Friday, April 29, 2011

Pre-finals & Finals Hours - Spring 2011

Hewes Library begins its extended hours for finals today.  The full schedule below lists our adidtional opening times to allow students to take advantage of the quiet study areas to complete last minute papers and projects.

Quiet Hours throughout the library begin today!
  • Friday, April 29: 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 30: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 1: 9:00 a.m. - Midnight
  • Monday - Friday, May 2 - 6: 7:30 a.m. - Midnight
  • Saturday - Sunday, May 7 - 8: 9:00 a.m. - Midnight
  • Monday - Tuesday, May 9 - 10: 7:30 a.m. - Midnight
  • Wednesday, May 11: 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Title Highlight: Encyclopedia of North American Sports History

Encyclopedia of North American Sports History
1 volume: Illustrations, lists of winners of various events, Bibliography, Index

This encyclopedia offers brief entries describing the many sports participated in by residents of North America yesterday and today. The articles on each sport give brief histories of the sport’s origins and development, followed by a description of the growth (or not) of the sport in North American countries. In addition to histories of individual sports, the book offers information on general sports history topics like amateurism, the participation of minorities and women in sports and contract negotiations. The book also gives short biographies on some major figures in the history of sports such as Dr. James Naismith (the developer of basketball).

Sporting events, some major sports awards, cities with any major league team of any sort, stadiums, fields and arenas are also covered. There is also information on some sports organizing bodies like the NCAA, NAIA, and the major leagues of Baseball, Basketball, Football and Hockey. This book gives short introductions to popular sports, but is more interesting when it talks about little known sports such as pedestrianism (now called “race walking”), snowshoe racing and bowling which traces its roots back to the Plymouth Colonies. Most articles give suggestions for further reading.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Welcome back!

Welcome back from Easter Break!  Hewes Library has returned to regular hours.  Our finals schedule and study hours will begin on Friday, April 29.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter Break Hours, April 21-25, 2011

Hewes Library will be closed for portion of the Easter Break and holiday weekend.  We will return to regular hours on Monday, April 25.
  • Thursday, April 21: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 22: Closed
  • Saturday, April 23: Closed
  • Sunday, April 24: Closed
  • Monday, April 25: 7:30 a.m. - Midnight

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Title Highlight: Encyclopedia of Mummies

Encyclopedia of Mummies

1 volume: Photos, illustrations
Appendix 1: Mummy Films
Appendix 2: Locations of Mummy Collections (Egyptian and Non-Egyptian)

When most people think of mummies, they think of Ancient Egypt. While it is true that Ancient Egyptian mummies are the most widely known, there are examples of mummification in other cultures and instances of natural mummification that occurred in places such as Native American cave burials and the bogs of Denmark and Ireland. All of these types of mummies are described in this book. The book details what is known of the techniques and tools of mummification as well as some of the more well-known mummies that exist in museum collections around the world. The author also considers some modern day preservation efforts as mummification, so Lenin, John Paul Jones and Eva Peron all have entries in this book. In addition, the book covers some of the many films and literary efforts involving mummies with plot descriptions of major works from both genres. There are no references for further reading found after the entries, but the bibliography contains helpful references for further research.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Recent ScotsRead Additions

A few recent ScotsRead titles are below.  The ScotsRead leisure reading collection can be found on the main floor of Hewes Library - right next to the new book display.

Added titles include:
  • I'll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark
  • Treason at Lisson Grove by Anne Perry
  • 44 Charles Street: A Novel by Danielle Steel
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey
  • Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts
  • The Pale King: An Unfinished Novel by David Foster Wallace

Monday, April 18, 2011

Quiet Hours & Study Spaces

Finals will be here before you know it!  As we approach the last few weeks of classes, we call upon the students, faculty, and staff of Monmouth College to help us keep the study areas quiet for everyone's use.  If you are going to be working with a large group, please considering making a room reservation or using one of the large group study rooms on the Lower Level.

Thanks for your cooperation!  Quiet hours will go into effect the weekend before Reading day.  In the mean time, curl up with a good book.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Title Highlight: Former Major League Teams: An Encyclopedia

Former Major League Teams: An Encyclopedia

1 volume: Tables, Charts
Team Origins
Name Changes

This slim volume gives information on the 116 baseball teams that competed in seven different major leagues. The book begins with brief histories of current major league teams and the various name changes some underwent. (For example, Saint Louis was named the Browns and then the Pefectos before becoming the Cardinals in 1900) It then goes on to a chronological detailing of the teams found in the different major leagues beginning with the National Association in 1871. After a brief history of the team; an all-time roster of the team’s best players will be found along with the W-L record of each team.

