Library hours: Thanksgiving week through Winterim

Andersen Library’s hours for the Thanksgiving holiday week are:

  • Mon.-Tues., Nov. 23-24: normal hours (7:30am-12 midnight)
  • Wed., Nov. 25: 7:30am-6pm
  • Thurs., Nov. 26: CLOSED*
  • Fri., Nov. 27: 8am-4:30pm
  • Sat., Nov. 28: CLOSED
  • Sun., Nov. 29: 3pm-12 midnight

As of Monday, November 30th, Andersen Library will resume its normal fall semester hours through Saturday, December 19th. *What can you do if the library is closed, or you are remote? A lot! See the bottom of this blog entry!


Andersen Library’s hours between fall semester and Winterim (Sun. Dec. 20-Mon. Dec. 28):

  • Sun., Dec. 20: Closed
  • Mon.-Wed., Dec. 21-23: 8am-4:30pm
  • Thurs.-Sun., Dec. 24-27: Closed
  • Mon., Dec. 28: 8am-4:30pm

Andersen Library’s Winterim hours (Tues. Dec. 29-Fri. Jan. 15):

  • Mon.-Thurs. 7:30am-6pm
  • Fri. 7:30am-4:30pm
  • Sat. Closed
  • Sun. 1-5pm (Reference Desk closed but chat reference service available)

Exceptions: The library is closed on Dec. 31 (Thurs.), Jan. 1 (Fri.), and Jan. 16-18 (Sat.-Mon.), 2021.

*Please remember that even when the physical Library is closed, or you are remote, you can:

    • Search the article databases (login when prompted with your campus Net-ID, same as for your campus email or Canvas) or Research@UWW (sign in to access all possible full text) and access online article text or submit ILLiad interlibrary loan requests for articles not available via UW-Whitewater’s libraries,
    • Search 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 (UW-Whitewater librarians respond to the emails when the Library is open, but chat is covered 24/7 by non-local staff). You also can choose to make an appointment with a UW-Whitewater librarian, which can take place in person, over the phone, or online by Webex.
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Make an Autumn Glow candle!

It’s getting dark outside early now… and cold… and now that classes are all remote after 11/20, you’re probably spending a lot more time in your dorm room….

Sounds like you need a handmade craft to brighten up that dorm room!

image of a jar wrapped with burlap, holding a small candle
image of a pumpkin stenciled onto a jar, holding a small candle

Come to the library on Wednesday 11/18 or Thursday 11/19, between 11:00a.m. and 4:00p.m., to make your own tea light candle holder. It’s an LED light candle — entirely dorm-approved and safe.

The pictures here might give you some inspiration. Or, check out Youtube for inspiration like this. Your only limit is your imagination! (well, and the supplies we have on hand, but we plan on a variety.)

image of leaves glued onto a jar, holding a small candle
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The Librarian of Auschwitz (New Stuff Tuesdays)

The librarian of auschwitz book cover

Most everyone knows by know the horrible story of Auschwitz and the Holocaust, and in this trying year of 2020, one can be forgiven for passing by a story about that depressing time period in our recent past! But (being a librarian, of course) I noticed it because of the title, and I was rewarded in reading it. While the darkness of that time is certainly on full display through all the expected atrocities; so also is the prisoners’ resourcefulness to survive, the resistance of the human spirit, and the care and concern some people can show each other even in the worst circumstances.

The main character, Dita, is based on a real person who tended the eight precious books that managed to make their way into the Auschwitz “family camp” of Block 31. As an experiment, somehow the Nazis running Block 31 allowed some children to stay with their parents and even attend school during the day while their parents were working — ostensibly to be taught proper German history and culture, but the resourceful teachers (prisoners themselves) managed to teach Jewish culture and history alongside geography, math, and the more traditional subjects. They are aided in the effort by eight books — ranging from an atlas to a psychoanalysis text by Freud, a Russian-language grammar to H.G. Wells’ A Short History of the World. More than the content of the books, it’s their mere existence, their attestation that a more sane world is still there and available to any who manage to survive, that gives the books their hopeful power — in Auschwitz, or to anyone in troubling circumstances.

While this book is classified as young adult fiction, the real Dita has also written an autobiography, A Delayed Life, which you can check out via UW Request.

The librarian of Auschwitz
by Antonio Iturbe, translated by Lilit Thwaites
New Arrivals, 2nd Floor
F Itu

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The Force of Nonviolence (New Stuff Tuesdays)

The Force of Nonviolence book cover

The Force of Nonviolence:
An Ethico-political Bind

by Judith Butler
New Arrivals, 2nd Floor
BJ1459.5 .B88 2020

From the book jacket:

Towards a form of aggressive nonviolence.

