In honor of National Poetry Month, there is currently an exhibit on the second floor of the library that displays poetry in various forms. Part of the poetry selection comes from the personal collections of library staff, including books and poetry on cards. Some of the items have been found in books and materials donated to the Hatfield Library. Below are images of the display.
The Hatfield Library will have a large selection of faculty works on display on the first floor of the library from April 1st through May 11th. The collection ranges from music score arrangements to photos of theatre productions and selections of scholarly research articles and books written by Willamette faculty. (And feel free to browse through the articles written by our faculty).
April is National Poetry Month. Created by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is held every April throughout the United States to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.
Below is a sampling of recent poetry books that can be found in the Hatfield Library. And here are some Library of Congress call number ranges if you would like to browse for poetry in our stacks:
PG3230-3238 Russian Poetry
PS301-326 American Poetry
PQ4091-4131, PQ4207-4225 Italian Poetry
PQ6075-6098, PQ6174.95-6215 Spanish Poetry
PQ9061-9081, PQ9149-9163 Portuguese Poetry
PT500-597, PT1151-1241 German Poetry
PT5201-5243, PT5470-5488 Dutch Poetry
PN1010-1525 Poetry (General)
PN1031-1049 Theory and Philosophy of Poetry
PN1110-1279 History and criticism
PN1301-1333 Epic Poetry
PN1341-1347 Folk Poetry
PN1351-1389 Lyric Poetry
PR500-614, PR1170-1228 Poetry by Period
Changing is not vanishing: a collection of early American Indian poetry to 1930
Please join us for the final event in the Spring 2014 Hallie Ford Literary Series at Willamette, a reading and talk by acclaimed novelist Adrianne Harun on Thursday, April 3. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Hatfield Room of Willamette’s library and is free and open to the public.
Adrianne is the author of A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain, released this month by Penguin Books. Inspired by the disappearance of Native girls from a stretch of highway in British Columbia, the novel weaves together folklore, mythology, and elements of magical realism to create a compelling and unsettling portrait of life in a dead-end town.
The Vancouver Sun calls the book “remarkable. It reads with the level care of a finely crafted story, the sort you might find in a literary magazine, but also with the fresh familiarity of a folksong.”
A long-time resident of Port Townsend, Washington, Adrianne teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA Program at Pacific Lutheran University and the Sewanee School of Letters at the University of the South. Her first story collection, The King of Limbo, was a Sewanee Writing Series selection and a finalist for the Washington Book Award.
Listen to an interview with Adrianne here: http://otherpeoplepod.com/archives/2709
Hallie Ford Chair in Writing
Money, Money, Money…
Have you written and researched an amazing paper this year? If so, we’ve got good news…the library is sponsoring its annual MOHL Research Award and you may be eligible to win a $500 cash prize! The award will be given for a student paper in any discipline that demonstrates outstanding research using library and information resources. Last year’s award winner was then junior Miles Sari’s for his paper “‘Piece of Me’—A Framing Analysis of the Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Britney Spears.”
To be eligible for this award, the paper must have been written in the sophomore or junior year as part of regular class work and in the current academic year (Fall 2013/Spring 2014). For complete details and instructions see: libmedia.willamette.edu/award.
*Papers done as a senior project but in the junior year are excluded.
March is National Nutrition Month! After the past few months of holiday meals, you may be motivated to start eating more nutritiously and exercise regularly. A big emphasis during this month is simply to make INFORMED CHOICES about the food you eat and to develop sound eating and physical activity habits. Remember to not give up on changing your goal of living healthier. Good habits take a long time to establish (66 days or more).
Here are a few tips taken from EATRIGHT.ORG:
- Explore New Foods, Flavors and ‘Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.’ If your food begins to loose its luster, adding more nutrition and pleasure to each meal is as easy as expanding the range of foods you choose. Try one new fruit, vegetable or whole grain every week. Start small by picking a different type of apple, a different color potato or a new flavor of whole-grain rice until you are comfortable picking entirely new things that you’ve never tried or heard of before.
- The next time you eat out, choose a restaurant that features ethnic foods from Asia, Europe or Africa. These restaurants often feature menus filled with healthy options that will be new to you.
- If you prepare your own meals, add a pinch of this or that to give your regular dishes some additional zing. Remember, you have about 10,000 taste buds, so don’t be afraid to try something new.
The National Library of Medicine has some great suggestions for eating habits and behaviors:
- A food journal is a good tool to help you learn about your eating habits. Keep a food journal for 1 week.
- Write down what you eat, how much, and what times of day you are eating.
- Include notes about what else you were doing and how you were feeling, such as being hungry, stressed, tired, or bored. For example, maybe you were at work and were bored. So you got a snack from a vending machine down the hall from your desk.
- At the end of the week, review your journal and look at your eating patterns. Decide which habits you want to change.
- Reflect on your food journal. Look at your journal and circle any regular or repetitive triggers. Some of these might be:
- You see your favorite snack in the pantry or vending machine
- When you watch television
- You feel stressed by something at work or in another area of your life
- You have no plan for dinner after a long day
- You go to work events where food is served
- You stop at fast-food restaurants for breakfast and choose high fat, high calorie foods
- You need a pick-me-up toward the end of your workday
- Replace your old habits with new ones.
- Find health choices for snacks and plan ahead. Take only a small portion, put it in a dish and put the rest away. Eat fruit and yogurt in the mid-afternoon about 3 or 4 hours after lunch.
- Eat only when you are hungry. Eating when you are feel worried, tense, or bored also leads to overeating. Instead, call a friend or go for a walk to help you feel better.
- Eat Slowly. Eating too quickly leads to overeating when the food you have eaten has not yet reached your stomach and told your brain you are full. You will know you are eating too quickly if you feel stuffed about 20 minutes after you stop eating.
- Plan your meals. Know what you will eat ahead of time so you can avoid buying unhealthy foods (impulse buying) or eating at fast-food restaurants.
- Get rid of unhealthy foods. Put them out of sight or in hard to reach places. Replace your candy dish with a bowl of fruit or nuts.
- An old saying goes: “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.”
- Breakfast sets the tone for the day. A hearty, healthy breakfast will give your body the energy it needs to get you to lunch.
- Plan a good lunch that will satisfy you, and a healthy afternoon snack that will keep you from becoming to hungry before dinner time.
- Avoid skipping meals. Missing a regular meal or snack often leads to overeating or making unhealthy choices.
Don’t forget that we have a huge selection of books dealing with nutrition. A few of them are highlighted this month on our WU Reads page.
Please join us for the second event in the Spring 2014 Hallie Ford Literary Series at Willamette University: an Alumni Showcase, featuring WU grad and poet Wendy Willis on Wednesday, March 12. Wendy will read from and discuss her recently published first collection of poems, Blood Sisters of the Republic, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hatfield Room of the library. Books will be for sale courtesy of the Willamette Store. The event is free and open to the public.
Wendy splits her time between her roles as mother, poet, and advocate for democracy. She is the Executive Director of the Policy Consensus Initiative, a national non-profit organization devoted to improving democratic governance. In addition to publishing poetry and essays in a variety of national and regional journals and serving as an adjunct fellow in poetry at the Attic Institute, Willis has served as a federal public defender and as the law clerk to Chief Justice Wallace P. Carson, Jr. of the Oregon Supreme Court. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown Law Center and holds a B.A. from Willamette University. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, his son and her two young daughters.
About Blood Sisters of the Republic, the poet Stanley Plumly says, “Wendy Willis is a poet of serious heart, a fact of enormous importance to the political and personal terms of her first book. While her politics lie in a generosity of spirit, her affections border on the extravagant. There is something wonderfully wild at the center of her poems, a freedom earned by craft. Blood Sisters of the Republic is as much about its local life as it is about national conscience. Plentitude and complexity are the hallmarks of its voice. And love is its signature.”
Sample one of Wendy’s poems here: http://therumpus.net/2013/04/national-poetry-month-day-6-swim-lesson-no-3-by-wendy-willis/.
Or read her essay “On Writing and Subversion” here: http://wendywillisdotme.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/a-poetry-pep-talk-on-writing-and-subversion/
Come celebrate this Willamette success story!
Hallie Ford Chair in Writing
Department of English
The Mark O. Hatfield Library invites you to participate in the third annual
EDIBLE BOOK FESTIVAL!
Friday, March 14, 2014. Hatfield Room.
