Friday, July 18, 2014

Storyteller, Author and Woodsman Doug Elliott Coming to Triad

Doug Elliott
When and Where:
Monday, September 8, 2014 7-9 p.m. UNC Greensboro – Elliott University Center Auditorium (Free and open to the public)

Saturday, September 6, 2014 
12:00-12:45 pm and 4:30-5:30 pm, Bookmarks Festival, Winston-Salem (Free and open to the public)

Whether he's singing about catfish, pontificating on possums, extolling the virtues of dandelions, telling wild snake tales or wailing out a jivey harmonica tune -- internationally-known storyteller and author Doug Elliott will take you on an unforgettable, multifaceted cultural tour of North America's back country.

Elliott will appear at several free events in Greensboro and Winston-Salem in September, sponsored by the University Libraries at UNCG with support from the Pam and David Sprinkle Children’s Book Author and Storyteller Fund.

Doug's stories derive from his unique lifestyle, as well as his deep interest in plants, animals and people. Since humanity's beginnings our connections with the natural world have defined us and made us who we are. Doug’s stories explore and celebrate the rich diversity of that special human connection to nature. His programs are textured by his use of traditional lore, regional dialects and accents, and enhanced by his soulful harmonica playing.

Storytelling and education go hand-in-hand. For millennia, storytelling has been an invaluable tool for passing information, values and wisdom from one generation to the next. Doug's storytelling performances are infused with educational material, and his educational programs are packed with stories, anecdotes and lore.

Doug’s performances include personal true stories, traditional tales, ancient legends, Native American stories, natural history, folklore, poems, riddles, music and songs.

He has performed and presented programs at festivals, museums, nature centers, botanical gardens, and schools from Canada to the Caribbean. He has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. He has lectured and performed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and conducted workshops for the Smithsonian Institution. He has led ranger training sessions for the National Park Service and guided people in the wilderness from down-east Maine to the Florida Everglades.

He was named harmonica champion at Fiddler's Grove Festival in Union Grove, NC. He is the author of four books, many articles in regional and national magazines, and has recorded a number of award-winning albums of stories and songs.

Doug's passion for the natural world developed in early childhood roaming the woods and waters around his home. His dad used to say, "That boy knows what's under every rock between here and town.”

He still roams the woods today. He has traveled from the Canadian North to the Central American jungles studying plant and animal life and seeking out the traditional wisdom of people with intimate connections to the natural world. And he still looks under rocks. These days he uncovers more than just a few strange critters; he brings to light the human connection to this vibrant world of which we are a part.

In addition to the free public appearances listed above, Elliott will also be appearing for invited groups of schoolchildren and UNCG students preparing to teach in elementary school, helping them incorporate the magic of storytelling into their own classrooms:
September 8: 9:30 am and 12:30 pm UNCG, Elliott University Center.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

IT is for Girls Campers Visit Digital Media Commons in Jackson Library

IT is for Girls is a summer camp at UNCG.  During their week at the University, they made a visit on Wednesday to the University Libraries' Digital Media Center on the ground floor of Jackson Library.  Photos courtesy of Laura Tew.

Jenny Raabe

Jenny Raabe, our friend and colleague in the University Libraries,  has died at the age of 61.  Jenny will be warmly remembered for her love of life, learning, and the University Libraries.

This 2011 video interview by LIS student Daniel Windham tells a small portion of Jenny's story.

Student Worker and LIS student Tiffany Henry Awarded Spectrum Scholarship by American Library Association

When The American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity recently awarded 2014-2015 Spectrum Scholarships to 50 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies, UNCG’s Tiffany Henry was among them. Tiffany is one of our student workers at the University Libraries who works with our NC DOCKS content. From Durham and a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, she is a student in  UNCG’s LIS Program who is interested in pursuing a career in cataloging and metadata work in academic libraries.

A prestigious committee of seven jurors selected this year’s Spectrum Scholars based on their commitment to diversity, commitment to entering the library profession, demonstrated community outreach, academic ability and achievements and leadership potential.

Congratulations, Tiffany!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussions for Fall Semester 2014

We are pleased to announce the schedule for the Fall 2014  Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussions.  We invite our Friends and other interested community members to join us as we discuss books from past and present.  Each discussion will be led by a UNCG faculty member.  To reserve a spot at one or more discussion, please register on our website, or contact Barry Miller at 336-256-0112.

All book discussions will meet on Mondays in the Hodges Reading Room

Monday, September 15: The Rise of the Creative Class, Revisited by Richard Florida, led by Keith Debbage of the Department of Geography & the Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism. 

4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG

Monday, October 20:  In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan, led by Anne Hershey of the Biology Department.

4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor

Monday, November 3:  The Member of the Wedding: The Play by Carson McCullers, led by Keith Cushman of the English Department.

7 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG