Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Clarabel Tanner Collection of Children's Book Art

Left: A signed illustration from Randy's Dandy Lions, written and illustrated by Bill Peet, is part of the Clarabel Tanner Collection housed in the Children's Collection of the Blagg-Huey Library. Randy's Dandy Lions, the first book Peet published after leaving Walt Disney Studios, is the story of five circus lions too timid to perform. Milt the Lion is shown precariously walking on a pair of tall blue stilts. This watercolor-and-pencil drawing is reminiscent of the many animated characters Peet created while working as a Disney illustrator.

When you think of children’s books, what comes to mind? Since pictures bring stories to life, it is probably the illustrations.

The Children’s Collection of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton ca
mpus of TWU is honored to be the permanent home of the Clarabel Tanner Collection, the distinguished lifetime collection of children's book art amassed by Dr. Clarabel Tanner (1918- ). Dr. Tanner (below left) is an accomplished TWU alumna who had a long and important career as an academic librarian. The collection, housed in the Children's Collection on the Garden Level of the library, has also been digitized for easy access by all.

C
onsisting of 25 pieces of original children’s book art and a portrait of Dr. Tanner, this collection includes 11 original works by winners of the prestigious Caldecott Medal (awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children); eight pieces by Caldecott Medal runners-up; and an original 19th-century woodcut by Randolph Caldecott. Summaries are included in the digitized collection with medium, background and other information.

Above: This charming illustration by P.D. Eastman--from his book Are You My Mother?, one of the best-loved children's books of all time--is both cover art and an illustration within the text of the story. The subjects, drawn in pencil, are a lost bird looking for his mother sitting on a dog's head, asking, ''Are you my mother?" The Academy Award-winning Eastman worked on a wartime film unit with Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss), whose wife arranged for this sketch to be given to Dr. Tanner.

The Clarabel Tanner Collection is available for viewing in the Children's Collection during regular Children's Collection hours or online anytime.

Enjoy.

--Jimmie Lyn Harris

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

New in June: The Latest Titles to Read or Watch

The new titles list from TWU Libraries is here!

The list of June additions to TWU Libraries collections, totaling 391 titles, includes multiple resources in each of a wide array of subject areas.

In addition to numerous print resources, several DVDs--including America: The Story of Us (shown)--are among the new arrivals. Media titles such as those included here can be valuable sources to cite within research papers. Some examples are difficult to vividly port
ray in writing, and can be more fully realized in video recordings--which therefore allow the researcher an experience more similar to first-hand perspective than print resources are sometimes capable of providing. Keep in mind, also, that streaming videos--while not included on this new arrivals list--are accessible 24/7 from the comforts of home through TWUniversal Search, affording users availability and convenience on a par with e-books. Pictured: America: The Story of Us, produced by Nutopia for the History Channel. A riveting adventure of how America was invented. America: The Story of Us focuses on the people, ideas and events that built our nation, covering 400 years of American history in the most extensive and in-depth television series ever produced by History. Sharing their thoughts on the building of America, and what it means to be an American, is a world-class group of individuals including Tom Brokaw, Michael Douglas, Meryl Streep, Buzz Aldrin, Colin Powell, Donald Trump, John Legend, Melissa Etheridge, Brian Williams and more. From the cover.

Whether reading or watching, we hope you enjoy this plethora of new resources provided by TWU Libraries.

--Aubrey James

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Growing Pinterest in TWU Libraries

Bookshelf Wall (left). One of the 15 Most Popular Pictures on Pinterest.

pinterest [n., pin-ter-ist]

1. A visual and extremely addictive content-sharing service that allows members to "pin" images, videos and other objects to their pinboard. Side effects include a mysterious loss of large chunks of time and, inevitably, the use of 'pinteresting' puns: compound pinterest, of great pinterest, how pinteresting, etc.

If you don't know
Pinterest, you will.

Based in Palo Alto, California, Pinterest was created a mere two+ years ago and is already the web's 3rd-most popular social site (behind only Facebook and Twitter.) Mashable.com. Pinterest is a virtual pinboard which allows you to organize and share things you find on the web. (By using the search box at the top of the page) you can browse pinboards created by other people to discover new things, and get inspiration from people who share your interests (pinterests?). From Pinning 101 at pinterest.com.

