Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The University Libraries launch wonderful genealogical and historical research tool


Earlier this semester, the University Libraries officially launched "The Digital Library on American Slavery," a free resource that enables anyone with access to the Internet to search through thousands of court and legislative petitions dealing with slavery in the American South (1776-1867). Just click on http://library.uncg.edu/slavery/.

What might you find? The Digital Library includes records on 83,000 individual slaves from 15 southern states and Washington D.C. Each slave is named in the records, and in some cases the Digital Library includes other identifying information, such as specific skills and family relationships. The records include documentation on slaves who ran away, on free blacks seeking to purchase family members out of slavery, and on slaveowners petitioning to reverse wills, among many other topics. Already, amateur genealogists are turning to the site for information on their family histories, and we have heard from the descendants of slaves and slaveowners alike who have found information in the resource.

The resource is also a treasure trove for historians and teachers. In it you find stories of people like James, "a slave belonging to Will Armistead of New Kent county" (Virginia) who served as a spy for the Marquis Lafayette during the Revolutionary War. James "intreats that he may be granted that Freedom, which he flatters himself he has in some degree contributed to establish." Another entry tells of Maria Townes, an enslaved minor in New Orleans who claims to be a free white woman and is petitioning to stop her imminent sale. Other records reveal family tragedies. To give just one example, Christian Limbaugh of Rowan County, NC, sues for divorce in 1805, claiming that his wife has given birth to and "barbously murdered" a mullatto child. While his wife was convicted of this crime (and later pardoned by the governor), the state denies his request for divorce.

The Digital Library of American Slavery grew out of the Race and Slavery Petitions Project, directed by Loren Schweninger (the Elizabeth Rosenthal Excellence Professor in History at UNCG). Established in 1991, the Race and Slavery Petitions Project was designed to locate, collect, organize, and publish all extant legislative petitions and a selected group of 14,500 county court petitions relevant to race and slavery. The Project has received support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and The University of North Carolina Greensboro. The Digital Library on American Slavery is the final phase of this project.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

100 Most Notable Books of the Year!

Just in time for holiday gift giving, The New York Times has published its list of the 100 most notable books of the year. You can see the full list at http://www.nytimes.com/gift-guide/holiday-2009/100-notable-books-of-2009-gift-guide/list.html?ref=books.

The University Libraries make some of these books available through our Current Literature program. You can find many bestsellers and award winners on the first floor of Jackson Library in the reading room across from the Reference Desk. I just checked out Wolf Hall, one of the books that made the NYT list. This Booker Prize winner is set in Tudor England, and is told from Thomas Cromwell's perspective. I will be returning it in two weeks, and I highly recommend it!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Friends Sponsor Stress-Free Zone in Jackson Library


Approaching finals week can be stressful. This year, the University Libraries, thanks in part to sponsorship by the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, is offering students a chance to chill out. Students can take a break and play games with their friends in the reading room of Jackson Library while library staff serve up cookies and lemonade. Ace Candyland this week, and maybe Organic Chemistry will seem like a snap next week! Come see the students at play on Thursday, December 3 from 1-7pm.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Eric Shoaf Donates Collection to UNCG in Honor of his Mother, Class of ‘52




The UNCG Libraries have received a donation by Eric C. Shoaf of a collection of books on the history of the guitar in popular music given in honor of his mother, Jane Sarsfield Shoaf, Class of 1952. The collection includes more than 500 items, focusing on guitar selections, biographies on great master guitarists, guitar repairs, and guitar learning courses. Eric is the Assistant Dean for Administration of the Library at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Sarah Dorsey, Head of Music Library at UNCG, was very impressed by the rich contents of the donated collection. She praises the generosity of Eric Shoaf and points out that the fact that our library has not been collecting in this area for years means that this gift fills a long-standing gap in our collection. “Our students and faculty will benefit for years to come,” Ms. Dorsey commented. Mac Nelson, Cello Cataloger at UNCG and a life-long guitarist, also offers his insight to this collection, “it is comprehensive in its coverage not only of guitarists but also of the instrument itself. Many of the books are stunningly beautiful as well as substantive and authoritative.”

To acknowledge this donation, a bookplate was designed and is placed in each book. An acknowledgement note is also present in the Libraries’ online cataloging to recognize the donation.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Pulitzer Winner Nazario Speaks at UNCG on November 16


Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sonia Nazario visits UNCG Monday, November 16, to discuss her book, Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother.

