Friday, October 20, 2017

"Handy Andy Day" in the Stout Archives

On October 25th, the Stout Archives will be celebrating Dunn County's Andy Pafko with a book talk by author Joe Niese.  Joe Niese's book, Handy Andy: The Andy Pafko Story, tells the story of a Boyceville, WI native who became a five-time MLB All-Star outfielder and third baseman.

A fan favorite known for his dogged play and diving catches, Pafko started his MLB career in 1943 playing for the Chicago Cubs.  In 1945, "Handy Andy" established himself as a major league hitter, driving in 110 runs and helping the Chicago Cubs make an appearance in the World Series.  Also with the Chicago Cubs, Pafko played in five MLB All-Star Games during the 1945, 1947, 1948, 1949, and 1950 seasons. 

In 1951, Andy Pafko was traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers where he played with Jacki Robinson from 1951-1952.   When the Braves moved from Boston to Milwaukee in 1953, "Handy Andy" was added to the rooster where he remained through the 1959 season.  During his time with the Milwaukee Braves, Pafko played along side future Hall of Famer Hank Aaron and helped lead the Braves to a World Series title in 1957.

Learn more about "Handy Andy" and celebrate America's Pastime on October 25th at 12:00pm in Stout Archives located on the 5th floor of the Robert S. Swanson Library and Learning Center.

Monday, October 09, 2017

5th Annual Halloween Window Decorating Contest

Win prizes for your Org! The University Library, in collaboration with the Involvement Center, is hosting the Fifth Annual Halloween Window Decorating Contest.  There will be a pizza party provided to the student organization awarded "all around best dressed" and a vinyl banner designed and printed to the windows voted "spookiest" and "most org spirit". This is a great opportunity to promote your organization to the campus while helping us spookify the library!

The Details: 

  • Who: All Student Organizations on Campus
  • Where: Library windows on the 1st floor
  • What do we need to bring? Nothing but your creative ideas! Window paint will be provided by the library, and paper, die-cuts, and other supplies are available at the Creation Station in the Involvement Center.
  • When: Decorating will take place from October 25-30th.  Judging will occur on October 31st.
  • Contact: To sign up for a window, please contact Kate Kramschuster (

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Feature Stream: Cracking the Code

Cracking the Code: The System of Racial Inequity is an ideal introduction to the dynamics of systemic racial inequity. It is appropriate for use in education, healthcare, philanthropy, government, and nonprofit.

This selection, one of the 100,000+ titles in your Video Streaming Library, is brought to you by Kanopy.

Contact Cory Mitchell with any questions.

Feature Stream: Reel Injun

Reel Injun takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through the history of cinema. Travelling through the heartland of America, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond looks at how the myth of "the Injun" has influenced the world's understanding - and misunderstanding - of Natives.

This selection, one of the 100,000+ titles in your Video Streaming Library, is brought to you by Kanopy.

Contact Cory Mitchell with any questions.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Latest issue of Check This Out now available!

The October 2017 issue of Check This Out! is now available throughout the library and here on the blog! Featured in this issue: library hours, changes and new resources in the Educational Materials Center, the 5th Annual Halloween Decorating Contest, and "Handy Andy Day" in the Stout Archives.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Feature Stream: Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies

In the fragile immobility of a room a couple wait, as twilight advances, alternately oblivious to and made anxious by presentiments of some brutal destruction being remorselessly rehearsed outside their door. Experience Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies for yourself.

This selection, one of the 100,000+ titles in your Video Streaming Library, is brought to you by Alexander Street.

Contact Cory Mitchell with any questions.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Banned Books Week 2017: September 24 - 30

According to the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom, each year there are hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to have books removed, or banned, from libraries and schools. Reasons for attempting to ban a book usually center around a viewpoint or situation that the challenger finds offensive, such as drug or alcohol use, sexually explicit content, profanity, witchcraft, homosexuality, violence, or alternative political viewpoints. The ALA launched Banned Books Week in 1982 to raise awareness of the issues surrounding censorship and these challenges, and to celebrate a core value of librarianship - that individuals should have the freedom to read what they wish.

Join the Cause and Become a Rebel Reader

This year, the American Library Association is inviting individuals to speak out against censorship this Banned Books Week by joining the Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament.  During Banned Books Week, join the University Library and challenge yourself to complete action items on Twitter to be entered into a drawing for fantastic literary prizes from the American Library Association.           

How to Enter the Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament

Tweet any of the following action items using the hashtag #RebelReader and tag @StoutLibrary during Banned Books Week (September 24-30) for a chance to win an array of literary prizes. 

Want to learn more about Banned Books Week and Intellectual Freedom? Check out the following resources:

Banned Books Week:

First Amendment Rights and Intellectual Freedom: