After spotlighting our new lighting system in the newsletter last month, we realized that we hadn’t yet written about one of the essential personnel for the Library Learning Commons. Kim Clark started at CSC in December 2011, and has been the LLC’s custodian since July 2017. Prior to coming to the LLC, she worked in the PAC, then shifted to Math and Science and Burkhiser, then Old Admin and the Sandoz Center. After years of splitting time between multiple buildings, Kim really likes the ownership of being in control of her own building. And, she greatly enjoys the camaraderie she has with LLC staff and students. For Halloween, she and the entire staff of The Office of Academic Success dressed up as dominoes (see photo).
Kim has deep roots at CSC. She attended classes here in the late 1970s and all three of her children graduated from CSC. Dezarae (Galey) Brandt is a probation officer, Christina (Galey) Winters is a counselor, and Chance Galey, who was an All-American football player during the Danny Woodhead era, is a consultant in the oil industry. Her great-uncle, Bill Lindeken, was a generous donor for CSC. He and his wife Frances donated money for the Student Center’s clock tower, contributed to the construction of the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center, and funded numerous fine arts and humanities scholarships.
Kim has called the Panhandle home her entire life and has lived in Crawford, Chadron, Alliance, and Scottsbluff/Gering. Kim has held a variety of jobs, including group home instructor, cleaner for the railroad, and housecleaner. She worked for the Office of Human Development for 13 years. She sought out this opportunity because she wanted to work with people with special needs, and she found it very rewarding. She has also enjoyed working in flower shops, where she did lots of arrangements for funerals and weddings. She enjoyed the creativity of flower arranging and being surrounded by beauty every day.
The library presents some unique challenges for cleaning because of the huge number of books. The student workers assist Kim with Keep the Library Clean (KLC). Student workers are tasked with dusting the books, so Kim has time to focus on more technical cleaning responsibilities. She really enjoys having the opportunity to interact with the students and guiding them with their tasks.
In addition to her normal cleaning tasks, Kim assists with snow and ice removal. The grounds crew takes care of much of the snow removal on campus, but custodial staff is in charge of removing snow in areas the machines can’t navigate. After the recent blizzard, Kim is definitely looking forward to spring! The whole maintenance and grounds crew worked together and tackled the storm and she’s proud to be part of a well-functioning team.
In her spare time, Kim enjoys doing craft projects and decorating her apartment for different holidays and seasons. Being surrounded by books all day has rubbed off on her, and she has recently started journaling again, which brings her great joy. She loves pampering herself at spas, spending time with friends, walking outside in fresh air and, of course, she loves spending time with her kids and six grandkids at every opportunity.
In two words – Catch Up!
During breaks the library is open until 4:30 p.m. instead of 10:00 p.m. That means that Cindy Hill, who usually works nights, is available to work during the day giving the rest of the library staff and the librarians more time to catch up on work and projects that need to get done.
Christine Fullerton and Whitney Hensley (who both organized an incredibly successful History Day March 1) had the time to clean-up and organize information and materials for next year. Shawn Hartman had the time to work out the final details of the Spring 2019 Graves Lecture Series and write an article about it for the newsletter. (See it here!)
A lot of stuff happens that most people don’t ever see. Jenn Butler, our book repair wizard, had twelve extra hours to repair books over Midterm Break. Whitney Hensley went through hundreds of books that were donated to determine which ones would be added to our collection as well as thousands of microfiche to see which were duplicates and could be recycled.
I, along with the help of IT, went through the lists of those who had library holds and those students who owed the library $5.00 or more. I deleted the hold on those who had paid their fines (or returned overdue books) and added holds to those who had crossed the $5.00 threshold.
Speaking of books, nothing is worse than not finding a book that the catalog says is on the shelf. Making sure that the catalog is correct is another job that needs to be done regularly but sometimes takes a backseat to other things. During the break it was discovered that some of our holdings were set incorrectly in the catalog and in OCLC. It has been fixed and I’m sure nobody noticed.
We do keep busy during breaks. Breaks offer us the long expanses of time to think and work on complicated processes without interruption.
Dr. Todd Jamison will kick off the Spring 2019 Graves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19th.
