Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Leisure Reading Collection

Looking for something to read at the beach?

Have some down time this summer?  Looking to relax?  Check out our leisure reading collection of popular, current titles in paperback.  There are even audio books available to help pass the time if you’re headed out for a long road trip.

The collection is located on the first floor of the Library in the lobby area.  The collection is browsable and searchable via Search@UW.  Once you have performed your search use the location facet to limit to “leisure reading” items.   There's a borrowing limit of two leisure reading items per user.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Book of the Week: How to Raise a Wild Child by Scott D. Sampson

How to Raise a Wild Child : the Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature

By Scott D. Sampson

Call Number:  QH51 .S325 2015

Read a review in Scientific American

Publisher's Description: The average North American child currently spends about seven hours a day staring at screens, and mere minutes engaged in unstructured play outdoors, a dramatic transformation within the past generation. Yet recent research indicates that experiences in nature are essential for healthy growth. Regular exposure to nature can help relieve stress, depression, and attention deficits. It can reduce bullying, combat obesity, and boost academic scores. Most critical of all, abundant time in natural settings seems to yield long-term benefits in kids’ cognitive, emotional, and social development.

To date, no book has offered teachers, parents, and other caregivers the necessary tools to engender a meaningful, lasting connection between children and the natural world. How to Raise a Wild Child is a timely and engaging antidote, showing how kids’ connection to nature changes as they mature, and empowering grown-ups to be strong mentors.

Distilling the latest research in multiple disciplines, Sampson reveals how adults can help kids fall in love with nature—enlisting technology as an ally, taking advantage of urban nature, and instilling a deep sense of place along the way.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Book of the Week (I'll GIve You the Sun by Jandy Nelson)

I'll Give You the Sun
By Jandy Nelson

Call Number:  IMC PZ7.N433835 Ill 2014 

New York Times Book Review 

Publisher's Description:  Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking.

Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s.

What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world. This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

  • Winner of the 2015 Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
  • A 2015 Stonewall Honor Book

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Book of the Week: It's what I do : a photographer's life of love and war By Lynsey Addario

It's what I do : a photographer's life of love and war
By Lynsey Addario

Call Number:  TR140.A265 A3 2015

Publisher's Description:  War photographer Lynsey Addario’s memoir It’s What I Do is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major theater of war in the twenty-first century, has shaped her life. What she does, with clarity, beauty, and candor, is to document, often in their most extreme moments, the complex lives of others. It’s her work, but it’s much more than that: it’s her singular calling.

Lynsey Addario was just finding her way as a young photographer when September 11 changed the world. One of the few photojournalists with experience in Afghanistan, she gets the call to return and cover the American invasion. She makes a decision she would often find herself making—not to stay home, not to lead a quiet or predictable life, but to set out across the world, face the chaos of crisis, and make a name for herself.

Addario finds a way to travel with a purpose. She photographs the Afghan people before and after the Taliban reign, the civilian casualties and misunderstood insurgents of the Iraq War, as well as the burned villages and countless dead in Darfur. She exposes a culture of violence against women in the Congo and tells the riveting story of her headline-making kidnapping by pro-Qaddafi forces in the Libyan civil war.
Addario takes bravery for granted but she is not fearless. She uses her fear and it creates empathy; it is that feeling, that empathy, that is essential to her work. We see this clearly on display as she interviews rape victims in the Congo, or photographs a fallen soldier with whom she had been embedded in Iraq, or documents the tragic lives of starving Somali children. Lynsey takes us there and we begin to understand how getting to the hard truth trumps fear.

As a woman photojournalist determined to be taken as seriously as her male peers, Addario fights her way into a boys’ club of a profession. Rather than choose between her personal life and her career, Addario learns to strike a necessary balance. In the man who will become her husband, she finds at last a real love to complement her work, not take away from it, and as a new mother, she gains an all the more intensely personal understanding of the fragility of life.

Watching uprisings unfold and people fight to the death for their freedom, Addario understands she is documenting not only news but also the fate of society. It’s What I Do is more than just a snapshot of life on the front lines; it is witness to the human cost of war.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Book of the Week (Raising hell for justice : the Washington battles of a heartland progressive by David R. Obey)

At 1 p.m Friday, May 15, join us in the library for a special presentation of the papers of former Congressman Obey.  

Raising hell for justice : the Washington battles of a heartland progressive

By David R. Obey

Call Number:   E 840.8 O225 A3 2007

Publisher's Description:   David Obey in his nearly forty years in the U.S. House of Representatives worked to bring economic and social justice to America's working families. In 2007 he assumed the chair of the Appropriations Committee and is positioned to pursue his priority concerns for affordable health care, education, environmental protection, and a foreign policy consistent with American democratic ideals.
Here, in his autobiography, Obey looks back on his journey in politics beginning with his early years in the Wisconsin Legislature, when Wisconsin moved through eras of shifting balance between Republicans and Democrats. On a national level Obey traces, as few others have done, the dramatic changes in the workings of the U.S. Congress since his first election to the House in 1969. He discusses his own central role in the evolution of Congress and ethics reforms and his view of the recent Bush presidencycrucial chapters in our democracy, of interest to all who observe politics and modern U.S. history.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Public Invited to David Obey Presentation

Former Congressman David Obey’s extensive papers will be available to the public at the UW-Stevens Point University Library in the Archives and Area Research Center.
The public is invited to a presentation at 1 p.m. Friday, May 15, on the sixth floor of the Library. View photos, news clippings and historical documents of former congressman’s public service. Obey will be present. 
Speakers include Chancellor Bernie Patterson, Eric Giordano from Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service; Matt Blessing from the Wisconsin Historical Society; and several UW-Stevens Point representatives whose programs were launched with Obey’s support. 
Following the presentation, a portion of the collection will be available for viewing in the University Archives on the fifth floor of the University Library.
Obey donated the collection to the Wisconsin Historical Society. The papers were returned to the 7th District through a cooperative effort between the UW-Stevens Point Archives and the Historical Society. 
The University Archives at UW-Stevens Point operates one of Wisconsin’s 14 Area Research Centers.  In collaboration with the Wisconsin Historical Society, state and local government records and Historical Society premier manuscript collections can be transferred throughout this archival network. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Featured LRES 380 Intern: Christina Luna

What have the Library interns been up to this semester? We are excited to feature our LRES 380 interns this week! Today we feature Christina Luna:

Name: Christina Marie Luna
Hometown: Siren, WI
Major: American Studies

What was your practicum like? My practicum was fun and super interesting.

What is your interest in librarianship? My interest in librarianship stems from my passion for knowledge and information. I really enjoyed reference desk because I was able to help others access scholarly information. The library is a wealth of knowledge and knowledge is power.

What are your plans for next semester? My plans for next semester are to study abroad in Szeged, Hungary.

Which talent would you most like to have? I would love to have the ability to ballet dance.

What is your current state of mind? My current state of mind is STRESSED from finals.

What is your favorite cuisine? My favorite cuisine is pizza, of course.

Where is the last place you traveled? The last place I traveled to long-distance was Denver, Colorado. A shorter distance was Chicago, Illinois if that counts.

Who are your favorite writers? My favorite writers include Washington Irving,  Shel Silverstein and Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel.