Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween Books

Here are a few books for your Halloween pleasure:

JF H839h - Howe, James / Scared silly: a Halloween treat

JF N357ha - Nerlove, Miriam / Halloween

JF M887h - Mueller, Virginia / A Halloween mask for Monster

JF L517d - Leedy, Loreen / The dragon Halloween Party

J 394.2683 G351h - Gibbons, Gail / Halloween

JF Q21d - Quackenbush, Robert M. / Detective Mole and the Halloween Mystery

JF St47t - Stevenson, James / That terrible Halloween night

JF K225t - Keats, Ezra / The trip

JF G541m - Godden, Rumer / Mr. McFadden's Hallowe'en

J 811.508 H774h - Hopkins, Lee Bennett / Hey how for Halloween!

823.912 C463ha - Christie, Agatha / Hallowe'en party

J 394.2 P277 - Patterson, Lillie / Halloween

JF F914m - Friedrich, Priscilla / The Marshmallow ghosts

JF B39s - Beim, Jerrold / Sir Halloween

394.268 L65h - Linton, Ralph / Halloween through the centuries

394.268 Sch1h - Schauffler, Robert Haven / Hallowe'en: its origin, spirit, celebration, and significance as related in prose and verse, together with Hallowe'en stories, plays, pantomimes; and suggestions for games, stunts, parties, feasts and decorations

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One Last Photo of the Mystery at the Library

Our victim poses before the Event!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Mystery in the Library Photos

SAILS members and the Library staff enjoy pizza before the event.

The Library Chicks

The only ones in full costume.

Big Mike & the Library Chicks

Paige becomes a library chick!

Group shot

Solving the mystery

Will sleuth for food!


Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Maritime Strategy Report & Video

The Navy, the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard have released a new cooperative Maritime Strategy. The report entitled "A Cooperative Strategy for the 21st Century Seapower" was released at the International Seapower Symposium at the Naval War College today.

The report can be found at or from main site

A video of the conference can be found at


Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Smoking Cessation

In light of the recent ban on smoking in public places in Tennessee, there may be an increase in a number of persons who are trying to "kick the habit." There are several recent government documents that deal with this issue.

Cigarette Smoking and Cancer: Questions and Answers
Quitting Tobacco: Enjoying Coffee and Tea . . . Without Smoking
Quitting Tobacco: Driving or Riding in a Car . . . Without Smoking
Quitting Tobacco: Being Around Other Smokers . . . Without Smoking
Questions and Answers About Smoking Cessation [a.k.a. Quitting Smoking: Why to Quit and How to Get Help]
Questions and Answers About Cigar Smoking and Cancer

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Homeland Security

FYI - the White House has released its new National Strategy for Homeland Security. It can be found at

The full PDF version is available at

The Fact Sheet on it can be found at

The 2002 report can be found at

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Alexander Street Press Trials Through November 30, 2007

Theatre in Video ( in Video contains more than 250 of the world’s most important plays, together with more than 100 video documentaries, online in streaming video—more than 500 hours in all. These definitive performances, by leading actors and directors, have been painstakingly licensed from a wide range of copyright holders. They are now delivered to you over the Internet, in a revolutionary new format developed specifically for drama.

Primary Sources in Counseling and Psychology is a landmark database containing more than 2,000 transcripts of actual therapy sessions—almost 40,000 pages of first-person accounts, together with 25,000 pages of major reference works. There are diaries, letters, autobiographies, oral histories, and personal memoirs along with the full text of the sessions themselves. All accounts are non-fiction, delivered in the first person and, where possible, contemporaneous.

Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines http://linc.alexanderstreet.comIllustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines is the definitive online Civil War media resource. The database contains 65,000 pages drawn from 49 periodicals, including 15 campaign newspapers, most of them illustrated—3,720 issues published from 1860 to 1865. Originally printed in 16 different cities, many of the publications are now rare and hard to find, with an item sometimes extant only in a single archive.

In addition to the trial databases above, the library already provides access to the following Alexander Street Press databases via the library home page:

The American Civil War: Letters and Diaries Find detailed, firsthand descriptions of historical characters and events, glimpses of daily life in the army, anecdotes about key events and personages, accounts of sufferings at home, a rich battles database, and more. These and thousands of other experiences are represented in this massive, 100,000-page collection. The materials are indexed with dozens of search fields, and there are 4,000 pages of previously unpublished manuscript images.

Early Encounters in North America: Peoples, Cultures, and the Environment Painstakingly assembled from hundreds of primary sources, this project documents the relationships among peoples from 1534 to 1850. The collection presents the perspectives of traders, slaves, missionaries, explorers, soldiers, officials, and others. It includes works by American Indians, Canadian First Peoples, and many European groups, capturing first impressions, hundreds of years of observations of flora and fauna, descriptions of encounters with indigenous peoples, and new language elements as they evolved. The collection includes nearly 1,000 prints, drawings, paintings, maps, bibliographies, letters, photographs, and original facsimile pages.