Jamison, Assistant Professor of Business, completed a study on students’ feelings of connectedness in online graduate business programs as part of his doctoral studies. During his presentation, he will discuss the findings of his study and provide insight on how colleges can improve connectedness in online programs. The title of his talk is “Feelings of Connectedness of Students in Online Graduate Business Programs.”
Other Spring 2019 speakers include:
- Eric Rapp– April 16
- Aaron Field– April 23
The second speaker in the series will be Eric Rapp. After spending 5 years in Norway, Dr. Rapp returned to the States with a desire to continue a career in education. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Education at Chadron State College. Rapp will discuss his Scandinavian background, the differences between the Scandinavian and the Nordic countries, the immigration process, Norwegian holidays, and if time allows, he will share some pictures that illustrate the natural beauty found in Norway. The title of his talk is “Immigration: An American Swede returns to Norway.”
We will wrap up the Spring 2019 series with Dr. Aaron Field. He will talk about black-tailed prairie dogs and how they offer a unique challenge to conservationists and land managers. He will also discuss the historical and current ecological roles of prairie dogs, their relationship to livestock production and how conflicting policies add to the controversy around these animals. Dr. Field is an Assistant Professor of Applied Sciences at Chadron State College and teaches courses in rangeland ecology and management. The title of his talk is “Prairie Dogs and Grazing Ecology.”
The Graves Lecture presentations begin at 7 p.m. in the Sandoz Atrium. If you have any questions or if you are interested in being a featured speaker, please contact the Outreach Librarian, Shawn Hartman at 308.432.7059 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Attendance is free and the community is welcome.
If you’ve spent any time in the Library Learning Commons over the past few years, you’ve undoubtedly noticed a fair amount of renovations. One of the major changes is a completely updated lighting system. This change has largely flown under the radar because it isn’t as immediately noticeable as new furniture and other layout changes. However, the new system has been quietly and efficiently making positive changes over the last half year.
The new lighting system is the culmination of a two year research project by CSC’s Master Electrician Casey Roberts and Electrician Jarrod Allen. The update was financed by the 309 Task Force, which means CSC funds were not used to pay for the new lighting system. The Task Force for Building Renewal is a division of Nebraska Administrative Services, with oversight provided by the Committee on Building Maintenance. The Task Force is responsible for Deferred Repair, Fire/Life Safety, ADA, and Energy Conservation projects for state non-revenue producing buildings. This project was funded under the energy conservation portion, whose funding is generated through taxes on cigarettes. CSC’s Director of Facilities, Harold Mowry, stressed how important this fund is for continued improvements on campus. Without this fund, we simply would not have been able to update the antiquated system.
The old system presented some difficult challenges for both the electricians and custodial staff, so they sought out solutions to address these issues. The main problems were related to time and cost. In January 2012, federal legislation prohibited manufacture of certain types of lamps; unfortunately, many of the lighting fixtures in the library relied on these lamps. As the remaining supply dwindled, prices continued to increase. Compounding the problem was that the ballasts were wearing out and needed to be replaced quite frequently. This meant a huge amount of staff time for both the electricians and custodial staff was devoted to changing out lights and ballasts.
Fortunately, at the same time as fluorescent light prices were rising, LED lights were making huge improvements, both in function and cost. LED lights are generally billed as lasting 3 times as long as fluorescent lights. Depending on the fixture and the manufacturer, you will easily get even better life than that estimate. Our electricians anticipate that we won’t need to touch our new lights for 10-15 years. Considering that the electricians had to change ballasts 5 times a year, and the custodial staff would have to change out lights once a month, this is a huge improvement in efficiency.
After researching numerous options, the campus Electricians made a recommendation to go with RAB Lighting’s LightCloud system. One of the selling points of this system is that unlike other advanced lighting solutions, LightCloud is not added to the local wireless system. Rather, it uses a cellular link. The campus Electricians coordinated with CIO Ann Burk and the IT Department to find the right fit for campus IT protocols.
One of the other benefits of this system is that RAB Lighting paid to send CSC’s Master Electrician Casey Roberts to their headquarters in New Jersey for a two-day training to learn all the intricacies of the system. The system allows for lots of customization, and this training has proved invaluable as Casey and Jarrod fine-tune the system. Quite simply, they can do things with this system that would otherwise require intensive wiring that would be financially impossible in terms of materials and labor.
