Celebrate July 4! Library hours, local events

It’s almost July 4th! How will you celebrate? Andersen Library will close at 4:30pm on Wed., July 3rd, and the Library is closed on Thurs., July 4th. Then it’s back to normal summer session hours as of 7:30 a.m. on Fri., 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 2nd, enjoy the Whitewater City Market vendors on the University’s Wyman mall from 4-7 pm.

Whitewater’s 4th of July Festival runs Wed.-Sun., July 3-July 6. The schedule includes a “Not all superheroes wear capes”-themed parade at 10am on Thurs. the 4th (see parade program for entries), preceded by the 12th annual Whippet City Mile Run along the same route and starting at about 9:50am. Following the parade is a water ski show on Cravath Lake. The Festival also includes midway games, food, music, the 35th annual car show (on the 4th, 8am-2pm), fireworks (Thurs. & Sat., 10pm), and more.

Many nearby communities will be celebrating as well, e.g., Milton offers a carnival, parade (1pm on the 4th), music, fireworks, and more. The Hoard Historical Museum (401 Whitewater Ave, Fort Atkinson) will host its 41st annual ice cream social on the 4th from 1-3pm with music and patriotic readings. 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 25, 2019

Creating Wicked Students book cover

Creating Wicked Students:
Designing Courses for a Complex World

by Paul Hanstedt
LB2395.35.H37 C74 2018
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

Geared toward an audience of post-secondary educators, Hanstedt offers a fresh lens through which to view and guide our course design. He credits Edmond Ko, an engineering instructor, with using wicked in the context of problems, solutions, and competencies. Since students are often faced with wicked problems, that is “situations where the parameters of the problem and the means available for solving them are changing constantly” (p. 3), they need wicked competencies in order to address them. Years ago, few would have imagined how quickly fake news might spread on social media platforms, legalization of gay marriage, or the Zika virus, for example. How can students learn the content and skills of a course, and enter the post-college world able to apply it, question it, and possibly propose solutions that may lead to reinventing it to address such issues?

Handstedt walks us through how we might rethink our purpose, set goals for our courses and restructure them. Chapters are designed to guide the instructor through assignment creation, creating authoritative exams, and day-to-day teaching methods. Finally, he provides examples of assignments which provide opportunities for assessing wickedness.

For an overview of wicked design and examples, view Handstedt’s presentation or listen to his Teaching in Higher Ed podcast episode.



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New Stuff Tuesday – June 18, 2019

It's All a Game book cover

It’s all a Game:
The History of Board Games from Monopoly to Settlers of Catan

by Tristan Donovan
GV1312 .D66 2017
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

Let’s play a game! Did you know Andersen Library has its own collection of board games? They’re part of the Curriculum Collection Teaching Tools where you can find classic board games including Monopoly, Battleship, Yahtzee, The Game of Life, Clue, and Scrabble — and newer ones like Apples to Apples and Exploding Kittens. These are mostly games you might find in a PreK-12 school — but we’re open to suggestions for your favorite games.

British journalist Tristan Donovan sketches out the history of the board game, from the earliest known game of senet in ancient Egypt to today’s Chess Plaza in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park. One early game came from the city of Ur (in modern day Iraq) and archaeologists call it the Royal Game of Ur because it was unearthed in a tomb in the city’s royal cemetery. Many similar boards were later found elsewhere in the Middle East. Just as with senet, it was anyone’s guess how to play the game until the rules to Ur were translated from an ancient Babylonian tablet in the British Museum. You can even find the Royal Game of Ur on Amazon (reproductions, of course). How cool is that?!

If you’d like to see the Royal Game of Ur in action, Irving Finkel, the British Museum’s cuneiform expert, will show you how it’s done.

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New Stuff Tuesday – June 11, 2019

They shall not grow old movie poster
They Shall Not Grow Old
D521 .T44 2018
New Arrivals Island, 2nd Floor

They Shall Not Grow Old is the result of years of restoration work led by Peter Jackson’s Wingnut Films. The work involved using digital restoration techniques to modernize 100 year old footage from the first world war. The project also colorized the footage by looking at countless examples of soldier’s uniforms, weapons, and the landscape. The final part was using lip readers and artillery audio to provide sound to footage that never had it originally.The focus of the film is on English forces in the western front, and while the film was never meant to be a comprehensive documentary of the Great War, the work done here allows World War I to be seen in a way it’s never even been imagined before.

