Thursday, April 22, 2010

Flannery's Last Peacock

TWU students, faculty, and staff and Denton community members enjoyed an entertaining discussion led by award winning author Jane Roberts Wood who shared excerpts from her latest short story, Flannery's Last Peacock.

The event, sponsored by the Department of English, Speech, and Foreign Languages and the Friends of the TWU Libraries was held March 30, 2010, in the TWU Blagg-Huey Library Joyce Thompson Lecture Hall.

Jane Roberts Wood is a recipient of the Texas Institute of Letters Award and is the author of a number of books including the classic Texas trilogy "The Train to Estelline," "A Place Called Sweet Shrub", "Mocha, the Read Doctor" and "Dance a Little Longer."

--Connie Maxwell

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Films on Demand: New Titles

New titles from Films Media Group have been added to the Films on Demand Health Collection.

Epigenetics: How Food Upsets Our Genes
Subject: Human Anatomy and Physiology
© 2008
43 Minutes
Why are girls entering puberty at progressively younger ages? Why are the rates of heart attack, cancer, and adult-onset diabetes rising? This program examines growing indications that food affects ou ... (more details)

First: Perspectives on Sexual Awakening and Identity
Subject: Personal Health & Wellness
© 2008
38 Minutes
Joy, fear, wild pleasure, a sense of danger-these emotions are at the core of almost any coming-of-age experience. Multiply them by a thousand, and maybe throw disgust or boredom into the mix, and you ... (more details)

H1N1: A Resilient Enemy
Subject: Public Health
© 2009
52 Minutes
What did the 2009 swine-origin H1N1 outbreak teach us about how to prepare for future pandemics? This program addresses the issue by traveling to viral hot spots around the world and interviewing high ... (more details)

Heartbreak Science
Subject: Health Care & Treatment
© 2009
55 Minutes
Is the heart more than just a muscular pump? Does it have a neurological importance, or perhaps even a mental or emotional capacity, overlooked by modern science? This program examines controversial t ... (more details)

Home Birth and Alternative Medicine: Two Baby on Board Case Studies
Subject: Health Care & Treatment
© 2008
24 Minutes
Will the use of alternative birthing and pregnancy therapies one day become the norm? No one can say for sure, but more and more young mothers are attracted to birthing methods that avoid medication a ... (more details)

Lou Gehrig's Disease: Insights into ALS
Subject: Diseases, Disorders & Disabilities
© 2007
25 Minutes
Although doctors don't know exactly what causes ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the last decade has brought new scientific insight into the disorder. This program follows the quest for better A ... (more details)

Nutrient Basics
Subject: Personal Health & Wellness
© 2005
16 Minutes
It was a bad day for the Nutrient Team! In this humorous parody of investigative reporting, a group of inquisitive teenagers must find vital foods stolen from their science exhibit-fast. In the proces ... (more details)

Obesity in a Bottle: Understanding Liquid Calories and Nutrition
Subject: Personal Health & Wellness
© 2008
21 Minutes
A soda or sugary juice drink-that's how most teenagers satisfy thirst. Help them make healthier choices with this entertaining, information-packed video. It uses a fast-paced, teen-friendly format to ... (more details)

Portion Size Me, Too! How to Make Healthy Fast-Food Choices
Subject: Personal Health & Wellness
© 2006
33 Minutes
Fast food is a delicious-but-fattening fact of teenage existence. This video returns to Eastern Illinois University as Ellen and Aaron further explore the concepts and strategies introduced in Portion ... (more details)

Reinventing Healthcare-A Fred Friendly Seminar
Subject: Health Care & Treatment
© 2008
57 Minutes
Can the U.S. afford to reform its healthcare system? Can it afford not to, with 46 million Americans lacking health insurance and millions more underinsured? This Fred Friendly Seminar explores the di ... (more details)

Subject: Human Anatomy and Physiology
© 1996
14 MinutesThis program describes external and internal respiration and explains how energy for bodily functions is produced in cells. The research and development of an anti-flu vaccine is featured. (14 minutes ... (more details)

Stuff You Need to Know about Party Drugs
Subject: Personal Health & Wellness
© 2007
26 Minutes
Aimed at young people as well as teachers, counselors, and parents, this program explores the threat of party drugs in a nonjudgmental way, encouraging young people to make responsible choices. It loo ... (more details)

The Incredible Human Machine
Subject: Human Anatomy and Physiology
© 2007
96 MinutesThe metaphor of the body as machine has helped generations of students make sense of the intricacies of human anatomy and physiology. This program-a complete update of the classic documentary by the s ... (more details)

The Secret of Genes
Subject: Personal Health & Wellness
© 2005
27 Minutes
Longevity may or may not come from one's family tree-but with the help of science, could it one day be "inserted" into our genes? This program looks at research in genetic modification that might help ... (more details)

Touch Wood: Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Subject: Diseases, Disorders & Disabilities
© 2006
46 Minutes
"OCD is built on magical beliefs that don't make much sense in the real world," says Cosmo-and he should know, because he has had the disorder since he was a child. In this program, Cosmo reaches out ... (more details)

LibQual Survey

LibQual Winner!

We greatly appreciate the feedback we received from all the respondents. The Libraries are pleased to congratulate Milan Kc, an international student from Nepal who is graduating this semester with a Masters in Government, who won the $250 Best Buy gift certificate for participating in the survey.

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-Connie Maxwell

Friday, April 9, 2010

National Library Week 2010 (April 11-17)

Communities Thrive @ Your Library

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. This week (April 11-17), schools, campuses and communities across the country celebrate National Library Week, a time to remind the public about the contribution libraries, librarians and library workers make to their communities every day. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

As Honorary Chair of National Library Week, Neil Gaiman, the 2009 Newbery Medal winner for “The Graveyard Book,” will speak to his lifelong love of libraries and the role they play in a democratic society by supporting intellectual freedom and privacy. Libraries and their communities are invited to a live Internet event, “An Evening with Neil Gaiman,” from 5 to 7 p.m. April 12, via

What makes the library unique is access to trained professionals – librarians – to help people find and interpret the information they need to make a difference in their lives. Our libraries also help keep us connected, providing a space for people of all ages, classes and races to come together, while keeping us connected to events and people around the world.

How can the library help you thrive? National Library Week is the perfect time to find out. Communities thrive @ your library.

Here are just a few of the things you can do this week and every week at the Texas Woman's University Libraries:

~ Greg Hardin