The system gives precise scheduling and control by using a wireless mesh network to communicate lighting schemes – it’s the same idea as smart home technology, but it has more bells and whistles because it’s a commercial lighting control system.
The LightCloud system utilizes a cellular signal for commissioning and support (including software updates from RAB). It handles the storage of the LLC’s scenes (lighting levels) and schedules (lights on/off and dimming). The LLC staff can control it with local wired devices (dimming switches and the touchscreen tablet command center) or the Electricians can access it via the LightCloud app. This capability of the LightCloud app means the Electricians can access the building’s lighting remotely. So, for example, if campus had a snow day, they could turn off the schedule from the comfort of their own home.
The system is equipped with lots of fantastic extra features. Some of the highlights include:
- The lights now turn on and off automatically. The Electricians worked with the library staff to schedule the lights according to library hours. Casey was able to program in Spring Break hours, weekend hours, etc. It really is a set it (at the beginning of the academic year) and forget it (for the next 12 months) system.
- The outdoor lighting is set to an astronomical clock, which accounts for change of seasons, daylight savings, etc. Before this system, the Electricians had to do this manually. Now it is automatic and saves lots of time, and they don’t have to climb on rooftops unless something malfunctions.
- The perimeter zones along the windows on 2nd and 3rd floor utilize daylight harvesting. This solar powered daylight harvester tells the system to dim to preset values based on natural light levels. On a sunny day (above 100 footcandles), it dims to 50%. On a cloudy day, or at night (under 100 footcandles), it goes back to 100%. This ensures we are making the most of our natural light.
- Ceiling sensors, set to detect motion and sound, monitor the basement hallway and turn on and dim accordingly. This is especially noticeable on Friday afternoons and other times when the library doesn’t get much traffic. If you hang out it a classroom or office long enough during one of these slow times, the hallway will literally welcome you with a gradually increasing glow.
On a personal level, one of the most exciting new features are the new office controls. The LLC’s personal workspaces, classrooms, and meeting rooms are now outfitted with individual light controls. This means that individuals can adjust the lights to their comfort level. This improvement has efficiency built in, because people generally prefer lower lighting than the old fluorescent lights provided.
It took a little bit of time to calibrate all of these features correctly, but the small hiccups were all resolved quickly. The system has been functioning great for the past half year. In order to measure LightCloud’s impact, the Electricians did a series of spot-checks before and after the update to gauge the efficiency of the change. The average value to light the inside of the building went from 55,000 watts to 15,000 watts. The difference outside was even more impressive. The large rooftop flood lights now use 200 watts, whereas they were using 1,250 watts previously. Casey colorfully describes the old system’s energy usage as “basically a microwave oven sitting outside running all night long.”
Next time you’re in the LLC, make sure to look up! You’ll see one of the unsung heroes of the LLC.
A hearty kudos to Facilities and the Electricians for a job well done!
Each year, hundreds of librarians across the country have the special honor to serve on committees to read and select the best in juvenile literature. Each committee focuses on a specific award which has its own guidelines for award winners and honors. For more information on the Youth Media Awards go to http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/awards/browse/yma?showfilter=no
The King Library plans to purchase all of these titles this summer. In the meantime, two of the title are in the YA Rotating Collection. They are: A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 written by Claire Hartfield (Coretta Scott King Author Book Award Winner) and The Poet X written by Elizabeth Acevedo (Michael L. Printz Award Winner).
John Newbery Medal
Winner – Merci Suarez Changes Gears written by Meg Medina
Honors – The Night Diary written by Veera Hiranandani
The Book of Boy written by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Randolph Caldecott Medal
Winner – Hello Lighthouse illustrated and written by Sophie Blackwell
Honors – Alma and How She Got her Name illustrated and written by Juana Martinez-Neal
A Big Mooncake for Little Star illustrated and written by Grace Lin
The Rough Patch illustrated and written by Brian Lies
Thank You, Omu! illustrated and written by Oge Mora
Coretta Scott King (Author) Award
Winner – A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 written by Claire Hartfield
Honors – Finding Langston written by Lesa Cline-Ransome
The Parker Inheritance written by Varian Johnson
The Season of Styx Malone written by Kekla Mogoon
Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Award
Winner – The Stuff of Stars illustrated by Ekua Holmes; written by Marion Dane Bauer
Honors – Hidden Figures illustrated by Laura Freeman; written by Margot Lee Shetterly
Let the Children March illustrated by Frank Morrison; written by Monica Clark-Robinson
Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop illustrated by R. Gregory Christie; written by Alice Faye Duncan
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award
Winner – Thank You Omu! Illustrated and written by Oge Mora
Michael L. Printz Award
Winner – The Poet X written by Elizabeth Acevedo
Honors – Damsel written by Elana K. Arnold
A Heart In Body World written by Deb Caletti
I, Claudia written by Mary McCoy
Schneider Family Book Award
Winner – Rescue and Jessica: A Life Changing Friendship written by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes
Honor – The Remember Balloons written by Jessie Oliveros
Winner – The Truth as Told by Mason Butte written by Leslie Connor
Honor – The Collectors written by Jacqueline West
Winner – Anger is a Gift written by Mark Oshiro
Honor – (Don’t) Drive Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health edited by Kelly Jensen
Pura Belpre Awards
Winner – Dreamers illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales
Honors – Islandborn illustrated by Leo Espinosa; written by Junot Diaz
When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana illustrated by Jose Ramirez; written by Michael Mahin
Winner – The Poet X written by Elizabeth Acevedo
Honor – They Call Me Guero: A Border Kid’s Poems written by David Bowles
Robert F Sibert Informational Book Award
Winner – The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science written by Joyce Sidman
Honors – Camp Panda: Helping Cubs Return to the Wild written by Catherine Thimmesh
Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America written by Gail Jarrow
The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees written and illustrated by Don Brown
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga written by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frane Lessac
When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana written by Michael Mahin, illustrated by Jose Ramirez
Stonewall Book Award
Children’s Book Winner – Julian is a Mermaid written by Jessica Love
Young Adult Book Winner – Hurricane Child written by Kheryn Callendar
Honors – Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World written by Ashley Herring Blake
Picture Us in the Light written by Kelly Loy Gilbert
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
Winner – Fox the Tiger written and illustrated by Corey R. Tabor
Honors – The Adventures of Otto: See Pip Flap written and illustrated by David Milgrim
Fox + Chick: The Party and Other Stories written and illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier
King & Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth written by Dori Hillestad Butler, illustrated by Nancy Meyers
Tiger vs. Nightmare written and illustrated by Emily Tetri
With the exception of The Chadron Record, the Library has decided to discontinue subscriptions to print newspapers due to budget constraints. However, if students or staff need an article from a local newspaper, the Chadron Public Library subscribes to several local and regional newspapers including:
- The Wall Street Journal
- The Omaha World Herald
- The Rapid City Journal
- The Scottsbluff Star Herald
- Chadron Record
Although we will not be renewing our print newspaper subscriptions, we will continue to provide our users with countless online resources. We subscribe to several periodical databases which provide content of approximately 45,000 journal titles as well as databases specialized by subject and/or title (e.g., reference materials, art and music journals, education journals, etc.). In addition, we will continue to subscribe to the online version of The New York Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
If you have any questions or concerns, or need assistance navigating our electronic resources, please feel free to call the Library during normal work hours and any of the library staff will be happy to assist you.
When I was a kid I had a really Good Neighbor. He taught me Math with bad Drawings, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Brief Answers for Big Questions, and What to Read and Why. Later in my life he introduced me to people like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Reagan, Jell-O Girls, Churchill, and Betty Ford. When I was a grown-up and the world became a scary place he taught me about the place Between Hope and Fear, Cancerland, the Death of Truth, the Future of Capitalism, and the Future of Terrorism. The one question he asked me though out my life was Did you Just Eat That?
Yes I’m talking about Fred Rogers and just a few of the new books we have in the Rotating Collection. Come by the Library and check out the new titles that are listed below.
