The 25th Year of Honor

January 20th was the celebration of an everlasting leader. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the day of service put in place to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy.

As an activist, Dr. King fought for a world where every individual would be treated equally and respectfully regardless of their race or nationality. As an advocate for peace and justice, Dr. King delivered over 2,500 speeches in his lifetime all of which demonstrated the necessity for access to public services for all. Remembered as one of the most important human beings of all time, Dr. King’s teachings and ideas still inspire people to rise above even their own greatness for the better of humanity. Dr. King’s words were always a call to action and a reminder that anyone can make a difference no matter the color of your skin or placement in society.

To learn more about Martin Luther King Jr., you can check out our resources here in Andersen Library. If you need assistance with finding additional resources, don’t hesitate to ask a librarian by calling at 262-472-1032 or visiting the reference desk on the second floor.

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The Giver, 25th anniversary edition (New Stuff Tuesdays)

The giver book cover

The classic novel, which many remember from required reading in middle school grades, is just as relevant today, and perhaps even more compelling to read with an adult’s eyes rather than a pre-teen’s. Browsing through the pages still made me gasp at moments at Lois Lowry’s sensitive and powerful writing. In her simple story of a world without inequality, suffering, real love, or choice, she certainly addresses plenty of deep adult themes related to what it means to be human and live life fully. Such themes are ones we can appreciate all our lives, and that the lessons come in such a beautifully-written story makes it even more enjoyable.

There are several great additions to this 25th anniversary edition (the original was published in 1993). One is the Newbery Medal acceptance speech that she gave in 1994. This is the second book for which Lowry received the highest honor for children’s literature, and it’s worth picking up this book just to page through the speech for her insight into the eternal question posed to authors, “where did you get the idea for this book?” Whether you’re an aspiring author or just admire them, this little peek inside one author’s writing process was rewarding!

The Giver
by Lois Lowry
New Arrivals Island, 2nd Floor
F Low

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The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator (New Stuff Tuesday)

The Mosquito Book Cover

The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator
by Timothy C. Winegard
New Arrivals Island, 2nd Floor
QL536 .W56 2019

Slap! Smack! Ouch! Once the snow melts those darn mosquitoes are everywhere.

When I first moved to Wisconsin, a student joked with me that Wisconsin has only two seasons: winter and road repair. But you could just as easily substitute mosquitoes for road repair. Last summer I noticed that the mosquitoes in Wyoming were smaller, slower, and dumber than the ones in Wisconsin. But they were there — and as annoying as ever. And according to this book, it’s hard to get away from them, though it is possible. If Antarctica is not your cup of tea, perhaps Iceland or the Seychelles would be more comfortable places to hole up away from the hungry hordes?

This book outlines all the many ways that mosquitoes make life miserable for just about everyone else on the planet. Did you know that mosquitoes kill more humans than any other creatures (sadly, humans are #2 on this list)? Mosquitoes are armed with weaponry that would make any warlord envious. Their chemical arsenals eclipse that of Monsanto. Their ability to deliver vector-borne diseases is unsurpassed by any other species.

When I noticed that the author wrote military history, it all made sense. This book is a natural history of the deadliest species of killing machines the earth has ever known.

If you’d like to hear what all the buzz is about, you can watch the author’s lecture on this book.

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New Stuff Tuesday – November 26, 2019

The Cigarette book cover

The Cigarette:
A Political History
New Arrivals Island, 2nd Floor
HD 9149.C43 U663 2019

I must first admit to at least half purchasing this book for the creative homage to the classic Marlboro Reds pack of cigarettes. The focus of this book follows the tobacco industry in the United States from the Jamestown colony to the Marlboro Man ads of the 20th century. While certainly the story of the decline in popularity of the cigarette is tied to the discovery of its drastic effects on our health as a result of science. The story by Sarah Milov shows us that it is much more complicated. The political nature of this story show how power shifts over time and was much more than just the pressure of health advocates.

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Poems for Liberty (New Stuff Tuesdays)

Title Book Cover
Title Book Cover

The Archives & Area Research Center received the Dougan Farm Collection, a gift from Jackie Dougan Jackson, in July 2018. The collection documents the activities and history of a family farm and dairy near Beloit, Wisconsin. The farm also had a unique feature, a round barn. Jackie Jackson has authored four books on the her family’s dairy business and life growing up on a farm.

This fall, Jackie donated a collection of her poetry to the Archives. She is a prolific writer and regularly submits poetry for publication to the Illinois Times newspaper. Every year, she creates a booklet that contains a compilation of that year’s published poems. The whimsical cover designs feature an iconic painting with Jackie’s head superimposed on the head of the subject. The collection includes her poetry books from 2008-2018. Stop by the Archives Reading Room on the 1st floor to see these unique items!

