Thursday, December 8, 2016

Coffee Breaks in Denton Begin Sunday, 12/11

A time-honored tradition at TWU continues with finals-week coffee breaks at the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library on the following dates. The breaks, sponsored by the TWU Libraries and the TWU Division of Student Lifefeature free coffee, tea, bottled water and healthy snacks in the library’s first-floor lecture hall (room 101).
Sunday, December 11 - Tuesday, December 13
7-8 p.m. & 10-11 p.m.

Wednesday, December 14 

7-8 p.m.

~Sandy Cochran

NEW! Sunday 12/11: Therapy Dogs in Denton

~Sean Spear

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Therapy Dogs in Houston

For an educational experience geared toward teaching TWU students, faculty members and others about therapy dogs and their potential role in healthcare, Dr. Gayle Hersch of the Occupational Therapy Department and the Academic Resource Center was instrumental in bringing therapy dogs (below) to the Houston campus of TWU on Monday, December 5, 2016.

If you're on the Denton campus, therapy dogs are on the way. Visit the Blagg-Huey Library from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, December 11th and destress by spending some time with some of our furry friends from Paws Across Texas.

~Sandy Cochran and Ryan Slattery

December 7th: On This Day In History

Cornelia Fort (1919-1943)
On the fateful day of December 7, 1941, flight instructor Cornelia Fort was in the skies over Honolulu with a student when they noticed approaching military aircraft. Initially unconcerned, Fort realized something was amiss as she narrowly avoided colliding with one of the incoming planes. Quick action on her part saved her life and her student's, but little did Fort know that the plane that missed them was part of the Japanese fleet that would attack Pearl Harbor.

In 1942 Fort became part of the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) under the direction of Nancy Harkness Love. The Originals, as the group was known, was comprised of 28 women who flew military aircraft for the U.S. Army Air Corp. In 1943 the WAFS merged with the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), and Fort would gave her life doing what she loved--flying. On March 21, 1943, Fort was killed when the landing gear of another plane clipped hers while they were in the skies near Abilene, Texas. One of the few women in the elite program of women pilots to witness the Japanese approach, Fort was one of 38 who died before the WASP disbanded in December 1944.

Texas Woman's University is the home of the official WASP Archive. Designated in 1992 by the WASP as their official repository, the collection contains over 1 million documents, 50,000+ photos, 700+ oral histories, and 700+ personal collections of the pilots--as well as film, audio, uniforms, artifacts, and thousands of other items. Every year the archive attracts researchers, scholars, historians, filmmakers, documentarians, students, media, and military personnel from around the world.

This holiday season, make plans to learn more about the WASP by visiting the Woman's Collection at the Blagg-Huey Library on the TWU Denton campus. WASP materials are also available for viewing online in the WASP Digital Archive.

~Kimberly Johnson

Free Massages for Students

Just in time to relieve some of that finals-related stress, Lauren DuRousseau LMT (licensed massage therapist) of TWU Fit & Rec will be giving free 5-minute massages in the living room area on the first floor of the Blagg-Huey Library, at the following times.

Monday, 12/12: 4p-6p
Tuesday, 12/13: 4p-6p

Sign up sheets will be available for the limited number of spots available. They go fast, so we recommend getting to the library right at 4 to reserve your time.

~Sandy Cochran 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Pardon Our Progress

Beginning Monday, November 28, 2016, the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus will be the site of some much-needed construction. As the roof replacement project proceeds, patrons will notice safety precautions (including fencing and overhead protection) in place for their benefit.

The library building (including Starbucks and the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence) will be open and fully operational during this project, which is scheduled for completion by early Summer 2017.

~Sandy Cochran

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Time to Turn Those Clocks Back

On the one hand it'll get dark earlier. On the other you'll have 60 more minutes to study work sleep. However you look at it, Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 6, 2016--so remember to set those clocks back one hour.

If your Sunday plans include some library time, the TWU Libraries will observe normal operating hours on November 6th (the [Denton] Blagg-Huey Library will be open noon to 2 a.m., and the Dallas Center Library and the Houston ARC will be closed]. 

Enjoy the extra hour, folks.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Grand Opening Nov. 3rd: A Portrait of Florence Nightingale

The TWU Libraries invite you to join us on Thursday, November 3, 2016 for the grand opening of A Life Unveiled: A Portrait of Florence Nightingale. A Life Unveiled is a significant collection, 35 years in the making, of Nightingale artifacts, original documents, and memorabilia.

Following light refreshments, collection curator and TWU alumnae Tony Paterniti, Ph.D, R.N. will share details of Nightingale's story--including the impact her work has had on nursing, statistics, sanitation reform, advocacy for the sick, hospital design, and more. Guided tours of A Life Unveiled will follow.

The TWU community and the general public are invited to join us at 2 p.m. in the living room area of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus as we pay tribute to Florence Nightingale and her life of service to the sick and dying.

~Sandy Cochran 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Frito Pie Connection

Everybody loves frito pie, TWU, and the TWU Libraries Cookbook Collection. Discover the connection between three of your favorite things in this article from TWU News.

~Sandy Cochran with Kimberly Johnson 

Halloween Face Painting on Streaming Video

Looking for inspiration for your Halloween makeup? Check out the following streaming videos available through the TWU Libraries with your Portal username and password. Access them via the TWU Libraries homepage > Databases A-Z List > K > Kanopy Videostreaming, then type the title in the search box at the top of the page.

Create Faces Face Painting: Halloween Horror  1 hr., 52 mins.
A professional clown and face painter demonstrates how to paint eight different full-face designs: Frankenstein, Living Dead/Zombie (2 variations), Mummy, Skull, Vampire, Half-skull, and Werewolf. She also discusses supplies, basic brush strokes, cleanup, and--for professionals working at fairs and birthday parties--marketing and working with children.

Monster Make-Up  37 minutes
Dick Smith, creator of special makeup effects for the films Altered States, The Exorcist, The Hunger, and Amadeus, shows you how it's done using easily available materials. Make your own blood, fake teeth, and fangs, and learn various shadowing and other techniques as you watch Smith transform an 18-year-old into a ghoulish zombie.

~Jimmie Lyn Harris with Sandy Cochran