1,000 Books to Read Before you Die: A Life-changing List / James Mustich with Margot Greenbaum Mustich, Thomas Meagher, and Karen Templer
1968: Radical Protest and its Enemies / Richard Vinen
21 Lessons for the 21st century / Yuval Noah Harari
America: The Farewell Tour / Chris Hedges
America for Beginners / Leah Franqui
American Fix: Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis–and how to end it / Ryan Hampton, with Claire Rudy Foster
American Like Me: Reflections on life between Cultures / edited by America Ferrera with E. Cayce Dumont
Autism in Heels: The untold story of a Female life on the Spectrum / Jennifer Cook O’Toole
Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence, the Groundbreaking Meditation Practice / Daniel J. Siegel
Babel: Around the World in twenty Languages / Gaston Dorren
Becoming / Michelle Obama
Best American Short Stories 2018 / selected Roxane Gay with Heidi Pitlor
Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer / Lisa McCubbin
Between Hope and Fear: A history of Vaccines and Human Immunity / Michael Kinch
Black and the Blue: A Cop reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America’s Law Enforcement / Matthew Horace and Ron Harris
Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic history of America’s most notorious Pirates / Eric Jay Dolin
Book of Books / foreword by Meredith Vieira, text by Jessica Allen
Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer / Charles Graeber
Brief Answers to the Big Questions / Stephen Hawking
Burden: A Preacher, a Klansman, and a true story of Redemption in the Modern South / Courtney Hargrave
Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees / Thor Hanson
Cancerland: A Medical Memoir / David Scadden, with Michael D’Antonio
Capitalism in America: A History / Alan Greenspan and Adrian Wooldridge
Certain American State: Stories / Catherine Lacey
Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island / Earl Swift
Chopin’s piano: In search of the Instrument that Transformed Music / Paul Kildea
Churchill: Walking with Destiny / Andrew Roberts
Classical Music Book / contributors, Levon Chilingirian [and 11 others]
Cloud in the Shape of a Girl: A Novel / Jean Thompson
Crux: A Cross-border Memoir / Jean Guerrero
Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen / Jose Antonio Vargas
Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump / Michiko Kakutani
Did You just Eat That? : Two Scientists explore Double-dipping, the Five-second rule, and other Food Myths in the Lab / Paul Dawson and Brian Sheldon
Disordered mind: What unusual Brains tell us about Ourselves / Eric R. Kandel
Distance Home: A Novel / Paula Saunders
Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America / Beth Macy
Einstein’s Shadow: A Black Hole, a Band of Astronomers, and the Quest to See the Unseeable / Seth Fletcher
Elegy Landscapes: Constable and Turner and the Intimate Sublime / Stanley Plumly
Fall of Gondolin / by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien
Farsighted: How we make the Decisions that Matter the Most / Steven Johnson
Feminasty: The Complicated Woman’s Guide to Surviving the Patriarchy without Drinking Herself to Death / Erin Gibson
Flight or Fright / edited by Stephen King and Bev Vincent
Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties / Paul Collier
Future of Terrorism: ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and the Alt-right / Walter Laqueur and Christopher Wall
Gene Machine: The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome / Venki Ramakrishnan
Global Economy as You’ve never Seen it / Thomas Ramge & Jan Schwochow with Adrian Garcia-Landa
Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger / Rebecca Traister
Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers / Maxwell King
Gross Anatomy: Dispatches from the Front (and Back) / Mara Altman
Heart: A History / Sandeep Jauhar
Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth / Sarah Smarsh
Heavy: An American Memoir / Kiese Laymon
How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them / Jason Stanley
How to be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals / by Sy Montgomery
If you see Me, Don’t say Hi / Neel Patel
In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin / Lindsey Hilsum
Jell-O Girls: A Family history / Allie Rowbottom
Job: The Future of Work in the Modern Era / Ellen Ruppel Shell
Likewar: The Weaponization of Social Media / P.W. Singer and Emerson T. Brooking
Math with Bad Drawings: Illuminating the Ideas that Shape our Reality / Ben Orlin
Monarchy of fear: A Philosopher looks at our Political Crisis / Martha C. Nussbaum
Nine pints: A Journey through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood / Rose George
On the Future: Prospects for Humanity / Martin Rees
Out There: A Scientific guide to Alien Life, Antimatter, and Human Space Travel (for the Cosmically Curious) / Michael Wall
Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy / Anna Clark
