Friday, November 17, 2017

Nomadland by Jessica Bruder

Nomadland:  Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

By Jessica Bruder

Call Number:  HD 6280 .B77 2017

Book Review from the NY Times

Publisher's Description:  The end of retirement? From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest campgrounds of California to Amazon’s CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans. Finding that social security comes up short, often underwater on mortgages, these invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road by the tens of thousands in late-model RVs, travel trailers, and vans, forming a growing community of nomads: migrant laborers who call themselves “workampers.”

On frequently traveled routes between seasonal jobs, Jessica Bruder meets people from all walks of life: a former professor, a McDonald’s vice president, a minister, a college administrator, and a motorcycle cop, among many others—including her irrepressible protagonist, a onetime cocktail waitress, Home Depot clerk, and general contractor named Linda May.

In a secondhand vehicle she christens “Van Halen,” Bruder hits the road to get to know her subjects more intimately. Accompanying Linda May and others from campground toilet cleaning to warehouse product scanning to desert reunions, then moving on to the dangerous work of beet harvesting, Bruder tells a compelling, eye-opening tale of the dark underbelly of the American economy—one that foreshadows the precarious future that may await many more of us. At the same time, she celebrates the exceptional resilience and creativity of these quintessential Americans who have given up ordinary rootedness to survive. Like Linda May, who dreams of finding land on which to build her own sustainable “Earthship” home, they have not given up hope.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Library Labs - Library Resources for Business Research

Please join us for this hands-on workshop that 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

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Free Screenings of "This is Our Town: Stevens Point" 11/7 and 11/11

The University Archives will be giving a free showing of the film
"This is Our Town: Stevens Point"

Filmed in 1954, this movie focuses on the businesses, people and places of interest around town.

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