Monday, October 31, 2011

Library's Log, Stardate 2011.304 . . .

Library's log, stardate 2011.304. Our destination is planet Reference in the Blagg-Huey solar system. Live long and prosper!

Halloween by the Numbers

The observance of Halloween, which dates back to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago, has long been associated with images of witches, ghosts and vampires. Over the years, Halloween customs and rituals have changed dramatically. Today, Halloween is celebrated many different ways--with costumes, children trick-or-treating, carved pumpkins, haunted houses and parties (this and the data below courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau).

41 million: The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2010 (children ages 5 to 14) across the United States. Of course, many other children — younger than 5 and older than 14 — also go trick-or-treating.

1.1 billion: Number of pounds of pumpkin produced by major pumpkin-producing states in 2010. Illinois was tops, producing an estimated 427 million pounds of the vined orange gourd. California, New York and Ohio were also major pumpkin-producing states, each producing an estimated 100 million pounds or more.

116.7 million: Number of potential stops for trick-or-treaters in 2010 (the number of occupied housing units across the nation that year).

1,177: Number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2009--employing 34,252 people. California led the nation in the number of these manufacturers, with 135, followed by Pennsylvania, with 111.

24.7: Number of pounds of candy consumed by Americans, per capita, in 2010.

Last but not least, s
ome places around the country with year-round Halloween spirit: Transylvania County, N.C.; Tombstone, Ariz.; Pumpkin Center, N.C.; Pumpkin Bend, Ark.; Cape Fear in New Hanover County, N.C.; Cape Fear in Chatham County, N.C.; Skull Creek, Neb.; and Pumpkin and Pumpkin Center, Texas.

By: Jimmie Harris

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Calling All Writers: NaNoWriMo is Here

Have you ever wanted to write a novel? Like the challenge of a tough deadline? Want to connect with other aspiring novelists? Then this may be the event for you!

TWU will be joining universities, high schools and writing groups across the country in observing National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo.

A San Francisco writers group started the first NaNoWriMo in 1999, encouraging its members to write every day of November to create 50,000-word novels--about 175 pages--by midnight on November 30th.

TWU Libraries will host a NaNoWriMo Kickoff Party for all TWU students, faculty and staff, where participants will be given "survival kits" featuring inspirational calendars, informational flyers and more. The Kickoff Party will take place this Tuesday, November 1st from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in the living room area on the first floor of the Blagg-Huey Library on TWU's Denton campus. For assistance, stop at the Information Desk just inside the front doors and a library staff member there will be happy to direct you. R.S.V.P. for the Kickoff Party at

The Blagg-Huey Library will also host a Write In on Thursday, November 10th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Woman’s Collection Reading Room on the library's second floor. Also in the Woman’s Collection will be an exhibit on women writers who are former students or graduates of TWU--including Ann Rice, Gloria Anzaldua, Helen Gurley Brown and more.

For more information on TWU's observance of NaNoWriMo contact Heidi Ashbaugh at

For the writer in you--please join us.

By: Heidi Ashbaugh
Tales from the Dark Side

‘Tis the witching time of year!

What better place to find your spooky Halloween reading than the library?

The reigning “Master of Horror” Stephen King is one of the most prolific writers of horror in history. Throughout the library we have many books written by King--including his first published novel, Carrie (1974).

Many King books, including Carrie, have been made into some of the scariest movies of all time. These include:

There are also short story collections available, including:

All of these books, and more, are available in the Denton Browsing and other collections at the Blagg-Huey Library.

Happy reading and Happy Halloween!

By: Felicia Cleburn

Monday, October 24, 2011

Library Workshops Coming to Houston

2 free library workshops are now on the calendar for all TWU students, faculty and staff in Houston, including one on Thursday of this week:

1) Houston Library Workshop Thursday, October 27th 3-4 p.m. Room 4310

2) Houston Library Workshop
Wednesday, November 16th4-5 p.m. ● Room 4310

Workshops are held in the Academic Resource Center (ARC) and are taught by Medical Librarian Marilyn Goff,
MLS, AHIP. Marilyn is prepared to cover all facets of library research. Questions are welcome and encouraged.

For more information, contact Marilyn Goff at or 713-794-2481.

By: Marilyn Goff

DVAM 2011: Stop the Violence Now

If you have a female or children in your life--and we all do--this month holds special significance for you.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), a national event established by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
and dedicated to the eradication of violence against women and children in our country.

Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, affects many of our fellow Americans--community-, state-, and nationwide. In Texas in 2009 alone there were almost 200,000 reported cases of domestic violence (Texas Council on Family Violence)--and these were just the reported cases.

The TWU Libraries, in an effort to educate and inform members of the TWU community about this subject, are now featuring on their website a DVAM webpage (at and an extensive bibliography of resources compiled by Family Sciences Subject Librarian Jimmie Harris and Women's Collection Coordinator Kimberly Johnson. Included are a review of the topic and numerous selected databases, journals, print and electronic books and internet links.

Whether you or someone you know has been a victim of domestic violence; you want to celebrate and honor those who have survived; you want to connect to those who work to end violence; or you simply wish to know more--these resources will inform and enlighten you about a problem that affects us all.

Help stop the violence--now.

By: Jimmie Harris and Sandy Cochran

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Fall 2011 Library Workshops Now Available

Fall Into One of Our Useful Workshops

Once again the TWU Libraries are offering several useful and informative library training sessions. The following workshops are now available and open for registration:

1) Thursday, October 20th at 11 a.m.: Graduate Assistant Training

2) Tuesday, October 25th at Noon: Library Workshop

3) Tuesday, October 25th at 1 p.m.: RefWorks Workshop

4) Tuesday, November 8th at Noon: Graduate Assistant Training

In these workshops--and others offered throughout the semester--TWU librarians teach and demonstrate how to use TWU library resources to find information pertinent to your discipline/major. We discuss subject guides, full-text resources, basic/advanced search options, search strategies, access requirements and more.

Seating is limited, so make your reservation(s) today by submitting a Blagg-Huey Workshop Form (available at or by contacting Reference Librarian Jimmie Harris at 940-898-3740 or Jimmie also offers individual training by appointment.

All workshops take place in the Reference Training Room (RTR) of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus. If you need help finding the room, or any other assistance, stop by the Information Desk just inside the front doors of the library and a staff member there will be happy to assist you.

Fall into a library workshop--you'll be glad you did.

By: Sandy Cochran