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Kentucky Live! presents Joel Pett, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist

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Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Joel Pett spoke in this year’s WKU Libraries’ “Kentucky Live” speaker series on the evening of Thursday, October 19, 2017. at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, a partner with WKU Libraries for community outreach services.

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Far Away Places presents Fedja Buric, “Bosnia: More Than Twenty Years Since Dayton”

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With support from an IYO grant Bellarmine Historian Fedja Buric will be our guest speaker at Barnes & Noble Bookstore on Thursday, October 26.  Born in Bosnia,  at the age of 13 in 1992, he was forced to flee his home town with his brother and parents when a brutal ethnic conflict broke out in the former Yugoslavia which would lead to the murder of over 100,000 people and displace 2 million more. After roaming the Balkans in search of a safe haven they slept in an out-of-service train car before the UNHCR relocated them to  a refugee camp in Turkey where they shared a couple of bathrooms with 3,000 unfortunate Bosnians. From there his parents wrote more than 30 letters seeking asylum.  All said no except for the United States and in June 1995 the family came to Louisville.  A graduate of Bellarmine University he spent a semester abroad at Oxford and a summer at Cambridge. He received his PhD in History at the University of Illinois.  He teaches modern European history at Bellarmine and is researching the “Mixed Marriages of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Creation of Ethnic Difference.”  He’ll be talking about “Bosnia: More Than Twenty Years since Dayton.”

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Kentucky Live! presents Fred Minnick on “Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey”

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On the evening of September 14 at Barnes & Noble Books, Bowling Green, KY, WKU Libraries featured Fred Minnick in its Kentucky Live! speaker series as part of its community outreach initiatives. Fred Minnick is the “Bourbon Authority” for the Kentucky Derby Museum. He talked about his newly published book Bourbon: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of An American Whiskey and signed it at the conclusion of his talk.

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Ricardo Marin Ruiz and “Cycling in Spain”

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Our first speaker in this year’s Far Away Places series Ricardo Marin Ruiz spoke on cycling in Spain on Thursday, September 21 at Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Ricardo Marin Ruiz is a native of Albacete, a market town located in Southern Spain, where his family has lived for generations in a region immortalized in Cervantes’ Don Quixote de la Mancha.

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50 Years Ago (or so) Today

“Set the Night on Fire” by Tom Poole. Located on Cravens 4th floor.

 

Written and recorded in 1966, The Doors’ classic “Light My Fire” is both eternal and a singular moment in time, a whirling, seemingly incongruous vortex of Bach, Coltrane, William Blake, psychedelia, Latin music, and the Lizard King.   On paper, it shouldn’t have worked.  But on July 29th 1967 it exploded onto the Billboard charts, landing at #1 and staying there for three weeks.  The vortex struck a nerve.

The Doors self-titled debut album from 1967 features the full length version of “Light My Fire” at track 6.

And 50 years later, it still does.

     The time to hesitate is through; no time to wallow in the mire.  Try now.

Jim Morrison sang those words in the bright and tumultuous 1960s, but they could have been written this morning.

–Michael Franklin, Aug. 1 2017

If you want to hear The Doors (and you do), come see us at the Visual And Performing Arts Library (VPAL) on the 2nd floor of Cravens.

       

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WKU Summer Start Program

On July 17, 2017, the library hosted 46 students from the WKU Summer Start program. This program is a new offering that lets first-year first-time freshmen start college a month early. The students take two classes in order to create effective study habits and begin experiencing college before the fall semester begins.

The Summer Start program contains a mixture of social and academic events. The participants work with peer mentors who teach them effective time management and study skills. They also receive introductions to various offices and services on campus that all students need to know about.

Derek Olive and Erin Holderman from Summer Start believe that the Libraries are one of the most important stops on campus. To Derek and Erin, the Libraries are so vital for college success that one of their first stops was the Helm-Cravens Library. In fact, students moved in on Saturday, started classes on Monday, and came to Helm-Cravens Library on Monday afternoon!

The Summer Start students toured the library with library faculty members Dr. Brian Coutts, Dr. Bryan Carson, Government & Law Coordinator Rosemary Meszaros, and Health Sciences Librarian Carol Watwood. Dr. Carson provided handouts and demonstrated the libraries’ website.

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Renovations Underway at WKU Libraries

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Today a crane was brought on site to remove one of two air handling units in Helm Library that will be replaced this summer. The renovations began on May 16th and will continue through mid-August, replacing the two air handlers, both of which are over fifty years old, with newer, more efficient models. Helm Library is closed to the public during this time but materials are available upon request. Departments normally found in Helm – Government Documents, Interlibrary Loan, Reference, and Periodicals – have been relocated to Cravens Library for the summer.

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Congratulations Chris Robinson-Nkongola!


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WKU Libraries would like to congratulate Chris Robinson-Nkongola, an Assistant Professor and Librarian at the WKU-Glasgow Library, on graduating from the 2014-2015 Glasgow-Barren County Leadership Program. The Graduation Ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 13th at the Glasgow Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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WKU Libraries Closing Early

Due to inclement weather, WKU Libraries will be closing early today, December, 6th. The Education Resource Center will close at 4:30 pm, the Visual and Performing Arts Library will close at 5:00pm, and the Helm-Cravens library will close at 8:00pm.

Thank you for understanding. Please be cautious if you must travel.

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Repairs to Cravens Library

After the storm July 20th caused massive damage and leaking efforts are underway to replace the roof to Cravens Library.

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The entrance to VPAL has been repoured in order to make it more handicap accessible.

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