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May 02
Focus on food

Book cover, Forks over knivesMay you march into spring with fresh, local food!  

Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way To health

“The secret is out: If you want to lose weight, avoid heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, the right food is the best medicine"


PolyCultures: Food Where We Live (DVD)

Fresh in the city                                              

Four seasons of corn:  A Winnebago tradition
book c over, Four seasons of corn

Twelve-year-old Russell in St. Paul learns from his Hochunk grandfather, in the midst his modern life of computers, hockey, and football.

Also support the annual garden plant sale, Thursday (5/5) at 2-4:30 in front of Predolin.  There will be many varieties of tomatoes, peppers (sweet and chilis), and basil. Woods Edge and the Environmental Studies program will also be selling spring salad greens.

Carolyn DeLuna,
Science Librarian

April 28
Free coffee and extended hours
stressed out student studying

Does the end of the semester have you stressed out?  The library can help you get through it!

To keep your energy up, we'll have free coffee and the occasional treat beginning Monday, May 2.

Bring your mug!

To give you extra time to study, we'll be open extended hours starting Monday, May 2 (most nights until 1am). See the library hours page for details.

If you're having research trouble, or questions on citing sources in your final papers, the library can help you with that too. Just ask a librarian!

April 19
April Relax & Read

book coverThrillers and mysteries sneak around on our relax & read shelves.

Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
A very unconventional lawyer cheats and charms his way to justice for clients that seem beyond help.

book coverCareer Of Evil by Robert Galbraith
When a detective’s assistant is harassed with horrible gifts, he sets out to track the four people from his past that he feels might be responsible.

American Blood by Ben Sanders
A former undercover cop who is now ordered to stay low key in the witness protection system can’t resist getting involved in a missing person’s case.

April 01
National Poetry Month Challenge

April is National Poetry Month – don’t be afraid, it’s really a good thing. 

Book cover: The BreakBeat Poets

While the thought of rereading Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf may have you trembling and a volume of William Butler Yeats may put you off, We dare you to find a nice quiet chair where the sun will warm you, with your favorite beverage within reach and allow yourself to dig into someone else’s view of the world and the human condition.

We have added an excellent selection of contemporary collections that we’re sure will break your poetry phobia.  And to make it easy, they are waiting for you on the display as you enter the library.

Take up this challenge and see what you’ve been missing.  Who knows, you might just find a new passion.

Book cover: Tablet & PenHere are our newest titles:


Since April is National Poetry Month there’s no better time to try your hand at writing some of your own.  If you need some inspiration, try 30 Writing Prompts for National Poetry Month (PDF) from author Kelli Russell Agodon. There is a prompt for each day of the month to nudge you on your way to experiencing the fun of creating some awesome poems.

March 23
Easter weekend hours

Library hours for Easter weekend include:

  • Thursday, March 24, 7:30am - 8pm
  • Friday, March 25, Closed
  • Saturday, March 26, Closed
  • Sunday, March 27, Closed
  • Monday, March 28, 6pm - midnight
Happy Easter!

March 21
Database spotlight: Historical New York Times

2016-03-21.jpgHands down, the database to which the Humanities crowd should nearly live in, is The Historical New York Times to find contemporaneous news stories on the topics that they are studying.   Trace the rise of Andy Warhol’s career?  It’s there.  Read about Marcel Duchamp’s antics at the Armory Show?  Yup.  Follow the Civil Rights movement.  It’s there too.

The Historical New York Times is also an antidote to getting too caught up in our era.

So, hoarding is new right?  Wrong.  In 1947, New York had the Collyer Brothers, who perfected hoarding.

Urban bombings and terrorism are also new?  No.  For sixteen years, New York was terrorized by George Metesky, AKA The Mad Bomber.

Really, The Historical New York Times has all the news that is fit to print.  You'll find a link to that database in the library's A-Z Resource List, the History Research Guide, and other related guides.
John Elliott
History Librarian

March 11
Spring break library hours
Library hours for Spring Break:
  • Saturday March 12, 9am - 5pm
  • Sunday March 13, 11am - 6pm
  • Monday March 14 through Thursday March 17, 7:30am - 8pm
  • Friday March 18, 7:30am - 6pm
  • Saturday March 19, 9am - 5pm
  • Sunday March 20, 11am - Midnight

See the library hours page for a full schedule.

March 07
National Catholic Sisters Week

2016-03-07.jpgMarch 8-14 is National Catholic Sisters Week.

This week, we honor all of the Domincan Sisters who worked so hard over the years to make Edgewood College a better place.

Pictured here is Sister Nona McGreal, and Sister Kathleen Wright from 1957

See more photos of the Dominican Sisters in the library's Edgewood History, and College Yearbook digital collections.

The library also has a large collection of books and other materials on Dominican Sisters and other Catholic Sisters throughout the world.

March 01
Hey Edgewood, what are you reading?

book cover: SPQRThis month, librarian John Elliott talks about Ancient Rome, and a Dickens' novel.

​After reading about shipping disasters on the Mississippi River for the previous two months, I got bored with the 19th century and decided to go back 1900 or so years to Ancient Rome and read Mary Beard’s wonderful SPQR, her history of the first one thousand years of the Roman Empire.  Did you know that Romulus and Remus were made up?  True.  Caligula, roughly translated, means “bootikins.”  Cicero had a housing problem, i.e. he liked to purchase too many luxury villas and paid with personal checks.  All that and more.  A good read.

Book Cover: Martin ChusslewitI then pined for modernity, and threw myself headlong back into the 19th century to start Charles Dickens’ Martin Chuzzlewit.  Was Dickens’ not the king of the 19th century novel? Yes!  Martin Chuzzlewit is 800 pages, has near paragraph-length sentences, and even has characters go off for a bad land deal in Illinois, Cairo in particular, which is known as “Eden” in the novel.  OK, it will take me weeks to finish, but what else is there to do this month?

February 18
February Relax & Read

Book Cover: Poorly Drawn LinesNot enough hours in the day to read a book?  Try a collection of short stories from our Relax & Read shelf.

Poorly Drawn Lines: Good Ideas and Amazing Stories by Reza Farazmand

Fortune Smiles: Stories by Adam Johnson

Book cover: Stone Mattress

A Wild Swan and other Tales by Michael Cunningham

Honeydew: Stories
by Edith Pearlman

Stone Mattress: Nine Tales by Margaret Atwood

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