In November, several hundred area school children learned about the worldâ€™s three greatest tricksters and about theater and theatrical vocabulary, as well as African, Native American, and European cultures. The play, The Mischief Makers, was performed by students from the Western Kentucky University Theater Department.
Monthly Archives: November 2008
On November 21, on behalf of WKU Libraries and the Southern Kentucky Book Fest Partners, Dean of Libraries Mike Binder presented the Evelyn Thurman Young Readers Book Award to John Adams and Barbara L. Gibson, the author and illustrator of The Dragon Fly Door during a luncheon at The Kentucky Library and Museum.
Prior to the luncheon and the award ceremony, the author John Adams visited Bowling Green schools and signed and donated books for the children.
Dr. Roger D. Launius, Curator of the National Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian, spoke for Western Kentucky University Librariesâ€™ Far Away Places series, on Thursday, November 20th at Barnes & Noble.
Dr. Launius is considered one of the nationâ€™s most prominent space historians and has authored or edited more than 25 books. His latest book, Robots in Space: Technology, Evolution and Interplanetary Travel, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, was the topic of discussion. In the book, Lanius and co-author Howard McCurdy of American University address the issue of how to best explore space: with humans or robots.
This event had more than eighty attendees, mostly WKU faculty and students, with some coming from the Bowling Green community.
Internationally recognized singer/songwriter Anne MacFie of Stanton, KY delighted the audience today with her original songs and stories. A consummate performer, Ms MacFie will certainly be asked back to Java City for a repeat performance.
On the morning of November 19, WKU Libraries’ “Faraway Places” program presented Dr. David Keeling, Head of Department of Geology and Geography, WKU, in Helm Library 100. He talked about the geoethnic and geopolitical issues of Russia to an audience of faculty, staff and students. This is part of the International Education Week events sponsored by the WKU Office of International Programs.
The International Education Week sponsored by the WKU Office of International Programs and hosted by WKU Libraries presented Prof. Haiwang Yuan, Web Coordinator of the Libraries and author of Chinese folktales. He gave a presentation first to the library faculty and staff and then a group of middle school students from Russellville, Kentucky.
The presentation was about China’s ethnic diversity and contrasting lives of Chinese. At the end of his conversation, he gave out his book Princess Peacock: Tales from the Other Peoples of China (Libraries Unlimited, 2008) that he signed to the winner of a door prize. Then Garry and Doug took the students on a library tour.
Donna Beasley and her husband/guitarist Tom Spaulding gave a excellent performance in the cafe last Wednesday. Their stylish renderings of modern and original country tunes was well received and they will certainly be back for a return performance.
Western Kentucky University Athletics and Charles M. Moore Insurance presented â€œBooks & Basketsâ€ at the Lady Toppersâ€™ home game on Nov. 14.
The Lady Toppers season opener against Murray State started at 8 p.m. Fans who donated a new or gently used children’s book received one free reserved ticket to the game. Book collection began at Entrances 1 and 4 at Diddle Arena at 7 p.m. Donated books will be given to area organizations that support children in need.
The collaboration was prompted by Coach Mary Taylor Cowlesâ€™ soon to be released childrenâ€™s book â€œDream Big!â€ which is about her lifelong goal to be a Lady Topper. WKU received a grant earlier this year from the NCAA to produce the book that will be distributed free to children in grades 3-5 in Bowling Green and Warren County schools. Drobocky Orthodontics is the book sponsor.
In addition to the â€œBooks & Basketsâ€ event, Coach Cowles will appear at schools in Logan County as part of the Book Fest partners â€œFall into Booksâ€ authors event the following week.
â€œFall into Booksâ€ will take place Nov. 17-21. The Book Fest partners, with Citizens First Bank, will sponsor visits to area schools by notable childrenâ€™s authors Mary Downing Hahn, Pam Walker and John Adams. Adams is a 2008 winner of the WKU Librariesâ€™ Evelyn Thurman Young Readers Book Award. The Book Fest partners will also purchase and distribute free books by these authors to students at some of the neediest schools that receive author visits.
SOKY Book Fest is a partnership project of WKU Libraries, Warren County Public Library, and Barnes & Noble Booksellers. The partnershipâ€™s mission is to encourage reading and the love of books and to be a positive force in promoting literacy in the region and state.
WKU Libraries has access now to the 20th edition of the Encyclopedia of Social Work through Oxford University Press. Go to TopCAT and click on the Linked Resource which takes you to http://www.oxford-naswsocialwork.com/. This e-resource provides access to all WKU students and faculty. It is part of Oxford Digital Reference Shelf and provides a quality resource for our growing online collections.
Connie Foster, Head of Library Technical Services