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February 2016 RodCast Articles

Enriques's Journey Community Read

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 11:39am - As unrest and upheaval grip our world today, the United States has seen an unprecedented surge of unaccompanied minors entering the country unlawfully and alone. Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother, the award-winning novel by Sonia Nazario, explores one teen’s true story of traveling more than 1,600 miles to reunite with his mother. Sonia Nazario is an award-winning journalist who tackles some of this country’s most intractable problems – hunger, drug addiction, immigration – and has won some of the most prestigious journalism and book awards. Enrique’s Journey, originally published as a series in the Los Angeles Times,... Read More

Spotlight on Youth

Monday, February 15, 2016 - 9:00am - Have you visited the Youth Collection lately?  You don’t need to be an Education major to take advantage of the amazing tree room, relaxing rocking chairs, unique squishy floor tiles, and award-winning children’s and young adult books.      Do you know about the many things Youth has to offer? Events: African American Read-in Story Hour Book Talks - Our Youth Librarian, Katelyn Browne, will host book talks this spring semester to help you find new books for your teaching or personal reading. Join her in person in room 373 on the 4th Thursday of each month at 3:45 pm Other fun events have been hosted in the past like Hunger Games, Humans vs... Read More

Diversity Means... Art Exhibit

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 9:54am - The Diversity Means art exhibit is on display at Rod Library. The intention for this art exhibit, titled Diversity Means, is to generate for the public easy conversation about diversity through beautiful art and a great avenue for open discussion. The Rod Library Diversity Committee conducted an artist all call for University of Northern Iowa students, staff, and faculty and for the Cedar Valley community. The artists had the freedom to interpret diversity through art. The Diversity Means art exhibit will be on display through February 29. The exhibit will also feature student-created diversity videos shown in the Learning Commons on the new public projector and whiteboard wall in the Learning Commons at a time... Read More

Overcoming Obstacles to Create Positive Change

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 5:00am - Overcoming Obstacles to Create Positive Change The Rod Library will be hosting Dr. Jeffrey S. Copeland in our newly renovated Scholarspace on the 3rd Floor @ 4pm February 24th. All are welcome to attend. Dr. Copeland's talk will focus on three of his books: Inman's War: A Soldier's Story of Life in a Colored Battalion in WW II; Olivia's Story: The Conspiracy of Heroes Behind 'Shelley v. Kraemer"; and Ain't No Harm to Kill the Devil: The Life and Legend of John Fairfield, Abolitionist for Hire.  In each book, which are all based upon true stories, the main characters -- of all races, creeds, and backgrounds -- work together, at great personal risk, to build change and foster... Read More

Children's Literature Book Review Project Resources

Monday, February 8, 2016 - 3:31pm - If you are taking Children's Literature (LIT ED 1044) this semester, you may want digital copies of these materials we've created to help with your Book Review Project. You can also get them from the Youth Services desk when our staff are here. The genre lists linked below as Google Docs include tips for finding books in our collection, as well as a hand-picked list of recommendations from Katelyn (the Youth Services Librarian) or Kyrie (the Youth Services Graduate Assistant). If you can't find anything you like on the shelf, we're always happy to recommend other titles as well. Biography Contemporary Realistic Fiction Fantasy/Science Fiction Folklore & Traditional... Read More