Monthly Archives: October 2007

Helm Library Hosted Jeff Corwin

Jeff Corwin in Helm LibraryA leisure reading room, Helm Library 100 is often used by the WKU Libraries as well as other colleges and departments on campus to conduct their extracurricular activities. Most recently have been the Potter College of Arts & Letter’s “Cultural Enhancement Series”, which featured Mamadou Diabate on October 16 and Emmy winner Jeff Corwin on October 30, 2007.

Photos of Jeff Corwin in Helm Library on Flickr.


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Noon Concert @ Java City in Helm Library

Shadow DancersCeltic/Folk Band Shadow Dancer performed at Java City in Helm Library at noon October 31. Here’s a photo album of the event on Flickr.

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Halloween Party at the Dean’s Office

Halloween cakeAt noon October 31, 2007, The Dean’s Office of the WKU Libraries held its Halloween party in Room 100 of the Cravens Library. Each from the office contributed to the sumptuous potluck. Highlighting the party was the dean’s Halloween cake. Student library assistants were also invited.

Photos on Flickr.

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Kentucky Library & Museum Manuscripts Used to Pen Biography of Author and Suffragist

Book coverLynn E. Niedermeier, archival assistant in WKU’s University Archives, has written a biography of Eliza Calvert Hall which has recently been published by the University Press of Kentucky. Hall (1856-1935) was an author, poetry, essayist, and folk art historian. She is best known for her several collections of short stories about an inimitable character known as Aunt Jane of Kentucky. Her books are said to have had a contemporary readership estimated at one million people.

Hall is also known as a significant Kentucky suffragist, joining the ranks of Laura Clay and Josephine Henry in the fight for women’s suffrage and equality. The book jacket declares: “While her passionate essays served as a direct appeal for this cause, her creative writing also carried a feminist spirit, celebrating the strength, humor, love, and art of the common woman.”

Niedermeier mined the rich resources of the Kentucky Building to assist her in writing the biography. “Several manuscript collections housed at WKU’s Kentucky Library & Museum,” noted the author, “were indispensable to the writing of this book. Most notably, the Calvert-Obenchain-Younglove collection which contains many of Eliza Calvert Hall’s poems and suffrage articles and scores of her letters, as well as letters and journals kept by members of her family.” Additional collections that were helpful in piecing together the story of Eliza’s life included: Clarence Underwood McElroy Collection, Presbyterian Church records from Bowling Green, the John B. Rodes Collection, the Mackie Bennett Collection, and Henry Hardin Cherry’s Papers which are housed in University Archives.

A public book signing for this new work will be held on November 8 at the Kentucky Building from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m.

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Put Some Holiday Spirit in Your Weekend!

Mornings at the Museum coffee cupGet in the Christmas spirit with Professor Nancy Baird’s insightful presentation of the history of Christmas traditions. Where did the Christmas tree come from? Santa’s red suit? How about the real story behind The Night before Christmas? When were the first Christmas lights used? Plus Queen Victoria’s influence and much more. Participants will have the opportunity to make several unique Christmas ornaments and explore traditions in their own families.

All dates subject to change. Please call Christy Spurlock (745-6082) for date confirmation or additional information.

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Make a Snowman Table Tunner

snowman table runnerJoin quilter extraordinaire Nancy Baird as she leads a workshop on holiday table runners. Participants must pre-register by calling Nancy at 270-745-6263.

The fee is $15 for Friends of Libraries & Museum and $20 for non-members and includes all necessary fabric, patterns and supplies. Participants must provide their own sewing machine.

Download a flier.

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Sunday Spinners to Meet

The next meeting of the Sunday Spinners will take place on Sunday, November 11 from 1 to 4. Come join our spinning group. Experienced and beginning spinners welcome. Learn more.

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Document & Law Held Its 4th Open House

A dramatization of library referenceOn the morning of October 22, 2007, WKU Libraries’ Government & Law held its fourth annual open house in Room 05 of Helm Library. Dubbed as the library penguins, the unit’s crew Nada, Debbie, and Dewayne, led by their coordinator Rosemary, introduced to participating library faculty and staff the achievements they had made during the past year. Dewayne highlighted some children-related web sites he had been researching. The audience were also entertained by a dramatization, where Nada played the role of an injured employee seeking information about work compensation from Debbie casting as a reference librarian.

Here’s a photo album of the event on Flickr.

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Far Away Places: South India

Uma Doraiswamy gave a lecture on South IndiaUma Doraiswamy, WKU’s Social Sciences Catalog Librarian, talked about South India in this week’s Faraway Places Series on Thursday, October 18th at Barnes & Noble. Southern India comprises the four states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu in addition to the two Union Territories of Lakshadweep and Puducherry, whose inhabitants are collectively referred to as Southern Indians. (From Wikipedia)

Available are a photo album of the event on Flickr and a recording of her talk. You may also subscribe to our Libraries’ Podcast so that you can listen to the talk on the go.

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