Young Adults Read — Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles all the Way Down
For all you John Green fans, his new book, Turtles All The Way Down, is here!
For those of you who are not yet fans or have never read John Green, this one is a great starter to his descriptive and enticing writing style.

In this easy-to-read novel, Aza, the main character, and her best friend Daisy are two high school girls wondering the same thing every high-schooler is wondering, What’s next? And, How do I (we) get there? In the midst of these anxieties, Davis Pickett, long ago friend of Aza’s and super rich kid, goes through more family drama as his dad, Russell Pickett, businessman extraordinaire, vanishes out of thin air. Officials speculate that Mr. Pickett flees due to a business transaction gone wrong. This sends the entire town into a frenzy and town officials begin offering prize money to anyone holding hard evidence on the whereabouts of Russell Pickett.

Daisy, being the leader of most all plans, convinces Aza that there is a chance they can find Russell Pickett by chatting with Davis, his son. Aza, while slowly becoming entrapped by the excitement of the hunt for Mr. Pickett, begins to remember why her and Davis used to be such good friends when they were younger…Can you sense the romance?

Throughout this whole endeavor, Aza suffers from invasives, ideas that take over her entire thought process. She becomes enveloped in the downward spiral that is herself and struggles to find the cure for her thought infected mind.

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New Stuff Tuesday — Feb. 6, 2018

The Butchering Art book cover

The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s quest to transform the grisly world of Victorian medicine
by Lindsay Fitzharris
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New Arrivals, 2nd floor

Read this to discover the only known case of a surgery with a confirmed 300% fatality rate. Or to learn about how our hero became “the only man to stick a knife in the Queen!” (and lived to tell about it), or to discover the origins of Listerine and the Carbolic Smoke Ball.

Considering the slightly “gross” topic, this is a surprisingly entertaining and dramatic telling of a very human story — and by that I mean both its considerable impact on us modern humans today, and by its demonstration of the universal human ambition, pride, stubbornness, and vanity that often tries to stifle any great endeavors towards new knowledge. Lister’s promotion of germ theory as the cause for the infections that killed so many thousands of people before about 1870 was met with derision by many, but the man (and the many scientific and medical personnel who contributed to the cause, including Louis Pasteur and Queen Victoria herself) eventually prevailed through a slow process of education and demonstration. If you’ve ever had a routine tooth extraction or broken bone setting and never fretted about dying of erysipelas or septicemia, you have Joseph Lister to thank.

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Becoming Ryan: Eating Disorder Recovery

Ryan Sallans will talk about “Becoming Ryan: Eating Disorder Recovery” at 7 pm on Mon, Feb 5, 2018 in the University Center’s Hamilton Room.

Ryan shares his transition story where he explores the intersections of identity as his identities changed. His story begins with his childhood and the struggles he had with his body, before moving into his college years where he struggled with anorexia nervosa. When he began coming out as transgender, he speaks to his experiences around rejection from family and his lesbian partner, discrimination from healthcare providers and employment, and struggles with financial resources to assist in his physical transition. — from the campus calendar

Sallans is a transgender speaker, author, trainer, and advocate who specializes in eating disorders, campus inclusion, and workplace issues impacting the transgender and LGBTQ community. He is the author of the book Second son: Transitioning toward my destiny, love and life (summary at Google Books).

Andersen Library has other resources to learn more, including books such as Coming out: An act of love (3rd-floor Main Collection, HQ75.2 .E53 1991), Crossing: A memoir (3rd-floor Main Collection, HQ77.8.M39 A3 1999; preview text available at Google Books), and Black LGBT health in the United States: The intersection of race, gender, and sexual orientation (3rd-floor Main Collection, RA564.9.S49 B53 2017). Please ask a librarian (choose chat or email, phone 262-472-1032, or visit the Reference Desk) if you’d like assistance with finding materials.

Learn more about Sallans at the website

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Resume Doctor here at the Andersen Library

The Spring Hawk Career Fair–featuring scores of potential employers–is slated to span over two days in February (Feb. 6 & 7). Clamoring to get those resumes in order? Don’t worry! The Andersen Library will be hosting CLD for two days of Resume Doctor on Thursday and Friday (Feb. 1 & 2), noon to 4 PM. This is your chance to heal your resume!

*Contact Amy Yang (CLD) at or (262) 472-1167, or Sarell Martin (Andersen Library) at or (262) 472-7164 for more information.

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T3: Evernote for College


Evernote, a multimedia note-taking app, can help you organize and capture information in your studies, work, and daily life. You can set up different notebooks for your courses or projects.  You can put almost anything into a notebook. You can view your notebooks and add notes on our own computer, on campus computers through the Evernote website, and on mobile devices. Everything is synced automatically across your computers to your Evernote account. With Evernote you can:

  1. Capture everything (well, almost)
    • Notes you type directly into Evernote
    • Microsoft Word documents
    • Microsoft PowerPoint documents
    • PDFs and scanned files
    • Photos of handwritten notes or documents you take with your smartphone or other mobile device
    • Photos or screenshots
    • Audio recordings (You can record lectures with your smartphone or mobile device from within the Evernote app.)
    • Websites
  2. Organize your stuff and find it fast
    • You can separate your notes into different notebooks, but you can also tag notes with labels that you create.
    • Evernote has a powerful search feature, which can even search the text inside a handwritten note you’ve scanned!
    • You can share your notebooks with other Evernote users or email notes to anyone.

