Monday, December 23, 2013

Hey Stout! #CheckThisOut — Staff Recommendation

Bridget Krejci
Today's Hey Stout! #CheckThisOut features a staff recommendation. Bridget Krejci is an assistant in the Cataloging & Processing department and one of the newest staff members at the University Library, joining the team in May 2013. Today she offers her review of Ann Patchett's State of Wonder:

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Copyright 2011, Harper Publishing
In State of Wonder, a pharmaceutical researcher, Dr. Marina Singh, goes to the Amazon jungle to find information regarding a colleague who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Once there, she must find Dr. Anneck Swenson, a renowned gynecologist who has spent years looking at the reproductive habits of a local tribe where women can conceive well into their middle ages. Dr. Swenson is paid to find the key to this longstanding childbearing ability by the same company for which Dr. Singh works. However, that isn’t their only connection: both have an overlapping professional past that Dr. Singh has tried to forget. In finding her former mentor, Dr. Singh begins to face her own disappointments and regrets.

I really enjoyed was watching Marina as she became adjusted to living in the jungle. She realized how the material things in her life are not that important and she slowly got rid of them. When she rids herself of these material things, she learned so much about herself. I also loved how Ann Patchett managed to weave together so many powerful topics like ethics in medicine, science and conflicting morals and values. This book really pushes the envelope and that is one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much. It is unlike any other book I’ve read.

Review by Bridget Krejci

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

See Pictures of Your Friends With Santa!

Santa visited the library on December 17th, and many students and library staff got their picture taken with him.  All of the photos are all available on our Facebook Page! 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

SANTA is coming to visit!

Santa will be coming to visit us in the library on Tuesday, December 17th at 1:00!  Take a break from studying, grab some free coffee and treats, and tell Santa what you are wishing for this Christmas!  Visit the Library Facebook page after the event to see photos of you and your friends with Santa!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Finals Fun and More @ the Library

The University Library is the place to be during finals time. Not only does the library have the scholastic resources to help you succeed, but it's a great environment to study and work! The library also has several fun events planned for this week and next, so don't miss out on a chance to unwind and de-stress. Read on for a look at what the library is offering.
The library lobby is all ready for Santa's visit on Tuesday!
  • Research Guides. Organized according to subject, major, and course, the library’s research guides are a great place to start your research project. Find the guides through the link on the library’s home page.
  • Ask a Librarian. Library staff is here for you. If you’re looking for help with research or using the library’s resources, visit the Reference Desk on 1st Floor, call, email, or chat online. Find Ask A Librarian on the library’s home page.
  • Take a Study Break. Give yourself a breather with popular magazines, board games, and a snack from the kiosk on 1st Floor, browsing books, movies, and video games on 4th Floor.
  • More than Books. The library is designed with your study needs in mind. Make use of group study rooms, multimedia resources, comfy furniture, quiet floor on 5th, and an abundance of convenient electrical outlets to keep your devices fully charged.
  • Fun Finals Events. The Library has planned a variety of fun events this week and next! Pick a gift-wrapped book from the lobby display for a surprise reading over break; enjoy free coffee and snacks next Tuesday and Wednesday; and take a photo with Santa on Tuesday at 1pm. Don't miss out!

Monday, December 09, 2013

Hey Stout! #CheckThisOut – Ask A Librarian

In this week's Hey Stout! #CheckThisOut, we are featuring the library's Ask A Librarian contact feature. Reference librarians are available to help with your research and library-related questions during reference desk hours. You can visit the Reference Desk — located on the library's first floor across the lobby from Circulation — but if you aren't on campus, reference librarians can also be reached by phone, text, email, web form, and through the Ask A Librarian instant message chat on the Ask A Librarian webpage.  Be sure to take advantage of this helpful library service!

Phone: 715-232-1353
Text: 715-952-9555
Chat and web form

Unwrap a Book for Winter Break

Are you going home for the holidays and looking for a book to read while you curl up by the fire?  Or maybe you have a fabulous vacation planned, and are looking for a book to read on the beach.  Check out our book display on 1st floor, and unwrap a favorite title chosen by one of our students or staff!  Each book is gift-wrapped and given three words to describe its content.  After you check the book out, unwrap it to find out what it is! 

More photos on our Facebook Page

Monday, December 02, 2013

Hey Stout! #CheckThisOut

Rise of the Guardians
Copyright 2012 DreamWorks Animation
This week's Hey Stout! #CheckThisOut feature is DreamWorks' 2012 release, Rise of the Guardians. It is available in the Browsing Collection (DVD RISE) on 4th Floor. Check availability or place a request.


DreamWorks' newest animated adventure is a fun-filled and magical story about the legendary guardians — Jack Frost, the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and Sandman — together for the first time! When the evil Pitch threatens to take over the world, it's up to our beloved heroes to protect the hopes and dreams of children everywhere. Filled with non-stop action and laughs, it's a dazzling family film that's being hailed as "an instant classic. You will believe." (DVD jacket)

Submitted by Alyssa, Student Assistant

Read The Book Thief with us!

The library will be hosting a book discussion of The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, on Thursday, December 19th at 10:00am.  This discussion is open to any UW-Stout students, faculty, and staff interested in reading young adult literature.  To join us, meet in the Educational Materials Center on 1st floor at 10:00 for a casual book discussion over coffee and treats.  If you can't make the discussion, read the book and tweet your thoughts using the hashtag, #StoutReadsYa.  Contact the library to reserve a copy of the book.

Read the November-December 2013 Porcelain Press