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,, 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 (

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 ( Now, over a century later, the Pulitzer Prizes are awarded to writers of both online and print materials (  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.

2 In 2008, the Pulitzer committee awarded Bob Dylan a Special Citation for his contribution to American music.

3President John F. Kennedy is the only president to have won a Pulitzer.

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 SoufflĂ© 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, 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Library Hours - December 2014 break

The Festival of Lights

                                                                          (Microsoft clip art)

The Festival of Lights or the Feast of Dedication, also known as Chanukah, began last night at sundown. What is Chanukah, also spelled Hanukkah, and why do members of the Jewish faith celebrate it? According to the book, Holiday Symbols and Customs, Hanukkah is a time to remember how the Jews overcame persecution and rebelled against the Syrian-Greek King Antiochus in the second century A.D. (Henderson, 2009). Hanukkah occurs during an eight day period sometime between the dates of November 25 and December 26 (Henderson, 2009). Followers of Judaism celebrate Hanukkah by lighting a menorah, “a special eight-branched candlestick,” each night of the holiday (Breuilly, 2002). In addition to the menorah, the dreidel, a small, top like object and latkes, potato pancakes, are also symbols of the holiday.

The Sullivan library has some Hanukkah specific resources that are featured below, but we also have books about holidays and festivals which contain information and images related to Hanukkah in them. To learn more about Hanukkah, stop by the library and check out some of the resources we have, or visit this site.

Jacques Pepin’s Chanukah Celebration
By Jacques Pepin
DVD 641.568 J19cha
Pepin and his daughter cook a feast to celebrate the holiday Chanukah. According to the DVD summary, their menu is, “a French-inspired Chanukah dinner menu.”

The Hanukkah Mice
By Steven Kroll and illustrated by Michelle Shapiro

A family of mice plays with the gifts that a girl named Rachel receives for Hanukkah. 

Additional Resources and Bibliography

Ajmera, M. & Nakassis, M. & Pon, C. (2009). Faith. Washington, DC: Charlesbridge. 

Breuilly, E. & O'Brien, J. & Palmer, M. & Marty, M. (2002). Festivals of the World: The Illustrated Guide to Celebrations, Customs, Events & Holidays. New York, NY: Checkmark Books. 

Henderson, H. (Ed.). (2009). Holiday Symbols and Customs. Detroit, MI: Omnigraphics. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

7 Aspects of Finals Week Told via Buddy the Elf

1. Finals Week begins and you're in a state of disbelief as you realize how much work you have to get done.

2. You say good-bye to having a good night's sleep during finals.

3. Your instructors say that their final will be easy, but you know better.

4. The computer/network crashes just as you finish that big paper. When it comes back, everything you did is gone.

5. You finish an exam and leave feeling pretty good. Later you realize you made a HUGE mistake.

6. You spend some time being down on yourself.

7. Then finals week is over, and you get your grades. You realize that you passed everything. Oh the joy!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Study Hacks to Help You During Finals Week

Acing your finals would be really cool, right? Or, at least getting a good grade?  Most likely you don't have one of these:
Sure would be nice to have one though!

Take a look at these study hacks. One of them may make the difference between merely getting by or doing really well.

1. Use an app on your computer to eliminate distractions while studying.
For PCs, try Cold Turkey. For Mac, try Self Control. Sorry, there isn't a mobile app for either service, though Cold Turkey will work on Windows-based tablets such as Surface Pro 3 with a full Windows installation.


The secret to continuous studying is some sort of reward system. The next couple of hacks will demonstrate this.

2. When reading, leave a gummy bear trail. 
(Or use any other favorite, small treat like a Jolly Roger or Hershey's Kiss.) When you reach the treat, you get to eat it!

3. Give yourself a 5-minute break after studying for 25 minutes. This is called the Pomodoro Technique (click the link to learn more).

Other hacks you can try:

4. Try an interactive flashcard site like Quizlet. 
Quizlet also offers mobile versions for your phone or table.

5. Before taking a test, write down all the relevant information you can think of on an index card. 
Pretend it's a piece of paper that the instructor will allow you to have while taking the test.

You can review these, and check out more study hacks here: Buzzfeed: 17 Little Tricks to Help You Ace All Your Tests

Friday, December 12, 2014

A Brightly Shining Star

The tinsel, ribbons, and bows of the Christmas season are beautiful, but, as the gentle story featured today reminds us, Christmas is about more than just packages and decorations. 

A Star So Bright: A Christmas Tale
By M. Christina Butler and illustrated by Caroline Peddler

Animals notice a bright star and follow the star to a stable where baby Jesus is. The last page has a foil star with twinkling lights on it for little readers to enjoy. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas-Texas style

They say that everything is bigger in Texas. Texans would that everything is better in Texas too. While we may argue with those viewpoints, we can all agree that a well planned fete with a well-laid spread is a good thing. Here some books to help with your Christmas entertaining plans:

The Pastry Queen Christmas: Big-Hearted Holiday Entertaining, Texas Style
By Rebecca Rather and Alison Oresman
Call #: 641.5686 R234pa

Christmas recipes, craft ideas and instructions, and entertaining and decorating suggestions fill this book. One of the recipes included in the book is for a chocolate cookie crusted eggnog cheesecake. Yum. 

For more Christmas recipes and entertaining ideas, check out these other Christmas titles. 

Christmas Entertaining
Edited by Georgeanne Brennan
Call #: 641.568 B838c

The Essential Christmas Cookbook
By Lovoni Walker

Call #: 641.5686 W181e

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Partridges, Geese, and Swans Cost How Much?

For the last 30 years PNC has tallied how much all of the items in the song The Twelve Days of Christmas cost, and the results for this year have been tabulated.

PNC Christmas Price Index

To take away some of the sticker shock of purchasing all of the swimming swans, golden rings, and drummers drumming, prepare some hot chocolate and read one of these illustrated versions of the song with your family. Both of these titles are available in the Sullivan University Library, and one of the librarians will be glad to help you find them.

The Twelve Days of Christmas
Illustrated by Laurel Long; JF L

A partridge in a pear tree, ladies dancing, and drummers drumming all make an appearance in this lavishly illustrated picture book based on the song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

The Twelve Days of Christmas
Illustrated by LeUyen Pham; JF P

A multicultural cast of characters portray the words of the classic Christmas song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” in artist LeUyen Pham’s version.

Monday, December 8, 2014

'Tis the Season. . .

Whether you rock around the Christmas tree, spin the dreidel, or celebrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa, the library has books (and DVDs) to help you remember the different holidays of this season. This week and next week the library will introduce some of the holiday items we have in the library here on our blog and on our Facebook page.

Please check back each day or so to see what cookbook, entertainment guide, or children's book we will share with you.

Now, without further ado, today's featured presentation is. . .

The Polar Express written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg

Before it was a motion picture sensation, The Polar Express was a Caldecott award-winning book that told the story of a boy’s special trip to see Santa Claus.

Check out these two websites for activities and crafts related to The Polar Express.

Polar Express Christmas Fun

The Polar Express Party Kit 

This book is on display in the library in the juvenile fiction and children's book area, and its call number is JF V.

Please ask one of the librarians if you need assistance locating this book or any other library material. We will be glad to assist you.