Monday, July 29, 2013

Let’s Get Serious (or Not)!

Waggoner Library has a great collection of materials that facilitate 
education and research. 

Leisure Reading Shelves
Did you know that we also have a Leisure Reading Collection?   Next time you are ready for some not so serious reading, just stop by the reference desk and we will send you in the right direction.   

Monday, July 22, 2013

Civil Rights Archival Collection

Freedom Summer Project

Archival collections are a good primary source for writing research papers and preparing presentations, and many valuable collections are available or partially available online. For example, the Wisconsin Historical Society recently released an online collection documenting the Mississippi Freedom Summer project, which was a campaign that took place in the summer of 1964 to register as many African Americans in Mississippi to vote as possible. The online collection is freely accessible at 

In addition to thousands of archival documents and materials from dozens of individual civil rights activists, the site also includes a downloadable PowerPoint about Freedom Summer and a PDF Sourcebook of key documents for teachers. The collection is focused on 1964 but also contains other civil rights materials from the 1950s and 1960s. According to Michael Edmonds, the Deputy Director of the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Library-Archives Division, “as the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer approaches, we want teachers, students, historians, librarians, museum curators, the media, and anyone else to use these primary sources.” The Wisconsin Historical Society plans to continue adding materials to the online collection over the coming months.
For more resources on the Civil Rights Movement and Freedom Summer, visit Waggoner Library’s catalog at

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Ride For Reading

Did you know that Nashville is the home of Ride for Reading? Ride for Reading is an organization based around the idea that every child needs to read and therefore needs access to books at home. As a first year teacher Matthew Portell (a Nashvillian) realized many of his students did not have this. He decided to combine his love for children, reading and cycling.

What emerged? A movement that is spreading books like crazy!
They explain it this way:

Every month in Nashville, as many as 40 cyclists gather and ride to the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods with books in tow.  The riders arrive to smiles, homemade welcome signs, and cheering children. Once they come to a stop, a RfR representative speaks to the children about the importance of a healthy life and literacy — and describe the various types of bikes ridden by the volunteers (mountain, road, commuter, tandem, etc.).

This year the movement has spread to 10 other states! It all started here in Nashville though, and they are always looking for more volunteers! Check out their website and get involved!

Friday, July 12, 2013

July Authors

“You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die. A spider’s life can’t help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.”

 The above quote is from the classic children's book, Charlotte's Web.   The author, E.B. White, also wrote Stuart Little.  He and several other well-known authors share birthdays in July:  Franz Kafka, E.B. White, Henry David Thoreau, Ernest Hemingway, Alexandre Dumas, George Bernard Shaw, Aldous Huxley, Beatrix Potter, Emily Bronte, and J,K. Rowling.

For some July reading, visit Waggoner Library to find books by these "July" authors.  Here are just a few from what is available:

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Monday, July 1, 2013

Happy Fourth of July!

Many time-honored patriotic tales turn out to be more fiction than fact. In anticipation of the Fourth of July, here's a look at some memorable myths from the birth of the United States brought to you by National Geographic News, this article by Brian Handweck was first published June 30, 2011. Read the full article here  Myths discussed include:

  1. The Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th
  2. Paul Revere rode solo
  3. Patriots flocked to fight for freedom
  4. The Declaration of Independence holds secret messages
  5. John Adams died thinking of Thomas Jefferson
  6. America united against the British
  7. Betsy Ross made the first American flag
  8. Native Americans sided with the British
Have a safe and happy fourth!
Waggoner Library will be closed on July 4th & 5th. 
We are open July 6th. All electronic resources continue to be available.