Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Book of the Week: The Healing Power of Hip Hop by Raphael Travis, Jr.

The Healing Power of Hip Hop

By Raphael Travis, Jr.

Call Number:  ML 3918 .R37 T73 2016

Publisher's description:  Using the latest research, real-world examples, and a new theory of healthy development, this book explains Hip Hop culture's ongoing role in helping Black youths to live long, healthy, and productive lives.

• Connects the latest research conclusions about Hip Hop's influences with actual examples of its practice and applied value in action
• Identifies education, health and mental health, and afterschool settings as key to promoting health and well-being
• Disentangles arguments about whether Hip Hop culture is more of a tool for empowerment or a tool for risk promotion
• Explains Hip Hop's ongoing contributions to health and learning, with attention to the Black community
• Provides a common language and structure for helping professionals, researchers, and policymakers to organize work related to Hip Hop and well-being
• Introduces meaningful models, tips, and resources for personal or professional use
• Offers real-world insights from today's leaders within the Hip Hop Ed movement

Visit AuthorStory to learn more about the author and his research

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Exam Cram! May 16th starting at 6:00 p.m.



It's that time of the semester!


Need help with citations? A statistic? Help with a paper or final exam? 

The Library and Tutoring Learning Center staff will be here on Monday, May 16th from 6:00 pm - midnight to help you!

We will also have free coffee, cookies, fruit, surprises from the Office of Sustainability, and Andy's infamous announcements. 



Rocket the therapy dog will also be here! 
  • Monday, May 16 - Library Lobby & IMC (3rd flr)
  • 6 - MIDNIGHT
  • FREE COFFEE, COOKIES, FRUIT and more!
Good luck with studying from all of us at the Library and TLC!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Children's Book Week - May 2-8




Children’s Book Week is May 2-8. This will be the 97th annual celebration commemorating books for young people and the joy of reading. Please check out our Children's Book Display in the Library Lobby area. 





The University Library also has a rich collection of children's literature in the IMC area on the 3rd floor. We encourage you to browse the collection. 

This year, in conjunction to Children's Book Week, the Library has a craft activity for all! Please join us and make really cool book cover bags. We often do not keep the book covers on our materials due to wear and tear, but we think about ways in which some of these beautiful works of art can be preserved.



So, learn how to make some cool bags! The Library will provide the materials and the event is free. No need to register, just show up and bring your inner craft person to the party! 

Tuesday, May 10 - 11:00 am - Noon (LRC 103A Idea Studio)
Thursday, May 12 - 11:00 am - Noon (LRC 103A Idea Studio)















Friday, April 29, 2016

Book of the Week: The Geography of Genius by Eric Weiner

The Geography of Genius : A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley

By Eric Weiner 

Call Number:  BF412 .W395 2016

Review from the New York Times

Publisher's Description:  Travel the world with Eric Weiner, the New York Times bestselling author of The Geography of Bliss, as he journeys from Athens to Silicon Valley—and throughout history, too—to show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times.

In The Geography of Genius, acclaimed travel writer Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas. He explores the history of places, like Vienna of 1900, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, Song Dynasty Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley, to show how certain urban settings are conducive to ingenuity. And, with his trademark insightful humor, he walks the same paths as the geniuses who flourished in these settings to see if the spirit of what inspired figures like Socrates, Michelangelo, and Leonardo remains. In these places, Weiner asks, “What was in the air, and can we bottle it?”

This link can be traced back through history: Darwin’s theory of evolution gelled while he was riding in a carriage. Freud did his best thinking at this favorite coffee house. Beethoven, like many geniuses, preferred long walks in the woods.

Sharp and provocative, The Geography of Genius redefines the argument about how genius came to be. His reevaluation of the importance of culture in nurturing creativity is an informed romp through history that will surely jumpstart a national conversation.

Visit the author's website at http://www.ericweinerbooks.com/
Travel the world with Eric Weiner, the New York Times bestselling author of The Geography of Bliss, as he journeys from Athens to Silicon Valley—and throughout history, too—to show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times.

