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Monday, January 30, 2017

Civil Rights, Diversity, Activism -- Kiosk

A one-stop-display of books and more for African American History Month, Activism in the US, and Martin Luther King is set up on first floor Waldo. Books and flyers that you can grab, puruse, and check out are conveniently gathered together.

The wooden kiosk toward the street side windows is the location. Go right from entering at the Waldo lobby.

Current events flyers include: Fulfilling America's Promise, Racial Equality and Justice speaker series; Real Talk Diversity Series; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Reading Together series - chapter discussions and his celebrity visit at Miller; MLK /celebration events listing; Dr. Mae Jemison's visit - the first woman of color in the world to go into space. Whew - great info - great events - get yours!

Current Topics Kiosk on first floor Waldo has great info on all 4 sides

Friday, January 27, 2017

New displays in 3 floors of Library Atrium

Current Exhibits from Special Collections and Rare Books at Waldo Library 

The two cases on the first floor feature books about Norman Rockwell, including some representations of his artwork using both 2D and 3D books.  

The two themes for the new exhibits on the second floor are Star Wars and the evolution of women's fashion. The Star Wars exhibit displays a few attention-grabbing pop-up books of different ships or characters in the movie. The fashion exhibit uses the books to show how the clothes worn by women have changed significantly with each time period. 
Books with cats from the Historical Children's Collection are on display

Earlier this week, a new case featuring several books with a theme about cats was put in on the second floor. Most of the books in this case are from the Historical Children's Collection. This case will grab any cat-lover's attention. 

A second floor case's theme is wine. The exhibit displays a recipe book of various foods and meals that involve using wine, a pop-up book, a French wine guidebook that is opened up to a map of France's vineyards, and an amusing illustrated book. 

Kubasta books with pop-ups are on third floor. Some of these books are flat, but there are quite a few smaller pop-up ones also. This exhibit (part 8 of the series) will be the last Kubasta-themed one. 

Another case on the third floor, displays books that were written by authors who were part of the Inklings. The Inklings was an infamous literary group associated with Oxford University that was active during the 1930s and 1940s. Its members were usually academics who advocated the art of storytelling and the stressed the importance of fantasy fiction. They often met within the college or at a local pub to discuss each others works. Three of the most well-known members include C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. The books in this exhibit case are all works from these three authors. My favorite book in this case is a Robert Sabuda pop-up book about the Chronicles of Narnia, and the book is opened to a page featuring Aslan the lion. 

Please enjoy these changing exhibits from University Libraries special collections.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is coming to WMU, Get Reading!

He will be here in March for a large event at Miller Auditorium (free, Tuesday, March 14) for the Reading Together Program by Kalamazoo Public Library (KPL). Many discussion events regarding his new book will precede his visit. One is a collaborative event with University Libraries, First Year Experience, Western Student Association and KPL.

To be a part of it, get yourself a book and get going. Writings on the Wall, searching for a new equality beyond black and white is the full title. The topic promises to bring a good discussion.

There is a Reading Together discussion session on Monday, March 13 on chapter 1 of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's book, Writings on the Wall at 7:30 - 9 p.m., Heritage Hall Ballroom, on Oakland Drive. This chapter on American politics will be facilitated by Kalamazoo City Commissioner Erin Knott and WMU Political Science professor Paul Clements.It is a good one to be a part of.

Books are available on 7 day reserve at the Waldo circulation desk.

Other chapter events are being held throughout the community. The celebrity author will be on campus the next day, March 14 with a free appearance sponsored by KPL, 7 p.m. at Miller Auditorium. For more information and to rsvp:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Many textbooks at Waldo Library

Textbook program at Waldo includes many of the popular and high enrollment classes. Your classes book could be there. Books are held 'On Reserve' at the circulation desk so students can use them 2 hrs at a time in the library.

To find out search for your book title on the Libraries home page, Library Search (in the black band) If you would like help, click on 'Ask Us' for assistance in searching; texting, emailing, phone, or chat methods are available to check if the library has it available.

It is ideal if the cost of a new book is not in your budget or you just want to use it while on campus between classes. The University Libraries textbook program was created to help students with the high cost of textbooks.