Monthly Archives: June 2009

Acquiring Culture

Student drawing a pictureStudents who participated in the “Exploring Cultures Camp” learned about the music, crafts, foods and traditional costumes of cultures in Asia, Africa, and Europe.

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SOKY Book Fest Partnership Receives New Big Read Grant to Feature “The Great Gatsby”

The Southern Kentucky (SOKY) Book Fest partners have received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to host another Big Read project in Bowling Green and the surrounding region. The Big Read gives communities the opportunity to come together to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 30 selections from American and world literature. The Big Read in Bowling Green will center on the classic book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald<. The project will be held September 15 to November 15 and focus on the theme of the American Dream.

“During these challenging economic times reading The Great Gatsby is especially relevant,” said WKU Libraries Community Outreach Manager Tracy Harkins. Warren County Public Library Director Lisa Rice said, “The book’s 1920s period will provide for community dialogues about social class and how success is defined in America.” Big Read activities will include a roaring twenties party, national guest speakers, numerous book discussions, and book giveaways of 1000 copies of the novel. This is the second Big Read for SOKY Book Fest which previously hosted a To Kill a Mockingbird program.

The partners chose The Great Gatsby because of several Kentucky ties to the book. Author Fitzgerald was stationed in Kentucky during WWI, and he frequented the famous Seelbach Hotel in Louisville. His wife Zelda’s family was also from Kentucky. The Great Gatsby characters Nick and Daisy meet in Louisville where she is said to be from a wealthy Southern family.

SOKY Book Fest is one of 269 organizations nationwide and seven in Kentucky to receive a grant to host The Big Read during the upcoming academic year. To date, the NEA has given more than 800 grants to support local Big Read projects. For more information about The Big Read please visit

SOKY Book Fest is a partnership project of WKU Libraries, Warren County Public Library, and Barnes and Noble booksellers. For more information visit or contact Tracy Harkins at 270-745-5016.

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State of the Art

Summer campers who participated in the Fine Art Camp built upon their basic drawing, painting, and design skills. By the time this camp ended, they had experimented with using pen & ink, charcoal, watercolor, pastels, and acrylic paint.


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WKU’s Subscription to Project Muse Expanded

WKU’s Project Muse database has been expanded to include “Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies” and “Western American Literature.”

“The Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies” contains original peer-reviewed research and book reviews on the humanities in Asia, focusing at present on of China, Japan, Korea, and Inner Asia. WKU Libraries provides access via Project Muse beginning with volume 69 (2009). The library also provides access to the journal in JSTOR from 1936 to 2003.

“Western American Literature” is a peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by the Western Literature Association and Utah State University. Devoted to groundbreaking critical essays on the literature, culture, landscape, and art of the American West, the journal publishes criticism dealing with Western culture and literature (both contemporary and traditional). WKU Libraries provides access to this journal through Project Muse beginning with volume 44 (2009).

To access these journals, use WKU Libraries’ E-Journal Finder (TDnet) available on the Libraries’ Website.

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Quilt Gallery Walk and Talk

quilt show viewers
On Friday, June 5, Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society member Becky Leavy led participants in the Bowling Green Gallery Hop and Alumni College events through the 2009 KHQS Annual Quilt Show, “Save the Planet.” The quilts and wall hangings in this feature were made into patterns depicting the seasons, the world (World Without End, Wonder of the World, etc), natural phenomena (Ocean waves, Storms at Sea, etc) with fabric featuring clouds, waves, water, animals, planets, and other nature themes.

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Discovering History in Their Own Backyard

summer campers make masks

Campers discovered history is all around them. Field trips included visits to explore the Historic Railpark and L&N Train Museum, Lost River Cave, Riverview at Hobson Grove, Fountain Square Park and much more.



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Make it with Clay

sculpting with clay

In June a group of children in grades 1 – 5 attended a week long summer camp at the Kentucky Library & Museum. Led by artist Davie Reneau, they learned clay hand building techniques including pinch pots, coil and slab work.

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Kentucky Library & Museum Hosted 5th Annual Appraisal Day

Appraisal DayThe Kentucky Library & Museum hosted its fifth annual Appraisal Day on Saturday, June 6, 2009 at Western Kentucky University. Professional appraisers were on hand to assess the public’s antiques and collectibles. Several people brought in their family treasures to see what kind of value they had.

“We saw some very nice items,” said Timothy Mullin, Department Head for Special Collections.  “One couple brought in a piece from England that was recovered during World War II that was quite lovely and another lady displayed a beautiful gold watch locket.”

To view pictures from Appraisal Day or to learn about upcoming events at the Kentucky Library & Museum, go to


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Summer in the Library

This summer the students and staff of Helm Library are in the process of shifting large amounts of periodicals to make way for more titles to come in the Fall. The titles will be moved from the Second Floor Periodicals room to the basement compact shelving area. Some titles, those already available on Jstor, will be moved from the Compact Shelves to The Gordon Wilson Storage Building.

Even though we are moving things around, we are still available to help! Just stop by the Reference Desk on the First Floor of Helm for any help. Just AskUs!

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