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Celebrating Books, Copyright, and Intellectual Property Rights

April is the coolest month – for librarians! We celebrate National Library Week April 7th-13th, World Book and Copyright Day on April 23rd, and World Intellectual Property Day on April 26th.

You can still add to #MyLibraryMyStory on Twitter, and join the thousands that have been blogging all month. Or just read the great tweets already posted!

What’s the difference between copyright and an intellectual property claim? Intellectual property is the broadest, including copyrights, patents, and trademarks. These are then distinguished by the medium. If your idea is fixed in an image or text – like this page whether online or printed out – you can claim a copyright. If your idea is an invention for a machine or process, you can get a patent. If it is a slogan or logo distinguishing the origin of goods or services, you can claim a trademark. More information is at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Stop in and see our display on different kinds of intellectual property rights claims, how they contribute to our economy, and how to avoid violating them.

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National Kindergarten Day

National Kindergarten Day occurred this year on Sunday, April 21st. Our student worker Kayti created this attractive and informative display that we have been enjoying for a couple of weeks already. As she says, “Celebrate by grabbing a book to read or teaching a child something new!” All the books, puppets, and music on the display may be checked out.

Did you ever wonder why it is called Kindergarten – a German word? It’s origins are in Europe in the 1770s. The German educator Friedrich Froebel coined the name Kindergarten for a pre-school in which children (Kinder) would achieve self-understanding through playing with each other, and grow like plants in a garden (Garten).

 

National Poetry Month at the Library

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We are celebrating National Poetry Month with our annual poetry contest, Ink Cloud. Entries of original poetry and artwork are due by April 19th.

This year we are sponsoring an open mic poetry reading featuring the contest winners, on April 25th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Anthony Commons. You can participate by reading a favorite poem – written by you or someone else! Or just listen to others read.

To inspire you, we are displaying books from our poetry collection. (There is more in our online ebook collections, and in these journals.)

Meet David Rudny Winn, who coordinates our Poetry contest and offers us general  literary guidance.

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What do you do at the Library?

I am the clerk at the library desk every weekday morning.  I’m there to help you check out books, navigate library resources, and assist with using our technology.  I also help with some research questions that aren’t involved enough to need a librarian’s assistance.

In addition to running the annual Ink Cloud Poetry Contest, I process and curate the library’s Baker and Taylor book collection, which are popular new books that we lease for a limited time.  This collection can include anything from the latest popular thriller to a must-read memoir, up-and-coming YA fiction or even graphic novels. [Editor’s note: we are thrilled by the selections David captures for us. Our wait lists are not long, either!]

How did you gain your expertise?

I received my B.A. in English from the University of St. Francis in 2012.  I have been employed at the Allen County Public Library since 2012 and here at Ivy Tech since 2014.

Please tell us a little about your personal life.

I live on the south side of Fort Wayne with my wife Alex.  We have been together for seven years and married for two.  I play bass and share vocals in the grunge/hard rock band Withered Veins. We are just finishing up our first EP, and we’d love to see you in the crowd as we play shows around the area.

What is a favorite book you would recommend?

The Road by Cormac McCarthy is a book that will leave you feeling exhausted, but it is well worth reading.  While post-apocalyptic stories are more popular than ever, the core of the father-son relationship and the relentless bleakness of this tale makes it something uniquely potent, especially when delivered in McCarthy’s terse, but hauntingly beautiful style.

What is a favorite website you would recommend?

If you’re looking to waste some time dipping into the weird, you can’t go wrong with Atlas Obscura. It’s a collection of short articles detailing the weird and wonderful from around the world that can also function as a travel guide if you’re looking for something off the beaten path.

March is Frozen Food Month

An email from the Census Bureau alerted us that March is “Frozen Food Month.” Frozen food is easy to cook, but a complex topic. The frozen food industry was born in the USA and continues to develop globally, involving agriculture, food science, logistics, and refrigeration engineering – all subjects taught here at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne.

Frozen foods have both responded to, and influenced, our culture; from the way we cook to our transportation infrastructure. The contribution of this industry to our economy is massive. We have assembled some statistics in our library displays marking this month.

