Thursday, May 14, 2015

Rejoice! Finals Are Over!

That's Appreciation  Students at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health
Sciences-Dallas Center express their appreciation for the Spring 2015 finals week
coffee breaks hosted by the Dallas Center Library.  Sponsored by the TWU Libraries
and the TWU Division of Student Life, the breaks are a popular TWU tradition.

Photograph by Ellen Hamlett.   
Spring 2015 finals are over, students have graduated, and new semesters are just around the corner.  Congratulations to the TWU Class of 2015!  You made it!

We are very proud of the students here at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center.  While stress was high during finals week, students were able to snack on delicious apples, goldfish, and protein bars courtesy of the Dallas Center Library's traditional finals week coffee breaks. As usual, the protein bars were a huge hit!  We also offered coffee, tea, apple cider, hot cocoa and water, and kept track of the students that came by the snack tables.  We tallied a total of 810 students!  Students were provided with access to a whiteboard where they left encouraging words for each other and thank yous to the library for its services. 
              
The library was very busy during finals week and the coffee breaks, but we were glad to help students during such a crucial time for them.  It was very exciting to see students at the end of the week, with huge smiles on their faces, telling us they were done!

~Lorena NaƱez-Bonilla

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

All TWU Libraries Open Between Semesters

Between semesters, the TWU Libraries in Denton and Dallas, and the Houston ARC, remain open during adjusted intersession hours. Summer hours begin Monday, June 1, 2015.

For details, see the operating schedules for the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library, the Dallas Center Library and the Houston ARC.

ALL TWU LIBRARIES ARE CLOSED ON THESE DATES

Saturday, May 16 & Sunday, May 17, 2015
Saturday, May 23 & Sunday, May 24, 2015
Monday, May 25, 2015 (Memorial Day)
Saturday, May 30 & Sunday, May 31, 2015

REMEMBER
Our virtual library services (including TWUniversal, databases, Subject Guides and more) are available 24/7 via the TWU Libraries website and TWU Libraries Mobile.

Questions?  Please contact us.  We are, as always, happy to assist you.


~Sandy Cochran  

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Professor's Corner: It's Epic! Derek Walcott's Omeros

The final session of the 2014-15 season of the Professor's Corner series (a free discussion group devoted to quality presentations on literary topics) will take place on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.  Please join us for It's Epic! Derek Walcott's Omeros.  Admission is free and open to all.  Refreshments will be served.

PROFESSOR'S CORNER ON SOCIAL MEDIA
For series updates and other information, please like Professor’s Corner on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@profscorner).  


ABOUT THIS SESSION
Nobel laureate Derek Walcott’s 1990 masterpiece Omeros updates the ancient tradition of epic poetry into the twentieth-century Caribbean.  Just as Homer’s Iliad not only tells the story of the Trojan War but also provides us a window onto the social, political and religious worldview of ancient Greek society, so Walcott uses a dispute among St. Lucian fishermen to explore modern West Indian experience in all its post-colonial, multicultural and linguistic complexity.  Unlike Homer, Walcott’s narrator also muses on his own wanderings to the U.S. and Europe, connecting the local world of the narrative to the broader one we inhabit.  In this session we will discuss selections from Omeros that illustrate why poet and novelist Robert Graves wrote that Walcott “handles English with a closer understanding of its inner magic than most . . . of his contemporaries.”  
       
WHEN & WHERE
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Denton Public Library, South Branch (3228 Teasley, Denton, Texas, 76210.  Just south of the Teasley/Lillian Miller intersection. A Google map and directions are available here.)

COST
This program is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

SPEAKER
This session's presenter is Dr. Carl Smeller, Associate 
Professor of English and Humanities at Texas Wesleyan University.  Dr. Smeller teaches American and world literatures, composition, science writing, grammar and interdisciplinary humanities.  He is a frequent presenter at Professor’s Corner.

OPTIONAL READINGS FOR THIS SESSION

Omeros from Wikipedia is available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omeros  
Derek Walcott from Wikipedia is available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek Walcott
Derek Walcott's Omeros is recommended for purchase, but not required.   

THE PROFESSOR'S CORNER SERIES

The purpose of this free series is to meet a public need for high-quality presentations on literary topics by featuring local English professors who talk about their special interests.  The presentations are aimed at the general public and allow for discussion. Gatherings are usually held on the second Wednesday of specified months from 7:00 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m., and readings of modest length are usually available in advance.  Announcements are available by e-mail; to get on the mailing list send a request to Fred Kamman of the Denton Public Library at Fred.Kamman@cityofdenton.com.

STILL TO COME: PROFESSOR'S CORNER 2014-15

This is the final session of the 2014-2015 season.  The 2015-16 season will begin in the fall; watch this space for further details.

SERIES COORDINATOR

Fred Kamman of the Denton Public Library (Fred.Kamman@cityofdenton.com or 940-349-8752) 
SERIES PRODUCER
Dr. Stephen Souris of Texas Woman’s University (SSouris@twu.edu or 940-898-2343)

THANK YOU TO THESE SUPPORTERS OF THE PROFESSOR'S CORNER SERIES
Many thanks to Denton Public LibraryVoertman'sRecycled Books Records CDs and Cooper’s Copies and Printing for their support.  This program was also made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

We hope to see you on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.


~Dr. Stephen Souris

Monday, May 11, 2015

May Your May Be A Good One

May Your May Be A Good One  The month of May is full of sig-
nificant observances, including Mental Health Awareness Month.
Image courtesy of Pinterest     
The month of May is filled with special days, starting with May Day on the 1st, ending with Memorial Day on the 31st, and featuring many other significant observances in between.  

May is American Stroke MonthAsian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and Mental Health Awareness Month.  The fifth month of the year features Star Wars DayCinco de MayoNational Women’s Health WeekNational Nurses Week, Nurses Day, Mother’s Day . . . and so much more to keep you busy!  


Spring 2015 final exams and graduation at TWU are in the rearview mirror, and students and faculty and staff members are busy making plans for the summer.  For library books, research resources and electronic materials, check out the TWU Libraries in Denton or Dallas, or the Houston ARC.  Need assistance?  You're invited, as always, to contact us.

For events and activities in Denton, check out the City of Denton site here. For Dallas fun check out this site, and for Houston events and activities, visit the Bayou City's official visitor's site.

How will you be busy in May?  However you choose to spend it, make the most of your May by perusing, planning for and participating in some of the many adventures available to you.

May your May be a good one!

~Marilyn Goff

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Lulu & Macy & Garda & Maggie

Therapy dog/volunteer teams from Paws Across Texas visited the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus
for an evening of tail-wagging, stress-relieving fun.  Therapy dogs Lulu (foreground); Garda (rear left);
Macy (rear right); and Maggie (not shown) were an immediate hit with students.  Photograph by Sean
Spear.  May 6, 2015.
The evening of Wednesday, May 6, 2015 was a special one for the patrons and staff of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.  On that night we welcomed therapy dog/volunteer teams from Paws Across Texas for some much-needed tail-wagging, stress-relieving fun with our new furry friends Lulu, Macy, Garda and Maggie.

A long line of dog lovers waited patiently for the pups to arrive and cheered loudly as they stepped off the elevator with their volunteer handlers.  Over 250 members of the TWU community visited the dogs, eagerly taking to the floor to pet the animals, chat with the volunteers, and experience some of the abundant stress-relieving magic the canine/human teams seemed to possess--just what many TWU students seemed to need in the middle of their Spring 2015 final exams.


TWU students and other patrons of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus wait patiently for their
turns to visit Paws Across Texas therapy dogs Lulu, Macy, Garda and Maggie.  The dogs and their owners/
handlers visited the campus during Spring 2015 finals week.  Photograph by Sean Spear.  May 6, 2015. 
Students and other library patrons took turns visiting Paws Across Texas therapy dogs in the Blagg-Huey
Library on the Denton campus during Spring 2015 finals week.  Over 250 visitors enjoyed the company of
therapy dogs Lulu, Macy, Garda and Maggie on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.  Photograph by Sean Spear.
May 6, 2015.
Seven-year-old Schnauzer Maggie, in the arms of owner/Paws Across Texas volunteer Virginia Hyatt, laps 
up attention from TWU students in the Blagg-Huey Library during a visit to the Denton campus.  Photograph 
by Sean Spear.  May 6, 2015.
A TWU student bonds with sweet-natured Garda, a Golden Retriever therapy dog with Paws Across Texas.  
Garda was one of four therapy dogs who visited the Blagg-Huey Library during Spring 2015 final exams.  
Photograph by Sean Spear.  May 6, 2015.  
Macy, a seven-year-old Border Collie, enjoys being the center of attention during a recent visit to the Blagg-
Huey Library on the Denton campus.  Macy and furry friends Lulu, Garda and Maggie are therapy dogs
with Paws Across Texas, a nonprofit organization which provides diversified therapy programs using trained
volunteers and their privately owned, registered therapy dogs.  Photograph by Sean Spear.  May 6, 2015.  
TWU students couldn't get enough of good-natured Garda, one of the Paws Across Texas therapy dogs who
visited the Blagg-Huey Library during Spring 2015 finals week.  Photograph by Sean Spear.  May 6, 2015.
TWU students are drawn to Paws Across Texas therapy dog Maggie, a seven-year-old Schnauzer.  Maggie
and fellow therapy dogs Lulu, Macy and Garda, along with their owners/handlers, visited the Blagg-Huey
Library on the Denton campus during Spring 2015 finals week.  Photograph by Sean Spear.  May 6, 2015.
Students happily sit on the floor of the Blagg-Huey Library to visit and bond
with therapy dogs from Paws Across Texas, a nonprofit organization dedi-
cated to providing diversified therapy programs using trained volunteers
and their privately-owned, registered therapy dogs.  Students patiently
wait their turns as Garda holds court in the foreground; behind Garda,
Macy (not shown) sits at the foot of owner/handler Don; and Schnauzer
Maggie is carried by owner/handler Virginia.  Photograph by Sean Spear.
May 6, 2015.
Students covered the floor in the living room area of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus to enjoy
the company of Paws Across Texas therapy dogs Lulu (foreground), Garda (rear left), Macy (rear right)
and Maggie (not shown).  The dogs and their owner/handlers visited the campus during Spring 2015 finals
week.  Photograph by Sean Spear.  May 6, 2015. 
Paws Across Texas Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c) charitable organization based in Fort Worth, Texas.  Its purpose is to provide diversified therapy programs using trained volunteers and their privately owned, registered therapy dogs. 

~Sandy Cochran

Monday, May 4, 2015

Mims' The Word: May The Fourth Be With You

The Force Is Strong In Dallas  Dallas Center Library staff members (L-R) Lorena Nanez-Bonilla, Mandie
Mims and Ellen Hamlett getting in the spirit of Star Wars Day, above and below. 
Today is a very special day.  For some of you, it is nothing more than the first day of finals, and that’s really nothing to be excited about (except that it means the semester is almost over.)  Did you know that today is also Star Wars Day?  Only seven more months 'til the next movie!

The TWU Libraries would like to remind you to do or do not, there is no try during finals week.  If you need a reprieve from all the testing pressure, come check out some of our many Star Wars books, all of which are housed in the Children’s Collection in Denton.

That’s it for this semester, T Dub.  And may the force be with you!






~Jason Mims

Thursday, April 30, 2015

You Got This: Prep for Finals with Extended Library Hours, Coffee Breaks, Dogs & More

Spring 2015 finals week is almost here, and the TWU Libraries have a few ways to help students face their exams and come out the other side, happy with the results. 

TIME
The TWU Libraries in Denton and Dallas, and the Houston ARC, are the perfect places to escape from noisy roommates and get stuff DONE.  Find final exam week hours for the Dallas Center Library here, and for the Houston ARC here. The Blagg-Huey Library (Denton) will extend its finals week hours as listed here. You're welcome. 

COFFEE BREAKS 
You need fuel to function.  Get FREE finals week snacks and beverages--including coffee, tea, energy bars and fruit--at coffee breaks at the Denton and Dallas libraries, and at the Houston ARC.  Dates, times and other details of this Spring semester tradition are available here.

THERAPY DOGS
Therapy dogs from Paws Across Texas will be visiting the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus on Wednesday, May 6th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Come by the library's first-floor living room area to make a new furry friend, and feel your blood pressure drop in the process.

SPACE
Sometimes you need more than the usual space and privacy to really dig in without interruption.  Reserve a study room here--but hurry.  Finals week reservations for these prime study spots go fast.

QUIET

No matter the library space you choose for final exam prep, extending courtesy to your fellow library patrons goes a long way.  Text instead of talking when you can, and please be aware of the noise you are making as you go about your business. On the Denton campus?  The Blagg-Huey Library has an entire floor (the 3rd) dedicated to quiet study (no cell phones or talking allowed, so please use another floor for these.)     

