Thursday, September 25, 2014

Read 14 Banned Classic Novels Free Online

Banned Books Week 2014 - Celebrating the Freedom to Read

"We well know of the most famous cases of banned books: James Joyce’s Ulysses, Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer, Allen Ginsberg’s Howl. In fact, a full 46 of Modern Library’s “100 Best Novels” have been suppressed or challenged in some way. 

The American Library Association maintains a page that details the charges against each one. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird saw a challenge in the Vernon Verona Sherill, New York school district in 1980 as a “filthy, trashy novel” and in 1996, Lindale, Texas banned it from the advanced placement English reading list because it “conflicted with the values of the community.” Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath has a lengthy rap sheet, including total banning in Ireland (1953), Morris, Manitoba (1982), and all high school classes in Kanawha, Iowa (1980). 

The list of censored undisputed classics—every one of which surely has its own piece of giant store art in Barnes & Nobles nationwide—goes on. "  Quoted from Open Culture

Links to 14 banned classics:

Find the rest of your favorite banned books free from the library.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Thesis Survival Workshop - Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

Wondering how to find sources for your literature review?  Not sure how to use a citation manager to save your sources and generate a reference list? Come to the Thesis Survival Workshop and learn from Librarian Lelah Lugo how to do all this, and more!

Book Recommendation: Krista James

We recently asked Krista James, senior Biology lecturer and Environmental Science Program Director, to recommend books in her research area that would appeal to UW-Stout students as a follow-up to her feature in UW-Stout's 5 Questions series, which profiles faculty from across campus. Here is what she picked:

Letters to a Young Scientist
By Edward O. Wilson
New York: Liveright, 2013

Available in the library on 3rd floor.  Call number: QH31.W64 A4 2013

Edward O. Wilson has distilled sixty years of teaching into a book for students, young and old. Reflecting on his coming-of-age in the South as a Boy Scout and a lover of ants and butterflies, Wilson threads these twenty-one letters, each richly illustrated, with autobiographical anecdotes that illuminate his career—both his successes and his failures—and his motivations for becoming a biologist. At a time in human history when our survival is more than ever linked to our understanding of science, Wilson insists that success in the sciences does not depend on mathematical skill, but rather a passion for finding a problem and solving it. From the collapse of stars to the exploration of rain forests and the oceans’ depths, Wilson instills a love of the innate creativity of science and a respect for the human being’s modest place in the planet’s ecosystem in his readers. (

Hope for Animals and Their World : How endangered species are being rescued from the brink

By Jane Goodall
New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2009

Available in the library on 3rd floor.  Call number: QH75 .G636 2009

At a time when we are confronted with bad news about the environment nearly every day, renowned scientist Jane Goodall brings us inspiring news about the future of the animal kingdom. With the insatiable curiosity and conversational prose that have made her a bestselling author, Goodall--along with Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard--shares fascinating survival stories about the American crocodile, the California condor, the black-footed ferret and more--all formerly endangered species and species once on the verge of extinction whose populations are now being regenerated. Interweaving her own first-hand experiences with the research of premier scientists, Goodall illuminates the heroic efforts of dedicated environmentalists and the truly critical need to protect the habitats of these beloved species. At once a celebration of the animal kingdom and a passionate call to arms, this book presents an uplifting, hopeful message for the future of animal-human coexistence. (Grand Central Publishing)

To learn more about Krista James' research, teaching, and special interests, check out her profile in the 5 Questions series.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Comic and Graphic Novel Collection featured in Stoutonia

The new Comic and Graphic Novel Collection on the 4th Floor of the Library was featured in a recent Stoutonia article. Check out the link to learn more about how the collection came about, and be sure to take a look at the collection yourself!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

September issue of Check This Out!

The September issue of Check This Out! is now available at locations throughout the library. Ask at circulation if you'd like a copy, or click below to enjoy anytime!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Welcome Bryan Vogh

Bryan Vogh is the new Library Technology Coordinator, he started July 21, 2014. He is head of the Library Systems and Web Work Groups. He is responsible for maintaining the library web presence as well as keeping all of the library computer systems up and running so you can access the many resources available online. He is friendly, approachable and does not bite. Will work for chocolate.

Bryan earned his Master in Library and Information Studies degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Education from University of Minnesota – Morris. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thank You - The Garden is Beautiful

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Special thanks to the Campus Exteriors Development Committee and Chancellor Sorensen for proposing and funding the new perennial garden in front of the Library. 

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And a HUGE thanks to all the workers on the grounds crew who worked so hard to install it.  It is beautiful and all of us in the building really appreciate how it enhances our outdoor spaces.  We also love that the plantings contribute to the campus sustainability goals.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Welcome Janice Conti

Janice Conti is the new Cataloging/Reference Librarian. She is head of the Cataloging/Processing Work Group and says the puzzle-like aspect of cataloging is what drew her to this area of library work. She enjoys trying to determine who will want or need a given resource, the manner in which that user is likely to search to find the resource, and how to best guide him or her to the resource through use of the library systems.

Janice earned her Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor's of Science in English and Journalism from MacMurray College.