Thursday, January 31, 2013

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day, February 2, will be here soon, one of the few days possibly on which many people do not want to see the sun.   This annual celebration stems from an old  Pennsylvania German custom.  The first official Groundhog Day was in 1886.   Its popularity has continued through the years, with an increasing interest following the release of Groundhog Day, the 1993 movie starring Bill Murray.

You may ask, what in the world does Groundhog Day have to do with libraries?  Well, Punxsutawney Phil lives in a library when he is not out predicting whether or not winter will last an additional 6 weeks.   The following link contains some interesting information regarding Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil:

The following Groundhog Day materials are available in Waggoner Library:

The holiday handbook:  700+ storytime activities from Arbor Day to Yom Kippur

Groundhog Day

Monday, January 28, 2013

Award Season

The highest awards that a Young Adult book can receive are those given yearly by the ALA. This morning the American Library Association announced the winners for this year! Though there are many incredible titles to read from this list, we wanted to take a moment to highlight two favorites:


John Newberry Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature went to:
 The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate                       
When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:
In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.

Click on either of these book titles to find them in our library and enjoy the award winning literature for yourself!!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Virtual Content in the Catalog!

Did you know that you can find summaries, book reviews and a table of contents for many of the books in the Waggoner catalog?  Once you have selected a book you will see the links for Reviews and TOC on the right-hand side of the page.  Discover information about the book before you even pull it off the shelf with reviews that come from ten of the industries most respected sources. 

Also the TOC, as shown below, provides insight into the topics addressed within the work.

Save time and enhance your search experience using the B&T links in the catalog!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today as a nation we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., the leader of the Civil Rights Movement. King's nonviolent approach to the movement was influenced by Gandhi and the writings of Henry David Thoreau. King was committed to creating a society in which all "men are created equal," and he worked toward that goal through his writings, speeches, nonviolent protests, and organizational affiliations. Waggoner Library has a variety of books and other materials available for checkout written by and about Martin Luther King, Jr. A listing of these materials is available by conducting a keyword search for Martin Luther King, Jr. in the library catalog (

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Controversial topics

Do you wish you could get more substantial information about current news topics, especially controversial ones, such as gun control and other issues coming out of the violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School?

Waggoner Library has just the resource for you:  Opposing Viewpoints in Context by Gale. 

You can find it on the Electronic Resources page:

Choose "Looking for databases by name: Click Here", then choose "O" for "Opposing Viewpoints in Context - Gale."

Once in the database, you can type in a topic (such as "Gun Control") and view viewpoints, which represent both sides of the debate.  Also available are scholarly articles, news stories, videos, statistics, and other information.

Using Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a great way to begin to understand both sides of a controversial topic. 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Dr. Millard C. Reed

Trevecca President Millard Reed passes away

From 1991 to 2005 he was President of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. As President of Trevecca Nazarene University, President Reed served and led in a different area-mostly the scholarship needs of students. Under his leadership Trevecca gained recognition for its innovative degree-completion program that allows students to earn an undergraduate degree while they continue in their careers. Trevecca's education programs expanded, and for some years Trevecca had more graduates teaching in Tennessee public schools than did any other school in the state. Under his leadership, the institution moved from Level III to Level V being the first Nazarene College/University to offer the Ed.D. Doctoral Program. 

 Here is a short list of some of his notable works:  

Monday, January 7, 2013

January is a time to reflect how our personal wealth and increase awareness of poverty in America.

Poverty statistics from the U.S. Census show that 1 in 6 Americans live in poverty, that's over 46 million people! Poverty affects us all, what can you do to make a difference?  Waggoner library has quite a few books that can help inform and equip you to help those who are in need.  

Ash Barker's book, Make Poverty Personal: Taking the poor as seriously as the Bible does, could be a good place to start.  The book  summary reads "Poverty is one of the great challenges of the 21st century. But poverty is not new. And neither is God's deep concern for the poor--it is a theme deeply woven throughout the Bible. Yet sadly, churches and individual Christians have too often been blind to this emphasis, or they have been paralyzed into inaction by feelings of helplessness.  In this urgent, provocative book, Ash Barker offers both challenge and hope. Pulling out and reflecting on significant passages from both testaments, he reveals what the Bible says about both the nature of poverty and about how God calls his people to respond. These studies, ideal for either individual or small group use, are interlaced with personal reflections--first-hand accounts from fifteen years of ministry among the poor." Read more about this book here.