TECH
Listen to videos or other audio without disturbing your library neighbors.  We carry headphones for the asking with a TWU ID.  Phone dead, or getting there?  Chargers for iPhones and Androids are available at the libraries in Denton and Dallas. Questions?  Contact us.

DE-STRESSORS
●  Google baby animals images.  Just do it. Same with puppies underwater (this is funny, not cruel) and grumpy cat.  A menagerie of stress relief awaits.  For stress relief of the human variety, Google faith in humanity restored and read several results. A few minutes of this is like a good spring cleaning for your soul.    
●  Variations of white noise are available for your listening and chilling pleasure at simplynoise.com.  Distractions?  What distractions? 
●  Natural, Adjustable Rain Noise Generator  No synthetic stuff here.  Listen to natural white noise (or pink, brown or grey-like noise, depending how zen you want to get) to optimize your study time.  A pet project of Stephane Pigeon, self-described "signal processing Ph.D. engineer with a strong passion for sounds," this cool toy includes a multitude of variations on a theme including Fairy RainGetting Wet and a personal favorite, Distant Storm.  Need some break time filler?  Even the FAQs are interesting.  This one's a keeper.

HELP

Help with library resources and services is available for the asking.  Just contact us by email, chat, phone or text--or in person--and a library staff member, as always, will be happy to assist you.

Don't worry--you got this.

~Sandy Cochran 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Be Our Guest

We're So Glad You Could Join Us  Members of Friendship Baptist Church of The Colony included a stop at the Blagg-Huey Library on the agenda for their
recent visit to the Denton campus of TWU.  Individuals and groups are welcome and encouraged to visit the library during operating hours.  First row (L-R) Ruth
Skillens, Marie Gibson, Betty Calhoun, Delores Davis and Loretta Williams.  Second row (L-R) Nathan Murphy, Sandra Murphy, George Gibson, LaMargo Branch
and Bruce Davis.      
Members of Friendship Baptist Church of The Colony, including TWU Libraries staff member LaMargo Branch, visited the Denton campus' Blagg-Huey Library recently--reminding us that although our mission centers on education at TWU, we also welcome and have much to offer guests in our beautiful building.

We invite you and your group to visit during the library's operating hours (you may also find our Visiting the Libraries page helpful when planning your trip.)  Visitors are encouraged to tour the building (find a library tour guide here or near the Information Desk on the first floor) and enjoy our rotating library exhibits.  Our Children's Collection is on the Garden Level; comfortable seating, our Browsing Collection, a balcony and vending machines are available on the first floor; the Woman's Collection, a preeminent research center on women's history, is housed on the second floor; current periodicals and a quiet area can be found on the third floor; and a rich variety of artwork in various mediums is displayed throughout the building--and this is just a portion of the library's offerings.  


For assistance before or during your visit, contact the library's Information Desk in person (to your right as you enter the building) or by phone (940-898-3701).  A library staff member will be happy to help you.
 
You and your group are invited to visit, as the group from Friendship Baptist Church of The Colony did, to enjoy everything the Blagg-Huey Library has to offer. 

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

We Heart Nepal

Editor's Note:  The devastation and suffering in Nepal are on minds university-wide, as this double post reflects.  Read on to learn about TWU's multiple connections to Nepal; where you can turn to learn more; and how you can help. 

4/27/15  As many of you know, Nepal suffered a massive scale (7.8) earthquake--the worst to hit Nepal in 80 years--on Saturday, April 25, 2015.  So far, more than 3,600 people have been reported dead, and about 6,500 have been injured.  Rescue efforts are underway to help those injured in the quake, but water is becoming scare and there are fears that children in particular are at risk of disease.

38 TWU students are from Nepal (26 on the Denton campus; 8 on the Dallas campus; and 4 on the Houston campus.)  The Office of International Education wants to help in any way it can.  If you’d like to donate needed items, collection boxes will be set up on the Denton campus in the Student Union and in the International office in Jones Hall; and on the Dallas campus in the Student Life office. Needed items include blankets, batteries, masks, umbrellas, first aid kits, sanitizers, painkillers, water purifiers, baby wipes, bug spray and gloves.

