Mus predecessors, Isaiah’s size is outweighed by his intellect, resourcefulness, and heart. He may have been separated from his ninety-nine siblings in a harrowing escape plot gone awry. He may be marginalized by others of his own kind because of his striking blue fur. Nevertheless, he overcomes both tragedy and adversity, and shares the important words and lessons he learns along the way:

“We mice are nocturnal and crepuscular.”
“A mouse may run swiftly, but it can never escape its own tale.”
“Any plan is bad if it cannot be altered.”

But of all the important things he has to share, time and again he repeats the one that speaks to mice and humans alike:

“Because, when all is said and done, none of us is very different from any of us.”

Do you have other favorite book characters who just happen to be mice, too? Share a reply!

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Friday Fun: Popular magazine cover articles

Here’s a fun and enlightening thing to do from time to time: Peruse the covers of popular magazines on Andersen Library’s main (2nd) floor to see what the current topics of interest are! Here’s a sampling:image of magazine rack

covers from several popular magazinesAnd there are many others….

One of the pleasures or advantages of perusing magazines is that you may be invited by a cover article, then stay to read many other articles in the issue (e.g., in the National Geographic issue is an article about creating 3-D images of animals like a cane toad). It’s even interesting to think about the advertisements that are placed in the magazine for people who are interested in these topics (e.g., the National Geographic issue contains an “ad” by Colgate about saving up to 4 gallons of water every time you turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth). Of course, the more you are drawn to keep reading, the better the job the magazine is doing, yes?


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New Stuff Tuesday – May 16, 2017

Super Hummingbirds

Super Hummingbirds
Written by Janet Hess, Narrated by Patricia Clarkson
QL 696 .A558 N38 2016
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

Did you know that a hummingbird’s heart beats more than 1,200 times in a minute? And that their tiny wings flap in a figure eight — at 80 flutters per second? There are more than 300 species of hummingbirds worldwide. Wisconsin is home to the Ruby-throated variety.

This fascinating video will tell you all about these tiny birds’ amazing super powers that allow them to fly backwards, upside done and hover like a Harrier Jet, but much more gracefully.

And it’s easy to attract hummingbirds to your home with a feeder filled with sugar water – you don’t even need to use red food coloring. Once you have a feeder outside your window, the little darlings will turn your windows into a wide-screen TV to the “nature” channel.

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Library & Café hours between exams and Summer Session

Starting Tuesday, May 16 and running through Sunday, May 28:
Andersen Library will be open from 8am-4:30 Monday-Friday, closed Saturday-Sunday. The Library also will be closed on Monday, May 29, for Memorial Day.

The Food for Thought Café is closed for the summer. Please use the vending machines outside the Library on the lower level, or bring in or order your sustenance!

Also note that with the annual steam outage for the next couple of weeks, the Library can be a bit cool, so you may want to being a sweater.

On Tuesday, May 30, Summer Session hours will start.

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Photography: Workshop & Exhibit

The Whitewater Arts Alliance is offering a free workshop, “Photography: Beyond the Snapshot,” for beginning to intermediate photographers from 10am-noon on Sat., May 20, 2017, at the Cultural Arts Center (402 W. Main Street, Whitewater). This workshop may help attendees prepare to exhibit their work in the annual Fran Achen Photography Show in July! Attendees will have an informal opportunity to talk with two award-winning Whitewater photographers, Everett Long and Jeff McDonald, about techniques and equipment that may result in more creative photographs, as well as how to prepare photographs for exhibiting. If you’d like to attend, please register by email to

Long and McDonald serve on the Board of Directors of the Whitewater Arts Alliance. Long is a local photographer known for nature shots. You can preview some pages in his Seeing…through a lens book and read a brief bio on the Arts Alliance website. McDonald, a local photographer known for his landscape and architectural work, chairs the Fran Achen Photography Competition. You can see some of his work online at

