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!
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!
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
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
Want to try your talent?
Register to participate (Register by Friday, March 22nd, 2019)
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!
“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.
||Announcements and Acknowledgements. People’s Choice Awards.
||Announcement of the Best Tasting Entry Award.
|12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
||Face painting and food bracelet making.
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!
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?
|| Big Mac
|| Chicken Nuggets w/ Sweet & Sour sauce
|| Quarter Pounder w/ Cheese
|| Curly fries
|| Jalapeno bites
|| Chipotle bowl
|| Everything burrito
|| Taco salad bowl
|| Spicy chicken sandwich
|| Large pepperoni pizza w/ extra cheese
|| Broccoli soup
November 16th is Fast Food Day – drive thru the Library to see our displays! We have hundreds of resources for research on this topic in many different fields: sociology, health, chemistry, economics, education, even a book of “McPoems”. We are taking a poll of your favorite fast food items and we are doing a jigsaw puzzle, Things I Ate as a Kid. We will publish the results of the poll here, come back for a second helping!
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?