New Stuff Tuesday – November 12, 2019

Death by the Bay Book Cover

Death by the Bay: A Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery
by Patricia Skalka
New Arrivals Island, 2nd Floor
PS3619.K34 D38 2019

Death by the Bay is the fifth book in mystery writer Patricia Skalka’s Dave Cubiak series, which began in 2014. She spends much of her time in Door County so is able to lend authentic local flavor to her fiction. She also lives in Chicago. Fiction is Skalka’s most recent life path, which follows a career in nonfiction in which she was a Staff Writer for Reader’s Digest, freelancer, ghost writer, writing instructor.

This novel was inspired by real events in Skalka’s family’s past. In this novel, sheriff Dave Cubiak investigates a series of suspicious deaths in Door County, starting with the death of Dr. Melk, founder of the mysterious Institute for Progressive Medicine, just a few yards from where Cubiak is waiting on retired coroner Bathard to arrive for lunch. Filled with a bevvy of unique characters with a penchant for prevarication, this mystery is sure to please.

Should you prefer to start with the first book and read them all, you will be delighted to learn that we have the full series here at UW-Whitewater’s Andersen Library. They are currently on the New Arrivals Island, but will be in the Main Collection in a few weeks.

  1. Death Stalks Door County (2014) – PS3619.K34 D43 2014
  2. Death at Gills Rock (2015) – PS3619.K34 D37 2015  
  3. Death in Cold Water (2016) – PS3619.K34 D39 2016
  4. Death Rides the Ferry (2018) – PS3619.K34 D426 2018  
  5. Death by the Bay (2019) – PS3619.K34 D38 2019

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Game On!


If you stopped in to Andersen Library anytime this past week, you might have been wondering why there was a bunch of life-sized games in the main entrance of the library. No, no – you didn’t fall down a rabbit hole and shrink down in size like Alice did before she entered Wonderland.

This entire last week, Andersen Library celebrated International Games Week (IGW)!

IGW is an initiative facilitated by volunteers all around the world to reconnect communities through their libraries centered around the recreational and educational value of a many types of games. Here at UW-W, IGW at Andersen Library provided students multiple opportunities throughout the week to play games and learn creatively. On Tuesday, November 5th from 4:45 to 6:00 p.m., students participated in a virtual reality event and tested out the Oculus Go headset. Andersen also partnered with UW-W’s Video Game Club and Warhawk Alley to host a Mario Kart tournament on Thursday, November 7th which featured the Nintendo Switch and the Mario Kart 8-Delux playing game. Students were able to play all week long through a number of life-sized games set up in the library including chess, scrabble, checkers, connect-four, carpet bowling, tic-tac-toe, and more.

Keep scrolling to see your peers getting their game on this week at Andersen Library’s 2019 IGW!



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Story Time: Animals Move, Animals Groove!

Welcome to the first Andersen Library Story Time blog post! Andersen Library hosts a monthly story time visit for the UW-Whitewater Children’s Center. Student library staff members plan and carry out story time activities with the support of the Education Librarian. One goal is to provide hands on, relevant practice for students who are considering an early childhood, elementary, or other education-related major. This story time was for the Hummingbirds and Robins (infants and toddlers). A second goal is to feature materials available in our Curriculum Collections.

With the infant and toddler groups, we focused on animal movements – creeping mice and hopping rabbits. We are also including a Spanish language connection for each story time this academic year, as we have been adding more Spanish language children’s books to the collection.

Opening Song:  If you’re ready for a story, Clap your hands / Touch your nose / Stomp your feet / Tap your toes / Sit right down

We made up a few silly verses as we went along, such as “wiggle your ears”! As we sang each verse we got quieter and quieter – a simple strategy for settling down for the first story.

Book 1: From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

Song: Head, shoulders, knees and toes

Book 2: Little Mice/Ratoncitos by Peter McCarty

This children’s book is based on the finger-play song Cinco ratoncitos de colita gris. This time we read the rhyme in English and added plenty of movement. Next time – Spanish!

Activity: Little mouse, little mouse, Are you in the red house?

This is often done as a flannel board rhyme. Instead, we used old periodical boxes and taped a different colored house shape on each one. Before we started, we placed a cutout mouse inside one. Despite all the animal puppets and stuffed animals we have in the Teaching Tools Collection, we don’t have a mouse! (There’s a Materials Request Form for that!) As we said the rhyme, we let the toddlers pick the color and look inside each as the color was said. They were very much engaged! Thanks to King County Library System for the idea.

Book 3:  Oh! by Kevin Henkes 

With the lapsit group, I generally expect that three stories might be one too many, but always have a third ready, just in case. The friends were still attentive, so we plunged in! It actually did snow the night before story time, and the story features animal movements on each spread, so this was a nice connection.

Closing Song: Goodbye, Friends!

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Book Sale November 2019

This month the Andersen Library’s book sale materials focus on three main areas: electrical engineering, literature, and children’s book. The boatload of children’s books is primarily vintage picture books, fiction, and nonfiction.

Come, peruse and purchase!

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New Stuff Tuesday — November 5, 2019

This post is written by Hanna Srour, Reference Desk Student Assistant.

A Wrinkle in Time dvd Cover

A Wrinkle in Time
directed by Ava DuVernay
New Arrivals Island, 2nd Floor
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Andersen Library has more than just books! The 2018 movie A Wrinkle in Time, based on the popular 1962 science fiction novel by Madeleine L’Engle, is an extraordinary tale about a girl named Meg and her younger brother Charles and their quest to reunite their family with the help of such characters as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which. Relative to other book-to-movie adaptations, this film adaptation did a very good job of staying true to the original story. 

