A 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.
Monthly Archives: October 2007
At 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.
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Lynn E. Niedermeier, archival assistant in WKUâ€™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 womenâ€™s suffrage and equality. The book jacket declares: â€œWhile 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.â€
Niedermeier mined the rich resources of the Kentucky Building to assist her in writing the biography. â€œSeveral manuscript collections housed at WKUâ€™s Kentucky Library & Museum,â€ noted the author, â€œwere indispensable to the writing of this book. Most notably, the Calvert-Obenchain-Younglove collection which contains many of Eliza Calvert Hallâ€™s poems and suffrage articles and scores of her letters, as well as letters and journals kept by members of her family.â€ Additional collections that were helpful in piecing together the story of Elizaâ€™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 Cherryâ€™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.
Get in the Christmas spirit with Professor Nancy Bairdâ€™s insightful presentation of the history of Christmas traditions. Where did the Christmas tree come from? Santaâ€™s red suit? How about the real story behind The Night before Christmas? When were the first Christmas lights used? Plus Queen Victoriaâ€™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.
Join 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.
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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.
On 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.
Uma 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)