Nazario will address the greater Greensboro community from 7-9 p.m. in the Sullivan Science Building Auditorium. This session is free and open to the public. From 3-4 pm, Nazario will speak to UNCG students, faculty and staff in Cone Ballroom, Elliott University Center. Book signings will follow both presentations. Copies of Enrique’s Journey are available in the UNCG Bookstore.

The UNCG University Libraries, the English Department, the Lloyd International Honors College, the Human Rights Research Network, Housing and Residence Life and the Graduate Student Association are sponsoring Nazario’s visit.

UNCG chose Enrique’s Journey, the true story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the United States, as the 2009-10 All Campus Read. Over 1,500 students at UNCG are reading Enrique’s Journey this semester, and the book is being taught in composition, history, sociology, and upper-division English classes.

Enrique’s story reveals the desperation that propels a growing number of Central American children to abandon their homes and risk their lives to re-unite with family members in the United States.

Sixteen-year-old Enrique, yearning for the mother who left for America eleven years before to earn money for his care, sets off alone from the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, with little more than a slip of paper bearing his mother’s North Carolina telephone number. Without money, food, or protection, he makes the dangerous and illegal trek up the length of Mexico by clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains.

Nazario, a 20-year journalism veteran who currently writes for the L.A. Times, spent months researching Enrique’s story. She joined the thousands of children who travel alone atop El Tren de la Muerte (The Train of Death) and witnessed firsthand the terrors they face. Her series about Enrique in the Times won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.

Faculty, staff, students and guests are also invited to attend the fourth-annual One Book, Many Voices Conference on Friday, November 13th in the Elliot University Center. At the conference, dozens of UNCG students will present their research and creative projects inspired by “Enrique's Journey.” The conference is a unique feature of UNCG's All Campus Read Program, giving students an opportunity to share their innovative work in a public forum. The conference will be held from 9am to 2pm and will consist of 1-hour panels of presentations. Guests are welcome to attend as many sessions as they would like. There is no charge.

Please call Kimberly Lutz at 336. 256.8598 for more information about these events.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Rave Reviews for the November 9 Book Discussion Read


The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton. Discussion Leader: Patrick Lee Lucas, Department of Interior Architecture. Monday, November 9, Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library, 7:00 pm. Space still available—RSVP now to Kimberly_lutz@uncg.edu or at http://library.uncg.edu/fol/register/ .

This promises to be a great discussion—check out the book’s reviews:

It would be hard to overstate my praise for this book. De Botton is a graceful and engaging essayist, miraculously combining both levity and profundity. For anyone such as myself, who is appreciative of architecture but not especially knowledgeable, this is the perfect initiation. The book itself is beautiful, with over a hundred illustrations. If you have never thought about the importance of the buildings that provide the settings for our lives, The Architecture of Happiness will change that fact forever.
--Kevin Gill in Entertainment Today, 08 March 2007
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For de Botton, almost every building not only has a character, it influences our own. We are, he writes, "for better or for worse, different people in different places." Like the persons we meet, architecture can make us happy; but it can also, perhaps more often, make us miserable: "In a hotel room strangled by three motorways, or in a waste land of run-down tower blocks, our optimism and sense of purpose are liable to drain away." Dirt, disorder, and failures of d├ęcor can also be deeply injurious. "What will we experience in a house with prison-like windows, stained carpet tiles and plastic curtains?" Clearly, we (or at least anyone reasonably sensitive and perceptive) will experience horror and dismay. Yet as de Botton points out, "we are never far from damp stains and cracked ceilings, shattered cities and rusting dockyards."
--Alison Lurie in The New York Review of Books, 15 March 2007
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"Buildings speak - and on topics which can be readily discerned," de Botton argues. "They speak of democracy or aristocracy, openness or arrogance, welcome or threat, a sympathy for the future or a hankering for the past."

Suddenly, the reader intuits why the architecture of Disney World seems unsettling or eerie and why it's easier to believe in God in Westminster Cathedral than in the McDonald's restaurant nearby. Perhaps the richest chapter in "The Architecture of Happiness" is called "The Virtues of Buildings," which amounts to a concise, globe-trotting survey of architectural order, balance, coherence and elegance. De Botton balances his pages with instructive examples of the ugly.
--Karen Long in The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 24 September 2006
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Something is wrong with the building.

