Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Smoked turkey vs. oven-roasted turkey: Have It Your Way

Thanksgiving is the time when people favor traditions, whether it is in the side dishes that are served or what time the meal occurs to how should the turkey be prepared.

Two books that are available at the Sullivan University Library in Lexington give those celebrating the Thanksgiving feast unique and delicious ways to prepare both the turkey and the fixings.

How to Cook a Turkey and All the Other Trimmings by the editors of Fine Cooking magazine

The Butterball hotline may have some stiff competition with this how-to guide that has tips for purchasing and cooking a turkey and for fixing all of the sides and desserts. This book is available in the library, call number 641.6659 H847.

Cooking with Fire: From Roasting on a Spit to Baking in a Tannur, Rediscovered Techniques and Recipes that Capture the Flavors of Wood-Fired Cooking by Paula Marcoux

Fire is good according to author Paula Marcoux, and in her book she shares how to smoke a turkey. A smoked turkey certainly brings something a little unique to the Thanksgiving table. This book is available in the library, call number 641.58 M333c.

Both of these titles are available now, but as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches we can't guarantee that they will be here much longer. Stop by the library today and one of the librarians will be glad to assist you in locating one of these titles or any of the other titles highlighted this month. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

What I am Thankful for?

What am I (Wendell) thankful for? Let me begin by introducing this guy:

J. Wellington Wimpy

If you know of or have seen the old Popeye cartoons, then you may know J. Wellington Wimpy. Wimpy, as he is usually known, is a lover of hamburgers. And that is what I have in common with Wimpy. I love hamburgers. Homemade, White Castle, Wendy's, Rally's, McDonald's, Burger King, Smashburger, 5 Guys, you name it, they have a burger that I love. To celebrate the burger, here are some resources to help you learn about this "American creation on which I feed!"*

*Thanks to Jimmy Buffet, "Cheeseburger in Paradise".

The Hamburger: a History by Josh Ozersky.

Beginning in the nineteenth century and going to our own era, this book recounts how the German “Hamburg steak” evolved into hamburgers for the rising class of urban factory workers and how the innovations of the White Castle System and the McDonald’s Corporation turned the burger into an American icon. The hamburger played an important role in America’s transformation into a mobile, suburban culture, and is a huge cultural force.  (adapted from the publisher's description)  This book is available in the library, call number 641.84 O99.

Hamburger America: One Man's Cross-Country Odyssey to find the Best Burgers in the Nation by George Motz

Whether you're a serious hamburger connoisseur or a curious adventurer up for a road trip, Hamburger America will be your guide to discovering this piece of Americana. With possible exception of the hot dog, no other food says "America" like the hamburger. Motz has traveled across the USA in search of our nation's best burger joints, and he documents their histories and one-of-a-kind tastes. Eight of these places found their way into a documentary that accompanies the book. (adapted from the publisher's description) This book is available in the library, call number 641.662 M923h.

Finally, if you would like to make your own burger creations, you may take inspiration from this book: Wicked Good Burgers: Fearless recipes and Uncompromising Techniques for the Ultimate Patty by Andy Husbands.

Making a decent burger is pretty easy, but when making a "wicked good" burger, the kind of burger that hits the sweet spot you need guidance from an expert. In Wicked Good Burgers, award-winning chefs Andy Husbands and Chris Hart reveal their secrets for mouthwatering burgers, including techniques for grinding your own meat and cooking it to juicy perfection, as well as recipes for killer toppings, side dishes, and burger accompaniments. With their trademark fearless approach, Husbands and Hart bring excitement and edge to all things between the bun. (adapted from the publisher's description) This book is available in the library, call number 641.84 H968w.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Little Things

While the library staff is thankful for many serious things this Thanksgiving, our families, our health, and our faith, we are thankful for little things too. Here are two books we have in the library that I, Hilary, am thankful for this year.

Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes

By Sally Mavor

Call #: JF M

The nursery rhymes of my childhood are paired with incomparable hand-sewn characters and pieces to make a lovely book for children. I’m thankful for the creativity that Ms. Mavor shows as she illustrates this book.  

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

By Eric Carle

Call #: JF C

The hungry caterpillar wormed its way into my heart when I was a girl, and I am thankful that children today can still enjoy it. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Let's Talk Turkey: Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

What do we mean when we use the phrase "talk turkey"? You can find out in this book, Let’s Talk Turkey: The Stories Behind America’s Favorite Expressions by Rosemarie Ostler. This title is available in the Library and Learning Resource Center, call number R 427.973 O85l.

While the the above book may be stretching the relevance to Thanksgiving, it does reflect the idea that we want to seriously recommend some books about this grand old American holiday. That's not to say we won't have a light-hearted post or two along the way.

Today, we'll start with a couple of books that not only will give us some recipes, but also some history of the holiday and the foods associated with it.

First up is Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving Recipes and History, from Pilgrims to Pumpkin Pie, by Kathleen Curtin. Call number: 641.568 C798g

Kathleen Curtin expands readers’ views, and waistlines, if they try the 80 recipes that she shares, about the dishes served at Thanksgiving by highlighting the variety that can be found at Thanksgiving tables around the United States. Ms. Curtin also shares the history of the holiday in the United States. The one near-constant in the long history of Thanksgiving is the turkey.

Given that the turkey has had a role from the first Thanksgiving in 1621 to today, let's celebrate the turkey with this book:

The Turkey: An American Story, by Andrew F. Smith. Call number: 641.3659 S642t

Here turkey, turkey. Smith fills his turkey book with one part history and one part recipes, over 100 of them, to tell the story of the turkey’s place in American culture. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Got Your Jack-O-Lantern Carved Yet?

Halloween is fast approaching! If you haven't done your pumpkin yet, here's a book that may help you:

Insanely cool designs fill the pages of this book that contains instructions on how to carve images on pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.

And if you're curious about the squash family to which pumpkins belong, here's a nifty book:

Pumpkins, squash, and gourds have more to offer than just creating a beautiful fall display, and author Amy Goldman shares with readers their many uses and some recipes incorporating them. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

In the Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Week

Have you noticed the pink flamingos around the campus? The campus has been flocked with pink flamingos to help the students, faculty, and staff remember that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The flamingos are not the only things that you will see on campus this week though. Stroll around the building and look at the office doors that have been decked out in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. Each participating department has designed and decorated their own door, and the image below is from the Sullivan University Library and Learning Resource Center.

No Matter the Size Shape or Color We Want to Save Them All
If you want more information about Breast Cancer Awareness Month come by the library where we have materials about breast cancer or visit the American Cancer Society's website.

P.S. Don't forget that you can pay $1 on Wednesday to dress down and support the Life-Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraiser.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Our Banned Book Display

Have you perused the Banned Book display in the Library and Learning Resource Center yet? It's time is limited—only two more weeks. Here's some pictures:

These pictures are of our bulletin board that we created to go along with the display:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Banning a Bridge

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

This book was banned or challenged so many times before 2001 that it was #8 on the American Library Association’s list of 100 most banned or challenged books from 1990 to 2000!  The most common reason for banning or challenging this book is the theme of death.  Other reasons include: offensive language and concerns that it promotes Satanism, violence, and witchcraft.  One town in Connecticut went so far as to say that having the book in schools violated the First Amendment “since the use of witchcraft in the book equated with the Wiccan religion.”  

Source: Baldassarro, R. Wolf. (2012).  http://bannedbooks.world.edu/2012/11/04/banned-books-awareness-bridge-to-terabithia/

Monday, October 13, 2014

Yes, Virginia, even the dictionary (and a history book) have been banned

Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary
This dictionary was banned from a California classroom in 2010 when a parent filed a complaint that her child came across a term in the dictionary that the parent thought was too sexually explicit for children.

Source: R. Doyle. (2010). Books Banned or Challenged in 2009-2010.