In the section on ‘lost’ National League teams there are entries on teams that have moved cities such as the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Milwaukee Braves as well as those that no longer exist in any form including the Louisville Grays, Troy Trojans and Worcester Ruby Legs. The book contains much interesting information and the history of the different leagues makes interesting reading as it shows how labor troubles have been part of the game since the beginning. An example of this was the Players league started in 1890 by players unhappy with a rule that limited them to a salary of $2,000 a season in the National League!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

National Library Workers Day!

As part of National Library Week, one day is always devoted to those people to keep their local libraries running.  Today, Tuesday, April 12 is National Library Workers Day
Take a minute to say hi to your library workers today!  Know an outstanding library worker?  Nominate them for a as a library star from ALA.

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Big Read: Edgar Allan Poe

Interested in learning more about this year's featured author Edgar Allan Poe?  The Edgar Allan Poe Museum, located in Virginia, has an excellent short biography of the author available to the public.  You can also read several of his works, including:
The US National Park Service operates the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, and they also have information regarding the author and his works available on their website. 

Sunday, April 10, 2011

National Library Week 2011: Create your own story @ your library

National Library Week will be observed April 10-16, 2011 with the theme, "Create your own story @ your library."  First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country every April. The time is a celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. The 2011 Honorary Chair of National Library Week is Author John Grisham.

With the advent of televisions in the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less money and time on books and reading. ALA helped form the National Book Committee in 1954 and three years later, the committee developed the plan for National Library Week. The first National Library Week was celebrated in 1958 with the theme “Wake Up and Read!” as assembled by ALA and the Advertising Council.  The National Library Week Display is currently going on in the East Entrance Lobby area display cases.

Friday, April 8, 2011

New Items At Hewes Library

New items are added to the Hewes Library Collection on a continual basis. Recent titles have included:

  • Overland West by Will Bagley
  • From Bloody Shirt to Full Dinner Pail by Charles W. Calhoun
  • Spoilt Rotten by Theodore Dalrymple
  • Why Texans Fought in the Civil War by Charles D. Grear
  • Art of Charlie Chaplin by Kyp Harness
  • Historical Atlas of the North American Railroad by Derek Hayes
  • Ingmar Bergman's The Silence by Maaret Koskinen
  • Environment in World History by Stephen Mosley
  • Somalia The New Barbary by Martin Murphy
  • Rival Queens by Felicity Nussbaum

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Reshelving Books

Library staff members are studying usage of materials throughout the library.  If you take a look at a book, DVD, or other material, please do not reshelve the item.  Place it on one of the carts located throughout the building and library staff will take care of getting the item back in the correct place.  Thanks for your help!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Big Read: Edgar Allan Poe Community Events

To coincide with the reading of Edgar Allan Poe's collected short stories and poetry, there are several events happening in the Galesburg and Monmouth communities.  A few upcoming events are listed below.

Photo from Wikipedia Commons
From the National Endowment for the Humanities Calendar:

Paranormal Investigator: Sylvia Shults Local author and paranormal investigator Sylvia Shults will present a bone-chilling program about ghosts in Illinois. She will also discuss her book, Ghosts of the Illinois River. The first 20 attendees will receive a FREE copy of Ghosts of the Illinois River. Teens and older children are invited to join!

Event Location: Galesburg Public Library (40 E Simmons Street), Galesburg, IL 61401
Date: Thu, Apr 7, 2011
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Book Discussion: The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan PoeThe book club will be discussing selected works by the master of macabre and madness, Edgar Allan Poe. Pick up free copies of the book at the Galesburg Public Library in March.
Event Location: Galesburg Public Library (40 E Simmons Street), Galesburg, IL 61401
Date: Tue, Apr 12, 2011
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Paranormal Investigator: Sylvia Shults Local author and paranormal investigator Sylvia Shults will present a bone-chilling program about ghosts in Illinois. She will also discuss her book, Ghosts of the Illinois River. Teens and older children are invited to join!
Event Location: Warren County Public Library (62 Public Square), Monmouth, IL 61401
Date: Tue, Apr 12, 2011
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Slam Poetry Performance by The Xplicit Poet Brandon Thornton. This event is free and open to the public.
Event Location: Carl Sandburg College (2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd., Student Center, Building B), Galesburg, IL 61401
Date: Wed, Apr 13, 2011
Time: 12:30pm – 1:00pm

