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Let’s Talk About It Oklahoma Book Discussion

The Northeastern State University Broken Arrow Library is hosting the fourth year of its Let’s Talk About It Oklahoma Book Discussions. The theme for this spring 2017 LTAIO is “Not For Children Only.”

This book discussion series revisits the classics we may have read as children and more recent examples of children’s literature. The series allows us to revisit childhood haunts by reading again the books we loved as children.

Our first book discussion took place on Wednesday, January 25 in the Administration Building Annex with NSU’s own Dr. Andrew Vassar as the event humanities scholar. Our semester-long series began with Iona Opie and Peter Opie’s “The Classic Fairy Tales” and Ethel Johnston Phelps’ “Tatterhood and Other Tales”.Prior to discussing the books, Dr. Vassar shared information on the authors and how their lives applied to our theme of “Not For Children Only“.

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There are four more sessions scheduled for this semester; please consider joining us as your schedule permits. Books are available for checkout at the NSUBA library’s second floor Circulation desk. All discussion will begin at 2:30 p.m. and will conclude at 4 p.m. Light snacks will be served.

See below for times and locations for the LTAIO Book Discussion schedule:

Feb. 14 – “Little Women” – hosted by Dr. Russell Lawson, Bacone College faculty and located in the Administration Building Annex.

March 7 – “The Wind in the Willows” hosted by Dr. David Oberhelman, Oklahoma State University faculty and located in the Administration Building Annex.

March 28 – “Charlotte’s Web” and “Bridge to Terabithia” – hosted by Dr. Brian Cowlishaw, NSU faculty and located in the Administration Building in room 170.

April 18 – “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” and “I Am the Cheese” – hosted by Helen Clements, OSU faculty and located in the Administration Building in room 170.

For more information, please contact Pamela Louderback at 918-449-6452 or at louderba@nsuok.edu.

Posted by Pamela Louderback

Here’s to Libraries, Number Ten!

El_Escorial_SpainLocated in the heart of Spain, the Royal Library of the Monastery of El Escorial is a stunning architectural wonder (as well as a World Heritage site designation).  Built in the Herrerian style, construction began in 1563 and was completed in 1584.  The library is housed on the second floor (in the west wing) and contains nearly 45,000 documents from the 15th and 16th centuries.  The monastery is huge and contains 15 cloisters, 13 oratories, 86 staircases, 88 fountains, more than 1,600 paintings, 9 towers, and 73 sculptures.

“When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you.”  (Keith Richards)

Source: photo courtesy of danieldalton.me  (BuzzFeed).

Posted by Tom Rink

Here’s to Libraries, Number Nine!

biblioteca_joaninaThis week we will highlight the Biblioteca Joanina, the Baroque library at the University of Coimbra (Portugal).  This library was built in the 18th century while King João V ruled.  The library houses approximately 250,000 books from the 13th through the 19th centuries.  This historic library is considered a National Monument — the most visited monument on the campus.  The basement of the library had even served as a prison at one point in time.

“Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better.”  (Sidney Sheldon)

Source: photo courtesy of danieldalton.me  (BuzzFeed).

Here’s to Libraries, Number Eight!

PeabodyLibraryThis week’s library tribute takes us to Baltimore, Maryland, to the George Peabody Library at Johns Hopkins University.

The building was completed in 1878 and currently houses a 300,000 volume collection of 19th century resources (including a marquis collection of Don Quixote editions).  The interior was done in a Neo-Grec style and has a black and white marble floor, a 61 foot tall atrium (with a latticed skylight), and is surrounded by five tiers of ornamental cast-iron balconies with gold-scalloped columns.

“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.”  (Albert Einstein)

Source: photo courtesy of danieldalton.me  (BuzzFeed).

Here’s to Libraries, Number Seven!

CanadaParliamentLibraryThis week’s tribute takes us to the Canadian Library of Parliament (in Ottawa).

Their vision: “To be Parliament’s preferred and trusted source of information and knowledge.”

Their mission: “The Library of Parliament contributes to Canadian parliamentary democracy by creating, managing and delivering authoritative, reliable and relevant information and knowledge for Parliament.

Their strategic outcome: “An informed and accessible Parliament.”

“A public library is the most enduring of memorials, the trustiest monument for the preservation of an event or a name or an affection; for it, and it only, is respected by wars and revolutions, and survives them.”  (Mark Twain).

Source: photo courtesy of danieldalton.me  (BuzzFeed).

 

Tom Rink, Nominated for International Board Position!

sla-logoYesterday SLA (the Special Libraries Association) announced the slate of candidates for the 2015 Board of Directors.  What an honor!  I have been nominated as a candidate for President-Elect!   Congratulations to all of my fellow candidates and thank you for stepping up and agreeing to be considered for candidacy.   What a talented and diverse slate of candidates to help lead SLA forward.  Let the dialogue begin as we embark upon this journey to the Board for the opportunity to work for and represent the members of this great global association.

Here’s to Libraries, Number Six!

BeineckeRareBookThe Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University (Connecticut) is, according to their website, “one of the world’s largest libraries devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts and is Yale’s principal repository for literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare books.”  Built in 1963, the library has roughly 500,000 volumes and several million manuscripts.

“What is more important in a library than anything else — than everything else — is the fact that it exists.”  (Archibald MacLeish, Pulitzer Prize winning American poet and former Librarian of Congress)

Source: photo courtesy of danieldalton.me  (BuzzFeed).

Posted by Tom R.