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Constitution day September 17th

Celebrate Constitution Day by spending some time with the document that grants US citizens their rights and privileges. An annotated online version is available from Congress.gov that aims to increase understanding of the Constitution and how it affects our society.

Constitution Annotated allows users to browse through all the Articles and Amendments, providing links to Supreme Court decisions based on each. Users can also perform topic searches and find all the passages in the Articles and Amendments and the Supreme Court cases dealing with that topic. For example, I searched “religion” in the topic search bar at the top of the page, and a list is generated of all passages in the Constitution and in Supreme Court decisions that include the term.

Notice that all the State and federal laws held unconstitutional by the Supreme Court have been tabulated for easy cross-reference.

On the same site are links to digitized primary source documents from the Constitutional Convention. View George Washington’s copy of the constitution draft annotated in his own handwriting! Read a broadside “Ode” celebrating the Constitution. Peruse pamphlets published in state and national newspapers arguing for and against the national Constitution and its ratification process. There is a very helpful “Historical Note” on the formation of the constitution, that places all of these documents in context.

With all these resources, we can surely go forth and “form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

July 4th: Visit Hawkins, Indiana

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Are you returning to Hawkins, Indiana this summer? You will want to prepare by browsing the library’s collection of books on the weirder aspects of our state. We have a Stranger Things-themed display this month with books on paranormal phenomena, the CIA, government conspiracy theories, the dangers of role-playing games, and more.

 

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 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.