Photography Contest
Amateur photographers are invited to enter the Sandburg Days 2011 Photography Contest. The contest will be judged by Trent Foltz, an award-winning commercial and Midwest landscape photographer. An awards reception, catered by Q's Cafe, will be held at the Galesburg Public Library's Sanderson Room on Saturday, April 16, at 11:30 a.m. A $25 cash prize will be awarded to the Best of Show. A $20 gift certificate from the Frame Works will be awarded for first place in three categories: Landscape and Nature; People and/or Pets; and Architecture. All photos (8 X 10 maximum print size) must have been created within the last year. A limit of three photographs per person, one per category will be accepted. There is no fee to enter. Prints in a matt are preferred, but prints not in a matt are also acceptable. All submissions must have a secure wire on the back so it is ready to hang on display board. Professional photographers are welcome to enter, but will not be eligible for prizes (please identify yourself as a professional on your entry). Entries can be submitted (with the photographer's name, photo title, category, e-mail, postal address and phone on the back) to the Galesburg Public Library, 40 East Simmons St., Galesburg IL 61401. Conventional and digital prints are acceptable. A selection of photographs entered will be exhibited at the Galesburg Public Library. Not all submissions will be exhibited. The decisions of the judge will be final. For more information, please contact Tom Foley, Foley Photo Studio, 113 S. Cherry St., 309-342-9411 or tom@foleyphotostudio. The Photography Contest is sponsored by The Frame Works, Foley Photo Studio, Galesburg Public Library, Q's Cafe, and the Galesburg Register Mail.
Event Location: 40 E Simmons Street, Galesburg, IL 61401
Date: Wed, Apr 13, 2011
Time: 8:00pm – 8:00pm

Photo of the Exterior of the Poe National Historic Site, from Wikipedia Commons

Book Discussion: The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
Join us at the Beanhive Coffeehouse for a discussion of works by the master of macabre and madness, Edgar Allan Poe. Pick up free copies of the book at the Galesburg Public Library in March.
Event Location: The Beanhive Coffeehouse (124 E Simmons Street), Galesburg, IL 61401
Date: Thu, Apr 14, 2011
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Writer’s Workshop by Cyn Kitchen
Cyn Kitchen is Assistant Professor of English at Knox College where she teaches creative writing and literature. Her first book, Ten Tongues, was released in October 2010 by MotesBooks of Louisville, KY. Cyn has been called a 'fierce new voice in American literature.' Her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines and several anthologies, and she was a Top Ten Finalist for the 2009 storySouth Million Writers Award. Cyn was born and raised in Galesburg where she still makes her home. She earned an Associate in Arts from Carl Sandburg College, a Bachelor of Arts in English from Knox College and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Spalding University. The workshop will cover elements of craft as they relate to writing fiction, particularly with regard to characterization and the power of creating a strong sense of place. To register, contact Mary Ann Nelson, or call (309)341-5328. This workshop is free and open to the public.

Event Location: Carl Sandburg Historic Site Barn (313 E. Third), Galesburg, IL 61401
Date: Sat, Apr 16, 2011
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Title Hightlight: Prime-time Religion: An Encyclopedia of Religious Broadcasting

Prime-time Religion: An Encyclopedia of Religious Broadcasting
1 volume: Photos, 8 appendices, Index

Unlike many subjects, the history of religious broadcasting on radio and television in America can be traced to a single date, January 2, 1921 when the Calvary Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania broadcast the evening vespers service on radio station KDKA. Since that time religious broadcasting has grown enormously and is watched or listened to by millions of people. This book traces the stories of the many individuals, churches, and government rules and regulations that contributed to the development and growth of religious broadcasting.

Airtime was originally given free of charge to religious broadcasters, but a change of federal law in 1929 forced religious broadcasters to pay for airtime, leading to the growth of the fundraising mission many religious broadcasters pursue. Although most people identify religious broadcasting as something belonging to fundamental Protestants, in reality, there have been broadcasts from many Christian denominations, including fundamentalist, Mormons, mainline Protestants, Catholics, as well as Jews, Muslims and little known groups like Rosicrucians. Each article contains references for further reading.

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Big Read: Great Tales & Poems of Edgar Allen Poe

This spring Hewes Library will join The Galesburg Public Library and the surronding community in The Big Read. The Big Read is a program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.

Each year, communities apply for grant funding to select a book and read the book as a community, looking at the piece's themes and encouraging events to coincide with reading the text. This year, The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe was selected as the book for Western Illinois Reads - organized by the Galesburg Public Library. The Big Read has a reader's guide set up to provide context for the book and additional resources available.

There are several events planned - in addition to discussions of the book. More information can be found on the Galesburg Public Library's Big Read webpage.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Study Time!

With the weather warming up, and everyone getting excited about the upcoming summer break, we are asking your help to keep the library a quiet study area.  If you are going to be working on a large group project, we recommend that you use one of the study rooms on the lower level.

Thank you!  You're fellow students will appreciate the quiet in the next few weeks as finals approach!