~Irene Connelly, TWU Office of International Education

4/27/15  Texas Woman’s University has many students who were born in Nepalor who have relatives and friends that live there.  The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, 2015 has devastated the country and leaves many TWU community members in Denton, Dallas and Houston grieving and anxious. 

The Nepalese Society of Texas is organizing support for victims of the earthquake, and the U.S. Nepalese Embassy is working to provide aid.  You can help in Denton, Dallas or Houston by seeking out local resource assistance agencies, or by participating in relief activities on the TWU campus nearest you.

The TWU Libraries have resources to help you understand the country of Nepal and relate to the TWU community members affected by this tragedy (see our History Subject Guide, or our Government & Political Science Subject Guide for databases and internet links with which to analyze Nepal's long and varied political system.)  A search for Nepal using TWUniversal Search (from the TWU Libraries homepage) will yield over 55,000 books, articles and other resources (including 14 children’s books.)

Nepal is home to Mount Everest, the highest mountain peak on Earth.  It is a landlocked country, bordered by the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of India, with a landscape dominated by the Himalayas

~Marilyn Goff, TWU Libraries

4 Cool Women In The World of Comics

Fiona Staples illustrates the highlpopular 
Saga series written by Brian K. Vaughan.
Contrary to popular belief, mainstream comics are slowly starting to illustrate just how kick-butt women really are!  Perhaps this is because women are emerging as the illustrators of some of America’s most popular comic book characters, while men in the comic book industry are becoming more and more inspired by women and creating works that appeal to everybody’s feminine side. 

In conjunction with Free Comic Book Day at the Blagg-Huey Library, here are four heroines in the world of comics.

FIONA STAPLES (ILLUSTRATOR)
Let’s start with the nonfictional ladies.  First off, there’s Fiona Staples, illustrator of the highly popular Saga series written by Brian K. Vaughan (who also wrote Y: The Last Man). Strongly inspired by Star Wars, Saga follows husband and wife Marko and Alana from world to world as they flee from the leaders of their home planets who seek to destroy the couple’s extraterrestrial/interracial baby, Hazel . . . who narrates the story.


Jill Thompson illustrated The Little 
Endless Storybook which features char-
acters from Gaiman's Sandman series.
JILL THOMPSON (ILLUSTRATOR)
Next we have Jill Thompson, illustrator of The Little Endless Storybook (published by Vertigo) featuring characters from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman  comic book series.  In The Little Endless Storybook, Thompson depicts Gaiman’s Endless characters as toddlers experiencing charming, surreal adventures.  A fun read for both children and adults.


Mark Millar's Hit-Girl--superhero
in appearance, assassin to the core,
destroyer of all things thug and cor-
rupt--is pretty impressive for an
eleven-year-old girl.
HIT-GIRL (CHARACTER)
Fictional female heroes are no longer underground.  You’ve probably heard of Mark Millar’s famous Hit-Girl (the show-stealer in the movies Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2).  Published by Icon Comics, an imprint of Marvel ComicsHit-Girl is quite a hit.  She is a superhero in appearance, assassin to the core, and destroyer of all things thug and corrupt--pretty impressive for an eleven-year-old girl.

Batgirl has a brand-new look and
comic, in large part because of new
primary illustrator Babs Tarr.
BATGIRL (CHARACTER)
Last but definitely not least, we have the famous Batgirl who has a brand-new look and comic!  Batgirl has undergone something of a makeover recently, with Babs Tarr as her new primary illustrator. Not only is BG’s new look much more reflective of a woman’s natural body, but BG doesn’t take any crap!  Released just last year by DC Comics, the series' fans have already proclaimed it the best version of Batgirl ever made.

Maybe these four examples of feminine comic book awesomeness aren’t your style.  Don’t worry, there are lots of women doing their thing in the comic universe.  Do ya need more?  Here are more real women helping to shape the world of comics for a new generation:  Sophie CrumbFaith Erin HicksMelinda GebbieKelly Sue DeConnickJennifer CamperAmy Reeder, Ramona FradonMary FleenerMarjane SatrapiKate BeatonFumi Yoshinaga and Lucy Knisley.

Now it’s time to get yourself soaked in comic book excitement!  

Be sure to check out . . . 

Thursday, April 30th at 3 p.m.

(on the 2nd floor of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus)

Featuring Dr. Jonathan Evans & Dr. Shaun Treat

Hosted by the TWU Libraries

~Dana Leija