Prius or pickup?: How the Answers to Four Simple Questions explain America’s Great Divide / Marc Hetherington & Jonathan Weiler
Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World / Maryanne Wolf
Reagan: An American Journey / Bob Spitz
Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism / Steve Kornacki
Revolutionary Genius of Plants: A New Understanding of Plant Intelligence and Behavior / Stefano Mancuso
Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist / Eli Saslow
Rush: Revolution, Madness, and the Visionary Doctor who became a Founding Father / Stephen Fried
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life / Jane Sherron de Hart
Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe: How to Know what’s Really Real in a World increasingly full of Fake / Dr. Steven Novella with Bob Novella, Cara Santa Maria, Jay Novella, and Evan Bernstein
Sleepyhead: The Neuroscience of a good Night’s Rest / Henry Nicholls
Taking the Arrow out of the Heart: Poems / Alice Walker
Temp: How American Work, American Business, and the American Dream became Temporary / Louis Hyman
Terracotta Warriors: Exploring the most intriguing Puzzle in Chinese History / Edward Burman
Them: Why we Hate each Other and how to Heal / Ben Sasse
Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to bring Clean Water to the World / Scott Harrison, with Lisa Sweetingham
Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart / Mimi Swartz
Tooth and Nail: The Making of a Female Fight Doctor / Linda D. Dahl
Untrue: Why nearly everything we Believe about Women, Lust, and Infidelity is Wrong and how the New Science can set us Free / Wednesday Martin
What to Read and Why / Francine Prose
Where we go from Here: Two years in the Resistance / Bernie Sanders
Why we Dream: The Transformative Power of our Nightly Journey / Alice Robb
World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and how it Transformed Civilization / Vince Beiser
Ready to part with some of your books? The Library Learning Commons is happy to accept donations of gently used books. Before books are added to the collection, they will be evaluated by the Technical Services Librarian to make sure they align with the CSC curriculum. In the case of duplicate copies or books that don’t meet CSC community needs, donors can either take their books back or choose to donate them to Better World Books. Better World Books is an online bookseller which uses a portion of their profits to support literacy programs worldwide. As of 2019, they have contributed $24 million to worldwide literacy and education programs. Books we ship to Better World Books find new life through one of the following options – sent to Third World countries as appropriate, sold (with the library receiving a percentage of sales), or recycled.
If you have books that you would like to donate, please contact one of the librarians for additional information.
On December 10, the LLC Staff hosted a Secret Santa Christmas Party largely for the student employees, but all LLC staff and students were invited to participate. Makayla Brown, a library student employee, took the lead on the event. She created a questionnaire for participants to complete which assisted in the Secret Santa gift exchange. Some of the questions on the worksheets included:
- What is your favorite book?
- What is your favorite movie?
- What is your favorite sport?
- What is your favorite team?
- What is your favorite color?
- What is your favorite food?
- What is your favorite restaurant?
- What is your favorite song?
- What is your favorite type of music?
- What is your favorite activity?
- What is your favorite drink?
- What is your favorite snack?
After each participant completed the questionnaire, the names were drawn, and the questionnaires were distributed accordingly.
The party was held in the Learning Center area. Staff and students gathered to enjoy each other’s company, to visit about the semester before departing for the holidays, and to exchange Secret Santa Gifts. Participants were encouraged to guess who their Secret Santa was, which for some, was a difficult task and generated a lot of laughter. After the gift exchange, the students stuck around and played cards.
Positive feedback was received from all participants along with conversation about repeating the event next year.
Shawn Hartman and Makayla Brown
Days with boxes of new materials are the best. The best. I will put every other project on hold to open a new box. I just can’t wait to slice it open and see what’s inside. And this week, with the arrival of a batch of new CDs, I was not disappointed.
Okay, I was confused at first. I wondered if there had been a mistake. That can’t possibly be — sitting right on top — a CD by Alice In Chains. Could it? Unsure of what else I would find beneath (at this point, I wouldn’t have been surprised by a live rattlesnake), I carefully removed some packing paper to reveal the weirdest and most beautiful mashup of musical genres. It was like flipping through records at a garage sale; I had no idea what I was about to find next.