TWU Libraries are pleased to announce that we are now on Pinterest--at http://pinterest.com/twulibraries/nterest.com/twulibraries/--and we hope you'll pay us a visit. Now in beta testing, our first boards have been posted--on Useful Things, New Books at TWU, Displays & Exhibits, TWU Life and Cookbooks & Recipes--and more pins and boards are on the way. Right: From our Displays & Exhibits board, a part of the Fourth of July display in the Children's Collection of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus. Red, White, Blue, and Uncle Who?: The Stories Behind Some of America's Patriotic Symbols by Teresa Bateman. Illustrations by John O'Brien.

We hope you enjoy what you see; repin to your heart's content; and let us know what you'd like to see--or see more of--on Pinterest from TWU Libraries. To give feedback on
TWU Libraries on Pinterest please contact TWU Libraries staff members and Pinterest editors Katie Breithaupt or Jimmie Lyn Harris. We are very pinterested to know what you think.

--Sandy Cochran

Monday, June 25, 2012

Happy Monday: The Way to Start a Week

I have to be honest here.

The mention of books in a bookshop doesn't hurt, but even if 21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity didn't contain it, I'd still find a way to feature the photo essay here.
Any day is a good day to have your faith in humanity restored--especially a Monday. Photo left: A sign at an awesome bookshop, from 21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity on BuzzFeed.

Enjoy.

--Sandy Cochran

Friday, June 22, 2012

Pride: The Stonewall Riots and Beyond

A humble setting for a defining moment (left): The Stonewall Inn, site of the 1969 Stonewall riots, New York City's Greenwich Village neighborhood circa September, 1969. A sign in the window read 'We homosexuals plead with our people to please help maintain peaceful and quiet conduct on the streets of the Village--Mattachine.' From Stonewall: The Riots that Sparked the Gay Revolution by David Carter. St. Martin's Press, 2004.

AMIDST A PERFECT STORM, A MOVEMENT BEGINS

American gays and lesbians in the 1950s and 1960s faced an anti-homosexual legal system. Early homophile groups in the U.S. were seeking to prove that gay people could and should be assimilated into society, favoring non-confrontational education for homosexuals and heterosexuals alike. The last years of the 1960s--which included t
he Civil Rights Movement, anti-Vietnam War demonstrations, the 1960s counterculture and the women's movement--were a time of social revolution and demands for greater individual freedoms. Wikipedia.org, 2012. Judy Garland’s death and funeral had shocked the Gay Community. Tension was running high. In the liberal environment of Greenwich Village, the stage was set.

In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 the New York City police conducted a raid on the Stonewall Inn. To the regulars there, raids like this were common--the patrons of the tavern were used to being under the threat of arrest--but this raid would not go as the NYPD had planned. For the first time, patrons of the bar resisted the police and fought back. The riots that followed launched the modern Gay Rights movement.

What a difference a revolution makes (right): The Stonewall Inn, circa 2010, proudly displaying numerous rainbow flags (aka freedom flags), a symbol of LGBT pride. The flag's stripes were designed to symbolize life (red), healing (orange), sunlight (yellow), nature (green), harmony (blue) and spirit (purple/violet). Photo courtesy of wikipedia.org.

MODERN PRIDE

Every June, Pride parades and other events are held throughout the country and the world to commemorate the Stonewall riots and to help raise awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues. Houston, home of the 3rd-largest gay population in the U.S., is also home base for Pride Houston, a central part of the LGBT community in that city. Gay Pride festivities in Houston are always attended by the city's Mayor Annise Parker, who is gay. Dallas and the Denton area also host a variety of Pride events in June and the fall.

At Texas Woman's University, PRIDE
is the student organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual and questioning students and their straight allies as it affirms, supports and advocates for LGBT issues.

TWU Libraries provide access to many resources on Gay History and LGBT issues.
These resources--including e-books, videos and journal articles--range from entertaining leisure reading to the complex, analytical and thought-provoking (including many TWU dissertations and theses; search for these at ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) and Dissertations & Theses @ Texas Woman's University.) The libraries also feature on their website a guide to Gay-Lesbian Resources which includes archival and bibliographic material and a rich collection of websites. For easy access, links to suggested databases and specific journals are also featured. For questions regarding these or other TWU Libraries resources, simply Ask a Librarian. A library staff member will be happy to assist you.