Perhaps it's the vinyl siding. What the homeowner chose to cover up 25 years ago, wooden clapboards sheathed and sightless underneath, and forgotten, is worrisome. Or the problem might be the anachronistic attempt at re-creating an Italian garden with cheap materials: cement lions and clay urns, faux-aged to look classical, when anyone can tell they came from Home Depot.

You can't exactly put your finger on it (Is it the relationship of the window frames to the amount of glass? Or the width of the column to the weight it supports?), but it is all wrong, and the building makes you dissatisfied, or angry, or just plain depressed.
But why? Can that unease even be expressed? And when a building manages to give us solace, or a door seems harmonious, or a home reinforces a state of mind, what is the formula that explains their success?

Such is the quest embarked upon by "The Architecture of Happiness," Alain de Botton's erudite and readable treatise on the aesthetics of architecture.
--Ethan Gilsdorf in San Francisco Chronicle, 4 October 2006

Monday, October 26, 2009

Book and Reading News for November 2009

Following are the book and author events in the Triad that I know about during November:

FREE Friends of the UNCG Libraries Events

Monday, November 9: Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion of The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton, led by Patrick Lee Lucas of UNCG’s Interior Architecture Department. Free, but registration is suggested at http://library.uncg.edu/fol/register/

Other book and author events at UNCG:

Monday, November 16: Sonia Nazario’s book, "Enrique’s Journey," is the campus read at UNCG this year. Ms. Nazario will appear at UNCG at 7:00 p.m. in the Sullivan Science Building Auditorium at UNCG. Her appearance, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the UNCG Libraries, Housing and Residence Life, the Graduate Student Association, the English Department, the Lloyd International Honors College, and the Human Rights Research Network. We recommend parking in the McIver Parking Deck off Market Street at McIver Street. For a campus map, see http://www.uncg.edu/online_map/printable/alpha_legend_08_08.pdf . Earlier on November 16, from 3:00-4:00 pm, Ms. Nazario will address students and UNCG staff and faculty in the Cone Ballroom, EUC.

Wednesday, November 18: The Center for Creative Writing in the Arts is pleased to host a reading and book signing by Brian Ray, a fiction writer who already has earned a level of praise rare for an author under 30. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English at UNCG, Mr. Ray, has been hailed by Booklist as “a talent to watch” upon the recent publication of his book Through the Pale Door, winner of the 2009 South Carolina First Novel Prize. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the UNCG Faculty Center on Wednesday, November 18, at 4:00 pm. Refreshments will be served.


Thursday, November 19: Will Read for Food Benefit Reading for Greensboro Charities. Will Read for Food, started by UNCG English professor Hope Hodgkins, began in 1994 as Writer’s Harvest. Since 1995, the benefit has been run by novelist and short story writer Michael Parker and has featured faculty from the MFA Writing Program at UNCG as well as other authors from across the Triad. Donation. Weatherspoon Museum Auditorium, UNCG. 7:00 p.m.


Other book and author events in the Triad that may be of interest:

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009: Paul Krugman, economist, columnist, author and intellectual, appearing as part of the Bryan Series organized by Guilford College—7:30 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium in the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. While available, tickets are $35 each and may be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com by calling 1-800-745-3000 and at the Greensboro Coliseum Advance Box Office.

Friday, November 13, 2009: BOOKMARKS PRESENTS: A CONVERSATION w/JOHN HODGMAN
With Support from Salem College Committee on Cultural Events
7:00 PM (doors open at 6:15)
Salem College Fine Arts Center: Hanes Auditorium
601 S. Church St., Winston-Salem, NC

Featuring John Hodgman, in his only NC appearance on national tour for the paperback release of MORE INFORMATION THAN YOU REQUIRE. Hodgman is the Resident Expert on “The Daily Show” and the PC persona in Mac commercials. He is currently appearing in the movie “The Invention of Lying” with Ricky Gervais. He has served as the Humor Editor for the “New York Times Magazine”, as an occasional Flight vs. Invisibility Consultant on “This American Life,” Advice Columnist for “McSweeneys,” and Comic Book Reviewer for the ”New York Times Book Review.” His first book, published in 2005, is THE AREAS OF MY EXPERTISE.
Justin Catanoso, Executive Editor “The Business Journal” of the Triad will moderate.
For more information, visit http://www.blogger.com/www.bookmarksbookfestival.org
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TICKETS:
* $15, STUDENT
* $20, GENERAL
*$40, RECEPTION (private reception begins at 5:30 PM includes hors d’ouevres; a paperback copy of More Information than You Require; reserved seating at the conversation event, a book signing; and limited VIP parking. ($20 is tax deductible)
* Buy tickets 24/7. Call: Brown Paper Tickets 1-800-838-3006 for event 85049
-or- online at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/85049