Tucked in among the charts, books, and journals are some themed treats, while supplies last … and yes, you can chew gum at the computers!

 

Edible Book Festival 2019

On April 1st, 2019, everyone will be eating our books! Literally! And, no, it is not an April Fool’s Day joke! 

We happily invite you to the Library’s 13th Annual Unforgettable Mouthwatering Edible Book Festival 2019!

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 What is it?

 This is an event that unites bibliophiles, book artists, and food lovers across the world. The Edible Book Festival is a yearly event that takes place on or around April 1st throughout the world. Participants create edible books that are exhibited and then consumed by festival attendants. They show off their culinary creativity by making a dish based on a book or a pun of a book title.

When and where?

April 1st, 2019 12:00-2:00 PM

Student Life Center
North Campus
3701 Dean Drive

Fort Wayne, IN 46835


Want to try your talent?

Register to participate (Register by Friday, March 22nd, 2019)

Dedication:

This year’s Edible Book Festival is dedicated to the memory of Gaylord R. Moore Gaines, who was one of the pioneer participants of the first Ivy Tech Edible Book Festival.  Gaylord spent more than 30 years at Ivy Tech, first as a student, and then as Administrative Services Manager.  Come to celebrate Gaylord’s legacy with us on April 1st, 2019!

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“All you wanna do is have some fun?”

The festival is free and open to Ivy Tech students, employees, and the general public!

More information on the Edible Book Festival webpage.

What is on the menu:

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Viewing of Edible Books. Refreshments available.
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Eating of Edible Books.
12:50 pm Announcements and Acknowledgements. People’s Choice Awards.
1:45 pm Announcement of the Best Tasting Entry Award.
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Face painting and food bracelet making.

 

Public Domain Day 2019

On January 1st 2019, works copyrighted in 1923 entered the public domain! This is the first “Public Domain Day” since Congress extended copyright in 1998. Books, films, and sheet music copyrighted that year in the United States are now free to use without seeking permission or paying fees. (Only the 1923 editions, if there are later copyrighted editions! Librarians call this the 1923 manifestation of a work.)

Duke University’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain has a detailed explanation and a list of some notable items that have “gone public.” They may be worth considering for course or research project materials. HathiTrust already has released over 20,000 books and scientific reports copyrighted in 1923.

Some works from 1923 are startlingly out of touch with current values. The full lyrics of “Yes! We Have No Bananas” – a song refrain my family has sung for years – reveal it is an ethnic caricature. Songs making fun of ethnic groups were popular in the 1920s. The Library of Congress has more examples, plus curricula for teaching about them and about attitudes towards immigrants. As upsetting as such materials may be, having them publicly available is important to understanding our current social climate.

A librarian can help you locate public domain materials, and answer your copyright questions. Here’s to many happy returns of Public Domain Day!

Favorite Fast Food Poll Results

We ran a Favorite Fast Food Poll next to the entrance area of the library for two weeks, to mark Fast Food Day on November 16th. Here are the results and analysis.

There were 5 total votes for McDonald’s items, so that was the favorite restaurant. There were 2 votes each for items from Arby’s and from Chipotle. The other establishments included a local, Salsa Grille; plus Chick-fil-A, Pizza Hut, and Panera Bread.

In terms of the favorite food item, there were 3 votes for fries, and 3 for Mexican items. Beef and chicken were even with 2 votes for burgers and 2 for chicken items.

Below are the raw data tabulated. Thank you to all who participated!

Further research is needed to resolve the question: Should anything including broccoli count as a fast food?

McDonald’s  Fries
McDonald’s  Fries
McDonald’s  Big Mac
McDonald’s  Chicken Nuggets w/ Sweet & Sour sauce
McDonald’s  Quarter Pounder w/ Cheese
Arby’s  Curly fries
Arby’s  Jalapeno bites
Chipotle  Chipotle bowl
Chipotle  Everything burrito
Salsa Grill  Taco salad bowl
Chick-fil-A  Spicy chicken sandwich
Pizza Hut  Large pepperoni pizza w/ extra cheese
Panera Bread  Broccoli soup