--Marilyn Goff and Andy Tucker

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Clown in the Basement: The Rediscovery of Capt. Bill Tischler

A heartwarming find  Pilot profile: Bill Tischler by Ed Mack Miller, published in United Mainliner, October, 
1965.  When not in the skies, Capt. Tischler entertained hospitalized children as Jingles the Clown.
Sifting through dusty, unorganized boxes in the basement of the Blagg-Huey Library on TWU's Denton campus is always intriguing--I never know what I will find.

While processing and organizing materials that make up a portion of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) Official Archive housed in the Woman’s Collection on the second floor of the library, I discovered an article about Captain William (Bill) Tischler that I couldn't put down.

It was during World War II that more than 1,000 women left their homes to become the first women in history to fly for the U.S. military.  Volunteering as civilian pilots in an experimental Army Air Corps program, these women flew every plane in the army’s arsenal in order to free male pilots for oversees duty.

Training for the program was held in 1943 and 1944 at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, where WASP trainees were instructed by pilots like Capt. Tischler.  As luck would have it, I came across an article entitled Pilot profile: Bill Tischler which had been published in the October 1965 issue of United Mainliner magazine.

My initial thought was how interesting--a successful military and commercial pilot who also entertained hospitalized children as Jingles the Clown during his downtime.  As I picked up the article for a closer inspection, something unexpectedly fluttered to the ground.  To my happy surprise it was a photograph of Jingles and a little boy with leg braces, crutches--and a very big smile.

A happy surprise  An unidentified child at San Francisco Children's Hospital is entertained by 
Jingles the Clown, aka Capt. Bill Tischler, in July, 1966.
What a heartwarming photo of clown and child, I thought. On the back was written Capt. William Tischler is Jingles the Clown at San Francisco Children’s Hospital, July 1966.

I found myself fascinated with the clown in the basement, so I decided to do a bit more research.  In the Woman's Collection Vault I located a biofile on Capt. Tischler, filled with several news articles--but not the one I had just discovered.  Being the historian that I am, I promptly added these newly discovered treasures to the file.

Pleased both with the finds and their addition to the WASP Archive, I am happy to report that Jingles has left the basement and taken up permanent residency in the Vault. Others can now have the same heartwarming experience I did of seeing Capt. Tischler putting a smile on the face of a child who truly needed it--one of the many sick children Tishchler visited as Jingles the Clown.

After the war Capt. Tischler joined United Airlines and became, at age 40, their youngest jet pilot captain.  A native of Eagle Pass and Temple, Texas, Tischler made his home in Nevada after retiring from the skies.  He died in 1997.

The article Pilot profile: Bill Tischler by Ed Mack Miller and the photo of Jingles the Clown--as well as many other treasures in the Woman's Collection Vault--are available for viewing in the Woman's Collection on the second floor of the Blagg-Huey Library 
Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  A library staff member in room 205 will be happy to assist you.

~Christina Wagoner

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Your Libraries, Your Blog: We're Listening

TWU Libraries do what we do for the benefit of students, faculty and staff and other members of the TWU community. As the libraries' Mission Statement page clearly outlines, the libraries value--among other things--collaboration with all areas of the University and the greater library community; lifelong learning for library users; and quality, user-centered service for students and other library users. The libraries of TWU are located on the Denton, Dallas and Houston campuses--but in a very real sense they are your libraries.

Check It Out: The TWU Libraries Blog--your blog--is dedicated to supporting the libraries' mission whenever possible. We've made real progress, we believe, in increasing its value to the libraries and their users--but the opinions that really count are yours.

Has the blog and its writing staff helped you in some way? Are we lacking coverage of specific topics you're interested in? What do you enjoy most about the blog? The least?
Has there been a post that went on a little long--or not long enough? Is there something--anything--about the libraries that you wish you knew more about? This kind of input is invaluable to the editorial staff of your blog and we invite you, as a valued member of our audience, to give it.

Blog post comments are now possible, invited and welcome (see the Post a Comment link below each post.) You can leave your name or remain anonymous, but either way we encourage you to tell us what's on your mind. As you read the posts each day, what are your reactions? Do you have a question or a gripe, comment, compliment or suggestion? We want to hear them all.

We're listening.

Photo courtesy of cpcstrategy.com.

--Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Miss the Blagg-Huey Book Sale? Fuhgeddaboudit!

As a writer and true blue fan of the English language, I still would be hard-pressed to come up with my favorite word or words. Two of the best, however, have to be book and sale. And the two together? As my Yankee friends would say, fuhgeddaboudit--I'm there.

For a limited time only, the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU is having a book sale on an overflow of books from our Book Sale section. Offered at rock-bottom prices (with most books priced at $1 and many going for as low as a quarter) is a wide array of vintage and other cookbooks--plus an assortment of novels, Christmas and craft books and more. Look for the book sale carts near the first-floor elevators, and on your way into the library remember to check out the free books (yes, I said free) available for the taking from a cart just inside the main entrance. As always, books are for sale near the Browsing Collection on the first floor.

Hurry and get your free and sale books while they last--but the seafood cookery guide The Blue Sea Cookbook by Sarah D. Alberson? Fuhgeddaboudit--it's mine.

--Sandy Cochran

Monday, June 18, 2012

Tattoo You? FDA Says Think Before You Ink

Although it's hard to argue with the sentiment behind the tattoo left, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as part of its ongoing Protecting and Promoting Your Health public service campaign, advises knowing what's involved before making this or any other ink a part of your body's largest organ. Photo courtesy of contrariwise.org.

As with many other things, educating yourself is a crucial first step. If you're considering a permanent tattoo or makeup (or even a henna or sticker-type temporary tattoo), the FDA has compiled the following for your consideration.

PERMANENT TATTOOS
--These last forever
--They involve colored ink being injected into the skin with a needle
--Tattoo inks are not tested for safety
--Tattoo inks are not FDA-approved
--Although some inks used are cosmetic, other inks used may be printing inks or car paint
--Dirty tattoo needles can transmit diseases such as hepatitis and HIV
--Allergic reactions can cause disfigurement
--The process can cause the formation of lumps or bumps in your skin
--MRIs have been known to cause swelling and burning at tattoo sites
--If you change your mind (as many do), tattoo removal requires medical intervention, is costly, may require surgery, and can leave scars
--To report a bad reaction, contact the FDA at 1.800.FDA.108 or
CAERS@cfsan.fda.gov.

HENNA (MEHNDI) TATTOOS
--Involve the use of natural plant dye which stains the skin
--Do not involve the use of needles
--The color lasts 2 to 3 weeks
--Henna is approved by the FDA only as hair dye, not for use on skin

STICKER TATTOOS
--The designs are on coated paper
--They are applied to skin either with water or rubbed on
--They last only a few days
--Must contain only colors permitted for use in cosmetics to be used on skin

Source:
FDA: U.S. Food and Drug Administration. For Consumers: Tattoos and Permanent Make-up.

Whether you're considering a few stars on your arm or a more substantial design, it can't hurt to take a few minutes to consider the FDA's recommendation and think before you ink.

--Elaine Cox

Friday, June 15, 2012

Juneteenth 2012

Juneteenth, traditionally celebrated the weekend nearest June 19th, is a holiday commemorating the Union announcement on June 19th, 1865, that all Texas slaves were free. Juneteenth celebrations can be found throughout Texas, the country and the world this month.

Houston’s Emancipation Park--the country’s first public park, and known as 'the park where Juneteenth began'--will feature festivities (including pageants, parades and talent shows) throughout the month of June. In Dallas, Juneteenth 2012 is celebrated at State Fair Park with music, food, dancing, storytelling and other events. Denton's Fred Moore Park will be the site of a variety of Juneteenth activities--including picnics, parades, historical lectures, genealogical seminars, a fashion show, and art and other cultural displays--on June 15th and 16th.

For those interested in researching Juneteenth and other topics related to African American history, the database Ethnic Studies Video Online--available to TWU students, faculty members and staff via the TWU Libraries homepage under Research/Databases A-Z List/E--is an excellent source. Links to many other resources are featured on the TWU Libraries' Multiculturalism and Diversity page.

Find a Juneteenth celebration near you, and this weekend be a part of the celebration of a part of America’s heritage.

Enjoy!

--Marilyn Goff

4 New Health Databases Available

TWU students, faculty and staff members and others interested in learning, teaching or researching topics in nursing or other health-related fields now have four new databases available for their use through TWU Libraries.

OECD Health Statistics is OECD's (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) online library for books, papers and statistics, and is the gateway to OECD's analysis and data. Access it via the TWU Libraries homepage at Databases A-Z List/O/OECD Health Statistics.

Rehabilitation Reference Center
is a clinical reference tool designed for use by rehabilitation clinicians and physical and occupational therapists at the point of care. It provides valid and relevant information intuitively and conveniently, using the best available evidence to help support clinical decisions. Access it via the TWU Libraries homepage at Databases A-Z List/R/Rehabilitation Reference Center.

Health and Society in Video defines and explores the latest medical progress regarding health and wellness issues and their impact on society with hundreds of premium documentaries, profiles, reports and interviews.
Access it via the TWU Libraries homepage at Databases A-Z List/H/Health and Society in Video.

Nursing Digital Library
is a compilation of individual titles produced for use in nursing education. All titles are indexed and divided into short segments for easy access.
Access it via the TWU Libraries homepage at Databases A-Z List/N/Nursing Digital Library.

For questions regarding these or any other databases, the most convenient way to contact TWU Libraries is to use the online Ask a Librarian form. A librarian will be happy to assist you.

--Sandy Cochran

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign

If you haven't visited the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus recently, we invite you to stop in and see what's new. As you walk through the building you will be treated to a whole array of new signage designed to help users navigate their way through the building.

Some of our signage is large . . .
. . . and some is small.
Some is for safety . . .. . . and some give directions, . . .
&
. . . while some identify departments . . .
. . . or staff offices.
Still others are there to alert you . . .
. . . or highlight our services.

Whatever your need in the Blagg-Huey Library, a sign is now posted to assist you. But we're not done yet! You will continue to see signs added which reflect building changes in the planning stage.

Come by and check out our latest additions. Just follow the signs!

--Kris Reed / Photographs by Brita Stewart

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Heard a Good Book Lately?

Life keeps getting busier and busier, and that pile of reading material never seems to get any smaller. With schedules and days packed from morning 'til night, who has time to read?

One solution? Audiobooks. Listening to an audiobook while driving to and from school or work is the perfect way to whittle down that pile. Audiobooks--in addition to being great commuting and vacation companions--can be used while exercising, relaxing, cooking, cleaning, gardening, crafting, walking the dog and more.

June is
Audiobook Month, an annual initiative of the Audio Publishers Association with the goal of enhancing the visibility, awareness and popularity of audiobooks. TWU Libraries are pleased to celebrate Audiobook Month by providing our patrons with a glimpse of some of the audiobooks in our collection. To find others, use TWUniversal Search to search by title, author or subject--or you are always welcome to visit and browse the Children's/Media Collection (located on the Garden Level of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus) during Children's Collection hours.

Enjoy.

Mr. Murder by Dean R. Koontz
Summ
ary: A madman, claiming to be the real Marty Stillwater, wages a terrifying campaign to eliminate mystery writer Marty Stillwater.
Location: TWU Denton Media Collection
Call Nu
mber: CD 869


Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson and Alfred Molina
Summary:
While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, an innkeeper and her son find a treasure map that leads to a pirate fortune--and great danger.
Location: TWU Denton Media Collection
Call Number: CD 822

Eglantine: Allie's Ghost Hunters: Case 1 by Catherine Jinks; read by Melissa Chambers
Summa
ry: Who is writing on the walls? A spooky paranormal mystery for Allie's Ghost Hunters to solve, involving mysterious handwriting that keeps appearing on the bedroom walls . . .
Location: TWU Denton Media Collection
Call Number: C
D 859

Dragonsdale by Salamanda Drake and Jill Shilling
Summary:
Cara yearns to ride her beloved Skydancer, a rare Goldenbrow dragon, but her father refuses to permit her to fly. She must be content with mucking out stalls and helping to raise young dragons at the famed stud and training farm known as Dragonsdale.
Location: TWU Denton Media Collection
Call Number: CD 845

The Great Ideas of Psychology by Daniel N. Robinson
Summary:
48 lectures are presented, tracing the development and evolution of psychology from ancient times to the twentieth century.
Location: TWU Denton Media Collection
Call Number: CD 882


Hola,
Amigos! by Ana C. Jarvis, Raquel Lebredo and Francisco Mena-Ayllón
Summ
ary: This audio program provides pronunciation and listening-comprehension practice to help students improve their speaking and listening skills and boost their confidence in Spanish conversation.
Location: TWU Denton Media Collection
Call Number: CD 821


--Jimmie Lyn Harris

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Just in Time for the Beach: May's New Arrivals

Texas Woman's University Libraries, as we do every month, received a large number of new titles in May.

The list of new titles, available here, includes over 400 books and video recordings ready for use by students, faculty and staff members and other library patrons. A variety of subjects is represented, including a significant number of children’s books and Browsing Collection materials.

Whether you need a children’s book for a class project; to read to a young family member or friend--or you just love how adorable juvenile literature is--your children's literature options are greater than ever at TWU Libraries. The Browsing Collection, designed to house recreational reading and many bestselling and other popular books (including mysteries, romance novels, sci-fi and more), is the perfect place to find just the right book for your next trip--or trip to the shore.

Check back regularly for the latest additions to our collections, and in the meantime--see you at the beach. Photo courtesy of nytimes.com.

--Aubrey James

Monday, June 11, 2012

Thought for Food: Should We Be On Information Diets?

Life today is about information--and lots of it.

It's common knowledge--the more technology has advanced, the smaller the world has gotten.
No matter who you are or what you do, it is virtually inescapable--all manner of sensory input surrounds us and continually bombards us. Modern-day humans have an almost limitless supply of information at our disposal, which begs the question--should limits be imposed where there are none? Would we be better off? Should we curate the information we ingest? Should we put boundaries on our consumption? When it comes to information, would we be healthier and happier souls if we controlled our appetites?

In the 8-minute TED talk Information is Food, food and information aficionado J.P. Rangaswami shares his thought-provoking approach to these questions by outlining the analogies between his two main passions; advocating a novel perspective of information as a whole; and by leaving us with the intriguing, ultimate question: If we began to think of all the information that we consume as we think of food, what would we do differently?
Photo above from the TED talk Information is Food by J.P. Rangaswami.

With a background in economics and journalism, Rangaswami has been a technology innovator and chief information officer for many leading financial firms. An advocate for open source and disruptive technologies, he has been a leading force in the success of multiple start-ups. He blogs (unmissably) at
Confused of Calcutta. TED: Ideas Worth Spreading.

Is it time for an information diet?
Food for thought.

--Janet Bickel-Burton

Kudos to Student Assistant Wen Chong

Be sure to congratulate Wen Chong--student assistant in the Circulation Department of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus--when you see her!

Wen (left) was recently inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, the oldest and most exclusive all-discipline honor society in the United States.

Wen, a junior in the Department of Biology, has been working at the Blagg-Huey Library since January 2012. She is an asset to the library and the TWU community, and we know she will continue to do great things.

Congratulations, Wen!

--Caroline Pendleton

Friday, June 8, 2012

Hidden Treasure on the Garden Level

Welcome to the Children's Collection!

One of the hidden treasures of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of Texas Woman's University is the Children’s Collection located on the Garden Level. Nestled in one of the quietest areas of the building, the collection includes not only books suitable for children of all ages--from board books for infants to bestsellers for teens--but also comfortable, out-of-the-way spaces for students to work.

Students search for the perfect board book from the large assortment available.

Designed primarily to make children's reading and reference materials available to stu
dents in the fields of Education, Reading, Library & Information Studies and more, the Children's Collection is also a hidden gem of a study space for students of all disciplines.

The Reference and Media section of the Children's Collection.

Many students find the Children's Collection the perfect place to bring a laptop or iPad to work. There you will find four computers, tables and chairs for studying and comfortable upholstered chairs.

Almost like home: Four computers allow students to work in a quiet, inviting atmosphere.

The warm and inviting atmosphere includes colorful, revolving displays on a variety of subjects, each composed of materials available for checkout.

My own private spot: Upholstered chairs are just the right spots for reading.

The Children's Collection is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday thru Friday. For those needing material from the collection at other times, please stop by the Information Desk on the first floor of the library just inside the main entrance. A library staff member there will be happy to assist you.

--Jimmie Lyn Harris