Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Celebrate the blues and support the University Libraries at UNCG

Celebrate the blues! That’s the theme of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries annual dinner coming up on March 28, 2012 at the Elliott University Center on the UNCG campus.

That evening, the Friends will welcome William R. Ferris and Lorenzo (Logie) Meachum to the stage for an evening focusing on blues music. Ferris is a widely recognized leader in Southern studies, African American music and folklore, who has written or edited ten books and created fifteen documentary films. His book Give My Poor Heart Ease:Voices of the Mississippi Blues will be the basis of his presentation and will be featured at the book signing which follows. The former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and now teaching at UNC Chapel Hill, Ferris has conducted thousands of interviews with musicians ranging from the famous (B.B. King) to the unrecognized (Parchman Penitentiary inmates working in the fields).

Meachum, a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, is a blues musician and storyteller from Greensboro who has performed all over the world. He is especially known for his original work and his improvisational style.

Tickets are available for the entire evening, or for the program only, and go on sale January 10 from the UNCG Box Office at 336-334-4849 or Corporate and table sponsorships for the dinner are available by contacting Barry Miller at 336-256-0112 or Rachel Williams at 336-334-5372.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Film featuring UNCG Faculty Member Bob Hansen to be Screened March 2

Saving the Hansen House is the story of UNCG Professor and Associate Dean Bob Hansen who buys a dilapidated 18th-century farmhouse in Bethania, a small North Carolina town near Winston-Salem.

Originally he planned to restore it and then maybe sell it and move on. But the house turns out to be something special, and the town is even more special. Before he knows it, he is putting down roots.

This one-hour documentary film chronicles the unique challenges and rewards of saving a 250-year-old house. Or, as the filmmakers Deni and Will McIntyre put it, a house that might save him.

The film will be screened at the Greensboro Historical Museum on Friday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. The Friends of the UNCG Libraries and the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts at UNCG to sponsor the screening in collaboration with the Greensboro Historical Museum. Admission is free. Both Hansen and the McIntyres will be present for a post-screening discussion of the film.

For more information, contact Barry Miller at 336-256-0112 or

Monday, November 28, 2011

My Story: Made Possible by NC Libraries

Libraries in our state are changing lives every day, and we'd like to showcase the benefits people experience because of their libraries. To begin to capture these success stories, NC LIVE, of which UNCG is a part, launched a new webpage called "My Story: Made Possible by NC Libraries."

Library patrons across the state can use this form to submit their personal stories explaining why libraries have made a difference in their lives.

The objective is to raise awareness of the important role libraries play. These stories will be used for outreach and awareness purposes in various NC LIVE communication pieces and reports.

How can you help? It's easy!

Go to this website and tell us about how UNCG’s University Libraries, or others in North Carolina, have made a difference in your life.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Elliott University Center, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 7:30 PM.
Tickets go on sale December 1 from

Kim Edwards’ debut novel, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, became an international sensation, selling more than four million copies in the United States and spending an unbelievable 122 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, 23 of those weeks in the number one spot. The book was deemed “The Book of the Year” in 2006 by USA Today, saying, “once you've read this heart wrenching story, it's easy to understand why it has connected with millions of readers.” Her collection of short stories, The Secrets of a Fire King, an alternate for the 1998 PEN/Hemingway Award, was rereleased in 2007.

On tour for the paperback release of The Lake of Dreams, A CONVERSATION WITH KIM EDWARDS, is her only North Carolina appearance. Edwards has won numerous awards, including a Whiting Award, a British Book Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Nelson Algren Award. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Ploughshares, Zoetrope, Story, and The Paris Review and have received a National Magazine Award for excellence in Fiction. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she teaches writing at the University of Kentucky.

The program will be moderated by James Dodson. An award-winning journalist and author, Dodson serves as the Writer-in-Residence for The Pilot newspaper, Editor of the award-winning PineStraw Magazine, and Editor of O.Henry Magazine, a new arts and culture publication in Greensboro. His most recent book, A Son of the Game, was named “Top Golf Book of the Year” by the International Network of Golf, the same award his book Final Rounds won in 1997. In 2011, Dodson was named winner of the Donald Ross Award, given annually by the American Society of Golf Course Architects, for his significant literary contributions to the game of golf.

BOOKMARKS is a proud partner of this event with the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, a support organization for the University Libraries at UNCG. Since 1959, the Friends have been active in bringing authors and public figures to Greensboro to speak. Recent speakers have included Lee Smith and Hal Crowther, as well as Jill McCorkle, Clyde Edgerton, and Robert Morgan.

BOOKMARKS is a triad based literary nonprofit, whose mission is to champion literacy, promote cultural diversity through reading, and offer enrichment and education through literary experiences celebrating books and authors. The 2011 BOOKMARKS Festival of Books hosted 40 authors and brought 7,000 people to Downtown Winston-Salem. Monthly author events are held throughout the year including fundraisers such as our “Conversations With” events. By the end of 2011, BOOKMARKS’ authors will have visited with 2,500 children in local schools across the triad.

Additional media support provided by the News & Record, WFDD 88.5 FM, and the Winston-Salem Journal. Books will be for sale both before and after the program. Kim Edwards will sign books immediately following the program.

Questions for Kim Edwards may be sent before the program by e-mailing:

General Admission: Includes one ticket for the Conversation Event, followed by a book signing after the program, and free parking in the Oakland deck. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
$12.00 - General Admission Tickets for Students if purchased in advance (Please be prepared to show your Student ID when you present your ticket.)
$15.00 - General Admission Tickets if purchased in advance
$22.00 - General Admission Tickets if purchased at the door (This option may not be available if the event is sold out.)

Premier Admission: Begins at 6 p.m.
$75.00 - This includes one ticket for the Conversation Event at 7:30 p.m. with reserved premier seating and free parking in the Walker deck as well as a private reception with Kim Edwards beginning at 6:00 p.m. featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres, a paperback copy of The Lake of Dreams and a book signing. ($25.00 is tax deductible). Specific details about parking (including a map) will be sent prior to the event.

Visit to purchase tickets with your credit card through our 24 hour / 7 days a week ticketing system.

General Admission for Groups of 10 or more: Before January 10, please contact BOOKMARKS: / 336-460-4722 for $12 group tickets. This will not be handled through our ticketing system.

All sales are final and there will be no refunds. Should the event be cancelled due to inclement weather, tickets can be used for a future “Conversations With” event during the 2012 year sponsored by BOOKMARKS. Further information will be provided by e-mail to all ticket holders under these circumstances.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Sharp-eyed Hawk Knows Where to Go for Information

Suzanne Angel captured this image of a hawk atop Jackson Library recently.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Diversity through a Global Lens: Hong Kong Academic Libraries

Please Join Us on Friday, November 4 at 10 am in the Kirkland Room for "Diversity through a Global Lens: Hong Kong Academic Libraries" a talk by Haipeng Li.

Haipeng Li is currently University Librarian at the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), leading the university libraries in strategic planning and development, among many other responsibilities. Prior to the position at HKBU, he was Associate Director of the John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, responsible for research support services, coordination of personnel administration, and library planning, assessment, and innovation. He also had responsibilities for initiatives to expand outreach, engagement, collaborations, and fundraising for the Dana Library on campus. Before Rutgers, he had served as reference librarian and outreach coordinator at the Oberlin College in Ohio, the University of Arizona Library and the Arizona State University Libraries.

Haipeng Li is active in professional services. He is currently serving as Co-Chair of the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color 2012 (JCLC), Chair of the ALA IRC Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, served as President of the Chinese American Librarians Association 2006-2007 (CALA) and has been Executive Director of CALA since 2008. He has been actively promoting collaboration and exchange between libraries in China and the U.S. He is also a member of the Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee in Hong Kong.

His research areas include information literacy, library management and diversity, international librarianship and global collaborations. He is frequently invited to speak at library events and serves as a consultant for several academic libraries in China.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Documentary Film "The Day Carl Sandburg Died" to be Screened and Discussed on November 1

Join us for a screening of "The Day Carl Sandburg Died" on Tuesday, November 1 at 7:00 pm in the Elliott University Center Auditorium.

Carl Sandburg died in July of 1967, but director Paul Bonesteel finds his life story and his creative legacy as relevant and provocative as it was in 1916 when his "Chicago Poems" changed American poetry. “Labor unrest, global wars, socialism, immigration and race issues… this was the subject matter that fueled Sandburg for much of his poetry and writing that shocked the world.” comments Bonesteel. “The intensity of his work was over simplified later in his life. He was both an anarchist and a deeply patriotic American.”

The Friends of the UNCG Libraries are pleased to present a screening of Paul Bonesteel’s new documentary film, “The Day Carl Sandburg Died.” Bonesteel will introduce and discuss the 82 minute film on Tuesday, November 1, beginning at 7 pm in the Elliott University Center Auditorium. Please join us in re-examining the life and work of the poet/biographer/ troubadour/ journalist/philosopher who spent the last years of his life at Flat Rock in the North Carolina mountains.

The Day Carl Sandburg Died was more than six years in the making. It has a cast of more than twenty notable scholars, performers and Sandburg family members. Sandburg’s daughter Helga Sandburg Crile, Pete Seeger, Norman Corwin and the late Studs Terkel contribute to the film along with contemporary poets Marc Smith, Ted Kooser and others. Also contributing significantly to the film is Sandburg biographer Penelope Niven, who lives in Winston-Salem.

Monday, October 17, 2011

In focus at UNCG: Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer speaks Oct. 19 in Jackson Library, by Michelle Hines

Across a front page featuring one of Matthew Lewis’ pictures, the iconic image of a white girl and a black girl swinging together, Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee scrawled “Just Beautiful!” with a red marker.

A few years later, in 1975, Bradlee would summon Lewis to his office to tell him he had won the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. Lewis, an African American, was the first Post photographer to win a Pulitzer.

“It’s about capturing that emotion on film,” Lewis says of his calling. “That’s what it’s all about.”

Lewis, who now lives in Thomasville, will share his photographs and photographs by his grandfather, Harvey James Lewis, who forged a career in photography in the late 1800s, Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Jackson Library.

The event, moderated by Jeri Rowe of the Greensboro News & Record, is sponsored by the Friends of the UNCG University Libraries. Lewis will begin his presentation at 5 p.m. in the Hodges Reading Room on the second floor of the library; it is free and open to the public.

As a boy, Lewis often toted his grandfather’s heavy panoramic camera. He has a print from that camera that measures a whopping 31 ½ inches by 9 ½ inches.

“He’s the story, not me,” he says of “HJ” as his grandfather was known. HJ was the son of indentured slaves, and largely self-taught.

Lewis’ father was also a photographer, working for the Pittsburgh Courier, an African American paper with a circulation over 400,000.

Yet Lewis never thought of going into photography. Never.

He wanted to be a sax player but quit on the spot when he got “blown out” during a jam session at Howard University. He just couldn’t improvise.

Finally, after years of grinding away in a steel foundry, an “echo” came into his mind. “I can become a photographer,” it said. Clear as crystal.

Since then, Lewis’ subjects have included everyone from Martin Luther King Jr. and the Kennedys to Queen Elizabeth II. He retired to Thomasville, although he continues to take photos as staff photographer for the Thomasville Times.

Lewis, a humble man, loves to repeat a quip from a close friend: “Matthew’s been in and out of focus his whole life,” she said.

For more information on Lewis visit, contact Barry Miller at or 336-256-0112.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

What Does It Mean to Be a Latino Poet?--Join us on October 25 at 4:00 pm

The Diversity Committee of the University Libraries is pleased to present an event with one of UNCG's distinguished faculty members and renowned poet, Dr. Mark Smith Soto. Dr. Mark Smith-Soto will discuss his writing career and the ways in which his ethnic identity has influenced both the perception and creation of his poetry.

Please join us on Tuesday, October 25, at 4:00 pm in Kirkland Room, Elliott University Center.

Dr. Smith-Soto was born in his father's hometown, Washington D.C., and reared in his mother's native country, Costa Rica. He is Professor of Spanish, editor of International Poetry Review, and former director of the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts at UNCG. A 2005 winner of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in creative writing, his poetry has appeared in Nimrod, The Sun, Poetry East, Quarterly West, Callaloo, Literary Review, Kenyon Review and many other literary journals. The author of three award-winning poetry chapbooks, his first full-length collection, Our Lives Are Rivers, was published in 2003 by the University Press of Florida and Any Second Now, by Main Street Rag Press in 2006. Eleven of his short one-act plays have been produced locally by the Greensboro Playwrights' Forum. A verse play, Deal With This: Trio From The Holocaust Museum, produced by Theatre Orange of the Arts Center of Carrboro and Chapel Hill was one of ten winners of their 2003 "Ten by Ten in the Triangle" festival competition and was published in the anthology Thirty-five by Ten (Dramatic Publishers, 2005). His most recent publication is the bilingual Fever Season: Selected Poetry of Ana Istarú (Unicorn Press, 2010).

Friends Book Sale - Reopened for business

The ongoing Friends of the UNCG Libraries book sale will restart on Tuesday, October 18. Books will be restocked each Tuesday morning during the active part of each semester (monthly during the summer).

UNCG at the North Carolina Library Association biennial meeting

UNCG librarians and staff, as well as LIS faculty and students, were very active participants in the recent North Carolina Library Association biennial meeting in Hickory. Not counting alumni, we counted 24 presentations involving UNCG personnel and 9 poster sessions. Assistant Director Mike Crumpton also served on the Program Committee.

Presentations from UNCG included the following:

Educating Community College Librarians
Nora Bird, UNCG & Mike Crumpton, UNCG

Everybody Teaches! Creating Effective Online e-learning Experiences
Beth Filar Williams, UNCG & Amy Archambault, UNCG
Lauren Pressley, Wake Forest University

Establishing the Library in the Cultural Fabric of the Community: Ten Tips for Linking the Library to the World
Barry K. Miller, UNCG

Lessons Learned: Getting the Most Out of Libguides
Jennifer Balance, CPCC
Randall Bowman, Elon University
Michelle Cosby, NC Central Law Library
Jenny Dale, UNCG
Nina Exner, NC A&T University
Susan Wolf Neilson, Wake County Public Libraries
Anders Selhorst, Guilford Tech Community College
Kathy Shields, High Point University

Creating Library Spaces of the Future
LaTesha Velez, UNCG & Michael Crumpton, UNCG

Public Library Design and Technology
Anthony Chow, UNCG; Jacquelyn White, UNCG & Camilla Bahr, UNCG

The Online Literary Map of North Carolina
Jennifer Motszko, UNCG & Kathelene McCarty Smith, UNCG

The Vinegar Syndrome: A Death Threat to the Microfilm Collection
Stephen H. Dew, UNCG

"Do We Really Need to Pay for this Anymore?" The best free v. fee sources for statistics and country research
Lynda Kellam, UNCG
Steve Cramer, UNCG

Technical Services: Changing Workflows, Changing Processes, Personnel Restructuring…Oh My
Christine Fischer, UNCG & Michael Winecoff, UNCC

To Fine or Not to Fine – Are Fines or Rewards More Effective Motivators?
Anthony Chow, UNCG; Chase Baity, UNCG; David Rachlin, NC A&T University;
Christian Burris, Wake Forest University

Thinking Practically About Metadata for Projects in Your Library
Anna Craft, UNCG

Embedded Librarians in North Carolina: A Panel Discussion
Allan Scherlen, Appalachian State University
Jennifer Balance, Central Piedmont Community College
Joli McClelland, Queens University
Steve Cramer, UNCG

Teaching Paraprofessionals the "Techy" Side of the Library
Rita Van Duinen, Central Carolina Community College
Michael Crumpton, UNCG

Patrons Left to Their Own Devices: Library Databases and E-Readers
Lynda Kellam, UNCG
Amy Harris, UNCG
Lauren Pressley, Wake Forest University
Mark Sanders, ECU

"Good Night and Good Luck" Television News from Murrow to
Geoffrey Baym, UNCG, Department of Media Studies

Mike Wasilick, Public Libraries
Cathy Campbell, Community College Libraries
Tamika Barnes, Special Libraries
Dana Sally, Academic Libraries
Ed Williams, Future of the Library Task Force
Michael Crumpton, UNCG, Moderator

Free & Easy 2.0: Online Tools to Support Teaching, Learning &
Beth Filar Williams, UNCG & Mendy Ozan, UNCG

Taking the Next Step: Using Spreadsheets to Process Library Statistics & Database Results
Gwen Exner, NC Knows & Lynda Kellam, UNCG

What does a Typical Library Website
Look Like?
Anthony Chow, UNCG; Michelle Bridges, UNCG; Amy Figley, UNCG
Patricia Commander, Winston Salem State University

Meet ADDIE: Designing Successful Learning Outcomes
Jenny Dale, UNCG; Amy Gustavson, UNCG & Amy Harris Houk, UNCG

For Service or Profit: How come our library café is not profitable? A Case Study of a Downtown Public Library Café
Anthony Chow, UNCG; Barry Bell, UNCG; Erin Price, UNCG

Real Learnings Connection Project
Mike Crumpton, UNCG & Nora Bird, UNCG

Transforming the Education of Diverse Students: Learning Through Dialogue with the Next Generation of Librarians
Clara M. Chu, UNCG & Sha Li Zhang, UNCG

Poster sessions involving UNCG librarians, library staff members, LIS faculty, and students included:

Un-Hushed: Planning and Executing a Really Fun, Super Cool Library Conference
Alesha Lackey, UNCG & Ingrid Ruffin, High Point University

Facebook as a Social Marketing Tool for Public Libraries
Anne Silva, UNCG Library and Information Studies

UNCG's Instructional Tech Toolkit: Online tools to support teaching, and learning
Beth Filar Williams, & Amy Archambault, UNCG

Social Media in North Carolina Public Libraries
Fatih Oguz, Leatha Miles-Edmonson, Ingrid Ruffin, Cameron Smith &
Laura Soito, UNCG

The Online Literary Map of North Carolina – Future Directions
Kathelene Smith & Jennifer Motszko, University of North Carolina

Diversity Initiatives: An insider's perspective
LaTesha Velez, University of North Carolina,

Ten Libraries, One goal: Recruiting Future Librarians with Diverse Backgrounds through a Collaborative Project in North Carolina
Sha Zhang,University of North Carolina at Greensboro Libraries

An LIS Student Intern Is Not a Volunteer: Making Interns Work With Your Organization
Nora Bird, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Incorporating Technology In The Library: Keeping Your Students Engaged Using Current Web Technologies
Tracy Pizzi,University of North Carolina at Greensboro LIS Department

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

University Libraries Perform Well in Surveys

In Spring of 2010 the University of North Carolina (UNC) system administered the biennial Sophomore and Senior surveys to all 16 campuses. Several questions about the campus libraries are included in each survey.

The Senior Survey included four questions about libraries. Approximately 1,000 UNCG students answered each question. On a four-point scale with 4 as “excellent” the UNCG University Libraries received the following scores:

• Hours of operation (3.7)
• Staff responsiveness (3.5)
• Access to databases and collections (3.6)
• Library services overall (3.6)

We exceeded the UNC average for these questions in each category. Because these questions have remained the same for over 10 years we are able to get a longitudinal picture of our progress; our scores have improved each year.

UNCG had a 57% response rate to the Sophomore Survey. It included six questions about libraries using a five-point scale with 5 as “very satisfied.” The University Libraries received good results from sophomores as well:

• Helpfulness of Staff (4.1)
• Space for Individual Work (4.2)
• Space for group work (4.1)
• Training/instruction for using library and information resources (3.9)
• Availability of information/materials I need for my class assignments (4.1)
• Access to online library resources (4.2)
• Hours of operation (4.4)

These questions were new in 2010 so we don’t have longitudinal data. We did meet or exceed the UNC average for all library questions.

submitted by Kathy Crowe, Associate Dean of the University Libraries

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Unlocking UNCG's History One Building at a Time

As the current construction projects remind us, our campus is always undergoing change. Where once there was a lake, we now have a three-hole golf course. Walker Avenue no longer connects Aycock and Tate Streets because Jackson Library stands in the way. And the McIver Building is the second of that name, and the first McIver Building replaced another structure on that site. Last weekend, the University Libraries began a project to connect our campus to its past. We placed QR codes (see picture) in three spots so that returning alumni, armed with smart phones, could instantly be whisked back in time and watch changes to UNCG's landscape unfold. We hope in the future to create more of these short videos and continue to unlock the history of our campus. We invite you to now watch the first video of the McIver Building. Special thanks to David Gwynn,(who provides the wonderful narration), Richard Cox, Hermann Trojanowski, and Beth Filar Williams for their work on this project.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Library Budget Central

A new website has been established to communicate about the budget cuts being made by the University Libraries.

UNCG Librarian Mary Krautter Featured on Local TV News Segment

Mary Krautter, Head of Reference & Instructional Services in the University Libraries at UNCG, is featured in this recent WFMY TV story about the impact of Google.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

UNCG and the Folger Institute Consortium

UNCG recently joined the prestigious Folger Institute consortium. Through this new membership, UNCG’s faculty and graduate students now have access to the Folger's archive and related conferences and seminars, and may also apply for acceptance and grants-in-aid to the Folger Institute's many programs. Dr. Christopher Hodgkins, Professor, English Department and Director of UNCG’s Atlantic World Research Network, led the consortium membership initiative. For details on applying to Folger Institute programs, please visit the AWRN web site or contact Dr. Hodgkins at

Reader privileges at the Folger Institute are available to any person, regardless of academic affiliation. To access the collections, the borrower must first email the Folger's registrar about their visit. That communication should be followed by a letter from the UNCG dept. head to the Folger library, verifying the patron's identity and research needs. When the UNCG researcher finally visits the Folger, they must present their UNCG ID as well as a government-issued photo ID.

Reader privileges at the Newberry Library in Chicago are also available to any person, regardless of academic affiliation. However, for extended research stays at the Newberry, patrons should contact the Newberry's Research & Education department well in advance of their planned visit. With proper notice, Newberry staff may be able to provide a research carrel for visiting scholars.

Monday, September 19, 2011

UNCG Libraries Win Grants from State Library

Two UNCG librarians have been awarded grants from the North Carolina State Library to support projects. Keith Gorman (left), who is Assistant Head of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, received support for the North Carolina Literary Map.

Digital Projects Coordinator David Gwynn (right) received support to digitize North Carolina Runaway Slave Advertisements.

Congratulations to both principal investigators.

Monday, September 12, 2011

September 26 FOL Book Discussion on "No God But God"--UPDATE

We are going to hold the September 26 book discussion on No God But God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam in the Faculty Center, a building located near the UNCG Alumni House on College Avenue. While we normally hold book discussions in the Hodges Reading Room of Jackson Library, the ongoing renovation project necessitated the move. We plan to be back in Hodges in October.

Room is still available for this discussion, and we invite you to register online or call 336-256-8598 if you would like to attend.

No God But God by Reza Aslan provides a comprehensive and highly readable overview of the history of Islam. Dr. Omar Ali (African American Studies) has spoken widely on this topic, and he recently was interviewed on WFDD. To listen to the interview, click here. After the introduction, skip ahead to the 17 minute mark. Dr. Ali's segment lasts approximately 13 minutes.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

How State Budget Cuts Affect the University Libraries

Dean Rosann Bazirjian talks about the impact of the state budget cuts on the University Libraries.

More information (pdf format)

Building a Tradition: the Children’s Author and Storyteller Series

Each year for the past five years, the University Libraries have hosted a nationally known children's book author and storyteller, and invited the community to campus for free performances. How did this relatively new tradition come to be? More information (pdf format).

Making Our History Accessible: University History Digital Projects

A new web portal connects several new
and existing online collections related to the history of
UNCG and makes over 3200 photographs, documents,
and publications available to the public. More information (pdf format).

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"Fiction of Light"--Recent Paintings by Jack Stratton

Recent paintings by Greensboro artist Jack Stratton will be on display in the Jackson Library Reading Room beginning on September 12. Join us on Friday, September 23 at 5:00 pm for the exhibit's opening reception. A percentage of all sales will benefit the University Libraries.

Jack Stratton is no stranger to the University Libraries--he first started working in Jackson Library as a student. After receiving his BFA in Painting at UNCG in 1977, Jack joined the library staff full time as a bookbinder. From the library, Jack moved to the Weatherspoon Art Museum where he worked for 20 years as a preparator. Last year, after thirty years of service, Jack retired from UNCG, but not from the art world. He currently paints in his Greensboro studio, as well as teaches drawing and watercolor painting at the Art Alliance, an organization sponsored by the City of Greensboro. He also works as a freelance preparator, curator, art handler and lighting consultant.

We asked Jack about what connects the paintings in "Fiction of Light":

"This exhibition presents ten examples of paintings from the last five years of my life. In my work, I am interested in image making as a sort of apperception.* I am intrigued by the idea that seeing is more than an identification of images, but the application of knowledge and how what we know influences how we see the world. Life study is a major part of my work but the final product of a painting is the creation of a narrative, based on reality, that is actually fiction based on real experience - the nature of experience rather than documenting a specific thing.

*Apperception: Introspective self-consciousness; or, the process of understanding something perceived in terms of previous experience. (Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Calendar of Fall Events

See the library web page for information about public events and exhibits at the University libraries.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Kirby-Smith Creates Endowment for Modern Poetry at University Libraries

Tom Kirby-Smith has donated a collection of modern poetry books and established the Noel and Tom Kirby-Smith Poetry Fund in the University Libraries at UNCG. UNCG Dean of Libraries Rosann Bazirjian says of the gift: “We are excited to receive this impressive collection. Our students and faculty will also appreciate the alcove space being planned on the third floor of the Jackson Library Tower to house it. That area will be a comfortable place to read and reflect on these volumes. We are especially grateful for an endowment that will allow us to continue to add to the collection and to preserve these valuable books of poetry.”

Noel Callow Kirby-Smith came to Greensboro in 1968 as one of the first Randall Jarrell fellows in UNCG's graduate Writing Program. A graduate of St Xavier College in Chicago, she had already published poems in The Sewanee Review and The Denver Quarterly written during the five years she taught reading and English in Chicago Catholic and public grade schools. Soon after taking her MFA she began teaching writing and literature at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she worked for more than three decades, for some years as Assistant Dean of the Undergraduate Academic program. Knowing that many plays, dances, films, operas and other musical compositions originate with or are inspired by poems, stories or short dramatic works, Noel valued the opportunity to offer creative writing courses to performing arts students.

Tom Kirby-Smith grew up in Sewanee, Tennessee. He received his B.A. from Sewanee, an M.A. from Harvard and held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford. He taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and was one of the early editors of the Greensboro Review. He has published several books including a guide to U. S. observatories, a book on the philosopher George Santayana, a book that examines free verse poetry and one on the emergence of poetry from music. His poetry and essays have been published in The Southern Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Southern Poetry Review, Shenandoah, and Ploughshares, among other publications. Among his former students is Claudia Emerson, the 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winner in poetry. His online poetry tutorials have been used widely by poetry teachers for almost a decade. Now retired from the UNCG faculty, Tom is the current chair of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Service Desk in Jackson Library Named in Honor of UNCG Alumna Elaine Penninger

The Service Desk at the entrance to the Jackson Library/EUC Connector is being named in honor of Dr. Frieda Elaine Penninger, a 1948 graduate of Woman’s College.Dr. Penninger, who majored in English at WC and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, later earned M.A. and PhD. degrees at Duke. She taught at several institutions, most notably for many years at the University of Richmond, where she was head of the English Department. After moving back to Greensboro following her retirement, Dr. Penninger has made generous gifts to the general collection of the University Libraries to support teaching, scholarship and research.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Documentary Film "The Day Carl Sandburg Died" to be Screened and Discussed on November 1

Carl Sandburg died in July of 1967, but director Paul Bonesteel finds his life story and his creative legacy as relevant and provocative as it was in 1916 when his "Chicago Poems" changed American poetry. “Labor unrest, global wars, socialism, immigration and race issues… this was the subject matter that fueled Sandburg for much of his poetry and writing that shocked the world.” comments Bonesteel. “The intensity of his work was over simplified later in his life. He was both an anarchist and a deeply patriotic American.”

The Friends of the UNCG Libraries are pleased to present a screening of Paul Bonesteel’s new documentary film, “The Day Carl Sandburg Died.” Bonesteel will introduce and discuss the 82 minute film on Tuesday, November 1, beginning at 7 pm in the Elliott University Center Auditorium. Please join us in re-examining the life and work of the poet/biographer/ troubadour/ journalist/philosopher who spent the last years of his life at Flat Rock in the North Carolina mountains.

The Day Carl Sandburg Died was more than six years in the making. It has a cast of more than twenty notable scholars, performers and Sandburg family members. Sandburg’s daughter Helga Sandburg Crile, Pete Seeger, Norman Corwin and the late Studs Terkel contribute to the film along with contemporary poets Marc Smith, Ted Kooser and others. Also contributing significantly to the film is Sandburg biographer Penelope Niven, who lives in Winston-Salem.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Allen W. Trelease

Dr. Allen Trelease, Emeritus Professor of History and former member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, has died. Among other accomplishments, Dr. Trelease was the author of Making North Carolina Literate: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro from Normal School to Metropolitan University, covering the period 1892-1994. In doing so, he spent many hours over a ten-year period in the University Archives, and was a familiar sight in Jackson Library. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries for a total of six years. He was known to the Board for his generosity and wry sense of humor, and once told us, “I wanted to make the title ‘Making Carolina Literate,’ but was dissuaded from doing so in deference to the sensibilities of our colleagues at Chapel Hill.”

Trelease was also the author of the books Indian Affairs in Colonial New York: The Seventeenth Century, White Terror: The Ku Klux Klan Conspiracy and Southern Reconstruction, and The North Carolina Railroad, 1849-1871, and the Modernization of North Carolina. He was editor of the UNCG centennial book Changing Assignments: A Pictorial History of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He also served as head of the Department of History and as president of the Historical Society of North Carolina.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Pulitzer Prize-winning news photographer Matthew Lewis to exhibit and speak October 19, N&R columnist Jeri Rowe to moderate discussion

Sometimes, a picture is worth more than a thousand words.

