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Support the UNI Museums at local fundraising bookfairs

The Friends of the UNI Museums is having a bookfair on Saturday, December 14th.  The bookfair will take place at the Waterloo Barnes and Noble from 9am-10am, and at the University Book & Supply in Cedar Falls from 10am-5pm.

A portion of your purchase will be donated to the Friends as long as you mention to the cashier that you want to support the Friends group (or mention the UNI Museums).  This is good on just about anything that you can get in the stores--books, music, DVD's, toys, games.  At Barnes and Noble, there are additional items that are included such as purchases of Nooks and cafe items.  The Friends group will also be doing gift-wrapping for donations that same day at Barnes and Noble store.

You can support the UNI Museums online as well.  If you shop online at from December 14th through December 18th, you can enter the bookfair number 11208535 when you check out.

Creative UNIversity events at Rod Library

Rod Library will be housing some events from the Creative UNIversity Conference on Tuesday, December 3rd.  See the listing of events, times, and locations below:

  • "Adaptive Creativity: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse"
    • Rod Library Learning Commons TV screen 6 from 9am-4pm
  • "T2PAL (Teachers and Technology: Promoting Accessible Learning): Assistive Technology for Learning and Life"
    • Rod Library Learning Commons TV screen 7 from 9:30am-10:30am
  • "The Creative Campus: A Facilitated Discussion"
    • Rod Library Browsing Room from 2pm-2:50pm
  • Digital Media Hub Tour led by Bettina Fabos
    • Rod Library Digital Media Hub from 2:30-3pm


For more information on these programs and a full list of conference activities go to:

Visit the A-Team on Sunday Nights at Rod Library

Are you looking for some tutoring help with your coursework?  The A-Team, a student-centered tutoring service from the Academic Learning Center, is available to help on Sunday nights from 6-9pm in the Digital Media Hub room 282 right here in Rod Library.  The A-Team provides help for students in math, science, humanities, business, as well as assistance with college reading, study strategies, and writing.

Stop by on Sunday nights at Rod Library to take advantage of this great service!!!

Dr. Jean Donham awarded ILA Member of the Year

Congratulations to one of our colleagues, Dr. Jean Donham, who was recently awarded the ILA Member of the Year at the Iowa Library Association conference!  This award is given to an individual or institution based upon their activities or accomplishments in areas such as assisting libraries in improving their service, helping library users, leadership in education or in-service training for librarians, extension of library services through cooperation, and development of library facilities.

Project AWARE artist David Williamson speaks at Rod Library!

Come hear how the annual Iowa River cleanup has turned into a work of art!

David Williamson, Iowa artist, and Lynette Seigley, from Project AWARE, will be at Rod Library at 7pm on Tuesday, October 8th.  Mr. Williamson will discuss the public artworks created from a decade of river trash salvaged by canoeists and displayed in the library.

The presentation will take place on the 3rd floor of the library, where the sculptures are currently located.

Last year, it was present at the Iowa State Fair!  Here's a clip from the CBS affiliate in Des Moines.

Rod Library Celebrates Banned Books Week

This week is Banned Books Week!  It is a week set aside to celebrate the freedom to read.  Rod Library is celebrating this week by hosting a variety of events.

  • We are having a Facebook trivia contest with a new banned books question every day.  Prizes will be awarded!  Go to for more information.
  • We are hosting our 1st Annual Virtual Read-Out.  Go to and look for the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out playlist!  Check out some celebrities who have participated in the ALA Virtual Read-Out:
  • We are partnering with UNIFI, a UNI student organization, to host our 2nd Annual Read-Out on Thursday, September 26th, from 12:00pm-4pm in front of Rod Library.  Stop by and read a favorite banned book or stop and listen/discuss books that have been banned.

For more information on what Banned Books Week is, the history of Banned Books Week, and listings of books that have been banned, go to:

Hunger Games Deadline Has Been Extended to Sept. 18th!

The deadline to turn in registration forms for the Library Hunger Games event has been extended.  Participants and volunteers now have until Wednesday, September 18th to turn their forms in.

People can sign up as individuals or in teams (maximum of 4 people on a team).  It's a great opportunity for people to get to know our library space, some of our library staff, have fun, and meet new people.

Forms and more information can be found at  Come join us for fun, games, free food and prizes!!!!  If you are on the fence about volunteering, there's still time to volunteer as we need people the night of the games from 4:30-9 pm.

Library Book Sale

Did you know...

the Library has a never ending book sale? Many withdrawn materials are placed out for the public to purchase. $1 for paperback, $2 for hardback. The shelves are currently located behind the reference collection.

Take the Library Survey and WIN!

Rod Library is looking to foster a culture of excellence in providing library service and to better understand user perceptions of library service quality.  This is YOUR opportunity to tell us how well we are doing, whether you come to the library or use our resources online, and to give us insight into what users like you expect from Rod Library.

Starting April 15th, the library will be running a survey to gather input from you!  Give us 3-5 minutes of your time and we'll give you a chance to win an iPad mini, in addition to other great prizes.  The survey ends on Friday, May 3rd at 5pm.

We get input to create an even better Rod Library, and you get a chance at an iPad mini.  We all win!

For more information, visit the library survey FAQ.

Library How-To Videos Now Available!

Did you know....

that the library has put together how-to videos to help you with your research?  All the videos are located in a subject guide called "How-to Videos."  You can find this guide by clicking "Subject Guides" on the main library page or click on this link:  

The library will be adding new videos regularly.  Check them out today!

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