Wednesday, March 18, 2015

On the Battlefield

One aspect of women’s history that has not been highlighted on the library’s blog is women who have served in the military. Women veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan share their experiences with author Helen Thorpe. The three women whose stories are included in the book become friends and endure many hardships.

A supplemental resource that is available to all active and retired military personnel is the Sullivan University Military Guide. The guide has links, videos, and books related to different aspects of military life and life after the military. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

They’re Just Sayin’

Lean In for Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg; and 658.4092 S213l

Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has modified her best-seller Lean In to meet the needs of new graduates. The book has advice on, “finding and getting the most out of a first job, résumé writing, and leaning in for millennial men.”

Katherine  Schwarzenegger, the daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, also published a career guide of sorts last year. Her title, I Just Graduated Now What? is a compilation of interviews she conducted with men and women in a variety of careers (Anderson Cooper, Eva Longoria, Meghan McCain, Gayle King, and Blake Mycoskie) about what they learned after they graduated.

Both of these titles are easy to read or to browse through, and if you want to borrow them, just ask one of the librarians. We will be glad to help you. Check out this previous post about the original Lean In too.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

High Hopes, Mixed Outcomes

A lot can change in just a few years, and author Phyllis Kitzerow reveals what has happened with regard to women and the legal profession in the last 50 years.  She talks with women attorneys who started working in the 1960s and those who began working in the 2000s to learn about their workplace experiences.

For another perspective at how women have shaped the United States legal system, take a look at this blog post.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Say What?

Looking back at the 2014 titles that we have featured thus far, a theme that emerges is empowerment. Today’s book is no exception to that theme. The author provides career advice to help women become more effective speakers. Even if you aced public speaking, take this opportunity to brush up on your communication skills.

If you want to borrow this title or any of the other books that we have listed for Women's History Month, come by the library. One of the librarians will be glad to help you. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

A History Maker in Space

The first woman in space played tennis, had a Ph.D. in Physics, and served as the CEO of a company she created, Sally Ride Science.

In this biography, which includes both official and family photographs, Lynn Sherr presents details about the private and public life of Dr. Sally Ride.

Check out this blog post for more about women who dreamed of going into space.

Still can't get enough about women and the space program? There are two more library books that may be of interest. Stop by the library to borrow one or both of them.

For more information about Dr. Ride, the site has a summary of her life.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Crossover Celebrations

Today we highlight a new title Black Women in Politics: Identity, Power, and Justice in the New Millennium that can comfortably be included in both the Black History Month and the Women's History Month celebrations.

Black Women in Politics: Identity, Power, and Justice in the New Millennium 
Edited by Michael Mitchell and David Covin; call #: 320.082 B627

The authors and editors of this title present articles that discuss the roles and experiences of African American and African women in politics. Some of the women included are well-known, like Harriet Tubman and Shirley Chisholm, while others may be less familiar. In addition to articles, the authors have added book reviews of titles about black women in politics.

Stop by the library to find this book or any of the other books shown on the blog. One of the librarians will be happy to assist you if you need help locating this or other library materials.

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

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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:
For more information on the award itself go here


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