And then my rational brain kicked back in. Of course, this box includes all the 2019 Grammy nominees! New music! New new music! Soundtracks to The Shape of Water, Black Panther, and Coco. Pop music by the likes of Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, Pink, Chris Stapleton and Drake. Albums by world music artists like Fatoumata Diawara, blues artists like Cedric Burnside, and jazz by Tia Fuller. Plus new classical performances by The Danish String Quartet, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Laurie Anderson & the Kronos Quartet.
This had to be the most surprising box ever: a great way to start the new year, and a great addition to our current music collection. Modern opera (yes, it’s a thing), check. Gigantic box set of music from the Korean War? You bet. Bjork? Got it. And now all these wonderful discs are here to stay, ready to be discovered, checked out, and jammed out. They live in the Richards Media Lab, Room 107, in the basement of the LLC, so stop by and have a look. There’s sure to be something to interest any listener.
Here’s a sampling (less than half!) of our new music titles:
Rebellion rises by Ziggy Marley
The questions by Kurt Elling
The shape of water: original motion picture soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat
Out of the blues by Boz Scaggs
Benton County relic by Cedric Burnside
From the fire by Greta Van Fleet
West Side Story reimagined by Multiverse Big Band
Rainier fog by Alice In Chains
Jesus Christ Superstar: live in concert: original soundtrack of the NBC Television event by Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Weber
Scottish fantasy by Max Bruch
Treehouse by Sofi Tukker
Love is here to stay Tony Bennett & Diana Krall
Stranger Things 2 by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein
Hallelujah here below by Elevation Worship
The blues is alive and well by Buddy Guy
Opium moon by Opium Moon
Still dreaming by Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley, Brian Blade
All about that Basie by Count Basie Orchestra
Portraits in fiddles by Mike Barnett
Aloha from na hoa by Na Hoa
Unapologetically by Kelsea Ballerini
Honestly by Lalah Hathaway
Doctor Atomic: opera in two acts by John Adams
Golden hour by Kacey Musgraves
Don’t you feel my leg: the naughty bawdy blues of Blue Lu Barker by Maria Muldaur
Camila by Camila Cabello
Cruzando borders by Lose Texmaniacs
Scorpion by Drake
War & leisure by Miguel
Blade runner 2049 by Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch
The band’s visit: original Broadway cast recording by David Yazbek
One drop of truth by the Wood Brothers
Prism I: Beethoven, Shostakovich, Bach by Danish String Quartet
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel: 2018 Broadway cast recording by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein
North of despair by Wood & Wire
As the world turns by Black Uhuru
Mexico por siempre by Luis Miguel
Heart of Brazil: a tribute to Egberto Gismonti by Eddie Daniels
Black Panther: the album: music from and inspired by by various artists
Orquesta Akokan by Jose “Pepito” Gomez
Standards by Seal
Deran by Bombino
Molecules of motion by Steve Roach
Utopia by Bjork
Unexpected by Jason Crabb
A great work by Brian Courtney Wilson
Shawn Mendes by Shawn Mendes
My mood is you by Freddy Cole
Star Wars: the last Jedi: original motion picture soundtrack by John Williams
Moku maluhia: peaceful island by Jim “Kimo” West
Prometo by Pablo Alboran
Beerbongs & Bentleys by Post Malone
Once on this island: the musical: new Broadway cast recording by Stephen Flaherty
The greatest showman: original motion picture soundtrack by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
The Handel album by Philippe Jaroussky
Pacific daydream by Weezer
Whistle down the wind by Joan Baez
Hiding place by Tori Kelly
Dirty computer by Janelle Monae
Beloved by Snatam Kaur
The other side by the Walls Group
Victor Wainwright and the train by Victor Wainwright
Sweetener by Ariana Grande
American utopia by David Byrne
My way by Willie Nelson
Good thing by Leon Bridges
Surrounded by Michael W. Smith
44876 by Sting & Shaggy
From a room, vol. 2 by Chris Stapleton
MassEducaiton by St. Vincent
A star is born: soundtrack by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
Rivers and roads by Special Consensus
Sex & cigarettes by Toni Braxton
Cry no more by Danielle Nicole
Victory lap by Nipsey Hussle
Something smells funky ‘round here by Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio