Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Women's History-What's New?

When the word history is mentioned people don't typically think of the word new being used in the same sentence. The library has some new titles about women and the world though, and during these last few weeks of the quarter we will share some of these titles with you. We may also sneak in some study tips and stress reliever posts too, so stay tuned.

The first book we want to share with you is:

The New CEOs: Women, African American, Latino and Asian Leaders of Fortune 500 Companies
By Richard L. Zweigenhaft; Call #: 658.42 Z97n

Here are two great websites you can visit to learn more:

National Women's History Project

Women's History Month

Monday, February 9, 2015

Crank Up the Music and Get Ready to Boogie

The Grammy Awards ceremony, which honors musicians, songwriters, and singers in a variety of categories, was held last night on CBS.

Some of last night's African-American winners included:

  • Pharrell Williams for Best Pop Solo Performance for the song, “Happy.”
  • Pharrell Williams also won Best Urban Contemporary Album, for his album Girl.
  • Beyoncé won  Best R andB Performance for the song, “Drunk in Love,” featuring Jay-Z.
  • “Drunk in Love” also won Best R and B Song
  • The R and B group Robert Glasper Experiment won for Best Traditional R and B Performance for the song “Jesus Children,” that also features artists Lalah Hathaway and Malcolm-Jamal Warner.
  • Lecrae won the Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance /Song for “Messengers,” which features the group for King and Country.
For a complete list of the nominees and winners go here:

Find out more about African American artists who have won several Grammys

(image credit: http://www.quincyjones.com/q-year-end-review-the-grammys-2/)

A history of the Grammy Awards and the Recording Academy can be found at one of the links that follow.

For a timeline of winners go here

Search for previous Grammy winners and nominees here

Did you know that there is also a Grammy Hall of Fame for recordings? The Hall of Fame includes full albums, “of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old.” 

Last but not least, check out this link to see an infographic on the Grammy nomination and voting process. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Black History Month: The Springarn Medal

Have you heard of the Springarn Medal? Me neither. Well, let's correct this deficiency.

The Springarn Medal
The Springarn Medal was instituted in 1914 by Joel Elias Spingarn (1875-1939), who was the Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors at that time. Dr. Springarn funded the medal himself and awarded it annually until his death. He bequeathed funding for the medal in his will "in perpetuity". The Springarn Medal has been awarded annually ever since—except for 1938 when no award was given. The NAACP gives the Springarn Medal annually, “for the highest or most noble achievement by a black American” (Smith, J.C. p.475).

J. E. Springarn
The first Springarn Medal was awarded in 1915 to biologist Ernest Everett Just.  Dr. Just taught in the medical program at Howard University, and he earned a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago (Smith, J.C. p.475).

Some of the notable men and women who have won the award are in the following list, and the library has materials on them. Please ask one of the librarians if you want to borrow any library materials about these honorees.

Marian Anderson, 1939
Thurgood Marshall, 1946
Martin Luther King, Jr., 1957
Langston Hughes, 1960
Medgar Evers, 1963
Hank Aaron, 1976
Rosa Parks, 1979
Colin Powell, 1991
Maya Angelou, 1994
Oprah Winfrey, 2000

To see a complete list of winners go to this site: http://www.naacp.org/index.php/pages/spingarn-medal-winners
For more information on the award itself go here   http://www.naacp.org/pages/spingarn-medal


Smith, J.C. (2003). Black Firsts: 4,000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Historical Events. Detroit: Visible Ink Press.

Monday, February 2, 2015

High Honors in the Children's Book World

The Newbery and Caldecott Medal winners were announced today by the American Library Association. The Newbery and Caldecott Awards are the highest honors children’s authors and illustrators can win in the United States, and this year’s winners are:

Newbery Medal:
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Newbery Honors:

Caldecott Medal:
The Adventures of Beekle written and illustrated by Dan Santat

Caldecott Honors:
  • Nana in the City written and illustrated by Lauren Castillo
  • The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art illustrated by Mary Grandpré
  • The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus illustrated by Melissa Sweet and written by Jen Bryant
  • Sam and Dave Dig a Hole illustrated by Jon Klassen and written by Mac Barnett; JF B
  • This One Summer illustrated by Jillian Tamaki and written by Mariko Tamaki

Because February is Black History Month, the library wants to share some Newbery and Caldecott trivia with you too.  

Leo Dillon was the first African American to receive the Caldecott Medal, and he received it for the illustrations he did with his wife for the book Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears. The couple won the medal again the next year for the book Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions (Fox, 2012).

The first African American to win the Newbery Medal was Virginia Hamilton for M.C. Higgins the Great in 1975. The book also won the National Book Award and the Boston Globe- Horn Book Award (Virginia Hamilton, 2015). 

The Coretta Scott King Award is given to African American authors and illustrators in honor of Mrs. Coretta Scott King, the wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Coretta Scott King winners were also announced today, and the winners are:

Coretta Scott King author award winner
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson; 811.54 W898b

Coretta Scott King illustrator winner
Firebird illustrated by Christopher Myers and written by Misty Copeland

The library has several Newbery, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King award winners. Please ask one of the librarians if you are interested in borrowing some of the highlighted titles below or any other books from the library. We will be glad to help you.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Do You Know Which Award is Known as the "Oscars of Food"*?

If your answer is the James Beard Foundation Award, you are absolutely right!  The James Beard Foundation (JBF) has issued awards covering all aspects of the American culinary industry since 1990. Awards are given each year in the Spring for chefs and restaurateurs, cookbooks, culinary journalism and broadcasts, and restaurant design. From 2007 to 2014, the annual awards ceremony was held at the Lincoln Center in New York City. However, this year's ceremony will take place on May 4th at the Lyric Opera in Chicago,

The James Beard Foundation Award medallion
The Foundation and its eponymous awards are named after James Beard, the "Dean of American cuisine."** Beard was born in 1903 in Portland, Oregon and died in 1985. A big baby (14 pounds at birth!) he grew to be a big man tipping the scales at over 300 pounds. He was a showman and a died-in-the-wool champion of American cuisine. He hosted America's first television cooking show, I Love to Eat, which first aired (live no less) in 1946. He was also a prolific author who wrote 20 cookbooks, many of which are still available.

James Beard
The Lexington campus Library and Learning Resource Center has several of Mr. Beard's books, and all of them may be borrowed from the library.

James Beard's American cookery by James Beard; with illustrations by Earl Thollander. 
641.5 B368ja

Beard on Bread by James Beard.  641.815 B368b

The Armchair James Beard by James Beard. 641.5 B368a

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Girl, a Legend, and a Plague

National Book Award

Established in 1950, the National Book Award is a literary award given to works of American literature. A panel of judges chooses the finalists and winners of the awards, which are given in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. The National Book Award Foundation chooses the judges, and the judges can include writers, some of whom have won a National Book Award previously, critics, librarians, and booksellers. 

The library has  the following National Book Award winners and finalists, and all three of them may be borrowed or checked out from the library. 

Select one of the links below to learn more about the National Book Award and previous winners and finalists.

The National Book Award website

Please don't hesitate to contact the librarians at 859-514-3359, liblex@sullivan.edu, or through our Facebook or Twitter accounts if you have any questions. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

What Do President Kennedy and Singer/Songwriter Bob Dylan Have in Common?

In the early part of the 20th century, Joseph Pulitzer, the founder and namesake of the Pulitzer Prize, made arrangements in his will for an award honoring excellence in journalism and writing (http://www.pulitzer.org/historyofprizes).

Knowing that, “the times would be a changin”1, Pulitzer made allowances so that those charged with giving the award could create new categories as they deemed appropriate (http://www.pulitzer.org/historyofprizes.) Now, over a century later, the Pulitzer Prizes are awarded to writers of both online and print materials (http://www.pulitzer.org/expanded_eligibility).  The award has been given to musicians such as Bob Dylan2, President John F. Kennedy3, and Lexington’s own Herald-Leader cartoonist, Joel Pett. Now you know what Bob Dylan and President Kennedy have in common.

Here are some of the Pulitzer Prize winning materials that are available in the library. Please ask one of the librarians if you want to borrow any of these items. We will be glad to assist you.

Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference by David Garrow; 323.092 G243b

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller; DVD 812.52 M647d

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway; 813 H488o

If you want to know more about Mr. Pulitzer or the prize, keep one reading or select one of the featured links.   

Poet Gwendolyn Brooks was the first African-American to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her work titled, Annie Allen.


1 Bob Dylan’s song The Times They Are a Changin’ was released in 1964 on the album of the same name. http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-times-they-are-a-changin-mw0000202344

2 In 2008, the Pulitzer committee awarded Bob Dylan a Special Citation for his contribution to American music. http://www.pulitzer.org/citation/2008-Special-Awards-and-Citations.

3President John F. Kennedy is the only president to have won a Pulitzer. http://www.pulitzer.org/faq#q19

Thursday, January 15, 2015

All a Buzz

The 2015 Oscar nominations were released today. Here is a list featuring the major categories, but you can also go to the official site for all of the nominees.