Perhaps, the most spectacular work in this film was the work done in a scene featuring a general giving a speech to rally his troops before battle. In the making of feature, Jackson relates how the original speech was discovering after digging through archives in Great Britain. Using a voice actor, dialogue of the speech was added to the footage for the first time. The footage is of course a reminder of the all that is horrible when we go to war, but it is a good reminder that for many of us we had relatives from the 60 million people who fought in the war and the film makers encourage us to look into our own family histories to discover these relatives.

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Honoring the WWI Gold Star men

As the smoke cleared from the battlefields of World War I, the Whitewater Normal School came together to honor those who served and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the cause.  May 30, 1919, was the first Memorial Day following the signing of the armistice that had ended the war the previous November.  Almost 50 students and faculty,  approximately 10 percent of the student body, returned to the school to resume their studies.  Missing from that number were seven students and alumni.

Honoring the fallen

Memorial exercises were held at the school assembly on Thursday, June 5, 1919, to honor Byron Beckett, Loren Borst, Lawrence Buckley, William Graham, Oscar Hamilton, Harold Hawes, and Ernest Magoon, all students or graduates from the Normal School and Commercial High School.

At the assembly, Chaplain Gustav Stearns from the 128th infantry gave a memorial address.  A member of the faculty spoke about each of the fallen soldiers, “giving a brief sketch of their lives and telling something of their service” (Whitewater Register, June, 12, 1919).

On June 8, 1920, a memorial to the Gold Star men was erected on the front lawn of the Normal school, flanking the entrance to Old Main along with a bust of President Salisbury. “It was a shaft of Montello granite on which is to be placed “Victory.” A bronze tablet on the face of the shaft has the names” of the soldiers (Whitewater Register, June 10, 1920).  The dedication ceremony included a speech by A.A. Upham and an address by Chaplain Stearns.  In 1923, a bust of President Abraham Lincoln was added to the top of the pedestal.  The memorial now stand near the southwest corner of Hyer hall.



Gold Star Men

Byron Beckett, 1918

Byron Beckett served as the Senior class president and graduated from the Principals’ Course in June 1918 before serving as a seaman second class in the Navy.

Loren Borst, 1917

Loren Borst, known as the “Big Mondovi Star,” helped lead the football team to the 1917 championship game.  He left to fight for “Uncle Sam” and died at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, in November 1918 from influenza and pneumonia.

Lawrence Buckley attended the Normal School in 1915 and went on to work for the North Western Railway. He joined the Navy in 1917 and was promoted to seaman second class during his year of service.  In March 1918, he was granted a ten day furlough and returned to Whitewater, where he died suddenly from diphtheria.

William “Billy” Graham was part of the Freshman class of 1909 at Whitewater Normal.  He joined Company K, 128th Infantry, and served for six years, rising to the rank of Corporal.  He died in action on August 2, 1918.

Oscar Hamilton, 1918

Oscar Hamilton, another Whitewater native, was an editor for the Royal Purple and the Minneiska before graduating from the High School Course at Whitewater Normal in 1918. He went on to serve with the U.S. Engineers in Washington, DC, where he contracted influenza and pneumonia, which claimed his life in October 1918.

Harold Hawes served as the Junior class president for the Commercial High School in 1917. He enlisted as a Private 1st Class in the 128th Infantry, Company K, on April 7, 1917, the day the United States declared war on Germany.  He died in France from wounds he received in battle.

Ernest Magoon joined the army as a private in the 38th Infantry, Company B.  He served in France and went missing during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.  In August 1921, as the U.S. government began sending soldier’s bodies home from Europe, Ernest and another soldier, Elmer Wright, returned to Whitewater.  The Normal School hosted a service to honor these soldiers.


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New Stuff Tuesday — May 21, 2019

World of Birds bookcover

World of Birds
by Robert Hunter
E Hun
New Arrivals Island, 2nd Floor

Blame it on tech-enabled everything these days, but it seems to me that picture books for the younger set are getting ever more techie and interactive. I’m not complaining, when it results in books like this lushly illustrated volume that plays (through the pressure sensors on the back page) the calls of 60 separate bird species! I do wish the calls were a little more clearly separated — currently all 8 or 10 or so birds from a given page will play in one 5- to 10-second recording, sometimes overlapping and it’s hard to tell what is what bird. But the result feels like you’re out in the jungle or the Australian outback, listening to a cacophony of birds all around you, so I can’t criticize too much.