A People’s History of the United States
Author:  Howard Zinn

This book was challenged in 2009 in a Virginia high school advanced placement class, “because the book is ‘un-American and leftist propaganda,’” (Doyle, 2009).  More recently, after the author’s death in 2010, former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels attempted to have it banned from all classrooms in Indiana.  He then back tracked and claimed he only wanted it removed from eighth grade classrooms because children at that age are very impressionable.

Source: R. Doyle. (2007). Books Challenged or Banned in 2006-2007.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Alice in Wonderland or Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The earliest known banning of this book was in 1900 from a high school in New Hampshire. It was banned on the basis that it contained coarse language and sexual innuendo and “derogatory characterizations of teachers and religious ceremonies.”  One of the most absurd cases of banning was in 1931 by a governor in China because “animals should not use human language, and that it was disastrous to put animals and human beings on the same level.”  It has also been challenged more recently because of claims that it encourages drug use and child abuse.

Source: R. Wolf Baldassarro, (2012).  http://bannedbooks.world.edu/?s=alice+in+wonderland

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Great Scott! Banning the Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

This book had a bit of a rocky start before it was even a fully completed novel.  In 1923, several magazines refused to publish it because of the controversial content.  It has been challenged throughout the years by several different colleges and high schools, and they cite language and sexual content as the reasons for challenging it. It has never been fully removed from any shelves or classrooms though.

Source: Karolides, N.J., Bald, M., & Sova, D.B. (2011). 120 Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature. Checkmark Books: New York.

Monday, October 6, 2014

"Oh, Bother!" said Pooh

Winnie the Pooh
Author:  A. A. Milne

The only known attempt at banning this book in the United States occurred in Kansas in 2006.  A group of parent listed it, along with a few other books such as Charlotte’s Web, because of the presence of talking animals.  The parents felt that talking animals were an insult to God.  The most notable banning of this book may be in Russia in 2009.  Russia’s Justice Ministry claimed it to be pro-Nazi “because a depiction of Winnie-the-Pooh wearing a swastika was discovered among the personal possessions of a known political extremist” (Baldassarro, 2011).

Elizabeth Warkentin Special to the, S. (2011, September 26). Defending literature can take its toll. Toronto Star (Canada).

Russia Hammers Winnie the Pooh: The Pooh Bear Gets Banned. (2009, August 23). The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved from: http://online.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052970204884404574364964010507896

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Why Were You Banned?

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Author: Bill Martin Jr.

This book was a completely accidental banning.  In 2010, the Texas state board of education was so opposed to a book written by Bill Martin (no relation to Bill Martin, Jr.) and eager to ban his books that this book got banned as well.  Ironically, the book they wanted to ban was written and published AFTER the death of Bill Martin, Jr.

Source: Troop, D. (2010, January 25). “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Why Were You Banned?” The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What Do You Mean that Book Was Banned?

Celebrate Banned Books Week and the freedom to read all month by exploring the interactive display in the library and the exhibit on the bulletin board near room 141. Feel free to take one of the Banned Books Week bookmarks or brochures that are available in the library too.

Each school day during the month of October the library staff will post additional information about some of the featured banned and challenged books on the library’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/SullivanLex.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Welcome to the Fall Quarter!

We hope you are having a great start to the Fall quarter. Come by the Library and Learning Resources Center for all your information needs, use a computer, or to just chill out.

New Webpage

Over the break we got a new library web page.

The new address is: http://lexlibrary.sullivan.edu. If you have the old page bookmarked, please replace it with the new URL.

Social Media

We'd love to interact with you on social media. We are present on:

Library Hours

Our hours for the Fall, 2014, quarter are:
Sunday:               Closed
Monday-Friday: 7:30 am –9:45 p.m.
Saturday:            7:30 am –4:30 p.m.

Banned Book week

Each year libraries around the world encounter hundreds of challenges and attempts to ban books from their shelves.  Over the next few weeks our Library will be observing Banned Books Week, highlighting the reasons behind these complaints and objections. 

In addition to a display in the library, students & faculty are invited to vote on what they feel is the most surprising banned book on the bulletin board near room 141. Voting starts September 29 and will go through October 17th, with results posted October 20th.