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Big Read Events: Professional Development Workshops

Movement to PoetryOn Tuesday, April 17, 2018,  we held another Big Read Event and it was a huge success. There were two professional development teacher workshops facilitated by Melissa Hort, Co-Director OSU Writing Project and curriculum developer.

These workshops were held in the NSU BA Annex with 25 to 30 education students attending. The majority of these students are about to start their internships and were very excited to have this opportunity to learn more about teaching and classroom management. The first workshop was entitled “Movement to Poetry” and the second, “Noting Movement and the Use of Descriptive Language. Melissa taught the students how to use movement to tell stories. The students participated by gathering into groups and learning the movements while reading poetry and short stories. Melissa also taught the students how to better manage their classrooms without speaking, but using movement instead. The students learned how to work collaboratively and also how to use movement in their classrooms to help students better understand what they are reading.

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.



October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s time to think about getting that mammogram you’ve been putting off. Come by the NSU Broken Arrow Library and check out our Breast Cancer displays. The display on the 1st floor is filled with information on Breast Cancer stats and more.
Did you know:

  1. Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among U.S. women (excluding skin cancers) with about 252,710 new cases expected to be diagnosed in 2017
  2. It is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the U.S.
  3. Eighty-one percent of breast cancers are diagnosed among women ages 50 years and older
  4. Non-Hispanic white (NHW) and non-Hispanic black (NHB) women have higher breast cancer incidence and death rates than women of other race/ethnicities
  5. MEN: The American Cancer Society estimates for breast cancer in men in the United States for 2017 are:
    • About 2,470 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed
    • About 460 men will die from breast cancer

Stop at the Breast Cancer display table on the 2nd floor and honor or remember a loved one. Write a note and pick up a treat. Remember to do your self-exams and tell other women (and men) about the importance of learning about Breast Cancer.

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.


September is National Breakfast Month

Have you heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Did you know there are studies that show skipping breakfast can cause you to gain weight?







Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism, helping you burn calories throughout the day. It also gives you the energy you need to get things done and helps you focus at work or at school.

Come celebrate National Breakfast Month at the NSU Broken Arrow Library. We are having a drawing for a $5.00 Sonic gift card so come by and put your name in the box and tell us about your favorite breakfast food. I love bacon! Have you ever tried that Candied bacon? Check out this recipe.

***Later in the month we will have a cereal day. Look for more information on the date.***




Looking for books on food, breakfast, or other topics? Ask a Librarian, we are always happy to help.

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.

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“.


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

Posted by Pamela Louderback

Tasty Talks on Tuesday Inaugural Event

The Faculty Council has been hosting a brown bag lunch monthly event titled “Delicious Dialogues” since the fall semester of 2014. Beginning last year, Delicious Dialogues began being updated and modified slightly.

Here at the BA campus, the core group of participants and facilitators have missed our collaborative “get togethers” and we just could not wait for a chance to reunite! So we are now hosting informal monthly events where we can continue to share our research and professional endeavours, to get to know each other better, and to partake of a bit of “tasty” with all of our talk.

So, in the spirit of collaboration and fellowship, beginning today, Tuesday, January 24 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Visitor Center Gallery.we hosted our inaugural Tasty Talks on Tuesday” event.  Our inaugural session was a huge success with over a dozen in attendance!

For this inaugural event, we  offered a panel discussion of the Business and Technology Department’s ASSE mentoring program for our faculty members. In the Environmental, Health & Safety Management degree, NSU has a mentoring program that pairs students with respected local safety and health professionals The mentors and students develop relationships, the mentors share their expertise and advice, and the students get to be involved in job shadowing and other on-the-job activities.

Those in attendance were able to learn more about this educational, informative, and interesting mentoring program. And as always, our resident chef extraordinaire Tom Rink, provided a decadent dessert – blueberry lavender cheesecake. We hope your schedule permits you the opportunity to join us for our next Tasty Talks on Tuesday event, TBD that offers continued chances for cheesecake, collaboration and conversation!.



Posted by Pamela Louderback

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!