Amateur and professional artists may enter their photography in the 8th Annual Fran Achen Photography Competition until June 15. The exhibition runs from July 6-30 at the Whitewater Arts Alliance’s Cultural Arts Center. Complete information, including entrance fees and other guidelines, is online at A free Opening Reception will be held on Sun., July 9, from 1-4pm (awards announced at approximately 2pm) at the Cultural Arts Center.

cover of Rick Sammon's Creative Visualization bookAndersen Library can help with books such as Rick Sammon’s creative visualization: Composition, exposure, lighting, learning, experimenting, setting goals, motivation and more (online via Taylor & Francis eBooks or preview some text via Google Books) and Digital nature photography: The art and the science (online via Taylor & Francis eBooks or preview some text via Google Books). Or try some of the video tutorials available in the database, such as “Creative photography techniques” with Justin Reznick.

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

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New Instruments and Astronomical Discoveries

Dr. Paul Rybski, Department of Physics, will talk about “New Instruments and Astronomical Discoveries: Creating an astronomical life” at 8pm on Fri., May 5, in Upham 140. It’s the final Spring 2017 lecture in the Whitewater Observatory Lecture Series. A public viewing session at Whitewater Observatory will follow the lecture at 9:15pm, weather permitting.

If you’d like to learn more, Andersen Library can help, for example with books such as From Earth-Bound to Satellite: Telescopes, Skills and Networks (online via ProQuest Ebook Central [formerly ebrary]) and Scientific Detectors for Astronomy: The Beginning of a New Era (online via ProQuest Ebook Central)

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).


Revolutionary astronomical discoveries are made only after new technologies are introduced that permit observations which could not have been made earlier. We are all familiar with how the introduction of refracting telescopes by Hans Lippershay in 1608 permitted Galileo in 1609 to construct his own, turn it toward the universe and gather optical data about the solar system and the Milky Way that made possible acceptance of Copernicus’ Sun-centered planetary theory by academics and theologians by his death in 1642. Less well known is how the introduction of silver halide photography in the late 19th century allowed Edwin Hubble in 1917 to discover Cepheid variable stars in the Andromeda galaxy and show to the world that spiral nebulae were not gaseous members of the Milky Way but instead galaxies at great distances from the Milky Way.

I have been fortunate to participate in two such instrumental revolutions in my 45 year career. I began my astronomical career in 1972 after the introduction to astronomical instrument builders of image intensifier technology developed for use in the Vietnam War. The Intensified Dissector Scanner technology developed for spectroscopy at Lick Observatory in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s allowed me to develop a remotely operable astronomical pulse-counting camera in 1975 and a pulse-counting, sky-subtracting astronomical spectrometer in 1977, both for the 2.7 meter telescope at McDonald Observatory and the University of Texas at Austin.

In this lecture I will discuss these instruments and their discoveries as well as show their working parts at the front of the lecture room. I will also discuss and show parts of the Charge-coupled Device-based spectrometers and photometers I developed at Yerkes Observatory for use on a novel telescope at the University of Chicago and that I designed at UW-Whitewater for use on the Kitt Peak National Observatory’s 0.9 meter telescope. This is the same technology that has been used on the Hubble Space Telescope to observe the most distant galaxies and supernova and that have contributed to the discovery of the Dark Energy that is increasing the expansion speed of the universe.

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New Stuff Tuesday — May 2, 2017

Hamilton CD cover

Hamilton: original Broadway cast recording
by Lin-Manuel Miranda
SOU Mir Ham
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

I freely admit I’m a latecomer to the fanclub for Lin-Manuel Miranda and Hamilton, the 2015 sold-out Broadway sensation that’s recently started an equally sold-out nationwide tour. I’m also an unexpected convert, as my usual response to the question of preferred musical genres is “anything but rap.”

But I’m an unapologetic musical-theater nerd, so one day I looked it up on YouTube. Now, some months later, I may or may not find myself somewhere between step 5 and step 9 in the Telegraph’s “12-step guide to your new musical obsession”… What obsession? Ahem.