Storm Reid did phenomenally well with the part of Meg Murry. I am always amazed at the remarkable abilities of child actors, and this film was no exception. With other such household names as Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, and Oprah Winfrey, this film is a great choice if you are looking for a relatively lighthearted movie to watch with loved ones or alone. 

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Andersen Bringin’ Style Back


Study N’ Style came back to Andersen Library this past Monday on October 28th. Thanks to our partners Whitewater’s Underground Cutz barber shop and Student Diversity, Engagement & Success (SDES) Study N’ Style is back for this semester.

Andersen has held this event before and, by popular demand, we will continue to provide some sweet free haircuts and interactive study tables for students. On the 28th, forty-five students stopped by to either get a quick trim, study with friends, or destress with some crafts.

If you weren’t able to make it last week, Study N’ Style will be back again Monday November 25th. Stop by and get a FREE haircut before you go home for Thanksgiving, so you can impress your family and friends!

Until then, take a look at your fellow Warhawks at last week’s Study N’ Style!

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New Stuff Tuesday — Oct. 29, 2019

How to cook everything Book Cover

How to Cook Everything: Completely Revised Twentieth Anniversary Edition
by Mark Bittman
New Arrivals Island, 2nd Floor
TX714 .B57316 2019

I know, I know. I’ve said it often myself — that with the advent of, Allrecipes, and the gazillion other recipe-sharing sites out there, I have absolutely no need to look at a print cookbook ever again. Yet I still am drawn to them. At over 900 pages, this tome reminds me of a modern Betty Crocker or Fannie Farmer cookbook, destined to become another classic go-to for techniques and recipes alike. Somehow this seems more trustworthy than the 9,000 results on Allrecipes when I look up how to cook a Thanksgiving turkey.

We have both the 1998 version and this new one in our collection, and we don’t collect very many cookbooks in an academic library, so apparently it was a standout even in 1998. The author says in his introduction that the biggest change this time around is a bigger focus on “the most important aspect of my cooking philosophy: flexibility.” I almost never follow a recipe exactly as it’s written, so I think I’d get along with Mr. Bittman.

What lets this book claim the “Everything” in its title is that it provides many basic recipes or techniques (e.g.: cooking dried beans), and then provides additional guidelines: rinsing, storing or freezing beans, add-ins for flavor, and dozens of interesting variations on the following recipes (orange-glazed black beans with bacon, anyone?) It contains an extensive Index — by ingredient or technique, as well as lists such as Essential recipes and All-in-One meals. The table of contents also makes it easy to browse through sections such as Spices, Herbs, Sauces, & Condiments, all the way through to Desserts.

Browse through it today, try a few recipes, and if you’re a soon-to-be-graduate about to venture into your own kitchen, maybe even pick up your own copy!

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Did You Take A “Rest Stop”?

Midterms have come and gone – we made it! Hopefully you were able to make it through this fall’s mid-semester projects, papers, and exams by taking a little “Rest Stop” at Andersen Library.

Last week, Pathways for Success held their first “Rest Stop” event of the academic year. For a couple hours, students were able to step away from academic obligations to creatively destress through various activities like painting and making buttons.

Take a look at the unique artistry of your fellow Warhawks in the pictures below!

Interested in the “Rest Stop” event, but not able to make it this time around? Don’t worry, another “Rest Stop” event will be back in the spring!

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Flu Season Strikes Again

Is it really that time of year already?

It’s time to get your flu shot at the Flu Shot Clinic hosted by the University Health & Counseling Services (UHCS) at Andersen Library!

The Flu Shot Clinic has made two stops so far, one on October 10th here in Andersen Library and the other at the Wellness Fair held in the Hamilton Room on October 15th.

If you weren’t able to attend, there’s still two opportunities to get your vaccination at the Flu Shot Clinic. The next stop will be on October 31st at the UW-Rock County Fireplace Lounge from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and the last stop will be back here in Andersen Library on November 13th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the third floor in room 3102N. Flu vaccinations cost $10 for students and $15 for staff.

By coming to the Flu Shot Clinic not only will get your flu shot done and out of the way, but you’ll also receive a FREE “Cold Care Kit” thanks to UHCS.

For any questions or concerns, contact UHCS at 262-472-1300.

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New Stuff Tuesday – October 22, 2019

Gravity's Century Book Cover

Gravity’s Century: From Einstein’s Eclipse to Images of Black Holes
by Ron Cowen
New Arrivals Island, 2nd Floor
QC173.6 .C36 2019

It’s been a while since the Physics Department hosted their Friday night Observatory Lectures. So I’ve selected this astrophysics title to fill that little void in my universe.

Gravity, the elemental principle that attracts stuff to each other, keeps the planets in our solar system merrily orbiting around the sun while firmly planting us to the Earth. It’s a reassuring sort of property – but enigmatic, too. Award-winning science writer, Ron Cowen, explores some of the deep mysteries of gravity — and what is known about its more quirky and unusual properties.

This is the story of the scientific quest to observe the event horizon – that spot just outside a black hole where the power of gravity sucks everything into it. Cool, scary and amazing, huh? If you want to learn more about gravity, Research@UWW offers thousands of books and articles on the topic.

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