Wednesday, November 18: Ali Vincent, author of Believe It, Be It. 7:00 PM
Greensboro Barnes and Noble, Friendly Center, 3102 Northline Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27408, 336-854-4200


Coming soon:

January-21-March 5, 2010—Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation Exhibit, Jackson Library Reading Room, UNCG campus

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Irene A. Parsons creates Endowed Fund to Benefit Women Veterans Historical Project


Miss Irene Parsons of North Wilkesboro, NC has created the Irene A. Parsons Endowed Fund for the benefit of the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project in the University Libraries of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The Project acquires and preserves resources documenting the history of women veterans and women serving in related service organizations.

Chancellor Linda Brady said of the gift, “it represents a meaningful investment to sustain and further advance the level of excellence for which the University Libraries’ Special Collections has become known.”

Irene Adelaide Parsons was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina and graduated from high school in nearby Taylorsville. She attended Brevard College for two years and then worked in Wilkes County prior to enrolling at Woman’s College in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1939. She graduated in1941 with majors in business administration and education, and later received her master’s degree from George Washington University. She spent three years with the Women’s Reserve of the Coast Guard (SPARs) from 1943 until 1946. Afterwards, she had a long career with the Veteran’s Administration, retiring after almost thirty years of service. Irene was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson to the position of Assistant Administrator of the Veterans Administration, the highest personnel post in federal government ever held by a woman in the third largest federal government agency. For distinctive service and career accomplishment, Miss Parsons received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from UNCG in 1967.




This is Miss Parson’s second major gift to UNCG.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Free "Friends and Faculty" Lecture on Monday, October 19


How do very young children view their world? Does a three-year old in Kenya interact with her family in the same way as a three-year old in Finland? Does the small child of working-class parents in Greensboro have more in common with middle-class children in Greensboro or with working-class children in Korea and Estonia? Dr. Jonathan Tudge, a professor of human development, has spent over 20 years researching the everyday life of pre-school age children around the world, and his study included many Greensboro families. Join us for an evening with Professor Tudge as he delves into "The Everyday Life of Children."
Monday, October 19 at 7:00 pm in Claxton Room, Elliott University Center, UNCG Campus

Monday, October 12, 2009

UNCG Librarian Lynda Kellam Selected as Emerging Leader by American Library Association



Data Services and Government Information Librarian Lynda Kellam at UNCG's University Libraries has been selected to participate in the 2010 Class of Emerging Leaders of the American Library Association. Her participation will be sponsored by the Government Documents Round Table of the Association (GODORT)

The ALA Emerging Leaders program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts participants on the fast track to ALA committee volunteerism as well as other professional library-related organizations.

Lynda is UNCG's second participant in this selective program. Cello Music Cataloger Mac Nelson was named in 2007.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

UNCG Librarian Mac Nelson has won the 2010 Walter Gerboth Award from Music Library Association


The award is made to members of MLA who are in the first five years of their professional library careers, to assist research-in-progress in music or music librarianship. This award will enable Nelson to travel to the home of the eminent cellist Laszlo Varga, where he will spend three days recording interviews for use in his research project, "The Varga Legacy: An Oral History." Varga is one of the two living donors to UNCG's Cello Music Collection (Bernard Greenhouse is the other) and is one of the most distinguished cellists of the 20th (and 21st) centuries: in addition to having an international reputation as a performer and recording artist, Varga served as principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic under Dimitri Mitropoulis and Leonard Bernstein. His life and art were celebrated here at UNCG February 16-18, 2007; the "Varga Celebration," which was jointly sponsored by the UNCG School of Music and the University Libraries.

The Gerboth Award was founded in 1984 in honor of Walter Gerboth, librarian, teacher and mentor, a leader in the Music Library Association, and a pathmaker in music librarianship.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Book and Reading News for October 2009

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FREE Friends of the UNCG Libraries Events

Monday, October 5—Fred Chappell reading from his new book of poetry, Shadow Box, Faculty Center, 4 p.m. (co-sponsored with the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts)

Monday, October 5—Book Discussion of Stoner, by John Williams, led by Michael Parker of the English Department,. Jackson Library, Hodges Reading Room, 7 p.m. Registration encouraged, see http://library.uncg.edu/fol/register/

Monday, October 19—Friends and Faculty Lecture:
Jonathan Tudge, Human Development
and Family Studies Dept., “The Everyday Lives of Young Children in Greensboro and around the World.” Elliott University Center, Kirkland Room, 7 p.m. Contact Kimberly Lutz by phone at 336-256-8598 or by email at kimberly_lutz@uncg.edu

Monday, October 26—Book discussion of Enrique’s Journey, by Sonia Nazario, led by Elizabeth Chiseri-Strater of the English Department, Hodges Reading Room, 7 p.m. Registration encouraged, see http://library.uncg.edu/fol/register/

Other October Book and Reading Events in the Greensboro Area Which May Be of Interest

Note: Barnes and Noble Booksellers has informed me that the September 27 appearance of children’s book author Tomie dePaola has been cancelled.

Thursday, October 1---Pulitzer Prize winning author Tracy Kidder will read in UNCG’s Faculty Center on College Avenue. The event will be followed by a book signing.

Thursday, October 8---“An Evening with David Sedaris” at the War Memorial Auditorium in Greensboro (FEE). 7:30 p.m.
For more information, see http://www.greensborocoliseum.com/

Saturday, October 10---Justin Catanoso discusses his book, My Cousin the Saint, at the Friendly Center Barnes and Noble, 3102 Northline Avenue, at 7:00 p.m. For more information call 336-854-4200.

Thursday, October 15---Holly Goddard Jones Fiction Reading in UNCG’s Faculty Center on College Avenue, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 15--- Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNCG: Adult/Teacher Workshops. HAIKU! Members $10/ nonmembers $15; register by October 8 via email (t_dowell@uncg.edu) or phone 256-1449.

Saturday, October 17--- Book signing by Miriam Herin, author of Absolution at the Greensboro Waldenbooks, Four Seasons Mall, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m

Sunday, October 18--"Tea Cake on Sundays" Performed by Logie Meachum
Storyteller and folklorist Logie Meachum brings to life the character Tea Cake from Zora Neale Hurston's highly acclaimed novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, the Forsyth County The Big Read selection for 2009. The Big Read is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, Z. Smith Reynolds Library of Wake Forest University, and Forsyth County Public Library. Events are being held throughout October See www.forsythlibrary.org or call (336-703-BOOK). The performance will be followed by a reception.

Wednesday, October 28---Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen discuss To Try Men’s Souls, their book on George Washington. Friendly Center Barnes and Noble, 3102 Northline Avenue, at 12:30 p.m. Numbered tickets can be picked up at 9:00 a.m. For more information call 336-854-4200.

Thursday, October 29---Rhett Iseman Trull Poetry Reading in UNCG’s Faculty Center on College Avenue, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 29---Marianne Gingher and Friends. Gingher, Fred Chappell, Michael Parker, Tracie Fellers and other writers will speak at the Friendly Center Barnes and Noble, 3102 Northline Avenue, at 7:00 p.m. For more information call 336-854-4200.


Coming soon:

Monday, November 9— Book discussion of The Architecture of Happiness, by Alain de Botton, led by Patrick Lee Lucas of the Interior Architecture Department.
7:00 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library

Monday, November 16—Enrique’s Journey: An Evening with Sonia Nazario, Author of UNCG’s All-Campus Read.
7:00 p.m. Sullivan Science Building Auditorium, UNCG Campus.

Thursday, November 19: Will Read for Food Benefit Reading for Greensboro Charities. Will Read for Food, started by UNCG English professor Hope Hodgkins, began in 1994 as Writer’s Harvest. Since 1995, the benefit has been run by novelist and short story writer Michael Parker and has featured faculty from the MFA Writing Program at UNCG as well as other authors from across the Triad. Donation. Weatherspoon Museum Auditorium, UNCG. 7:00 p.m.

January-21-March 5, 2010—Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation Exhibit, Jackson Library Reading Room

There are probably other book and author events in the area of which I am unaware, but I invite your contributions. Thanks Kimberly Lutz of the University Libraries and to the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts at UNCG for their input this month.

For keeping up with our local book scene, I recommend:

• the Friends of the UNCG Libraries blog at http://uncgfol.blogspot.com/

• the News & Record’s book blog at http://www.news-record.com/blog/page_turners

• and the Greensboro Public Library’s calendar at
http://www.greensboro-nc.gov/departments/Library/calendar/

For UNCG events of all kinds, see http://calendar.uncg.edu/

Friday, September 18, 2009

Dr. Saundra Westervelt Leads Book Discussion on The Innocent Man on September 21.


Dr. Saundra Westervelt of UNCG's Sociology Department, will lead this season's first book discussion on Monday, September 21, at 7:00 pm in the Hodges Reading Room of Jackson Library. The book we're discussing? The Innocent Man, John Grisham's non-fiction account of the wrongful conviction of Ron Williamson. Dr. Westervelt recently sat down with University Libraries staff member Hannah Winkler to discuss her research, her connection to some of the "characters" in Grisham's book, and what The Innocent Man can teach us about what leads to wrongful conviction and its long-term effects on the exonerated. We invite you to listen to the podcast of their conversation, and we hope to see you Monday night!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Book and Reading News for September 2009

There are lots of book events going on in the area this month that I want to make you aware of.

In addition to the appearance at UNCG of storyteller and children's book author Willy Claflin on September 14, sponsored by the University Libraries through the generosity of Friends of the UNCG Libraries Board members Pam Sprinkle and Betty Hicks and the O. Henry Hotel,there are several other things happening in the area.

Book lovers in the state are blessed (or maybe cursed, since all these events are the same weekend) by three book festivals in September, all the weekend after Labor Day. Choose from among
the BOOKMARKS Festival in Winston-Salem;
the NC Literary Festival in Chapel Hill; and
the Carolina Mountain Literary Festival in Burnsville.

The Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion Series opens September 21 with a discussion led by Saundra Westervelt of the UNCG Sociology Department about John Grisham's nonfiction work, "The Innocent Man." It's free, Register here

UNCG's own Fred Chappell has a new book out. It's called "Shadow Box: Poems." Fred will be doing some appearances, including one this month at the Community Book Shop. This list of author appearances comes from the Greensboro Public Library:

September 5, 4 pm, at Community Book Shop - Fred Chappell
1206 Grove Street - Phone - 336-501-8389
September 8, 7 pm, at Barnes and Noble Booksellers - Joanna Smith Rakoff
3102 Northline Avenue - Phone - 336-854-4200

September 15, 7 pm, at Barnes and Noble Booksellers - Marti Healey
3102 Northline Avenue - Phone - 336-854-4200

September 17, 7 pm at Barnes and Noble Booksellers - Tara Green
3102 Northline Avenue - Phone - 336-854-4200

September 22, 12 noon, at Central library - Nancy Gotter Gates
219 N. Church Street - 336-373-3617

September 23, 7 pm, at Borders Book Store - Celia Rivenbark
3605 High Point Road - Phone - 336-218-0662

September 27, 2 pm at Barnes and Noble Booksellers - Tomie dePaola
3102 Northline Avenue - Phone - 336-854-4200

September 27, 3 pm, at Central library - Linda Brown
219 N. Church Street - 336-373-3617

Finally, The News & Record has a new book blog that will also help keep you informed.

I am sure that there are other book events that may interest you, but these are the ones I know about right now.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Celebrate Founder’s Day October 5 at UNCG with Author Fred Chappell


The Center for Creative Writing in the Arts and the Friends of the UNCG Libraries will contribute to the celebration of UNCG’S FOUNDERS DAY with a reading by Fred Chappell, emeritus professor of English and former Poet Laureate of North Carolina.

Mr. Chappell will read from his recently released poetry book, Shadow Box,published by the Louisiana State University Press, at the campus’s Faculty Center, Monday October 5, at 4:00 PM. In this richly human work that explores the complexities of age, loss, love and memory, Mr. Chappell accomplishes a rare feat that will be of particular interest to writers and students of poetry: he presents the world with a completely new and demanding form of verse, one of his own invention in which one poem is embedded or nested within the language of another. Mr. Chappell has called on a second reader, his wife, Susan Nicholls Chappell, to highlight and clarify for listeners the rich interplay of the two voices in these lyrical conversations.

A book signing and reception will follow the reading. The event is free and open to the public.

