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 louderba@nsuok.edu.

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

Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma! Grant Awarded


The NSU-Broken Arrow Library is excited to once again be participating in the LTAIO Book Discussions. This Spring 2017 semester, our theme isNot For Children Only.

This series revisits the classics we may have read as children and more recent examples of children’s literature.   Beginning with Iona Opie and Peter Opie’s “The Classic Fairy Tales” and Ethel Johnston Phelps’ “Tatterhood and Other Tales”, this series allows us to revisit our childhood haunts by reading again the books we loved as children.

Books will soon be available for checkout at the NSUBA library’s 2nd floor Circulation desk.  Our series will take place at the NSU Broken Arrow campus Administration Building (BAAD) Annex and BAAD Room 170 from 2:30 – 4:00 (see below for further details).

January 25 – The Classic Fairy Tales/ Tatterhood and Other Tales – scholar Dr. Andrew Vassar, Northeastern State University (Annex)
February 14 – Little Women – scholar, Dr. Russell Lawson, Bacone College (Annex)
March 7 – The Wind in the Willows – scholar Dr. David Oberhelman, Oklahoma State University (Annex)
March 28 – Charlotte’s Web/Bridge to Terabithia – scholar Dr. Brian Cowlishaw, Northeastern State University (BAAD 170)
April 18 – Roll of Thunder/I Am the Cheese – scholar, Ms. Helen Clements, Oklahoma State University (BAAD 170)-

So, please consider joining us for a lively book discussion. Light snacks will be servedDon’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more information about these and other events.

Posted by Dr. Pamela Louderback

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 www.nsugiving.com/riverhawkrun.

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