In conjunction with the International Edible Book Festival, we are pleased to sponsor this fun and creative event again this year. Use your artistic talents or your punny side to make an edible creation inspired by a literary title, author, or character. Pick your favorite mystery, poem, or character from a children’s book—the only limit is your imagination.
Some of last year’s entries are show below. For additional inspiration and ideas, check out these Edible Book Festival entries from Seattle Public Library, UCLA, and Duke University. Your entry doesn’t need to be baked or cooked, but it does need to be made of something edible!
Free to enter– no registration required. Drop off your entry in the Hatfield Room on March 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If you have a copy of the book that inspired your creation, bring it along and we will include it in the display. Come in to cast a vote for your favorite edible book until 4:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided!
All entries will be on display from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Even if you don’t enter, you can cast a vote for your favorite edible book. At 4:30 p.m., our esteemed panel of judges—David Craig (Biology), Ford Schmidt (Hatfield Library), and a CLA student (tbd) —will announce the prizes for:
- Best Student Entry
- Most Literary
- Most Creative
- People’s Choice
Bistro gift cards will be given to this year’s winners. For more information and to view all photos of the last two year’s entries, go to:
For questions, contact Carol Drost, x6715, email@example.com
- People’s Choice – “The Monster Book of Monsters” by Kimberly Miller, Audrey Kaltenbach and Matt Bateman.
- Best Student Entry – “One Cake to Rule Them All” by Kelsey Kinavey.
- Most Creative – “Lord of Pies” by Kelly Slaughter.
- Most Literary – (Tie) “The Picture of Dorian Souffle” by Maureen Ricks; “Lay’s Miserables” by Katie Mariman.
- Punniest – (Three-way tie) “Their Fries Were Watching Cod” by Sophie Hearn; “Their Eyes Were Watching Cod” by Megan Newcomb and Grace Katzmar; “Pride and Prego Dish” by Liz Butterfield.
- Honorable Mention – “Hop on Pop” by Sara Amato.
We’re are featuring the database Health Source this month in celebration of National Nutrition Month. It is one of our lesser known electronic resources, but extremely useful if you are researching health or nutritional topics.
Health Source provides the full text to over 270 periodicals covering nutrition, exercise, medical self-care, drugs and alcohol, and much more. You’ll find plenty of scholarly articles in this database, but in addition to the full text offerings, this database indexes and abstracts for over 430 periodicals.
This database also provides full text for over 1,090 pamphlets and 23 books. Health Source is an Ebsco Host databases, so you may recognize the interface.
Read our previous blog post about National Nutrition Month.
There are not too many places where you can see a “Shushing Librarian Action Figure,” but if you check out the display on the second floor of the Hatfield Library, you’ll see this figure along with some wonderful photos and assorted items relating to the history of Willamette’s libraries.
Libraries at Willamette have a long and interesting history. The original library was housed on the third floor of the University Hall, later renamed Waller Hall. When the building was rebuilt after the 1919 fire, the library was relocated to the second floor.
A new library building was built and the library moved from Waller to what is now Smullin. One Friday in May 1938, classes were cancelled and students and staff moved the collection carrying the books in their arms to the new location. And did you know that in the ’80s, two cats lived in the old Smullin library? When the library moved to its current location, the cats were adopted by library staff members and taken to their homes. Any guesses as to the names of the cats?*
Do you know when Willamette got its second library? (This excludes the separate music library that was housed in the Fine Arts building). The J.W. Long Law Library opened in 1967. In the big flood of 1996, the Law library suffered some major damage.
Photos capture the big move as books were loaded onto carts by students and library staff, and rolled over from the Smullin library to the new Mark O. Hatfield Library in 1986.
The exhibit also includes interesting library artifacts. You might remember or have seen some of the technology the library used to employ, such as Zip Disks. But you probably have never seen a 7-inch electric eraser! We even still have the metal plates that were used to help guide the eraser and avoid damaging the printed ink.
Imagine what it would be like if we were still using card catalogs to look up books, or print indexes for journal articles. We are very fortunate to have our digital catalogs and databases of today.
A lot has changed for our campus libraries, and they will undoubtedly continue to change to meet the needs of the Willamette Community. Take this opportunity to view the amazing history of Willamette’s libraries!
*Snooter (a striped “tiger” cat) and Pee Wee (a tortoiseshell cat). Pee Wee was later renamed to Kit; both cats were female and enjoyed long, happy lives.