If you still remain among the unconverted, I encourage you check out this CD to get a taste of the show. While it’s described as a hip-hop musical, the range of musical styles (rap, jazz, & more typical Broadway lyrical ballads), witty wordplay, pop-culture references (“Sit down, John!” for us musical-theater nerds), touching and thought-provoking themes, and just plain fun music-play (like the genteel British gavotte of “Farmer Refuted”) will keep you entertained through many a listen.

If you can’t get enough of musical theater, check out our other Broadway soundtracks available for checkout in the library (in the Popular CDs browsing shelves on 2nd floor). Or — study break! — here’s a fantastic tribute that still makes me laugh, from Miranda’s wedding several years ago:

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Women of the Revolution

Pilar Melero, UW-Whitewater Associate Professor of Languages & Literatures and Coordinator of Race and Ethic Studies, will talk about “Women of the Revolution” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Tues., May 2, in UC275A. It’s the last installment of the Latino Heritage Lecture Series for this semester!

cover of book Gender and the Mexican RevolutionAndersen Library can help you learn more, if you’d like, with books such as Gender and the Mexican Revolution: Yucatán women & the realities of patriarchy (3rd-floor Main Collection at HQ1236.5.M6 S65 2009, full text online via ProQuest Ebook Central or Project MUSE, or preview text via Google Books), Fearless women in the Mexican Revolution and the Spanish Civil War (full text online via ProQuest Ebook Central or preview text via Google Books), or learn more about Mexico and other countries as well with Women and revolution in Africa, Asia, and the New World (3rd-floor Main Collection at HQ1236 .W6364 1994 or preview text via Google Books). Articles including “Race, class, and gender in the making of the Mexican revolution” (International Review of Sociology, 1996, vol.6:no.1, pp.139-156) are immediately available to UW-Whitewater students and staff, while others, e.g., “Women and the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1920″ (The Americas, 1980, vol.37:no.1, pp.53-82) would need to be requested from other libraries using the free ILLiad interlibrary loan system (scans of requested articles usually are available in 2-3 weekdays). You also can learn more from the Library of Congress’s web pages on “Women in the Revolution” (part of “The Mexican Revolution and the United States in the Collections of the Library of Congress”).

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 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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Warhawk Book Talks – April & May


Ever wonder what your faculty or colleagues are reading? Here’s your chance to find out! Warhawk Book Talks is a series where professors, staff, and students at UW-W talk about their favorite books!

Alvaro Taveira, Euphoria; Stiff

Laura Porterfield, Fledgling; Kindred

Scott Behnke, Millionaire Next Door

Kai Rush, Red: A Crayons Story; Families, Families Families



Roger Yin, The Phoenix Project

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Andersen Library Exam Hours

collage of images of students studyingAndersen Library is extending its hours for exam study:

Fri., Apr. 28: 7:30am – 10pm
Sat., Apr. 29: 9am – 10pm
Sun., Apr. 30: 9am – 2am
Mon.-Thurs., May 1-4: 7:30am – 2am
Fri., May 5: 7:30am – 10pm
Sat., May 6: 9am – 10pm
Sun., May 7: 9am – 2am
Mon.-Thurs., May 8-11: 7:30am – 2am
Fri., May 12: 7:30am – 6pm
Sat., May 13: 10am – 6pm
Sun., May 14: 11am – 8pm
Mon., May 15: 7:30am – 4:30pm

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

image of one of the pet therapy dogs that visits Andersen LibraryFree coffee on weekends and late nights, and popcorn on evenings the Library is open until 2am! Information will be forthcoming about the Relaxathon events, but you can plan ahead for the pet therapy dogs! They will be visiting from noon-2pm on Mon.-Thurs., May 1-4, and Mon.-Wed., May 8-10 (Please share the dogs!).

Study hard and good luck, everybody! And congratulations to those of you who are graduating!

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