The month of November seems especially rich in historical commemorations, starting on November 1st when Christians celebrate All Saints Day. Guy Fawkes Day on November 5th recalls England’s struggle for religious freedom, and November 19th is the anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address during the American Civil War. During this month we honor our Native American heritage, especially on Thanksgiving; hold elections; and honor our veterans. The Library of Congress has many resources for students of all ages to explore these topics.
A newly digitized collection of 14 historical newspapers published in Native communities is gathered in the database Chronicling America. These range from coast to coast and cover nearly a century: 1828 to 1922. Many include transcriptions in Native languages along with English language articles that reveal the points of view and concerns of their communities. Try reading the Cherokee writing that Sequoya invented!
Veterans’ Day was originally Armistice Day, celebrating the end of the Great War, which later became known as World War I. November 11th, 2018 will mark 100 years since the cessation of hostilities. Several divisions of the Library of Congress have contributed short introductions highlighting items from their collections relevant to this occasion.
One of the most moving eulogies to veterans is President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. View an autograph manuscript copy from the Library of Congress collections.
We have books on all these topics available for checkout. This month we are displaying children’s books on Native American heritage and Thanksgiving. As you enter the library, look over our showcase of Agriculture resources in the hallway. We hope to see you soon!
October 17th is Black Poetry Day, a celebration of the voices of African-American poets.
This date was chosen to honor Jupiter Hammon, the first African-American to have a poem published (in 1760): he was born on this day. You can find more literary milestones in the encyclopedia Black Firsts.
In 1773 an entire book of poems by Phillis Wheatley was published in Philadelphia – a reprint of the edition she had published in London. You can read the second American edition online from our Ebooks collection. Wheatley was a celebrity on both sides of the Atlantic, but died young.
We have quite a few books, ebooks, and audio books of poetry by African-American authors. Here is a list from our catalog to start off with.
Several of our books are for children, and some are song lyrics. My favorite way to absorb a poem is to listen to it read, or read it aloud myself. What is yours?
The Humanities And Technology = THATCamp
We are participating in THATCamp Midwest @ Purdue University Fort Wayne. It will take place Friday October 5th from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., followed by optional discussion time. THATCamp Midwest @ Purdue Fort Wayne will function a bit differently than the usual THATCamp as there will be more focus on learning about digital humanities, which means we will have more structure and pre-scheduled sessions. It is perfect for faculty, staff, and students wishing to move into this field.
The day will include brief presentations, panel discussions, and workshops covering topics including: metadata tagging, social networking and data visualization, digital collections, digital project management, animation, augmented reality, and incorporating digital projects in classes/programs. A preliminary schedule is posted here on the website, where you can also register to attend. We hope to see you there!
Participants in our Edible Book Festival this year were Happy Ever After! See highlights Come join us again on April 1st, 2019.
This week we honor our law enforcement officers and take time to remember those who have fallen in the service of protecting us and keeping the public peace. The Library of Congress legal blog this week notes the many statutes and codes that are required to carry out police work. I recently completed a library research guide for our Public Affairs and Social Services programs that includes links to relevant local, state, and federal codes. This guide also organizes the many resources we have in the library and online for criminal justice, homeland security, public safety, and legal studies.
International Edible Books Festival registrations are open! Everyone is invited to participate in this, one of our most popular public events. Create an entry or come for the fun. The festival will take place on April 2nd from noon to 2 p.m. in the Student Life Center. Exhibits will be served once judging is concluded, so come early to see them all before they are munched! Find out more
Finals are upon us, so this month’s staff interview focused on stress relief strategies. I asked everyone to share their favorites.
Nicole Treesh, Library Director: Doing word puzzles on my iPhone, using free apps like Words with Friends, Word Crossy, and Infinite Word Search.
Ann Spinney, Afternoon Librarian: Blowing soap bubbles. It makes you take deep breaths, the bubbles are pretty, and they don’t make too much of a mess. (Please don’t try this inside the library!)
Elina Puckett, Evening Librarian: There is nothing more easily accessible, free and relaxing for me as a walk outdoors. I call it my “internal shower”, as it does exactly that – it cleanses your system inside out, by pumping freshly oxygenated blood through your veins. It gets you de-stressed and gets your head straight. Don’t be afraid of the weather – there is no bad weather for a walk. Hot or cold your body will adapt to it in just 5 to 10 min of walking. And guess what, it doesn’t have to be only at home – a lunchtime walk increases your learning and working productivity. Best nearest spot to Ivy Tech – Johnny Appleseed park.
Carol Gibbs, Library Assistant: My number one stress reliever as of late is holding a baby. There’s nothing better than cuddling a squishy little body, especially if you get a big toothless smile back. Everything stressful melts away. I realize not everyone has access to a baby, but maybe I could talk my daughter into some sort of rental agreement? I have some stress relief available in my office, too – I have lots of bubble wrap!
We are united in recommending petting a dog or cat for stress relief, and as usual we will have therapy dogs in the Library during exam week. Check our library website for the schedule.