Best Picture

American Sniper
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Actor in a Leading Role

Steve Carrell
Bradley Cooper
Benedict Cumberbatch
Michael Keaton* See Mr. Keaton in Much Ado About Nothing; DVD 822.33 S527mu
Eddie Redmayne

Actress in a Leading Role

Marion Cotillard
Felicity Jones
Julianne Moore
Rosamund Pike
Reese Witherspoon

Actor in a Supporting Role

Robert Duvall *See this nominee in A Civil ActionDVD 346 C582
Ethan Hawke
Edward Norton
Mark Ruffalo
J.K. Simmons

Actress in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette
Laura Dern
Keira Knightley *Watch this nominee in Pride and PrejudiceDVD 823.7 A933pp
Emma StoneMeryl Streep *Check out Julie and JuliaKramer vs. Krameror Silkwood to see this nominee.

Ask one of the librarians about borrowing any of the highlighted DVDs.

Monday, January 12, 2015

A-List Food

Last week, we featured the Academy Awards, which everyone knows as the “Oscars.” What follows the Oscar awards ceremony? An Oscar party, of course. One can’t have an Oscar party without food, and one can’t have an A-list party without award-winning food.  To help you with your A-list party, today’s post features award-winning cookbooks.

The International Association of Culinary Professionals annually gives awards to chefs, culinary schools, non-culinary professionals who have advanced the field, and to cookbooks. The IACP has given cookbook awards since 1986, and, as of 2015, the awards for cookbooks are given in a whopping 22 different categories.

The library has some of the IACP award-winning cookbooks, and we will highlight just a few of them for you. If you want to borrow any of these books, or if you want to find out what other IACP books that the library has, simply ask a librarian to help you.

  • Book of Tarts: Form, Function, and Flavor at the City Bakery by Maury Rubin; 641.865 R896b

  • Culinary Birds: A Complete Guide to Buying and Serving Savory Poultry by John Ash; 641.665 A819c

  • Hiroko’s American Kitchen: Cooking with Japanese Flavors by Hiroko Shimbo; 641.5952 S556h

  • The Italian Baker: The Classic Tastes of the Italian Countryside--Its Breads, Pizza, Focaccia, Cakes, Pastries, and Cookies by Carol Field; 641.815 F453I

  • One Soufflé at a Time: A Memoir of Food and France by Anne Willan; 641.5092 W689o

Information for this post retrieved from the IACP website on 8 January, 2015.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

"This Is Nuts"-The Oscars

The Academy Awards ceremony will be held on February 22, 2015. To get in the mood for the Oscar announcements, why not take a study break and watch some Oscar-winning movies from previous years. The list below includes a sampling of the Oscar-winning movies that the Sullivan University Library has. If you want to borrow any of these movies, ask one of the librarians at the desk. We will be glad to assist you.  
  • Babette’s Feast; DVD 791.43 B113
  • Dead Poets Society: DVD 808 D278
  • Erin Brockovich; DVD 791.43 E68
  • The Great Gatsby; DVD 791.4372 G786
  • Kramer vs. Kramer; DVD 346.7301 K89
  • Norma Rae; DVD 791.43 N842
  • A Streetcar Named Desire; DVD 812.5 W727s
If you don’t have time to watch the movies, but you still have an interest in the Oscars, keep on reading for some cool sites related to the awards.

Maybe you are curious to know when the awards ceremony was first televised or how they came to be in the first place. If so, the Academy Award history page has a cool timeline of events on it.

For a quick laugh or cry check out either the Funny Oscar moments or Memorable acceptance speeches.

The Academy also has two pretty nifty databases. One database lists all of the nominees and award winners, and the other database indexes all of the acceptance speeches.

*The quote, "This is nuts," is from Jennifer Lawrence's acceptance speech. Retrieved from the Academy Award Acceptance Speech Database.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

“Did I really earn this, or did I just wear you all down?” *


With the NFL playoffs underway and various awards ceremonies slated for this month and next, the library has chosen to highlight some of our award-winning materials this month.

In addition to the Academy Awards, aka the Oscars, there are the more well-known awards like the Golden Globes, Emmys, Tonys, Grammys, the Nobel Prizes, and the Pulitzer Prizes, but really there are so many more accolades than these.

In the book world, there are the aforementioned Pulitzers and Nobels, along with the National Book Award, the Hugo Awards, the EdgarAwards,  the Eisner Awards, the JamesBeard and the IACP awards, and the Newbery and Caldecott awards, just to name a few. 

The library has specific award winners, and it also contains materials produced by previous award-winning artists and writers.

In the words of TV announcers, “Stay tuned,” to the library’s blog, Facebook and Tumblr pages, and our Twitter account this month to learn more about various awards and the Sullivan library materials related to those awards. 

*Sandra Bullock, 2010 Oscar acceptance speech. Retrieved from: Parade Magazine, http://parade.com/265652/ashleighschmitz/10-memorable-quotes-from-oscars-acceptance-speeches/