Monday, October 9, 2017

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat:  Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking

By Samin Nosrat

Call Number:   TX 651 .N67 2017

Review from The Atlantic

Publisher's Description:   In the tradition of The Joy of Cooking and How to Cook Everything comes SALT FAT ACID HEAT, an ambitious new approach to cooking by a major new culinary voice. Chef and writer Samin Nosrat has taught everyone from professional chefs to middle school kids to author Michael Pollan to cook using her revolutionary, yet simple, philosophy. Master the use of just four elements—Salt, which enhances flavor; Fat, which delivers flavor and generates texture; Acid, which balances flavor; and Heat, which ultimately determines the texture of food—and anything you cook will be delicious. By explaining the hows and whys of good cooking, SALT FAT ACID HEAT will teach and inspire a new generation of cooks how to confidently make better decisions in the kitchen and cook delicious meals with any ingredients, anywhere, at any time. 

Echoing Samin’s own journey from culinary novice to award-winning chef, SALT FAT ACID HEAT immediately bridges the gap between home and professional kitchens. With charming narrative, illustrated walk-throughs, and a lighthearted approach to kitchen science, Samin demystifies the four elements of good cooking for everyone. Refer to the canon of 100 essential recipes—and dozens of variations—to put the lessons into practice and make bright, balanced vinaigrettes, perfectly caramelized roast vegetables, tender braised meats, and light, flaky pastry doughs. 

Featuring 150 illustrations and infographics that reveal an atlas to the world of flavor by renowned illustrator Wendy MacNaughton, SALT FAT ACID HEAT will be your compass in the kitchen. Destined to be a classic, it just might be the last cookbook you’ll ever need.


Monday, September 25, 2017

Words Have Power! Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week, Sept. 24 – 30, 2017

This week we celebrate banned books and the power of words! 

All libraries are forums for information and ideas, and librarians safeguard access to information by working to protect the freedom to read. Libraries, bookstores, and schools will celebrate the power of words this week and highlight the dangers of censorship. 

Books have been challenged for decades based on a variety of issues, such as offensive language, violence, sexually explicit content, or religious views. The American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) reported an increase of challenges in 2016.

Check out our Library Lobby display celebrating the power of words. We also have free Banned Books bookmarks available at the Circulation and Reference Desks this week. 

Another fun activity is to take part in the Virtual Read Out. Since the inception of Banned Books Week in 1982, libraries and bookstores throughout the country have staged local read-outs—a continuous reading of banned/challenged books—as part of their activities. Now in it's sixth year (2016), readers from around the world can participate in the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out by creating videos proclaiming the virtues of the freedom to read that will be featured on a dedicated YouTube channel.

Check out the criteria. Submit your video by filling out this form. You can submit videos at any time of the year!

Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016

Out of 323 challenges reported to the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2016 include:
  1. This One Summer written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
    This young adult graphic novel, winner of both a Printz and a Caldecott Honor Award, was restricted, relocated, and banned because it includes LGBT characters, drug use, and profanity, and it was considered sexually explicit with mature themes.

  2. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
    Parents, librarians, and administrators banned this Stonewall Honor Award-winning graphic novel for young adults because it includes LGBT characters, was deemed sexually explicit, and was considered to have an offensive political viewpoint.

  3. George written by Alex Gino
    Despite winning a Stonewall Award and a Lambda Literary Award, administrators removed this children’s novel because it includes a transgender child, and the “sexuality was not appropriate at elementary levels.”

  4. I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
    This children’s picture book memoir was challenged and removed because it portrays a transgender child and because of language, sex education, and offensive viewpoints.

  5. Two Boys Kissing written by David Levithan
    Included on the National Book Award longlist and designated a Stonewall Honor Book, this young adult novel was challenged because its cover has an image of two boys kissing, and it was considered to include sexually explicit LGBT content.

  6. Looking for Alaska written by John Green
    This 2006 Printz Award winner is a young adult novel that was challenged and restricted for a sexually explicit scene that may lead a student to “sexual experimentation.”

  7. Big Hard Sex Criminals written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky
    Considered to be sexually explicit by library staff and administrators, this compilation of adult comic books by two prolific award-winning artists was banned and challenged.

  8. Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread written by Chuck Palahniuk
    This collection of adult short stories, which received positive reviews from Newsweek and the New York Times, was challenged for profanity, sexual explicitness, and being “disgusting and all around offensive.”

  9. Little Bill (series) written by Bill Cosby and illustrated by Varnette P. Honeywood
    This children’s book series was challenged because of criminal sexual allegations against the author.

  10. Eleanor & Park written by Rainbow Rowell
    One of seven New York Times Notable Children’s Books and a Printz Honor recipient, this young adult novel was challenged for offensive language.

Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein

You can find this title on the New Book Display in the Library lobby

Janesville:  An American Story

By Amy Goldstein

Call Number:  HC 108.J36 G65 2017

Publisher's Information:  A Washington Post reporter’s intimate account of the fallout from the closing of a General Motors’ assembly plant in Janesville, Wisconsin—Paul Ryan’s hometown—and a larger story of the hollowing of the American middle class.

This is the story of what happens to an industrial town in the American heartland when its factory stills—but it’s not the familiar tale. Most observers record the immediate shock of vanished jobs, but few stay around long enough to notice what happens next, when a community with a can-do spirit tries to pick itself up.

Pulitzer Prize winner Amy Goldstein has spent years immersed in Janesville, Wisconsin where the nation’s oldest operating General Motors plant shut down in the midst of the Great Recession, two days before Christmas of 2008. Now, with intelligence, sympathy, and insight into what connects and divides people in an era of economic upheaval, she makes one of America’s biggest political issues human. Her reporting takes the reader deep into the lives of autoworkers, educators, bankers, politicians, and job re-trainers to show why it’s so hard in the twenty-first century to recreate a healthy, prosperous working class.