In The Geography of Genius, acclaimed travel writer Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas. He explores the history of places, like Vienna of 1900, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, Song Dynasty Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley, to show how certain urban settings are conducive to ingenuity. And, with his trademark insightful humor, he walks the same paths as the geniuses who flourished in these settings to see if the spirit of what inspired figures like Socrates, Michelangelo, and Leonardo remains. In these places, Weiner asks, “What was in the air, and can we bottle it?”

This link can be traced back through history: Darwin’s theory of evolution gelled while he was riding in a carriage. Freud did his best thinking at this favorite coffee house. Beethoven, like many geniuses, preferred long walks in the woods.

Sharp and provocative, The Geography of Genius redefines the argument about how genius came to be. His reevaluation of the importance of culture in nurturing creativity is an informed romp through history that will surely jumpstart a national conversation. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Geography-of-Genius/Eric-Weiner/9781451691658#sthash.LnKV4BX5.dpuf
Travel the world with Eric Weiner, the New York Times bestselling author of The Geography of Bliss, as he journeys from Athens to Silicon Valley—and throughout history, too—to show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times.

In The Geography of Genius, acclaimed travel writer Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas. He explores the history of places, like Vienna of 1900, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, Song Dynasty Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley, to show how certain urban settings are conducive to ingenuity. And, with his trademark insightful humor, he walks the same paths as the geniuses who flourished in these settings to see if the spirit of what inspired figures like Socrates, Michelangelo, and Leonardo remains. In these places, Weiner asks, “What was in the air, and can we bottle it?”

This link can be traced back through history: Darwin’s theory of evolution gelled while he was riding in a carriage. Freud did his best thinking at this favorite coffee house. Beethoven, like many geniuses, preferred long walks in the woods.

Sharp and provocative, The Geography of Genius redefines the argument about how genius came to be. His reevaluation of the importance of culture in nurturing creativity is an informed romp through history that will surely jumpstart a national conversation. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Geography-of-Genius/Eric-Weiner/9781451691658#sthash.LnKV4BX5.dpuf
Travel the world with Eric Weiner, the New York Times bestselling author of The Geography of Bliss, as he journeys from Athens to Silicon Valley—and throughout history, too—to show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times.

In The Geography of Genius, acclaimed travel writer Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas. He explores the history of places, like Vienna of 1900, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, Song Dynasty Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley, to show how certain urban settings are conducive to ingenuity. And, with his trademark insightful humor, he walks the same paths as the geniuses who flourished in these settings to see if the spirit of what inspired figures like Socrates, Michelangelo, and Leonardo remains. In these places, Weiner asks, “What was in the air, and can we bottle it?”

This link can be traced back through history: Darwin’s theory of evolution gelled while he was riding in a carriage. Freud did his best thinking at this favorite coffee house. Beethoven, like many geniuses, preferred long walks in the woods.

Sharp and provocative, The Geography of Genius redefines the argument about how genius came to be. His reevaluation of the importance of culture in nurturing creativity is an informed romp through history that will surely jumpstart a national conversation.
- See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Geography-of-Genius/Eric-Weiner/9781451691658#sthash.LnKV4BX5.dpuf
Travel the world with Eric Weiner, the New York Times bestselling author of The Geography of Bliss, as he journeys from Athens to Silicon Valley—and throughout history, too—to show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times.

In The Geography of Genius, acclaimed travel writer Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas. He explores the history of places, like Vienna of 1900, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, Song Dynasty Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley, to show how certain urban settings are conducive to ingenuity. And, with his trademark insightful humor, he walks the same paths as the geniuses who flourished in these settings to see if the spirit of what inspired figures like Socrates, Michelangelo, and Leonardo remains. In these places, Weiner asks, “What was in the air, and can we bottle it?”

This link can be traced back through history: Darwin’s theory of evolution gelled while he was riding in a carriage. Freud did his best thinking at this favorite coffee house. Beethoven, like many geniuses, preferred long walks in the woods.

Sharp and provocative, The Geography of Genius redefines the argument about how genius came to be. His reevaluation of the importance of culture in nurturing creativity is an informed romp through history that will surely jumpstart a national conversation.
- See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Geography-of-Genius/Eric-Weiner/9781451691658#sthash.LnKV4BX5.dpuf

Library Labs Workshop: 3D Model Design



3D MODEL DESIGN FOR BEGINNERS

Please join us for our next Library Labs workshop! 




Description:   Not a CAD expert but still wish to create your own 3D models to print? This hands-on workshop will introduce you to a variety of tools designed to make 3D file creation simple and fun. 

Intended Audience: Students/Faculty & Staff (Approved for SBE events credit)

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at noon - 1:00 p.m.

Location: LRC 107

Register: Register here (free!)

Presenter:  Matt Sonnenberg, IMC Assistant

Friday, April 22, 2016

Making at UWSP: 3D Creativity


“Wow, you must have lines of students waiting to use it!” said someone recently after learning the Library has a 3D printer. While there may not be lines waiting at the 3D printer, that statement does not accurately reflect the activity and creativity that we have seen from students inspired by 3D printing.

Within days of the 3D printer arriving in the summer of 2014, our first student found the printer and presented his problem.  He had purchased an old Brownie camera, but it had a broken film spool. His solution? Use his 3D design skills to create and print his own spool.  Problem solved!

  
Our first student-created, 3D printed piece:
a spool for a Brownie camera.


















Another student took on the daunting task of creating a 3D model of the entire UWSP campus. Working with Facilities Planning and the Disability and Assistive Technology Center, the Interior Architecture student used CAD files to 3D print all campus buildings, sidewalks, and streets. He then labeled everything in Braille, so that the model can be used by people with low vision to help orient themselves on campus. Accessibility improved!

 
3D model of the UWSP campus. The finished product is on display on the 6th floor of the library. Head on up to check it out for yourself.





  
Even students from the UWSP Fly Fishing Club were inspired to use the 3D printer. One student found a file for a fly fishing reel in an open online repository where people share 3D designs.  He downloaded the file and printed it out. Turns out it worked great, and soon the rest of the Fly Fishing Club was printing out their own reels. And each reel cost just $8.00 to print. Money saved!
  
Other students have printed phone cases, Raspberry Pi cases, GoPro accessories, chess set pieces, and a plethora of fun figurines. There is no shortage of ideas when it comes to 3D printing. From the student who is quite adept at using 3D design software to create their own digital 3D models, to the student who simply downloads a file from an online repository. All agree that the experience is easy, engaging, and fun. Several students have excitedly exclaimed, “Now I can say during a job interview, that I have used a 3D printer!” Something learned!



Online repositories, such as Thingiverse.com, are full of 3D files created and shared by others, that are available to download and print.








Interested in using the Library’s 3D printer? Read more about it here: http://www.uwsp.edu/library/Pages/3D-Printing.aspx

The library will also be offering a workshop on 3D model design for beginners on Tuesday, May 3rd at noon. Come learn and get inspired!

And while we’re talking about creativity, don’t forget to take advantage of these exciting opportunities available in the Stevens Point community.
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    The Scarabocchio Art Museum currently is hosting the exhibit Maker: People,Places, Things which features photographs from Wendy (Schmidt) Hynes world-wide travels and studies of different makerspaces as well as objects she has created herself. The exhibit is open for viewing through April 30th. Read more about it. http://www.cwso.org/events/scarabocchio-art-museum/2016-04/maker-people-places-things-2016-03-11
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    The Arts Alliance of Portage County has re-launched as CREATE Portage County with the mission to develop a more vibrant and engaging community through arts & culture advocacy and creative placemaking. Learn more about this exciting initiative. http://www.createportagecounty.org




Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Poem in your Pocket Day - April 21




April 21 is Poem in Your Pocket Day. The Library is excited to share poetry around campus, and this year we our collaborating with our community partners, including the Portage County Public Library, the Arts Alliance of Portage County (now CREATE Portage County), The Store, and the Portage County Literacy Council.

Read more about Poem in Your Pocket here.