Monday, July 31, 2017

Featured Book: How to See by David Salle

How to See:  Looking, Talking, and Thinking About Art

By David Salle

Call Number:  N 6490 .S178 2016

Review from the New York Times Book Review

Publisher's description:  A master class in contemporary art by one of the preeminent painters of our time.

How does art work? How does it move us, inform us, challenge us? Internationally renowned painter David Salle’s incisive essay collection illuminates the work of many of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. Engaging with a wide range of Salle’s friends and contemporaries—from painters to conceptual artists such as Jeff Koons, John Baldessari, Roy Lichtenstein, and Alex Katz, among others—How to See explores not only the multilayered personalities of the artists themselves but also the distinctive character of their oeuvres.

Salle writes with humor and verve, replacing the jargon of art theory with precise and evocative descriptions that help the reader develop a personal and intuitive engagement with art. The result: a master class on how to see with an artist’s eye.

Friday, July 21, 2017

What's New in YA

Each of these Young Adult titles is unique from one another.

Whether you're looking to read science fiction, a love story, fantasy, fairy tale or contemporary genre - these six titles offer all of that and more!

All of these new books can be found in our Instructional Materials Center (IMC) on the 3rd floor of the library. 

Summaries and reviews of each book are listed below. If you're interested in checking out a book come and visit us or click on the links to our library catalog at the very bottom of this post.

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

American Street is an evocative and powerful coming-of-age story perfect for fans of Everything, Everything; Bone Gap; and All American Boys. In this stunning debut novel, Pushcart-nominated author Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing this lyrical exploration of America with magical realism and vodou culture.
  • “Zoboi builds up, takes apart, and then rebuilds an unforgettable story.” – Kirkus Reviews
  • “A breathtaking story about contemporary America that will serve as a mirror to some and a window for others, and it will stay with anyone who reads it.” – School Library Journal

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
  • “This story is necessary. This story is important.” –Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “Heartbreakingly topical.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “A marvel of verisimilitude.” –Booklist (starred review)
  • “A powerful, in-your-face novel.” –The Horn Book (starred review)

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

This book is a story of a girl who is accidentally given magical powers as a baby and must learn what to do with them before others destroy her. The swiftly paced, highly imaginative plot draws a myriad of threads together to form a web of characters, magic, and integrated lives. Spiritual overtones encompass much of the storytelling with love as the glue that holds it all together.

Kelly Barnhill is a Newbery Medal winner from her highly acclaimed novel The Witch’s Boy.
  • “Educates about oppression, blind allegiance and challenging the status quo while immersing the reader in an exhilarating story full of magical creatures and derring-do.” New York Times Book Review
  • “An expertly woven and enchanting offering for readers who love classic fairy tales.” D. Maria LaRocco, Cuyahoga Public Library

Genius:  the Game by Leopoldo Gout

Trust no one. Every camera is an eye. Every microphone an ear. Find me and we can stop him together. The Game: Get ready for Zero Hour as 200 geniuses from around the world go head to head in a competition hand-devised by India's youngest CEO and visionary.

  • "Strong characters who show their bravery throughout, friendships that do not falter, and ethics that do not fail, even when characters are faced with the impossible, are a refreshing change to most teenage novels. Readers will be caught up in the brilliance of the three characters and be surprised at the many twists and turns that they must confront. A gripping must-have." -- School Library Journal

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true? #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicola Yoon is back with her second book, and just like Everything, Everything, it’s an instant classic with a love story that’s just as intense as Maddy and Olly’s--get ready for Natasha and Daniel.
  •  “With appeal to cynics and romantics alike, this profound exploration of life and love tempers harsh realities with the beauty of hope in a way that is both deeply moving and satisfying.” – Kirkus Reviews
  • The Sun is Also a Star is a thought-provoking story of possibility, fate and the illogical beauty of love.” –Seira Wilson, The Amazon Book Review

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Told from alternating viewpoints, Bone Gap perfectly melds elements of fairy tales, myths, gothic romance, and magic realism into the story of Finn, who lives in a town with gaps in the very fabric of time and place.

Bone Gap is the winner of the 2016 Printz Award for Young Adult Literature.
  • “Ruby’s novel deserves to be read and reread. It is powerful, beautiful, extraordinary.” – School Library Journal
  • “With rich characters, captivating world building, and a stunning secret at its heart, Bone Gap is utterly bewitching.” Booklist (starred review)

For questions or to find additional information on IMC materials, please contact:

Request these books on our website:

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Genius:  the Game by Leopoldo Gout

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Refugees

By Viet Thanh Nguyen

Call number:  PS 3614 .G97 A6 2017

Review from National Public Radio

Publisher's description: Viet Thanh Nguyen's The Sympathizer was one of the most widely and highly praised novels of 2015, the winner not only of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, but also the Center for Fiction Debut Novel Prize, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, the ALA Carnegie Medal for Fiction, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and the California Book Award for First Fiction. Nguyen's next fiction book, The Refugees, is a collection of perfectly formed stories written over a period of twenty years, exploring questions of immigration, identity, love, and family.

With the coruscating gaze that informed The Sympathizer, in The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen gives voice to lives led between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth. From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover, to a girl living in Ho Chi Minh City whose older half-sister comes back from America having seemingly accomplished everything she never will, the stories are a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of immigration. The second piece of fiction by a major new voice in American letters, The Refugees is a beautifully written and sharply observed book about the aspirations of those who leave one country for another, and the relationships and desires for self-fulfillment that define our lives.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Loan Periods for Library Items

Due to a new UW System-wide Library policy, faculty and staff are now limited to three renewals for most library materials. This essentially allows materials to be checked out for two years. After three consecutive renewals, we ask that you return the materials to the Library. This policy has been put into effect to help keep our collection available not only to users at UWSP, but also to users across the UW System. In return, UWSP faculty, staff, and students enjoy the benefit of access to collections across the entire UW System.

Any item that has been supplied by another UW System Library will be re-routed back to its home institution.  We are not able to extend loan periods for these items beyond the two-year limit.  We are able to issue new loans for any items that belong in our collection.  The materials must be brought back to the Library, however, in order for a new loan to be issued.   This process allows us to verify the item’s location, check for hold requests that others may have placed on the item, and then issue a new loan if the item has no requests. We appreciate your understanding and thank you for working with us as we adapt to the challenges of operating within the new policy.

If you have questions please contact the Library Circulation Desk (x2540 or

James Albertson Collection now available in Digital Collections

We are happy to announce that the James Albertson Collection is now available on the Digital Collections page through University Archives.

James Albertson was the President of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point from 1962-1967. During the Vietnam War, Albertson led a mission of 8 educators to Vietnam to study their educational system and to try and better it. Albertson and his entire team would be killed on their way back from that mission as their plane crashed.
Alberson was honored recently at UWSP on the 50th anniversary of his death. His legacy continues to live on at UWSP.  
Included in the Collection:

Records of the eighth president of Wisconsin State College-Stevens Point. Records related to Albertson’s service in the Coast Guard (1939, 1943-1950) and his work for WSU-Stevens Point in the Philippines (1964) and Vietnam 
(1967) including correspondence, notes, his personal diary, and a scrapbook. 

Also included is the preliminary and complete report, Public Universities of the Republic of Viet-Nam (1967).

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Upstarts by Brad Stone

The Upstarts:  How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World

By Brad Stone

Call Number:  HD 62.5 .S76 U67 2017

Review from The Globe and Mail

Publisher Description A look deep inside the new Silicon Valley, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Everything Store.  Ten years ago, the idea of getting into a stranger's car, or a walking into a stranger's home, would have seemed bizarre and dangerous, but today it's as common as ordering a book online. Uber and Airbnb have ushered in a new era: redefining neighborhoods, challenging the way governments regulate business, and changing the way we travel.
In the spirit of iconic Silicon Valley renegades like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, another generation of entrepreneurs is using technology to upend convention and disrupt entire industries. These are the upstarts, idiosyncratic founders with limitless drive and an abundance of self-confidence. Led by such visionaries as Travis Kalanick of Uber and Brian Chesky of Airbnb, they are rewriting the rules of business and often sidestepping serious ethical and legal obstacles in the process.

The Upstarts is the definitive story of two new titans of business and a dawning age of tenacity, conflict and wealth. In Brad Stone's riveting account of the most radical companies of the new Silicon Valley, we discover how it all happened and what it took to change the world.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Celebrating our Retirees

The stacks will be a bit emptier in the Library as we say good-bye to four colleagues who will retire over the summer. It is hard to say good-bye to your co-workers when they retire, and even harder when it happens around the same time.

Kathy Davis, Axel Schmetzke, Sara Weisensel, and Susan Mory have dedicated over 66 years of total service to the Library. We appreciate the unique gifts and talents they have all so generously shared with the library, university, and the profession.

They will be greatly missed.