Get Caught Reading a Banned Book!

banned“If  you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” ― Haruki Murikami

Did you know that September 25th- October 1st is Banned Books Week? While it may sound strange to celebrate books that people have tried to ban, Banned Books Week celebrates the right to free and open access to materials. Click below this picture to take a look at a list of banned books and the reasons that people wanted to ban them:

Click here to see the full infographic

Were you surprised by any of the books included on this list or the reasons people wanted to ban them? Do your part this Banned Books Week by reading a challenged book and stand up for your right to read! Be sure to also check out our Banned Books Display located on the 2nd floor of the library:

Mark your calendars for the RiverHawk Run!


Come celebrate homecoming on NSU’s Broken Arrow campus with the inaugural NSUBA RiverHawk Run on Tuesday, Sept 20th! This event will include a 5k race and a one-mile fun run, with the theme “The Yellow Brick Run” keeping with the homecoming theme of “There’s no place like HOMEcoming.” In addition to the races, there will also be fun activities and food trucks, so Riverhawks of all ages are welcome!

This race and community event goes to support a good cause with all the net proceeds from the races going to support NSU Broken Arrow scholarships through the NSU Foundation.


Check in for the races start at 5 p.m. at the NSUBA Clock tower courtyard, with the one-mile fun run starting at 5:30 p.m. and the 5k race starting at 6 p.m. Registration for the run is $25 until Sept. 6 when it will raise to $35. Donations are also being accepted and will go towards NSUBA scholarships. For more information and registration, please visit

We hope to see you there!

Boldly Going…


In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, check out these fun facts you may not know about the series:

  • Did you know the famous Vulcan hand salute is actually the Hebrew letter shin formed by the hands? Traditionally used by Jewish clergy as a congregational blessing, Leonard Nimoy was the first to suggest its use in the series.
  • The pilot episode of Star Trek was filmed over a period of 9 days and cost $630,000- the most expensive television pilot up to that point.
  • There are 6 main television series that make up the majority of Star Trek: The Original Series, The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise. This doesn’t even include the new series slated for 2017, Star Trek Discovery!
  • Famous fans of the Star Trek series include Mila Kunis, Ben Stiller, Rosario Dawson, Richard Branson, and Olivia Wilde.

If you want more information about Star Trek, check out our library catalog to see what’s available! Also be sure to stop by the library and see our amazing display of Star Trek memorabilia:


Do you have a favorite series or Star Trek episode? Let us know in the comments, and as always…

Live Long and Prosper!

NSU-BA Library’s Gifted Student Workers

This Semester the Library has been blessed to have some very talented Student Workers. Samantha Henry, Shawn Dayan, and Michael Waugaman are top of their class and always eager to help patrons in the library. The Student Workers have also made the prestigious Dean’s Honor Roll and the President’s Honor Roll. So please come into the library and ask our talented workers for help, and join us in giving them a huge congratulations!

Dean’s Honor Roll

President’s Honor Roll

three student workers in library

Shawn, Michael, and Samantha

michael waugaman made the president's honor roll

Michael Waugaman – President’s Honor Roll

samantha henry made the dean's honor roll

Samantha Henry – Dean’s Honor Roll

Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma!

The NSU-BA Library is excited to once again be participating in the LTAIO Book Discussions. This year, our theme is Myth and Literature. Books will soon be available for checkout at the library. Discussions will be held in the Annex from 2:30 – 4:00

August 25 –The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell.  – scholar Russell Lawson, Bacone College
September 16 — Black Elk Speaks
by John G. Neihardt – scholar Kurt Lively, Tulsa Community College
October 6 — A Passage to India by E. M. Forster – scholar Brian Cowlishaw, NSU
October 27 — The Summer Before the Dark by Doris Lessing – scholar David Linebarger, NSU

November 18 — The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – scholar Andrew Vassar, NSU

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more information about these and other events.


Last Chance to Take Advantage of Big Read Events

Big Read logo

Northeastern State University is wrapping up our Big Read program and have saved a couple of great events for last!  Tomorrow, we have scheduled a mini cos play at Wizards Asylum Comics & Games.

Join us at Wizards Asylum for a Mini Convention based on A Wizard of Earthsea fan fiction.  Attendees will be able to participate in board games, Cos play, a costume contest, and hear area fantasy authors/speakers.  Attendees can also creat fan fiction from their favorite fantasy games, such as Magic: the Gathering and World of Warcraft.  Share your sci-fi writing with others, including text, poems, novelettes, and more.  Trophies for best Cos play and best costume will be awarded and discounts on trade paperbacks and comics will be available.

Date: May 7th (Thursday)
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Wizard’s Asylum Comics & Games

East Pointe Shopping Center
7165 South Mingo Road
Tulsa, OK 74133

wizards asylum poster

Also, this Saturday we are hosting a graphic illustration workshop at the Broken Arrow campus.  This exciting workshop will be facilitated by internationally renowned graphic artist, Sam Bell.

Date: May 9th (Saturday)
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: NSU-BA Annex (Administrative Services Building)


For more information on other events, please check out the Big Read dashboard or consult the Library’s LibGuide at:  and keep up with the NSU BIG READ Facebook page at:

Posted by Pamela Louderback

Poetry Slam 2015!

For those of you in the Tulsa (Okla.) area, mark your calendars for the upcoming 2nd Annual Louder Than a Bomb University Poetry Slam scheduled for Friday, April 17th, from 3-6 PM.

This event will take place on the TCC Metro Campus (in the Student Commons) and prize money will be awarded.

1st Prize: $200
2nd Prize: $75
3rd Prize: $25

Register online at:

For more information, contact Adam Brennan (

Follow on twitter: @ltabok2015

For accommodations contact: Education Access Center, 918-595-7115 (voice) or email:

For Sign Language Interpretation contact: Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 918-595-7428 (voice), 918-809-1864 (text), or email: