Thursday, May 14, 2015

Rejoice! Finals Are Over!

That's Appreciation  Students at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health
Sciences-Dallas Center express their appreciation for the Spring 2015 finals week
coffee breaks hosted by the Dallas Center Library.  Sponsored by the TWU Libraries
and the TWU Division of Student Life, the breaks are a popular TWU tradition.

Photograph by Ellen Hamlett.   
Spring 2015 finals are over, students have graduated, and new semesters are just around the corner.  Congratulations to the TWU Class of 2015!  You made it!

We are very proud of the students here at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center.  While stress was high during finals week, students were able to snack on delicious apples, goldfish, and protein bars courtesy of the Dallas Center Library's traditional finals week coffee breaks. As usual, the protein bars were a huge hit!  We also offered coffee, tea, apple cider, hot cocoa and water, and kept track of the students that came by the snack tables.  We tallied a total of 810 students!  Students were provided with access to a whiteboard where they left encouraging words for each other and thank yous to the library for its services. 
The library was very busy during finals week and the coffee breaks, but we were glad to help students during such a crucial time for them.  It was very exciting to see students at the end of the week, with huge smiles on their faces, telling us they were done!

~Lorena NaƱez-Bonilla

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

All TWU Libraries Open Between Semesters

Between semesters, the TWU Libraries in Denton and Dallas, and the Houston ARC, remain open during adjusted intersession hours. Summer hours begin Monday, June 1, 2015.

For details, see the operating schedules for the (Denton) Blagg-Huey Library, the Dallas Center Library and the Houston ARC.


Saturday, May 16 & Sunday, May 17, 2015
Saturday, May 23 & Sunday, May 24, 2015
Monday, May 25, 2015 (Memorial Day)
Saturday, May 30 & Sunday, May 31, 2015

Our virtual library services (including TWUniversal, databases, Subject Guides and more) are available 24/7 via the TWU Libraries website and TWU Libraries Mobile.

Questions?  Please contact us.  We are, as always, happy to assist you.

~Sandy Cochran  

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Professor's Corner: It's Epic! Derek Walcott's Omeros

The final session of the 2014-15 season of the Professor's Corner series (a free discussion group devoted to quality presentations on literary topics) will take place on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.  Please join us for It's Epic! Derek Walcott's Omeros.  Admission is free and open to all.  Refreshments will be served.

For series updates and other information, please like Professor’s Corner on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@profscorner).  

Nobel laureate Derek Walcott’s 1990 masterpiece Omeros updates the ancient tradition of epic poetry into the twentieth-century Caribbean.  Just as Homer’s Iliad not only tells the story of the Trojan War but also provides us a window onto the social, political and religious worldview of ancient Greek society, so Walcott uses a dispute among St. Lucian fishermen to explore modern West Indian experience in all its post-colonial, multicultural and linguistic complexity.  Unlike Homer, Walcott’s narrator also muses on his own wanderings to the U.S. and Europe, connecting the local world of the narrative to the broader one we inhabit.  In this session we will discuss selections from Omeros that illustrate why poet and novelist Robert Graves wrote that Walcott “handles English with a closer understanding of its inner magic than most . . . of his contemporaries.”  
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Denton Public Library, South Branch (3228 Teasley, Denton, Texas, 76210.  Just south of the Teasley/Lillian Miller intersection. A Google map and directions are available here.)

This program is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

This session's presenter is Dr. Carl Smeller, Associate 
Professor of English and Humanities at Texas Wesleyan University.  Dr. Smeller teaches American and world literatures, composition, science writing, grammar and interdisciplinary humanities.  He is a frequent presenter at Professor’s Corner.


Omeros from Wikipedia is available at  
Derek Walcott from Wikipedia is available at Walcott
Derek Walcott's Omeros is recommended for purchase, but not required.   


The purpose of this free series is to meet a public need for high-quality presentations on literary topics by featuring local English professors who talk about their special interests.  The presentations are aimed at the general public and allow for discussion. Gatherings are usually held on the second Wednesday of specified months from 7:00 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m., and readings of modest length are usually available in advance.  Announcements are available by e-mail; to get on the mailing list send a request to Fred Kamman of the Denton Public Library at


This is the final session of the 2014-2015 season.  The 2015-16 season will begin in the fall; watch this space for further details.


Fred Kamman of the Denton Public Library ( or 940-349-8752) 
Dr. Stephen Souris of Texas Woman’s University ( or 940-898-2343)

Many thanks to Denton Public LibraryVoertman'sRecycled Books Records CDs and Cooper’s Copies and Printing for their support.  This program was also made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

We hope to see you on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.

~Dr. Stephen Souris

Monday, May 11, 2015

May Your May Be A Good One

May Your May Be A Good One  The month of May is full of sig-
nificant observances, including Mental Health Awareness Month.
Image courtesy of Pinterest     
The month of May is filled with special days, starting with May Day on the 1st, ending with Memorial Day on the 31st, and featuring many other significant observances in between.  

May is American Stroke MonthAsian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and Mental Health Awareness Month.  The fifth month of the year features Star Wars DayCinco de MayoNational Women’s Health WeekNational Nurses Week, Nurses Day, Mother’s Day . . . and so much more to keep you busy!  

Spring 2015 final exams and graduation at TWU are in the rearview mirror, and students and faculty and staff members are busy making plans for the summer.  For library books, research resources and electronic materials, check out the TWU Libraries in Denton or Dallas, or the Houston ARC.  Need assistance?  You're invited, as always, to contact us.

For events and activities in Denton, check out the City of Denton site here. For Dallas fun check out this site, and for Houston events and activities, visit the Bayou City's official visitor's site.

How will you be busy in May?  However you choose to spend it, make the most of your May by perusing, planning for and participating in some of the many adventures available to you.

May your May be a good one!

~Marilyn Goff

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Lulu & Macy & Garda & Maggie

Therapy dog/volunteer teams from Paws Across Texas visited the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus
for an evening of tail-wagging, stress-relieving fun.  Therapy dogs Lulu (foreground); Garda (rear left);
Macy (rear right); and Maggie (not shown) were an immediate hit with students.  Photograph by Sean
Spear.  May 6, 2015.
The evening of Wednesday, May 6, 2015 was a special one for the patrons and staff of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.  On that night we welcomed therapy dog/volunteer teams from Paws Across Texas for some much-needed tail-wagging, stress-relieving fun with our new furry friends Lulu, Macy, Garda and Maggie.

A long line of dog lovers waited patiently for the pups to arrive and cheered loudly as they stepped off the elevator with their volunteer handlers.  Over 250 members of the TWU community visited the dogs, eagerly taking to the floor to pet the animals, chat with the volunteers, and experience some of the abundant stress-relieving magic the canine/human teams seemed to possess--just what many TWU students seemed to need in the middle of their Spring 2015 final exams.

TWU students and other patrons of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus wait patiently for their
turns to visit Paws Across Texas therapy dogs Lulu, Macy, Garda and Maggie.  The dogs and their owners/
handlers visited the campus during Spring 2015 finals week.  Photograph by Sean Spear.  May 6, 2015. 
Students and other library patrons took turns visiting Paws Across Texas therapy dogs in the Blagg-Huey
Library on the Denton campus during Spring 2015 finals week.  Over 250 visitors enjoyed the company of
therapy dogs Lulu, Macy, Garda and Maggie on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.  Photograph by Sean Spear.
May 6, 2015.
Seven-year-old Schnauzer Maggie, in the arms of owner/Paws Across Texas volunteer Virginia Hyatt, laps 
up attention from TWU students in the Blagg-Huey Library during a visit to the Denton campus.  Photograph 
by Sean Spear.  May 6, 2015.
A TWU student bonds with sweet-natured Garda, a Golden Retriever therapy dog with Paws Across Texas.  
Garda was one of four therapy dogs who visited the Blagg-Huey Library during Spring 2015 final exams.  
Photograph by Sean Spear.  May 6, 2015.  
Macy, a seven-year-old Border Collie, enjoys being the center of attention during a recent visit to the Blagg-
Huey Library on the Denton campus.  Macy and furry friends Lulu, Garda and Maggie are therapy dogs
with Paws Across Texas, a nonprofit organization which provides diversified therapy programs using trained
volunteers and their privately owned, registered therapy dogs.  Photograph by Sean Spear.  May 6, 2015.  
TWU students couldn't get enough of good-natured Garda, one of the Paws Across Texas therapy dogs who
visited the Blagg-Huey Library during Spring 2015 finals week.  Photograph by Sean Spear.  May 6, 2015.
TWU students are drawn to Paws Across Texas therapy dog Maggie, a seven-year-old Schnauzer.  Maggie
and fellow therapy dogs Lulu, Macy and Garda, along with their owners/handlers, visited the Blagg-Huey
Library on the Denton campus during Spring 2015 finals week.  Photograph by Sean Spear.  May 6, 2015.
Students happily sit on the floor of the Blagg-Huey Library to visit and bond
with therapy dogs from Paws Across Texas, a nonprofit organization dedi-
cated to providing diversified therapy programs using trained volunteers
and their privately-owned, registered therapy dogs.  Students patiently
wait their turns as Garda holds court in the foreground; behind Garda,
Macy (not shown) sits at the foot of owner/handler Don; and Schnauzer
Maggie is carried by owner/handler Virginia.  Photograph by Sean Spear.
May 6, 2015.
Students covered the floor in the living room area of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus to enjoy
the company of Paws Across Texas therapy dogs Lulu (foreground), Garda (rear left), Macy (rear right)
and Maggie (not shown).  The dogs and their owner/handlers visited the campus during Spring 2015 finals
week.  Photograph by Sean Spear.  May 6, 2015. 
Paws Across Texas Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c) charitable organization based in Fort Worth, Texas.  Its purpose is to provide diversified therapy programs using trained volunteers and their privately owned, registered therapy dogs. 

~Sandy Cochran

Monday, May 4, 2015

Mims' The Word: May The Fourth Be With You

The Force Is Strong In Dallas  Dallas Center Library staff members (L-R) Lorena Nanez-Bonilla, Mandie
Mims and Ellen Hamlett getting in the spirit of Star Wars Day, above and below. 
Today is a very special day.  For some of you, it is nothing more than the first day of finals, and that’s really nothing to be excited about (except that it means the semester is almost over.)  Did you know that today is also Star Wars Day?  Only seven more months 'til the next movie!

The TWU Libraries would like to remind you to do or do not, there is no try during finals week.  If you need a reprieve from all the testing pressure, come check out some of our many Star Wars books, all of which are housed in the Children’s Collection in Denton.

That’s it for this semester, T Dub.  And may the force be with you!

~Jason Mims