It’s Free!
Evernote has both free and Premium accounts. The free account should meet your needs—if you pay for a Premium account, you just get a few more features and more space.

Learn More

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Celebrate faculty and staff scholarship & creative achievements

Scholarship event graphicThe 30th 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, grants, and conference presentations produced by 93 of UWW’s staff and faculty during the period July 2016-June 2017 will be displayed in the Crossman Gallery (Greenhill Center of the Arts) on Tues., Jan. 30, from 10am-5pm and 6pm-8pm. A reception will be held on Tues. from 3pm-4:30pm, with welcoming remarks by Provost Susan Elrod. Refreshments will be available during the reception and the Chancellor’s String Quartet will perform. The listing of accomplishments being recognized is online.

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

Questions or require accommodations? Contact Barbara Bren at 262.472.5521 or

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New Stuff Tuesday – January 30, 2018

The Hate U Give Audiobook Cover

The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas, Performed by Bahni Turpin
PZ7.1.T448 Hat 2017
New Arrivals, Audiobooks, 2nd floor

Angie Thomas’ debut young adult novel opens to a recognizable scene: a high school party where feelings of awkwardness, reconnections with grade school friends, and cattiness abound. A traffic stop following the party turns tragic for 16-year-old Starr and her cousin, leaving him dead and Starr’s life, if not her community, irrevocably changed. She struggles with the decision of whether or not to speak out and open herself and her family to inevitable scrutiny.

Turpin’s engaging narration successfully conveys Starr’s ability to code switch as she navigates between her mostly black neighborhood and mostly white school, and gives voice to Thomas’s powerful, fictionalized story of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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T3: Mindfulness & Focus

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As a new semester starts, many of you are delighting in the short-lived experience of blank calendars, fresh journal pages, and short to-do lists. Although all of these will quickly fill up with assignments and activities, your headspace does not need to become similarly cluttered. While smartphones and other technology devices can be distracting, you can also use them to help you maintain your equilibrium and focus on success. These apps listed below can help you manage anxiety and stress in daily rituals that will hopefully prevent you from feeling overwhelmed now and in the future.

Headspace: Guided Meditation and Mindfulness (Free: iOS/Android)
This is “meditation made simple.” The app provides guided meditations suitable for anyone–even beginners. Meditation may help you improve your focus, exercise mindful awareness, relieve anxiety, and reduce stress.

Self-help for Anxiety Management (Free: iOS/Android)
This app was developed by a university team of psychologists, computer scientists, and student users. You can use this to help track your anxiety triggers, work through physical and mental relaxation exercises, and interact with other users of the app.

For more apps (some free and some costing a few bucks), see this blog post.

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New Stuff Tuesday – January 23, 2018

Deep Work: Rules For Focused Success in a Distracted World

Deep Work: Rules For Focused Success in a Distracted World
by Cal Newport
BF323 .D5 N49 2016
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

Who couldn’t use a superpower?

Cal Newport, Georgetown computer science professor has written a lot about success. His books include How to Become a Straight-A Student, How to Win at College, and So Good They Can’t Ignore You. His latest work is along the same lines. This time he writes about deep work, a term he coined to describe the ability to focus intently on work, free from distractions. If that sounds like the opposite of your reality, you will have a lot of company. The author cites a scary study about knowledge workers: 60% of their work time is spent in searching online and electronic communication (p. 6). There is very little “think” time.

In the introduction, the author notes Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. And what is happening to our brains definitely interferes with deep work. So if you’re intrigued about developing the superpower of deep concentration on your work to combat the war on your brain, considering taking a deep dive into this book.

And if you’d like some help getting started on deep work, try watching Dr. Newport’s Ted Talk about getting off social media.


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Featured Resource: Library Classroom

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Do you need a space to work on an interactive presentation or test out a SMART Board project? We can help with that!

The Library Classroom (first floor, L1105) is open for the semester and has all new technology:

  • A typical classroom computer with a projector that displays on the main screen in the middle of the room. You can also bring your own computer and display it to this screen.
  • Two whiteboards on either end of the room become interactive presentation surfaces when used with the Epson BrightLink projectors and a computer (bring your own or use the one next to the board). These can be controlled individually or used in concert with the main computer and projector. You can check out the L1105 Smart Board Kit (with special dry erase markers to use with the boards) at the Circulation Desk.Image of L1105 Classroom interactive whiteboard
  • Document camera set up for use with the main computer and projector.Image of L1105 Classroom document camera

If you need help using any of the technology in the Library Classroom, you can make an appointment with Diana Shull (the Instructional Technology Librarian, or Ellen Latorraca (the Education Librarian,

The furniture in the Library Classroom is (mostly) on wheels so you can adjust it for your needs as well. Although–please put it back where you found it!

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