Judith Butler’s new book shows how an ethic of nonviolence must be connected to a broader political struggle for social equality. Further, it argues that nonviolence is often misunderstood as a passive practice that emanates from a calm region of the soul, or as an individualist ethical relation to existing forms of power. But, in fact, nonviolence is an ethical position found in the midst of the political field. An aggressive form of nonviolence accepts that hostility is part of our psychic constitution, but values ambivalence as a way of checking the conversion of aggression into violence. One contemporary challenge to a politics of nonviolence points out that there is a difference of opinion on what counts as violence and nonviolence. The distinction between them can be mobilised in the service of ratifying the state’s monopoly on violence.

Considering nonviolence as an ethical problem within a political philosophy requires a critique of individualism as well as an understanding of the psychosocial dimensions of violence. Butler draws upon Foucault, Fanon, Freud, and Benjamin to consider how the interdiction against violence fails to include lives regarded as ungrievable. By considering how ‘racial phantasms’ inform justifications of state and administrative violence, Butler tracks how violence is often attributed to those who are most severely exposed to its lethal effects. The struggle for nonviolence is found in movements for social transformation that reframe the grievability of lives in light of social equality and whose ethical claims follow from an insight into the interdependency of life as the basis of social and political equality.”

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Spiritualism and the Morris Pratt Institute

Many current and former students at UW-Whitewater have been curious about some of the legends of Whitewater related to witches, and these tales have often been associated with the spiritualism institute that existed in Whitewater from about 1889-1939. Carol Cartwright of the Whitewater Historical Society presented a local history program on Spiritualism and the Morris Pratt Institute online on Oct. 21, 2020, on the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library’s Facebook account. One of the few upsides of COVID is that interesting and educational programs like can be enjoyed after the fact if you weren’t able to attend live. Click below to view the presentation via YouTube!

If you’d like to learn more, Andersen Library may be able to help! Search Books, Media and more (UW Whitewater) to find books such as Body and soul: A sympathetic history of American spiritualism (online), Ghosts of futures past: Spiritualism and the cultural politics of nineteenth-century America (online), Handbook of spiritualism and channeling (online), and The spook temple: The Morris Pratt Institute in Whitewater, spiritualism, and the occult (1st-floor Special Collections, BF1261.2 .F39 2015 – call for appointment 262-472-5515 or x5520). Clippings related to the Morris Pratt Institute while it was in Whitewater are available at the Reference Desk or from Special Collections.

For assistance with finding additional resources, such as articles or additional books, please ask a librarian (visit or contact staff at the Reference Desk, email, chat, or make an appointment).

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The Second Chance Club: Hardship and Hope After Prison (New Stuff Tuesdays)

The Second Chance Club book cover

Usually my New Stuff selections gravitate toward science. But this month, the physics book that intrigued me was way out of my league. So I settled on a title that sounded interesting, accessible, and socially significant. Besides, who can’t relate to second chances — at least getting them, if not giving them?!

After an unsuccessful stint as a high school teacher and then earning a creative writing MFA, the author began his law enforcement career as a probation and parole officer in New Orleans. His book tells the story of seven of his “clients” (aka, offenders). As he tells their stories, he shows how improving probationers and parolees chances at housing, health care, drug treatment, and a steady income can help them get on their feet and stay out of jail.

Incidentally, the author’s journey to law enforcement started with a late-night internet research session on mass incarceration. If you’re interested in learning more about this topic, Research@UWW is a great way to begin looking for articles and books.

The Second Chance Club: Hardship and Hope After Prison
by Jason Hardy
New Arrivals, 2nd Floor
HV9305 .L8 H37 2020

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Bats! Wildlife in Need Center program on Oct. 28

Erin Toohey, Wildlife in Need Center (WINC)’s Education Coordinator, will present this program on Bats of Wisconsin on Wed., Oct. 28th, at 4 p.m. via Zoom. Learn about WINC, Wisconsin’s bats species, why they’re important, and how you can help them! Register with your email address to attend:

Andersen Library may be able to help you find resources to learn more about bats, such as two state Department of Natural Resources online publications Bats of Wisconsin and Building a bat house, books including Bat ecology (3rd-floor Main Collection, QL737.C5 B3594 2003l preview some text at Google Books), and articles such as “Notes on capture and roost characteristics of three female evening bats (Nycticeius humeralis) in Southern Wisconsin: An expanding species? (American Midland Naturalist, 2018, vol.180:no.1, pp.168–172., “Field trial of a probiotic bacteria to protect bats from white-nose syndrome” (2019, Scientific Reports, vol.9:no.1, pp.9158–59, doi:10.1038/s41598-019-45453-z), and “Bat mortality at a wind-energy facility in Southeastern Wisconsin” (Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2012, vol.36:no.4, pp.773–83.

For assistance with finding additional resources, such as articles or additional books, please ask a librarian (visit or contact staff at the Reference Desk, email, chat, or make an appointment).