Friday, September 4, 2009

October 26 Book Discussion on Enrique's Journey Added to Fall Lineup


We are excited to offer an additional Friends of the UNCG Libraries book discussion this Fall. Professor Elizabeth Chiseri-Strater of the English Department will lead the discussion of Sonia Nazario's Enrique's Journey, the book selected as UNCG's all-campus read this year. Professor Chiseri-Strater explains that the book is well worth reading because "it reveals the hard issues of immigration reform. The Pulitzer Prize winning author describes one child's journey from Central America through Mexico into the United states to find his mother in a way that the problem becomes personal and intimate for the reader. Nazario's detailed reporting gives voice to the bravery of undocumented immigrants and the hardship of these families that are separated due to devastating poverty." The book discussion will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Hodges Reading Room of Jackson Library

To register to attend this book discussion or any of the other six discussions, please visit http://library.uncg.edu/fol/register. We are also pleased to announce that author Sonia Nazario will give a public lecture at UNCG on November 16 at 7:00 pm in the Sullivan Science Building Auditorium. More details soon!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Storyteller and Author Willy Claflin to Appear September 14

Monday, September 14, 2009, 7 p.m. Elliott University Center Auditorium, UNCG Campus

Free and Open to the Public

Have you ever engaged in quadrapedagogy with a shaggy ruminant whose life’s work is preserving traditional moose tales? Learned to use your voice in myriad different ways to tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood? Sung traditional folksongs with a master collector of the genre?


If not, acclaimed storyteller, children’s book author, and folk-singer Willy Claflin and his sidekick Maynard Moose are coming to UNC Greensboro on Monday, September 14, concluding with a public performance at 7 p.m. in the Elliott University Center Auditorium. Sponsored by the University Libraries, the event is free and open to the public. Earlier in the day, Claflin will perform at UNCG for elementary schoolchildren in area schools in cooperation with the UNCG School of Education, then speak to UNCG students in K-6 methods classes in the School of Education. Claflin will also appear at BOOKMARKS: The Triad’s Festival of Books, on Saturday, September 12 in Winston-Salem, the third straight year UNCG and BOOKMARKS have collaborated to bring a notable figure in children’s literature to the area.


Performing as a full-time storyteller since the early 1980's following a career in teaching and folk music, Claflin brings to UNCG a wealth of stories and puppet monologues to his repertoire of traditional and original songs. His work encompasses stories from many cultures; ballads of the British Isles and Appalachia; misadventures in the Maine woods; and hilarious observations from Willy and his sidekicks like the puppet Maynard Moose.


The University Libraries is proud to invite alumni, educators, parents and young people to these performances. Listen to our podcast. We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of Pam and David Sprinkle and Betty and Bill Hicks for Mr. Claflin’s appearances in the Triad, as well as the O. Henry Hotel. Pam and Betty are members of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries.

We have been advised that due to the greatly increased number of students on our campus this fall, attendees are advised to park in the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck on the UNCG campus. Walker Deck, where many visitors to the Libraries park, is especially crowded and space may not be available.

As Maynard Moose often says, “thank you for your detention.”

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

University Libraries' Woodstock Photos in the News


Check out the article in the August 19 News & Record about the University Libraries' collection of Woodstock photos. Taken by famed photographer and former faculty member Arnold Doren, who died in 2003, the photos range from shots of teenagers playing in the mud to Jimi Hendrix playing guitar. Twenty of Doren's Woodstock photos are on display on the second floor lobby of Jackson Library through September 19. Doren's gift of 70 boxes of photos to the University Libraries is the largest gift of photos in UNCG's history.

Fox 8 also ran a story, broadcast from the Hodges Reading Room and featuring Manuscripts Curator Jennifer Motszko, on August 14 about the Woodstock photo exhibit.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Schedule set for the 2009-2010 Friends' Book Discussion Group



The Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion Group is back! For the 2009-2010 academic year we will be discussing faculty favorites with some of our favorite faculty. Check out their selections below and be sure to register at http://library.uncg.edu/fol/register/ for all the discussions you would like to attend.

First up--The Innocent Man, a non-fiction work by John Grisham. Saundra Westervelt of the Sociology Department, who will lead the discussion, is an expert on criminology and the sociology of law. In her current research, Professor Westervelt is conducting interviews with individuals who have been wrongfully convicted and exonerated. One of these exonerees, Greg Wilhoit, was a major source for Grisham's book. Join us at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 21, in the Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library for the discussion.



