Bowling Green, Kentucky – Drakes Creek Middle School Library was recognized on Thursday, January 25 for being this year’s winner for the School Library Grant sponsored by the Friends of WKU Libraries. This is the fourth year WKU Libraries has offered the grant to schools in the Barren River Area Development District.
The grant is made possible with funds from Friends of WKU Libraries and is given out to one middle or high school annually with different purposes, including improving collections or technology, for professional development funds, to improve students’ research skills, and to offer reading enrichment opportunities.
Renee Hale is the Library Media Specialist who wrote the winning application for the school. According to Hale, the grant money will be used to improve the technology of the library by creating a Green Screen studio for students to create and edit video projects.
“The video projects will encourage hands-on, creative application of thinking,” said Hale. “We are thrilled to be able to offer this to our students.”
WKU Libraries Dean Susann deVries, Library Advisory Council Chair Nancy Priest, and WKU Libraries Communications Coordinator Jennifer Wilson attended the school’s morning meeting to make the announcement to the entire student body and present the check for $500 to Ms. Hale and Principal Daryl Woods. For more information about the grant, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maria Lewis, Library Assistant in the Department of Library Special Collections (DLSC), recently completed the 2013-2014 year-long training through the Staff Leadership Institute. This program is for WKU staff members who have demonstrated advancement potential in their work. Over the past months, Maria attended classes and workshops that taught and tested, improved leadership competencies, the ability to apply basic leadership principles and to employ knowledge of WKU resources campus wide. The program is sponsored by the Staff Council and Human Resources. Selection for participation in the program is competitive and requires recommendation and approval by supervisors and departments. The program notes that it “seeks to enhance job performance and personal development skills while challenging the spirit of each individual who participates.” Maria enjoyed the diversity of people and tasks in the program and learning more about the life of campus and how things work together. The Library Special Collections department is pleased that Maria was chosen to participate and was among the 2014 recent graduates. Congratulations to Maria!
On December 7, 2012, Big Red visited the University Libraries at WKU and had fun with the students studying and those working in it. She had her first taste of The Commons at Cravens still under construction and seemed to enjoy herself there very much.
Mythagoe performs at Java City
he University community was treated to the folk-rock sounds of Mythagoe on the Java City patio last Tuesday. Local artists Artemus Sumetra and Julia Fisher sang a mixture of old and new songs in their unique style. Photo by Richard Goff
Carl Hiassen will be the featured presenter at this year’s SOKY Book Fest in April. Hiassen is the NY Times bestselling author of fiction for readers of all ages. His work includes the Newbery Honor winning Hoot as well as Flush and Star Island. Children’s Day will feature Newbery Honor winning author, Patricia Reilly Giff. Giff is the author of many beloved children’s books, including the Kids of Polk Street series, Lily’s Crossing and Willow Run. These two authors will be joined by nearly 150 other authors who appeal to all ages and interests. The SOKY Book Fest, one of the largest book festivals in the state will be held at the Knicely Conference center. More info about events and authors attending can be found here.
The Java City Noontime Concert Series opened today with singer songwriter Ned Hill of Nashville, TN. Mr Hill, lead singer for the band Ned Van Go entertained the crowd with his original songs and unique interpretations of American roots music.
The leisure magazine collection in Helm 100 consists of approximated 75 titles selected by a committee of students, staff, and faculty for the leisure enjoyment of our patrons. New additions this year include:
CHEESE CONNOISSEUR: Features articles on the best made cheese available. “Don’t throw away the rind on that Parmigiano Reggiano!” and an article on the 175 year-old Delmonico’s Restaurant in New York City. Ever hear the name Eggs Benedict? According to the article, Delmonico’s had a regular customer named Mrs. LeGrand Benedict and that plate was made in her name. From local growers to international hot-shots, this edition will surely make you want to say “Wine and Cheese, please!”
That was the headline of an article in the Students Weekly, October 31, 1935. The reporter goes on to say:
“Shades of the two-headed dog, Cerebus guarding the gates of Hades an the dragon that guarded the golden fleece are recalled when one seeks to enter the treasure house of the Kentucky Library at Western. Just above the door is an old muzzle-loader and swinging in the doorway is one of the largest hornets’ nest that has been one’s fortune to see.”
This and other articles about the WKU Libraries’ history are now available online in the first two library scrapbooks covering the period 1911 through 1959. In addition to newspaper clippings, there are photographs of the library, faculty and staff members along with some biographical sketches of early librarians and staff.
WKU Libraries Scrapbook 1 – http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/295/
WKU Libraries Scrapbook 2 – http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/296/
These and other records regarding the history of Western are available in the University Archives and online through KenCat.
Java City in Helm Library has been filled with music this month. February’s offerings wrap up tomorrow, Wed. the 22nd with Atlanta singer/songwriter Sarah Peacock. Sarah’s pop country style combines is a little bit Sugarland, a little bit Ann Wilson of Heart and a little classic rock to keep things interesting. It could be snowing or it could be 65, but its always cool in Java City! Check Sarah out here.
Thanks to Independence Bank for their sponsorship.