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From the Desk of Chancellor Dwight C. Watson – The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

cover image for the book entitled The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

One in a series of reviews contributed by Chancellor Dwight C. Watson

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Katniss Everdeen is the main protagonist and the narrator of The Hunger Games trilogy. After her younger sister, Primrose, was reaped to participate in the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss volunteered to take her place as the female tribute from District 12. This action set in motion the events of the entire series. Now flashback 64 years before that time and imagine the 10th Hunger Games when Coriolanus Snow, the dictatorial president of the fictional nation of Panem, was only 18.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes captures Coriolanus’ coming of age story 64 years prior to the Katniss Everdeen’s entry into the games. The story unfolds the beginnings of Coriolanus striving and surviving in lean times after the ravages of the war between the Capital and the other districts. It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the 10th Annual Hunger Games. In the Capital, Coriolanus Snow, as a mentor in the games, is preparing for a shot at redemption and the saving of the House of Snow’s pride and dignity. The once-mighty Snow name was severely damaged after the death of Coriolanus’ father in the war and the house has fallen on hard times. The Snow legacy is hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to out charm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

The odds are against Coriolanus. He has been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, Lucy Gray Baird, the lowest of the low. District 12 is the most impoverished and has limited resources, and to have a female tribute makes the odds more problematic, especially for a person like Lucy Gray who is more of an entertainer than a warrior. Regardless, Coriolanus and Lucy’s fates are now completely intertwined. The choices Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive, no matter what it takes.

As I read this book, I was captivated once again by the visual language of Stephanie Collins. She is a literary genius as she transports you into a dystopian world of sights, sounds, and tastes. The reader becomes captivated by the pageantry, technology, and horror of the workings of the Capital and the spectacle of the Hunger Games. When I first read The Hunger Games and the other two books in the trilogy – Catching Fire and Mockingjay, I remembered the giddy fascination of sensory overload and the bewitching allure of the arena while gasping at the cunning, strategies, and wickedness of the tributes. I picked up this book hungry for the taste of The Hunger Games and the succulence of Collin’s visualizations and storytelling.

Alas, the 10th Annual Hunger Games is far different from the pageantry and valor of the 75th Hunger Games. The 10th games are stark, gritty, and animalistic. The tributes are kept in cages in the zoo, given no respect, and the games are barely watched or televised in the districts besides Reaping Day when the tributes are selected. The tributes are not prized and betted on as champions, but are dismissed as simply sacrifices — spoils of war. In this version of the Hunger Games, the reader recognizes that humanity is unforgiving and regular people can easily transcend into monstrous, murderous beasts simply for food and survival. The hard questions are what kind of future do humans want and what are they willing to do to get it?

If the reader is a fan of young adult dystopian literature, then be prepared to be fascinated with this origin story. But if a fan of the Hunger Games series, the reader might think this prequel is a bit lackluster and too long. The book does end in a mystery that baits the reader to await the next chapter that leads to the 74th Hunger Games that started the original trilogy. This was a very entertaining read which took me back to my love of children’s and young adult literature.

A note from the Education Librarian:

Explore the ways in which The Hunger Games has found its way into literature criticism, social analysis, and other disciplines.

Diversity Issues:

Philosophy: The Hunger Games and Philosophy a Critique of Pure Treason / edited by George A. Dunn and Nicolas Michaud.

Economics: Of Bread, Blood, and The Hunger Games: Critical Essays on the Suzanne Collins Trilogy / edited by Mary F. Pharr and Leisa A. Clark.

Literary criticism:

Literary criticism with an eye on the environment:

For Hunger Games fans who just cannot get enough:

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Happy Hauntings in the Library!

Need some Halloween fun this year?

Come to the library on Wednesday and Thursday before, Oct. 28th and 29th, to get in the spooky spirit! 11a.m. to 4p.m. both days.

All activities will be come-and-go throughout the time, to allow for social distancing. Come to check out:

  • The haunted book, and other spooky relics that contribute to Whitewater’s reputation as the “Second Salem” of the Midwest.
  • Decorate a face mask in the spirit of the season — spiders and spiderwebs, autumn leaves, or bring your own idea! Some masks provided, or bring a solid-color mask of your own that you want to spiff up.
  • Trick or treat candy around the library.

And if you’re wondering, yes, the kiddos still can trick-or-treat around Whitewater, following the safety guidelines recommended by the Parks and Rec department.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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Minneiska Online (New Stuff Tuesdays)

1990 Minneiska book cover

The UW-Whitewater yearbook, The Minneiska, was published from 1909- 1991. These books contain photographs of students as well as campus events and activities. They present a picture of life on campus throughout the decades and provide a wealth of historic information. The Archives & Area Research Center has committed to digitize the entire series of books. In celebration of Homecoming week, the 1970, 1980, and 1990 yearbooks are one display online. Other editions are available in the Archives or on the 3rd floor of Andersen Library.

The Minneiska
by UW-Whitewater
Special Collections, 1st floor

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