North American Women's Letters and Diaries, Colonial to 1950 Our flagship collection, this is a massive, ongoing project to catalog and index American and Canadian women's diaries and correspondence over centuries. Researchers will have access to 150,000 pages of materials, including more than 5,000 pages of previously unpublished manuscripts as facsimile images. Drawn from more than 1,000 sources and representing 1,500 women from all walks of life, the writings are extensively indexed. Databases of women, sources, personal events, historical events, a geographical table, and other features make the writings useful to researchers in history, sociology, literature, genealogy, women’s studies, and related fields.


ProQuest Database Trials Through November 15, 2007

Please see a librarian if you are interested in trying out any of these:

CultureGrams - Goes beyond mere facts and figures to deliver an insider's perspective on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people. The growing diversity of the U.S. population and the new emphasis on globalism and multiculturalism make CultureGrams an indispensable resource for teachers and students to understand their country and their world.

eLibrary Science - eLibrary Science offers laser-focused science content and tools along with unique video and dozens of manipulatives found in no other online science reference product. eLibrary Science, in partnership with premier reference publisher Salem Press, also includes more than 20 of Salem's high-quality, high-interest reference titles, such as Animal Life and Plant Life from the Magill's Encyclopedia of Science program; science-related titles from the Great Events in History series, and other award-winning titles such as the Encyclopedia of Genetics.

SIRS Knowledge Source Bundle - SIRS Knowledge Source (SKS) is a comprehensive database portal which is comprised of several distinct reference databases. Updated daily, SKS provides relevant, credible information on social issues, science, history, government, the arts and humanities. Full-text articles and Internet resources are carefully selected from thousands of domestic and international publications and respected organizations.


Greenwood Press Database Trials through October 31, 2007

See a librarian if you are interested in trying out any of these:

Greenwood Digital Collection (their entire ebook collection some of which we already own) -

Daily Life Online Series - including:Daily Life through History, World Cultures Today, World Folklore and Folklife, Daily Life American

American Mosaic Series - including:African American Experience, Latino American Experience

Authors4Teens -

The Reader's Advisor Online -

Index to Current Urban Documents

Praeger Security International Online - "Praeger Security International Online (PSIO) is a one-stop source for information on terrorism and security, covering regional security, humanitarian and peace operations, weapons of mass destruction, armed forces, intelligence, military history, defense and national security, and military affairs. ... The Chronology feature is terrific. You can specify a date range and link it to a location and/or keywords. ...PSIO covers an area of vital interest, and researchers are clamoring for more material on this subject. ...The Bottom Line Praeger Security International Online is recommended for comprehensive collections serving serious scholars in politics and government." —Library Journal


Friday, October 05, 2007

Banned Book Humor

For today's post, we give you today's Unshelved Comic Strip.


Thursday, October 04, 2007

The Bible as a Banned Book

Throughout history, the Bible has been subject to banning and burning. Between 1926 and 1956, the Bible was banned in the Soviet Union. Myanmar (formerly Burma) has banned translation of the Bible into the country's indigenous languages. Distribution of Bibles is banned in Saudi Arabia. Certain translations of the Bible have been banned by various Christian groups throughout the centuries. The Gideons' Bible distribution has been banned by some American school districts. According to one source, it has even been banned in residence halls at the University of Edinburgh because it is discriminatory. (The original article link no longer works.)

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Banned Books - Book Burning in Nazi Germany

In 1933, the Nazis burned several books which are considered classics today. These included:

Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises
Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms
Jack London's The Call of the Wild
Upton Sinclair's The Jungle
Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy


Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Banned Books - Question and Answer of the Day

Question: Which book was burned at the East Saint Louis (Illinois) Public Library and barred from the Buffalo Public Library in 1939 because of the presence of vulgar language? The novel was even banned in Kern County, California which was the setting for the novel that same year. The book has been challenged in school systems such as Kanawha, Iowa; Richford, Vermont; Anniston, Alabama; Carthage, North Carolina; and Greenville, South Carolina over the years for reasons including the language and even the portrayal of a former clergyman who took advantage of a young woman.

Answer: John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath


Monday, October 01, 2007

SAILS Story Time October 1

Here are a few photos from the October 1 SAILS story time. Our theme for the day was "Explorers." We read the books In 1492 by Jean Marzollo and Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson & Nancy Carpenter. The children enjoyed apple pies as snacks and made explorer hats. More photos are available at Miss Thornton's Flickr account. There are pictures of this story time and previous story times in the Library Gallery.

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CN Library Staff Shows Their Spirit

Here's the part of the library staff we could round up on spirit day earlier this semester in their orange and blue!

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This is Banned Books Week

Here's an interesting newspaper article on the subject.