Category Archives: Displays

White Christmas!

It’s that time of year. The NSU-BA Library is very busy getting ready for the Christmas Decorating Contest. We currently hold the title for best decor for 2016. This year’s theme is White Christmas. Our decor is based on the movie White Christmas. If you have not seen it, please do so. It’s a very good movie.

Our decor includes a White Christmas Trivia contest for the students to play. If they answer all the questions correctly they instantly collect a special sweet treat and their names are entered into a drawing for a pair of movie passes to a local theater. How fun! The decorations will be judged on November 30th, and the winner will be announced at the Holiday Luncheon on December 1st.

Our November question on our Interactive Whiteboard was: What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?

The students and staff stopped by to let us know about their favorites.
There were a variety of answers:
Turkey and dressing
Creamed corn
Chicken Tikka

So, what’s was your favorite food this Thanksgivings? I was very fond of my sweet potato pie. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving break. I am looking forward to spending some time with friends and family for the Christmas holiday as well. And eating some great food.



It’s Constitution Week. Help Us Celebrate!


We are celebrating Constitution Week 2017 here at the NSU-BA Library. Stop by the Library and view our displays.

Our whiteboard table is set up in the 2nd-floor hallway with questions about the Bill of Rights and the Constitution for students to answer; then step into the Library and view our Constitution Week Book display.

You can even pick up a book or two to read. I decided to read Alexander Hamilton since I have been listening to the soundtrack from the Broadway Musical. And let me tell you the book is as intriguing as the Musical. I think you will like both the book and the music. If Hamilton is not at the top of your reading list, there are more books from which to choose. How about Common Sense by Thomas Paine or 1776 by David McCullough? We also have several books on the Constitution.

Looking forward to seeing you here at the NSU-BA Library. It’s also a great time to visit the Genealogical Materials on the 1st-floor. Need help? Ask any one of our awesome librarians.


Welcome Back: Solar Eclipse Party

Welcome back, students and staff. Our first event for the Fall 2017 semester was a Solar Eclipse Party. We had a great time. A number of students and staff gathered in the Library Courtyard to view this amazing celestial event.

Eclipse themed snacks including Moon Pies, Starburst, Starlight Mints, and Sunkist drinks were provided.

NASA approved viewing glasses were also provided, as well as Pin-hole viewers created by Librarian Karl Siewert.


The library has a new Whiteboard table. For this event, we used the table to present a question for students to answer concerning the Eclipse. The question, “When was the first time you experienced an Eclipse?”,  was answered by several students. Here are some of the answers. We even have a couple of answers in other languages as seen in these pictures.




Stay tuned for more events here at the NSU Broken Arrow Library. It’s going to be a great semester. Stop by for a visit and check out some of our Library displays on the 1st floor. We currently have an Award Winners Book display showcasing books that have won various literary awards.

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:

Exhibit @ OU-Tulsa Schusterman Library!

Here is an ongoing exhibit (until January 2, 2015) that is on display in the gallery space at the OU-Tulsa Schusteman Library.  Surviving & Thriving: Aids, Politics, and Culture.  Make your plans to visit today!Surviving and Thriving Exhibition PosterPosted by Tom R.


Meditation Labyrinth!

Welcome to the Fall 2014 semester.  Next time you are in the library (or you could even make a special trip over to check this out), stop by the SE corner of the 1st floor to have some fun with the Meditation Labyrinth.

What exactly is the labyrinth?

An interactive meditation labyrinth developed to facilitate meditative walking, yoga, or dancing. It is a mindfulness tool designed to counteract stress and promote wellness in computer-centric work and school environments.


Users control the experience using a touch-screen device to access specific labyrinth patterns. The system contains six symbols, representing different cultures, which are explained in the labyrinth area.

For more information visit:

 Posted by Tom R. and Garnet Nowell

Local Artist’s Works on Display!

Have you been by the Library lately? We have a local artist’s works in our display case on the second floor. Anna Kharabora is a recent Tulsa Tech graduate, her topic of study was Graphic Design/Advertising. So come on over to the library and take a look at some of her work! Ms. Kharabora is truly gifted, using a variety of art mediums.

If you would like to submit a photo and have Ms. Kharabora sketch it, please submit a photo at the front desk and we will be more than willing to pass it on to her.






Posted by Tamara

New Exhibit on Display!

If you have not thought to stop by the Visitor’s Gallery in the Administrative Services Building on the NSU Broken Arrow campus lately, you may want to schedule a visit.  For the month of September, the artwork of Nancy S. Harkins will be on display (upstairs and downstairs).

While born in the “show me” state, Nancy moved to Oklahoma at an early age (seven) and learned early on that she had an aptitude for drawing and painting (she was accepting portrait commissions by the time she was sixteen).  Watercolor seems to be her medium of choice.  She paints landscapes, flowers, and architectural scenes.  Two of her botanical iris paintings have been published in the book The Best of Flower Painting.  And, the American Iris Society also chose her designs for their first commemorative poster.

Of her work, Nancy says “for me, the beauty of creation requires a response — even an involvement — that compels me to explore with eye and brush the shapes, contrasts, and moods so lovingly arranged by our Creator.”

So, stop by, visit the exhibit, enjoy the fine watercolor paintings, and see what treasures you can’t live without.

Posted by Tom R.

Some Friday Fun!

How about some end of the week fun?   Courtesy of the Seattle Public Library (to kick off their 2013 Summer Reading Program), check out this video of the world’s longest domino chain comprised of books.  It took the twenty-seven volunteers seven hours (and five failed attempts) to line up the 2,131 books and a little over a minute-and-a-half to knocked them all down.  None of the books used were part of the current circulating collection (they used donated or weeded books) and the library offers the disclaimer that “no books were harmed during the filming of this video.”  Enjoy!

Posted by Tom R.

National Library Week in song


“National Library Week” – a song
lyrics by Karl G. Siewert, based on “National Brotherhood Week” by Tom Lehrer (who, it is hoped, has a forgiving nature)

Oh, the e-books hate the print books
And the “snooty” books hate the “trashy” books
To insist your books are the best books
Is an old established rule

But during National Library Week
National Library Week
Danielle Steel and Hemingway
Are dancing cheek to cheek
Fiction or Biography
Makes no difference to me
I’ll check your book out to you with a smile.

Oh, the poor folks and the rich folks
And those crazy middle-class folks
Are all equal at the library
It’s American as apple pie!

And during National Library Week
National Library Week
It’s National Everyone-Lend-a-Book-to-
One-Another-y Week
Caroline Kennedy tells us all
To come and have a ball
At the library in your college, town, or school.

Oh, there’s research, and there’s job help
There are movies, and music CDs
All free to use at your library
Let me tell y’all the news

This week is National Library Week
National Library Week
Academics love the publics
‘Cause it’s very chic
Think of librarians who
Have been helpful to you.
It’s only for a week, so if you please
Remember to support your libraries!

Come and visit our National Library Week display on the first floor!

-posted by Karl G. Siewert