Presented by Diana McQuady, the 2007-2008 Western Kentucky University Librariesâ€™ Writer-in-Residence, this workshop was designed to set potential writers on the journey of finding their writing voice, getting words on paper, and moving forward from there. This session was presented on WKUâ€™s Glasgow Campus on Thursday, February 7 and at Bowling Green Community College (WKUâ€™s South Campus) on Thursday, February 14.
Photo album on Flickr.
Diana has been co-chair of the Southern Kentucky Book Festâ€™s annual Kentucky Writers Conference for the past five years. Her writing has appeared in various newspapers, newsletters, and anthologies and has been recognized with awards from such sources as the Writerâ€™s Digest Annual Competition and the Tennessee Writers Alliance Short Fiction Award. She recently received artist grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Kentucky Arts Council. When not at a WKU basketball game, Diana is at work on her third novel. A native Kentuckian, she divides her time between Bowling Green and Nashville.
At noon on February 12, Nashville Folk Duet Amber Rose and Dana Hester performed at Java City in Helm Library, WKU. Their style of music is influenced by Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, Christina Aguilera, and LeAnn Rimes. Learn more about Amber and Dana at: www.myspace.com/ambercountryrose
Photo album on Flickr.
Video clip on YouTube.
A stunning painting by Dr. Kim Chalmers, Professor in WKU’s Department of Art, graces a wall inside the new Visual and Performing Arts Library (VPAL). The title of this painting is “Pearl of Wisdom”.
The VPAL is located on the second floor of Cravens Library
On February 8-10, the Southern Kentucky Book Fest Partners held its annual used book sale at Bowling Green’s Historic L&N Depot. The even was sponsored by Macy’s, and the proceeds benefit the 2008 Southern Kentucky Book Fest. The Southern Kentucky Book Fest Partners include WKU Libraries, Bowling Green Public Library and Barnes & Noble Booksellers. The Macy’s Used Book Sale was a great success thanks to those who volunteered at the event.
View an album of the event at Flickr.
WKU Libraries held its first annual African American Read-In program on the afternoon of Feburuary 4, 2008 at Java City in Helm Library. Presiding over the event was Cindy Troutman, Libraries’ Marketing Coordinator. Students, faculty and staff read their favorite piece of African-American literature, prose and poetry alike. Among the readers were Mike Binder, Dean of WKU Libraries; Lou-Ann Crouther, English Department professor; Gay Perkins, WKU Libraries’ professor; Kristi Branham, Women’s Studies instructor; and Diana McQuady, WKU Libraries’ Writer-in-Residence.
The Read-In is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to come together and celebrate the works of African-American writers. It has been endorsed by the International Reading Association. Over a million readers of all ethnic groups from forty-nine states, the West Indies, and African countries have participated. The goal is to make the celebration of African American literacy a traditional part of Black History Month activities at WKU.
If you happened to miss out the event, you may view a photo album on Flickr and a video clip on YouTube.
Nancy Marshall and Paula Bowles of Department of Library Public Services (DLPS) create displays for WKU Libraries’ events like “Kentucky Live!” “Faraway Places,” “Black History Month” and “Banned Books Week.” Library displays started when they created a display for Banned Books Week three years ago at the request of Dr. Coutts, Head of DLPS. Now they have grown into a regular program that uses two display cases featuring presenters and their works. Those that have been on display also include WKU librarians. One of the things that Nancy and Paula did was help Dr. Pam Johnson, Professor of the Journalism Department, create a display on banned books to celebrate the 1st Amendment. It was on display in MMTH for a month.