For this is not just a Janesville story or a Midwestern story. It’s an American story.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Library Labs Workshops - Fall Schedule

Please join us for our fall semester Library Labs. These workshops are free, open to the campus community, and no registration is required. 


Keepin’ It Real: Tips and Strategies for Evaluating Fake News

​Fake News is becoming a real problem for individuals that rely on web delivered news (often via social media) to help them make sense of the world. This library lab will define fake news, provide examples, and discuss strategies and resources to help you successfully identify “news” content that is out of context and/or motivated by political or social bias.
Date(s) and Time(s): Tue. Oct. 3 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Room 316 ALB
Presenter(s): Dave Dettman
Audience: Campus Wide
- Approved for SBE Events Credit

Library Resources for Business Research

This hands-on workshop will feature the Library’s Business Premium Collection and demonstrate how to find scholarly articles, trade publications, industry and market research, commodity reports, company reports, and country reports.
Date(s) and Time(s): Tue. Nov. 14 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Room 316 ALB
Presenter(s): Mindy King
Audience: Campus Wide
- Approved for SBE Events Credit

3D Printing and Scanning

​3D Printing and scanning have opened up new means of creation and thus unleashed imaginations of countless users. This workshop will provide an introduction to those technologies in general and also the explore the specifics of what the University Library can offer to those interested in making use of these unique tools.
Date(s) and Time(s): Tue. Dec. 12 - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Room 310 ALB
Presenter(s): Matt Sonnenberg
Audience: Campus Wide
- Approved for SBE Events Credit

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Wisconsin's John Muir Traveling Exhibit

The University Library of UW-Stevens Point will host “Wisconsin’s John Muir: An Exhibit Celebrating the Centennial of the National Park Service.” On loan from the Wisconsin Historical Society, this traveling exhibit will be on display October 3-21 in the library lobby, 900 Reserve St.

Commemorating the centennial of the National Park Service, the traveling exhibit explores Muir's youth in Wisconsin, his advocacy for national parks, and his views on environmental issues such as logging, hunting, and climate change. Its eight panels share images and manuscripts from the Wisconsin Historical Society alongside Muir quotes and writings.
In conjunction with the Muir exhibit, the University Library has coordinated these free events that are open to the public:
“Wisconsin's John Muir”
Presented by Matt Blessing, state archivist (UWSP '85)
When: Friday, Oct. 6
Time: 11 a.m. – noon
Location: UWSP University Library (Room 104, Reference Studio), Albertson Hall (900 Reserve St.)
Description: An illustrated presentation about the fascinating life of John Muir, including his youth in central Wisconsin, his exploration of the High Sierra and Alaska, and his leadership in protecting the American wilderness. 

”Interpretive Walk”
Led by Prof. Kendra Liddicoat and Jake Tlachac
When: Friday, Oct. 13
Time: 5 – 6 p.m.
Location: Meet in the Lobby of Albertson Hall/University Library
Description: Explore UWSP campus accompanied by John Muir’s thoughts and images.

John Muir was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1985
Location: Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center
2419 North Point Drive
Stevens Point, WI
Hours: Open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: (715) 346-4992
In addition to the exhibit and events, the Museum of Natural History will offer Muir books and t-shirts for sale.

The University Library also has over 150 books and reports on John Muir. Feel free to search our catalog or browse the subject area on the 5th flr (call# area QH31).

The Muir exhibit and reading program is funded by bequests from John A. Peters and the Kenyon and Mary Follett family.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Wonder of Birds by Jim Robbins

The Wonder of Birds : What they tell us about Ourselves, the World, and a Better Future

By Jim Robbins

Call number:  QL 676 .R63 2017

Publisher's Description:   A fascinating investigation into the miraculous world of birds and the powerful—and surprising—ways they enrich our lives and sustain the planet

Our relationship to birds is different from our relationship to any other wild creatures. They are found virtually everywhere and we love to watch them, listen to them, keep them as pets, wear their feathers, even converse with them. Birds, Jim Robbins posits, are our most vital connection to nature. They compel us to look to the skies, both literally and metaphorically; draw us out into nature to seek their beauty; and let us experience vicariously what it is like to be weightless. Birds have helped us in so many of our human endeavors: learning to fly, providing clothing and food, and helping us better understand the human brain and body. And they even have much to teach us about being human in the natural world.

This book illuminates qualities unique to birds that demonstrate just how invaluable they are to humankind—both ecologically and spiritually. The wings of turkey buzzards influenced the Wright brothers’ flight design; the chickadee’s song is considered by scientists to be the most sophisticated language in the animal world and a “window into the evolution of our own language and our society”; and the quietly powerful presence of eagles in the disadvantaged neighborhood of Anacostia, in Washington, D.C., proved to be an effective method for rehabilitating the troubled young people placed in charge of their care.

Exploring both cutting-edge scientific research and our oldest cultural beliefs, Robbins moves these astonishing creatures from the background of our lives to the foreground, from the quotidian to the miraculous, showing us that we must fight to save imperiled bird populations and the places they live, for the sake of both the planet and humankind.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Duck, Duck, Moose! Stop by the Library to see Live Birds.

The University Library is excited to participate in the Federal Duck Stamp Contest, being held on our campus Sept. 15th & 16th.

The Raptor Education Group Inc. will have live birds and information on display in the Library lobby (Albertson Hall) area and activities for kids will be held in the Museum of Natural History (located in the same area).

The birds will be here on Friday from 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., and on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. - Noon.

Check here for more information about the entire schedule for the Duck Stamp Contest.

Sure to be an exciting time!