Michael Parker, a novelist and professor of English and creative writing, will lead the second discussion at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 5, on John Williams's 1965 novel, Stoner. Described in The New York Times Book Review as "something rarer than a great novel - it is a perfect novel, so well told and beautifully written, so deeply moving, that it takes your breath away," Stoner follows the life and career of English professor William Stoner. Meet us in the Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library to share your thoughts on this novel.


On Monday, November 9, 2009 at 7 p.m., Patrick Lee Lucas of the Interior Architecture Department will lead us in a discssion of Alain de Botton's The Architecture of Happiness. As De Botton describes on his website, The Architecture of Happiness "starts from the idea that where we are heavily influences who we can be - and argues that it is architecture’s task to stand as an eloquent reminder of our full potential." We will be meeting in Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library.




We are starting out 2010 with This One and Magic Life, a novel by Anne Carroll George, who is well known for her Southern Sisters mystery series. In this literary novel that draws on Greek mythology (many characters are named after the gods), George explores the impact of the death of Artie (Artemis) Sullivan on her extended family and community. Bill Carroll, Associate Dean of the School of Music, and the author's cousin, will lead our discussion on Monday, January 25 at 7 p.m. in the Hodges Reading Room of Jackson Library.

From January 21 to March 5, the University Libraries will be hosting “Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation,” a traveling exhibit organized by The Huntington Library and Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in cooperation with the American Library Association's Public Programs Office. We will be planning lots of events around the exhibit, and we decided to dedcate our February book discussion to Lincoln. Mark Elliott of the history department will lead a discussion of Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian James McPherson's new biography on Lincoln in the Hodges Reading Room of Jackson Library at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 22. At under 100 pages, McPherson's Abraham Lincoln captures "the essential events and meaning of Lincoln's life without oversimplification or overgeneralization."

Our 6th and final book is Olive Kitteridge, a 2009Pulitzer Prize winner. Hepsie Roskelly of the English Department will lead us in the discussion of Elizabeth Strout's novel on Monday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in the Hodges reading Room, Jackson Library. The thirteen linked tales of Olive Kitteridge veer between the quiet tragedies and comedies of everyday life in the Maine community in which the stories are set. Olive Kitteridge, a seventh-grade math teacher, looms large (both figuratively and literally) over the lives of her family, neighbors, and students. Professor Roskelly calls this novel her current favorite.


We look forward to seeing you at these discussions! Stay tuned for more information about the books and other Friends of the University Libraries programming.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Friends of the UNCG Libraries Elect New Chairperson, Directors



UNCG alumna Pat Sevier (shown left) has been elected chairperson of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries. Ms. Sevier is involved in many local cultural and community service organizations and has served on the Board of Trustees of the Greensboro Historical Museum, the Board of Directors of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, and the Board of Visitors of Greensboro College. She is also co-owner of The Perfect Wedding, an event consulting firm.

The Friends are pleased to welcome five new Board members, including three alumnae: Evans Garber of Greensboro (MA in history), Sandra Hildebolt of Winston Salem (MS in library science), and Dr. Rebekah Megerian of Asheboro (Ed. D in higher education administration). Dr. Lisa Levenstein, an assistant professor of history at UNCG, and Jeri Rowe, News & Record columnist, are also joining the Board.

Susan Farr Honored with Staff Service Award


Susan Farr (on right in photo), Documents Manager at Jackson Library, has received the University Libraries Staff Service Award for 2009. The award recognizes and rewards members of the SPA library staff who provide outstanding leadership and service in furthering the accomplishment of the library's mission. Susan has worked in the University Libraries since 1997. In presenting the award, Service Award Committee Chair Carolyn Shankle (on left in photo by Dean Rhoades) likened Susan's work to that of a gardener, knowing how and where to weed to keep a collection strong. The federal documents collection has been weeded, moved and reclassified during Susan's time in the position. "She knows the topography of the collection," Shankle says, "its strengths and weaknesses, and serves as an able guide to all who want to reference it for added wisdom." Farr was also commended for her work on the blog, "In the News" at http://uncggovinfo.blogspot.com/ The Service Award was established in 1997 by Martha Ransley, long-time Head of the Circulation Department.

Storyteller and Children's Book Author Willy Claflin to Appear at UNCG and BOOKMARKS: The Triad's Festival of Books




You are invited to this free event. For more information about Willy Claflin, see http://www.willyclaflin.com/ For more information about the BOOKMARKS Festival, see http://www.bookmarksbookfestival.org/