Combine a picture with the story of four generations of African American photographers, and you have even more: an eye on history.

Matthew Lewis was the first photographer at the Washington Post ever to win a Pulitzer Prize when he did so in 1975 for a portfolio of his color pictures. Now “retired” and living in Thomasville, NC, Lewis is coming to the University Libraries at UNCG on Wednesday, October 19 at 5 pm in the Jackson Library Reading Room to display and talk about some of his favorite photos for an event moderated by News & Record columnist and Friends of the UNCG Libraries Board member Jeri Rowe.

The list of famous people photographed by Lewis ranges from Muhammed Ali to Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Included are politicians , musicians, celebrities and movie stars. All his photos, says Lewis, have a story. He is an enthusiastic man, with many stories. As he speaks, one senses that Lewis has enjoyed photographing the Thomasville Bulldogs football team as much as he did photographing Martin Luther King, several presidents, and the Queen of England.

Matthew Lewis joined the faculty of Morgan State College in 1957 as an assistant in the audiovisual department and a public relations photographer. He began free-lancing for the Baltimore Afro-American Newspaper in 1963, covering events such as the funeral of John F. Kennedy and the 1963 March on Washington. He became a staff photographer for the Washington Post in 1965 and was later the Assistant Managing Editor of the photographic department for eleven years before retiring from the Post in 1990 after 25 years. He became a freelance photographer for the Thomasville Times in 1994 and later became their staff photographer.

Lewis’s grandfather, Harvey James (HJ) Lewis, born in 1878 the son of indentured slaves, began making photographs for picture postcards in the Pittsburgh area in 1896, and built a studio in his backyard in 1905. There he became a noted chronicler of city life and social scenes, and established himself as a portraitist and color photographer, continuing to work until his death in 1968. Three more generations of his family, including Matthew Lewis, have been photographers, creating a legacy than spans more than a century. Matthew Lewis will display some of his grandfather’s photographs and talk about them as well.

Honoring Mom

Ms. Anne Courts Herman ’87 has established The Carol Walker Courts Children’s Literature Preservation and Acquisition Fund for the University Libraries in honor of her mother.

Anne’s mother graduated from Woman’s College with a degree in Physical Education in 1947. Because of her love of books and reading, she came back to UNCG to get her M.Ed. in Library Education in 1968. Mrs. Courts served as a librarian for almost 30 years in the High Point school system including Griffin Elementary School and Andrews High School. Anne received a Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1981, then earned an M.L.S. at UNCG in 1987. She served as a librarian for 12 years at Summit School in Winston-Salem and currently works at Cash Elementary.

Anne honors her mother’s love of libraries with a gift that will continue to provide ongoing support for acquisitions and the preservation of children’s literature. The fund will be used to support the Girls Books and Series and the Early Juvenile Collection in the Special Collections of the University Libraries at UNCG. Says Bill Finley, Head of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Department: “This gift will not only enhance two important collections in Special Collections through future acquisitions but will enable us to take care of the significant books in these collections to ensure their perpetuity. Children's books are notoriously well used and fragile, and proper preservation--especially of older works--is as crucial as acquisition to the enrichment of these valuable collections. This thoughtful gift will enable these collections both to grow and to remain useable for future scholars and readers.”

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Register Now for the 2011-2012 FOL Book Discussions

This year we celebrate ten years of the faculty-led Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussions. Please join us as we peruse a history of Islam, a comic academic novel, an account of a brief life and immortal cells, a Victorian classic, a new analysis of cities, and a "story of stuff." Come for one; come for all--register today at

Schedule of Discussions
all discussions will be held in the Hodges Reading Room on the second floor of Jackson Library

Monday, September 26 at 4:00 pm
Dr. Omar Ali, African American Studies, selected No God But God by Reza Aslan, because it provides a comprehensive and highly readable overview of the history of Islam. As Booklist notes, "Beginning with an exploration of the religious climate in the years before the Prophet's Revelation, Aslan traces the story of Islam from the Prophet's life and the so-called golden age of the first four caliphs all the way through European colonization and subsequent independence. Aslan sees religion as a story, and he tells it that way, bringing each successive century to life with the kind of vivid details and like-you-were-there, present-tense narration that makes popular history popular.

Monday, October 24 at 7:00 pm
Dr. Richard Barton, history, thinks that Richard Russo's Straight Man is one of the funniest novels about academe. The novel follows the exploits of William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the grudging chair of the English department at a poorly-funded Pennsylvania college:

"In the course of a single week, Devereaux will have his nose mangled by an angry colleague, imagine his wife is having an affair with his dean, wonder if a curvaceous adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits, and threaten to execute a goose on local television. All this while coming to terms with his philandering father, the dereliction of his youthful promise, and the ominous failure of certain vital body functions" (from the publisher's description).

Monday, December 5 at 7:00 pm
Several Friends members requested that the book group read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the non-fiction account by Rebecca Skloot of an impoverished African American woman who died of cancer in the 1950s and whose cells were used in remarkable medical breakthroughs. As Skloot notes, "It’s a story inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we’re made of." Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Rueppell, biology, was delighted that we asked her to lead the discussion of the book, as it's one she is eager to re-read. Last Spring, the biology department presented copies of the book to the recipients of the Dr. Bruce Eberhart award. The award, established in 1997, honors "the memory and many contributions of Dr. Eberhart, a cancer victim, to the Biology Department and the community by honoring the students who are contributing to the department and the community in ways that were typical of him." The Immortal Life was selected because "The issues about medical and scientific ethics raised by this book are definitely what Dr. Eberhart would have been concerned about."

Monday, February 6 at 4:00 pm
Did you know that February 7, 2012 marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens's birth? We thought we would get a jump on the celebration by discussing Great Expectations the afternoon before, and we promise that if we serve cake, it won't be Miss Havisham's. Dr. Hephzibah Roskelly, English, who introduced the Friends to another Victorian classic last year, will lead the discussion. If you have read Great Expectations before, it's well worth re-reading. And if you haven't, join us as we follow the progress of the orphan Pip, a quintessential Dickens hero, as he stumbles across an escaped convict in a cemetery, falls in love, and finds himself possessed of a mysterious fortune.

