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September 2010

George Washington Carver Academy Students Visit Rod Library

Job Shadowing

The Rod Library was pleased to host two students of the Waterloo George Washington Carver Academy as part of UNI's Educational Talent Search Job Shadowing Day on September 30, 2010.  Eduardo and Andre spent the morning "shadowing" Gail Bunz, Library Associate, Multiservice Center.  They assisted in checking in youth books, checking out laptops, scanning articles for interlibary loan, toured Technical Services to see how books are processed, viewed two books that were well over 400 years old in Special Collections/University Archives, and got an overall tour of the l

New Comfy Study Furniture

Looking for a comfortable place to study in the Library?  Check out the new booth seating for your next group meeting or personal study time.  This seating area is found on the bottom floor of the building in the northeast corner, near the Current Periodicals.  The half-circle booths can accomodate as many as 7 or 8 people at one time.  This semester we hope to install more electrical outlets along this wall for laptops.  Give them a try and let us know what you think!

Need Help Identifying Banned or Challenged Books?

The Lovely Bones, Of Mice and Men, The Chocolate War, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Forever, The Color Purple, And Tango Makes Three, The Handmaid’s Tale, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Kite Runner, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – what do all of these books have in common? All of them were among the most commonly challenged or banned books – the targets of efforts to remove them from library collections or school reading lists - in the decade from 2000 – 2009.

New Books in High Use and Interest Areas Now Available

With the support of an allocation of $20,000 in ARRA (American Recovery and Investment Act) funds received in spring 2010, Rod Library has acquired almost 600 recently published books in areas of high use and on current topics of interest.  Most of these titles have been added to the circulating  Stacks collection.  The selections include recent award winners in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.  These titles focus on such subjects as digital technologies, diversity, global warming, Islam, multiculturalism, sustain

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