“Kentucky Live! program organized by the WKU Libraries presented “The Longest Cave in the World: Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave Systems” with Dr. Chris Groves of the Department of Geography & Geology at WKU on the evening of November 8 at Barnes & Noble. Each attendee received a free pass to the Kentucky Library & Museum to see the Smithsonian Institution Caves Exhibit!*
Monthly Archives: November 2007
On Thursday, November 8, Lynn E. Niedermeier signed copies of Eliza Calvert Hall: Kentucky Author and Suffragist and shared anecdotes from the life story of the writer of Aunt Jane of Kentucky and numerous articles and poems.
The Papers of Abraham Lincoln Project recently included two documents from the Manuscripts area of the Kentucky Library & Museum in their work. The Project, headquartered in Springfield, Illinois, has been in operation for several years, collecting documents from around the world. These documents are being categorized into three series: Legal Papers, Illinois Papers, and Presidential Papers. Both of the manuscripts from the Kentucky Library & Museum will fall into the Presidential Papers. One of the items (SC 1223), which is displayed here, is a commission, signed by Lincoln, appointing Herbert M. Enos to the position of First Lieutenant in a regiment of mounted riflemen. The other item (SC 641) is a letter written by Robert Mallory, a U.S. Congressman from Oldham County, Kentucky relative to the appointment of Dr. L. L. Mathers to the position of regimental surgeon. Mathers was apparently recommended by the entire Kentucky Union delegation to Congress. The documents will become part of a national catalog of Lincoln items that are being made available to researchers.
Ask the Library questions or make suggestions.
A Student suggests having bags available for patrons who check out multiple books.
Dan Forrest, Coordinator of Access Services replied:
There are plastic bags available at checkout desks on both the 2nds floor and 4th floor of Cravens library.
Another student suggested adding background music in VPAL
Therese Baker, Coordinator of the Visual and Performing Arts Library replied:
Consistent with policy ion the rest of the Helm-Cravens Library, a quiet atmosphere is maintained in the VPAL for those who wish to read and study without distractions. Students, staff and faculty who wish to listen to music my checkout earphones (VPAL use only) at the VPAL Circulation Desk and listen to music in the Lila Greene Listening Library area. Soon there also will be two private listening rooms available in VPAL.
Another student commented :
“I’ve been a student , undergrad and grad, since 1969 and this is the BEST most helpful library staff EVER! I enjoy the Display books in Reference, it is very nice. Thanks!”
Brian Coutts, Head of DLPS replied :
Thank you for your kind words about our staff and collections.
On the evening of November 5, the Southern Kentucky Book Fest partners, namely WKU Libraries, Bowling Green Public Library , and Barnes & Noble Booksellers, organized its annual “Books & Basket” event at Diddle Arena. The event is one where community members trade their used book for basketball tickets donated by the WKU’s Department of Athletics. The books will be given to school children or sold at the Macy’s Used Books Sale prior to the book fest, which its proceeds will help fund.
The October 2007 issue of Kentucky Humanities includes a photograph and story related to a letter held in the Manuscripts area of the Kentucky Library & Museum. The letter is dated August 1, 1830 and was written by Rebecca Condict of Warrick County, Indiana, to her sister Mary Condict of Ohio County, Kentucky. In the letter Rebecca writes her sister that she has found a possible remedy for â€œthe sick spells that you are subject to.â€ Rebecca proceeds to explain to her sister how to bathe.
She tells her sibling, â€œthe first time you wash you had better take a little soap and a cloth and rub hard. Have someone one to rub your back where you canâ€™t rub, when you are done washing rub off with a dry cloth every time, you need not use the soap only the first time, but the cloth every time. You must commence at your head, put the water on your head, plenty of it, put it on with your cloth or pour it on if you can stand it. We have tried it all of us and we think it makes us feel better every time we do it.â€
This fun excerpt is only one of a thousand stories that can be abstracted from the letters, diaries, journals, court records and documents housed in Manuscripts & Folklife Archives at the Kentucky Building. The Kentucky Humanities Council publishes Kentucky Humanities semi-annually.