Monday, March 26 at 7:00 pm
Professor Ken Snowden, economics, selected Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier, written by renowned economist Edward Glaeser. As the publisher describes, Glaeser proves that "cities are actually the healthiest, greenest, and richest (in cultural and economic terms) places to live. . . . More than half of American's income is earned in twenty-two metropolitan areas. And city dwellers use, on average, 40% less energy than suburbanites. . . . Even the worst cities--Kinshasa, Kolkata, Lagos--confer surprising benefits on the people who flock to them, including better health and more jobs than the rural areas that surround them."

Monday, April 23 at 7:00 pm
Rather than a book that became a movie, The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession With Stuff Is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health--And a Vision for Change began as an Internet film. And it was on the Internet that discussion leader Dr. Spoma Jovanovic, communication studies, first encountered this work. In the book, author Annie Leonard "tracks the life of the Stuff we use everyday-- where our cotton T-shirts, laptop computers, and aluminum cans come from, how they are produced, distributed, and consumed, and where they go when we throw them out" (from the book flap).

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Story time

Stories are powerful. A well-told story even more so.

Five years ago, the University Libraries began a series that brings children’s book authors and storytellers to campus. The goal? To reach out to area school children and to teach future educators about using stories in the classroom.

This year, Bobby Norfolk, co-author of “Anansi and the Pot of Beans,” “The Moral of the Story: Folktales for Character Development” and “Anansi Goes to Lunch,” will share his tales with area school children and the public Sept. 12. The event is made possible by the Pam and David Sprinkle Children's Author and Storyteller's Series Fund.

Norfolk, who began his career as a stand-up comedian and actor, discovered storytelling in 1979. Since then he has performed living history programs that highlight the African-American experience as well as musical shows that feature live musicians. His stories promote character education traits (such as respect and responsibility), cultural diversity and literacy.

In television, Norfolk won three Emmy awards as the host of the CBS TV show “Gator Tales” and also hosted the Emmy nominated series “Children’s Theater at Bobby’s House.”

In October 2009, he received the national Circle of Excellence Oracle Award, an honor presented by the National Storytelling Network.

He will give his first program of the day to area fourth graders. They are hosted and chaperoned by their teachers, NC Teaching Fellows and education majors. The School of Education also helps with logistics. So far, more than 2,500 students have come to campus since the series began.

“Most of our students have very limited experiences outside of home and school,” one fourth grade teacher wrote. “By bringing our students to a university campus and exposing them to the rich language of a have positively impacted their personal and academic growth.”

In the afternoon, UNCG elementary education majors are invited to see Norfolk tell stories to more fourth graders followed by a question and answer session. The session gives them ideas on how to incorporate storytelling and author visits into their teaching.

The public is invited to a free evening performance at 7 p.m. in the Elliott University Center auditorium.

See videos of Bobby Norfolk performances as well as his 2010 performance about the Negro Baseball Leagues.

Post courtesy of Beth English, as it appeared in the UNCG Magazine, Summer 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Dana Boyle Wins Award as Outstanding Libraries' Student Worker

Rosann Bazirjian, Dean-University Libraries, David Arneke - Sponsor of the Award & Dana Boyle, Winner of Outstanding Libraries' Student Worker

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Anna Craft and Erin Lawrimore Join Library Faculty

Anna Craft has been appointed Metadata Cataloger at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Most recently, she was Metadata Librarian at Western Carolina University. She holds the M.S.L.S. from UNC Chapel Hill.

Erin Lawrimore has been appointed University Archivist at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Most recently, she was Associate Head and Curator at the North Carolina State University Special Collections Research Center. She holds the M.S.I.S. from the University of Texas in Austin.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Faculty and Staff of the University Libraries Contribute to Literature and Practice of Librarianship

Combined, the faculty and staff of the University Libraries gave 157 presentations to professional and scholarly conferences in 2010-2011, and collectively wrote 1 book, 75 articles and 22 book chapters.

Photo: Lynda Kellam, author of Numeric Data Services & Sources for the General Reference Librarian.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Zaruba Wins Staff Service Award

Cindy Zaruba (on left in photo with award creator Martha Ransley) has won the Staff Service Award at the University Libraries for 2011. Cindy was extolled by her colleagues as a truly gifted problem solver--efficient, hardworking, and productive. She is known for solving workflow problems with an eye on how a patron would approach searching and how decisions will influence the work flow between departments.

Within the Cataloging Department, Cindy leads by example, calling little attention to her accomplishments. She often volunteers for anything that needs doing, tackling complex projects with skill, diligence, and cheer. She is known for her balanced perspective and dry sardonic humor. Having worked in five different positions with in her nearly thirty years with the Libraries, Cindy is also respected for her wise counsel and historical memory of the library. Cindy is also a respected leader and teacher, having spent much time training student assistants, library faculty and staff, visiting librarians, and various practicum students and interns.

To quote a co-worker, “I can’t imagine successfully completing many of the projects she has participated in if it weren’t for her valuable insights and suggestions and speedy completion of tasks. Perhaps this is because she specializes in the organizing and processing of anomalies and exceptions.”

During the past year, in addition to her regular multi-format work, Cindy assumed responsibility for cataloging circulating scores and books for the Music Library and provided the foundational work and workflow model by which about 5,000 DVDs were transferred to the Jackson Library collection where they are now enjoyed by our patrons.

The University Libraries Staff Service Award was established in 1997 upon the retirement of Martha Ransley, former Head of the Circulation Department and Friends of the UNCG Libraries Board member, "to recognize and reward members of the SPA Library Staff who provide outstanding leadership and service in furthering the accomplishment of the mission of the Library to provide service to students, faculty, staff and members of the community which the University serves."

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Wall of Honor Installed in Jackson Library to Recognize Donors

Donors make possible many of the elements that make the University Libraries special. They support programs, help us make the building attractive and inviting, and help build collections. To recognize those who have been major donors in recent years, a Wall of Honor has been installed on the first floor of Jackson Library at the entrance to the Tower Lobby.

Annual gifts of $1,000 or more ensure your place in the Jackson Society. Payments may be spread throughout the year or matched by your employer. New gifts to the Society are recognized on the Wall of Honor.
For more information, please contact:

Ms. Linda Burr
Director of Development
UNCG University Libraries
PO Box 26170

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Jackson Society - A Great First Year

In its inaugural year, more than thirty persons have joined the Jackson Society to support the University Libraries at UNCG. After a kickoff brunch hosted by Chancellor Brady in May of 2010, the membership has grown rapidly. We thank all who have supported us, and invite others to consider joining.

The Jackson Society honors donors who have generously contributed to the goals and enrichment of the University Libraries at UNCG

As the Libraries’ leadership giving society, these dedicated supporters are committed to the Libraries’ mission -- to advance and support learning,
research and service at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and throughout the state.

Annual gifts of $1,000 or more ensure your place in the Jackson Society. Payments may be spread throughout the year or matched by your employer. New gifts to the Society are recognized on the Wall of Honor on the first floor of Jackson Library.

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Linda Burr
Director of Development
UNCG University Libraries
PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402

Monday, June 20, 2011

Storyteller and Children’s Author Bobby Norfolk to Visit September 12

When Bobby Norfolk began reading bedtime stories for his seven year old, he found he had a slight problem. Instead of putting his son to sleep, the boy was so engaged by his father’s energetic style that he was ready for popcorn, soda, and more entertainment instead of rest. Norfolk realized that he should channel his efforts into storytelling, and he has become one of America’s best practitioners of the storytelling art. From traditional Anansi folk tales to a rap of the Three Billy Goats Gruff, historical themes to poetry, the St. Louis-based Norfolk now performs around the world and is a recipient of the prestigious Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Network.

On September 12, the University Libraries at UNCG will host performances by Norfolk for the children and adults of the Triad. Norfolk will perform for invited schools and UNCG students during the day, and for the general public that evening at 7 p.m. in a free performance in the Elliott University Center Auditorium on the UNCG campus that is open to the general public. Later in the week, he will perform at other K-12 schools in the Triad.

Norfolk’s appearance is made possible by the Pam and David Sprinkle Children’s Author and Storytelling Series Fund.

Here's a video of Norfolk performing.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sara Paretsky: Libraries Are Such a Key Place in American Society

Author Sara Paretsky, best known her V.I. Warshawski novels, talks about the value of public and academic libraries in this video.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Friends of the UNCG Libraries Officers and Directors Elected for 2011-2012

Mr. Tom Kirby-Smith has been elected chairperson of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries and to a new term on the Board of Directors. He was elected at the recent annual meeting of the Friends, which featured a presentation by authors Lee Smith and Hal Crowther.

Mr. Kirby-Smith, who taught at UNCG for many years, was an early editor of the Greensboro Review. He is also the author of several books, including a guide to U.S. observatories, a book on the philosopher George Santayana, a book that examines free verse poetry and one on the emergence of poetry from music. His poetry and essays have been published in the Southern Review, the Sewanee Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Poetry (magazine), the Mountain Goat, the Southern Poetry Review, Ploughshares, and the Hudson Review. He has served on the board of editors of Versification. His chapbook of poems, The Musical Constellations, was published by Unicorn Press in 2007. Among his former students is Claudia Emerson, the 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winner for poetry. His online poetry tutorials have been used widely by poetry teachers for almost a decade. Mr. Kirby-Smith received his B.A. from Sewanee, an M.A. from Harvard, and held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford. He was also a Fulbright scholar in Dijon, France.

Other newly-elected Board members include Ms. Billie Durham of Asheboro, and Mr. Lorenzo Meachum, Ms. S. Camille Payton, Ms. Ingrid Ruffin, and Mr. Norman Smith, all of Greensboro. Re-elected to the Board were Mr. Howard Covington, Ms. Rosemary Roberts, and Ms. Barbara Walser, also of Greensboro.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Sense & Sensibility--The Quiz!

2011 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Sense and Sensibility. Jane Austen's novels have been read, translated, adapted, critiqued, and loved ever since. On May 3, the Friends of the UNCG Libraries will gather with students from the Department of English and Professor Jim Evans to read selections from Austen's first-published novel and drink tea. Please join us! We will be at the Faculty Center from 3:30-5:30 on Tuesday, May 3. Contact Kimberly Lutz at for more information.

I posted this quiz on the many adaptations of Sense & Sensibility last week. Now, as promised, the answers, in red , below. The picture to the left? From the cover of the 2010 Marvel comic book version of the novel--we'll have it on hand at the reading next week.

1) Which actress knew, at age 22, that Sense & Sensibility would make a great movie? She later won an academy award for her screenplay and was nominated as best actress. Emma Thompson

2) How many BBC television versions of the novel have aired? For a bonus, list the dates of the series. Three BBC versions have aired: 2008, with Hattie Morahan as Elinor and Charity Wakefield as Marianne; 1981 with Irene Richards and Tracey Childs as Elinor and Marianne; and 1971 with Joanna David and Ciaran Madden in those roles.

3) Clueless is to Emma what From Prada to Nada is to Sense & Sensibility. Hint, this film, which opened in January, 2011, was billed as "a Latina spin" on the novel and follows the tale of "two spoiled sisters who have been left penniless after their father's sudden death [and] are forced to move in with their estranged aunt in East Los Angeles."

4) Seth Grahame-Smith calls Jane Austen the co-author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Ben Winters similarly gives Austen her due in Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters .

5) The first musical movie based on Sense and Sensibility is set in what country? What language was it filmed in? What's its title? Set in India, Kandukondain Kandukondain (Tamil: கண்டுகொண்டேன் கண்டுகொண்டேன்; English: I Have Found It) is a 2000 Tamil-language musical and romantic film.

6) We still have time to rush to catch Sense and Sensibilty, the Musical which is being staged from April 26-May 1 at the Wellesley Summer Theater. For more information about the play, see the article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Email your answers to Kimberly Lutz at