Poems for Liberty
by Jacqueline Dougan Jackson
Archives & Area Research Cener, 1st Floor

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The Bhagavad Gita (New Stuff Tuesday)

Book Cover of the audiobook The Bhagavad Gita

Follow in the steps of Mahatma Gandi by reading his “spiritual dictionary,” The Bhagavad Gita. The Gita is not new, it was composed in about 200 BCE, but our newly acquired MP3 CD is. Actor and voice-over artist Sagar Arya will transport you through this 700-verse dialogic poem, which is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata, the cornerstone of Hinduism. Don’t worry if you don’t read or understand the original Sanskrit, this translation by Swami Swarupanandais is in English.

This recording is perfect for the holidays…back and forth from a loved one’s home and you’ll be done (2 hours 48 minutes). While the audiobook can only be checked out for 28 days, just renew it online once and you can have it through the first few weeks of spring semester.

You can play the MP3 CD in most CD drives/players or follow the provided instructions for uploading the file into an MP3 player or other device.

The Bhavad Gita
written by Anonymous
translated by Swami Swarupanandais
read by Sagar Arya
New Arrivals Island, 2nd Floor
BL1138.62 .E5 2019

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Andersen Library Hours: Break and Winterim

Andersen Library’s hours between Fall Semester and Winterim (December 21, 2019-January 1, 2020):

M*-F 8am-4:30pm
*CLOSED: TU-W Dec 24-25 & TU-W Dec 31-Jan 1

Andersen Library’s Winterim (January 2-18, 2020) hours:

M-TH 7:30am-6pm
F 7:30am-4:30pm
Sun 1-5pm (no Reference Desk; use Ask a Librarian)

Reference assistance is available Monday-Friday when the Library is open, but on call. Please ask at the Circulation Desk to have a reference librarian paged.

Andersen Library’s hours Between Winterim and Spring Semester:

Andersen Library is closed for the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday: Sat-M, Jan 18-20. Regular spring semester hours start on Tuesday, January 21st.

Happy New Year!

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Redefining your space

Remember the pods we displayed on the second floor of Andersen Library in the Spring 2019 semester? Following your great feedback, we finally were able to purchase a number of individual pods which are now located on the third floor.

By condensing our collection upstairs, we were able to renew a space to include more places for individual study on our quiet floor.

As Andersen continues to make changes, we wanted to thank you for your constant feedback. If you can remember back to last October, the ‘suggestion-board’ was filled with Warhawks suggestions on how to make the library a better place for campus. Since then, the second floor of Andersen received a pretty significant makeover.

Check out the individual study pods in the pictures below and on the third floor here and Andersen. Let us know what you think!

New style seating on third floor with integrated outlets and privacy surround.
New style seating on third floor with integrated outlets and privacy surround. More open tables as well.
Views of two pods with integrated electricity and privacy surrounds.
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Story Time: Time To Sleep, Little Bears.

The theme for November’s story time was Hibernation. Since it is getting very cold and snowy, it was the perfect time to discuss where animals spend their winter break! To greet our friends, we had a visit from our puppet friend, Mr. Brown the bear. He gave high fives and read along with us.

We began with “Bear Has A Story To Tell” by Erin and Philip Stead. This book gave us an idea of some animals that hibernate in the winter and how they do. The kids enjoyed this story because they were waiting to find out what Bear’s story was going to be. It was unique because the end of the book repeated what the beginning was, leaving the readers with the fact that Bear truly forgot his story!

After our first story, we went went on an adventure… a bear hunt! Without moving from our seats, we did an action game full of hand movements and noise to do an imaginary bear hunt. We climbed trees, walked through wheat fields and tip toed into caves. Unfortunately, we woke the bear and had to quickly use our movements and noises to get back to safety.

When we got back to safety, we read our second book. “Don’t Wake The Bear!” by Marjorie Dennis Murray was a good book to give us more ideas of animals that hibernate during winter and which ones do not.

The second book guided our friends to our activity. We created our own animals and their own homes for them to hibernate in. Our stories gave us a few ideas. However, students got even more creative and came up with their own animals. We used clay to make the animals. The clay air-dried and our friends took them home so they could paint or color them later. The homes were made out of small paper bags, scrap paper, and crayons to decorate.

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The Last Elephants (New Stuff Tuesday)

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

The Last Elephants

Oftentimes, nonfiction books are thought to be rather dull or irrelevant. The Last Elephants is absolutely neither of these things. Containing a large variety of articles, photographs, and poetry, this book is full of important information regarding the abhorrent effects of poaching and the heartbreaking idea of a world without elephants–a reality which will soon be ours if we do not change our ways. Generally speaking, most people do care about endangered animals and are not in favor of poaching. However, this book really forces one to take a long, hard look at the world we live in and ponder the impact that humanity has had on the earth and the other species inhabiting it. This book is a must-read for anyone who cares about saving endangered animals, as well as for anyone who is not aware of the very real impact that poaching has had on one of the world’s most beloved species.

The Last Elephants
compiled by Don Pinnock & Colin Bell
New Arrivals Island, 2nd Floor
QL737.P98 P58 2019

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