I trust the bird calls must be highly accurate because they were created in collaboration with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. I also love the diversity of the creatures represented — all 7 continents, 10 different habitats, birds large and small, running, swimming, and flying.

Out of curiosity, I wondered if we had other sound-playing books by this publisher. It doesn’t look like any of the others play sounds, but the library has quite a collection of high-quality illustrated picture books from this publisher that are just begging to be used in your next social studies or science lesson plan!


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Andersen Library summer session hours

If you need a great place to study, write, etc., this summer, come to Andersen Library!

During summer sessions (May 28-August 17, 2019) the Library’s hours are:


  • M-TH: 7:30am-8pm
  • F: 7:30am-4:30pm
  • Sat: CLOSED
  • Sun: 1-5pm

Exceptions: The Library will close at 4:30pm on Wed., Jul. 3rd, and reopen at 7:30am on Fri., Jul. 5th, for the 4th of July holiday.

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Library exam, break hours

collage of images of students studyingAndersen Library hours for exam study:

Mon.-Thurs., May 13-16: 7:30am – 2am
Fri., May 17*: 7:30am – 10pm
Sat., May 18: 10am – 6pm
Sun., May 19: 11am – 8pm
Mon.-Tues., May 20-21: 7:30am – 4:30pm

Spring-Summer Break hours (May 22-27):

Mon.-Fri.: 8am – 4:30pm
Sat.-Sun.: Closed
Mon. May 27th (Memorial Day): Closed

*Food for Thought Cafe will close on Fri., May 17, at 2pm, and reopen in the Fall!

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

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Have you or someone you know ever said, “I need that like I need another hole in my head!” or something similar? Well, at times some people have thought they or others need an actual hole created in their heads. It’ called trepanation.

Was or is it for medical reasons? Was or is it for a ritual? If you’d like to learn more, read these sources:

Whether you are graduating or continuing with your studies, this is but one example of the many topics you may not have encountered yet. Some of the things you will have to learn, or just want to learn, don’t even exist yet. Never lose your curiosity!

If you’d like assistance with finding additional material on this or another topic, please ask a librarian (email, chat, phone 262.472.1032, or visit the Reference Desk).

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New Stuff Tuesday – May 14, 2019

Dear My Teacher

Dear My Teacher:
Letters of Joy, Pain, and Triumph from Today’s Teenage Hmong Students
Edited & compiled by Pang Yang and Mike H. Vang
LC3501.H56 D43 2019
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

The students’ letters in this book were written to their teachers with the hope that by sharing their feelings on paper, the teachers could benefit from seeing the world through their eyes (p.1). These letters are also an opportunity for those of us who rarely have the chance to get to know the sincere wishes, dreams, and concerns of teenagers, high school students, recent immigrants, and first-and second-generation citizens.

The students who are learning the Hmong language for the first time share their anxiousness and excitement. Most of these teens write about their worry of meeting expectations of their parents and teachers. Many also share the sentiment of this student, who writes to their Hmong teacher, “Listening to your stories about your life and the struggle you went throughout your journey really inspire me to never give up” (p.53), attesting to the power of sharing stories.

For readers who are heading off to their first year of teaching or getting ready for Fall 2019 intern teaching, Andersen Library has numerous titles to inspire and provide tools for a first year in a classroom. Here are just a few:

How to Be Successful in Your First Year of Teaching Elementary School Everything You Need to Know That They Don’t Teach You in School

How to Be Successful in Your First Year of Teaching High School Everything You Need to Know That They Don’t Teach You in Schoo

Substitute : going to school with a thousand kids / Nicholson Baker.

White teacher, black mama / Anita Kelley D’Abbraccio and Tiffany Lott Stevenson.

You can do this : hope and help for new teachers / Robyn R. Jackson.

Streaming video: The New Teacher : Meeting the Challenges / National Professional Resource.

Audiobook: I’d like to apologize to every teacher I ever had : my year as a rookie teacher at Northeast High / Tony Danza.

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