Thursday, November 5, 2015

Gobble, Gobble

"Gobble, Gobble"
 Let’s Talk Turkey
How to Cook a Turkey
 Low & Slow

Let’s Talk Turkey: The Stories Behind America’s Favorite Expressions by Rosemarie Ostler; R 427.973 O85l
What do the phrases, “talk turkey,” and “go cold turkey,” mean, and how long have these phrases been in our vernacular? Common sayings like these and others, like, “wheel and deal,” and “jump the shark,” and their meanings can be found in this book. 

How to Cook a Turkey: and All the Other Trimmings by the editors of Fine Cooking magazine; 641.6659 H847
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.

Roasting: A Simple Art by Barbara Kafka; 641.71 K11r
While turkey certainly serves as the centerpiece at most Thanksgiving dinners, other meats and vegetables fill out the table, and Ms. Kafka tells readers how to roast everything from artichokes to zucchini. 

Low & Slow: The Art and Technique of Braising, BBQ, and Slow Roasting by Robert Briggs; 641.76 B854l
The Culinary Institute of America shares the secret for cooking meat low and slow. Recipes for side dishes, sauces, and rubs are included.

Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales by Lucy Cousins; JF C
Artist Lucy Cousins creates dynamic, brightly-colored illustrations for these eight classic fairy tales: Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Enormous Turnip, Henny Penny, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Little Red Hen, The Three Little Pigs, The Musicians of Bremen.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Think Pink!

Our Collection Management Librarian, Wendell Barnett, and the rest of the library staff encourage you to think pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

In addition to the door decorating contest that is going on this week (please stop by and see the library's door!), read below to find out about other campus activities that are planned throughout the month of October.

October 19-23: Jeans Week for Breast Cancer Fundraiser-Spencerian students and Spencerian faculty and staff can pay $10 for the whole week to wear jeans, or they can pay $3 a day. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

October 21: Sullivan Student Professional Dress Down Wednesday-Stop by the Sullivan University Student Life Office (room 147) from 8am-12pm to pay $1 to bypass the professional dress Wednesday requirements. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

October 24: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk hosted by the American Cancer Society-Sullivan Lexington and Spencerian Lexington will be teaming up for this walk held at the Whitaker Bank Ballpark (Lexington Legends field) at 9am, on October 24, 2015. If you want to walk or donate, please click on the link in your Spencerian or Sullivan email.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Did an autobiography really get challenged?


Yes, since it was published posthumously in 1965, The Autobiography of Malcolm X,  has been challenged for ‘anti-white’ statements and references to criminal activity. The book contains information about the life of slain activist, Malcolm X.

Source: Banned Books that Shaped America. (2013). Banned Books Week. Retrieved from:

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Big Brother Is Watching


No, we are not talking about a popular CBS reality show. Instead, today's post is about George Orwell’s novel 1984. It was challenged in Florida in the early 1980s for being pro-Communist and having explicit sexual references.

Source: “Banned and/or Challenged Books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century”;

New Banned Book Reader

Michelle Knickerbocker reads Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
You can have your picture taken with your favorite Banned Book too! Just come by from 7:30 am-6 pm and tell one of the librarians. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Challenging a baseball story

Today's highlighted banned or challenged book is Baseball Saved Us. Published in 1993, it tells the story of life in a Japanese internment camp.

The children's book was challenged at a school system in Connecticut because it contained derogatory language.

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

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Silencing a Mockingbird

For the next couple of weeks the library will highlight a banned or challenged book to increase awareness. Today's featured title is To Kill a Mockingbird.

Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, was banned from a Canadian classroom in 2009 because of racial slurs and offensive language found in the book.

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

To learn more about banned or challenged books, stop by the library or go to the American Library Association's website

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Banned Books Week 2015

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association

Each year during September, Sullivan University Library joins the American Library Association in observing Banned Books Week event. An annual celebration of our right to access books and materials without censorship, Banned Books Week commemorates the most basic freedom in a democratic society—the freedom to read freely—and encourages us not to take this freedom for granted. Since 1990, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has recorded more than 10,000 book challenges. A challenge is a formal, written complaint requesting a book be removed from library shelves or school curriculum. (ALA, 2015).

To help celebrate the freedom to read, the Sullivan University librarians invite students, faculty, and staff to come to the library between the hours of 7:30am and 6pm, Monday-Friday, to have their pictures made with a banned or challenged book. We have several books in the library that have been banned or challenged, and you may take your picture with one from the library’s collection or a favorite banned or challenged book that you own already. With your permission, your picture will be posted on the library’s Facebook page (

Even if you decide not to have your picture taken, please visit the library to browse through the Banned Books Week display, and go to the library’s Facebook page ( and blog ( to see some of the books that have been banned or challenged. Source: American Library Association. (2015, August 18). Banned and Challenged Books: Clip Art and Free Downloads. Retrieved from:

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Back to School Shopping

Five Little Monkeys Go Shopping by Eileen Christelow; JF C
There is bound to be chaos when five little monkeys go school shopping.

Sunday Shopping by Sally Derby and illustrated by Shadra Strickland; JF D
A girl and her grandmother spend Sunday evenings looking through the ads and dreaming about the things they would buy if they had the money.

New Socks by Bob Shea; JF S
Join a spunky chick as it prances around the house with its new socks.

Underwear by Mary Elise Monsell and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
A zebra and an orangutan like underwear a lot. When they meet Bismark Buffalo and find out that he does not like underwear, they do what they can to change his mind about underclothes.

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka; JF R
This wordless, Caldecott medal-winning book is about what happens to a dog whose ball gets destroyed.

Toy Boat by Randall de Seve and illustrated by Loren Long

Find out what happens when a toy boat floats away from its owner and goes out to sea.