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May 26
Memorial Day reads by Veterans

If you’re still thinking about Memorial Day or want to continue connecting to the experience of soldiers, I have some books I think can help. The following three titles are novels written by veterans of their respective wars that explore the difficulties and struggles experienced by their fellow servicemen.

book cover: The Yellow BirdsIraq

The Yellow Birds is a fictional account of Private Bartle and Private Murphy by Iraq War veteran Kevin Powers. The Yellow Bird follows their stories as the characters suffer from the physical and, more importantly, the psychological effects of combat and constant danger.

World War II, The Pacific

From Here to Eternity is a fictional story about a Private Robert E. Lee Prewitt and First Sargent Milton Anthony Warden by James Jones. Drawing from his experience witnessing the attack on Pearl Harbor during his service in particular, James Jones has produced a hard but rewarding read that communicates the feeling of the darker feeling of Jones’ experience of the war.

Book cover: RedeploymentIraq and Afghanistan

Redeployment, by former Marine and Public Affairs Officer Phil Klay, is a series of short stories that gives a portrayal of a range of experiences from soldiers, a chaplain, and a Foreign Service Officer. Klay opens a window on unglamorous but powerful personal dramas and experiences.

Sebastian Bisogno,
Graduate Assistant

May 24
Closed for Memorial Day
The library will be closed on May 30th for Memorial Day.  Library hours resume on Tuesday, May 31.

May 16
New InterLibrary Loan System

We're implementing a new InterLibrary Loan system, called ILLiad (InterLibrary Loan internet accessible database). 

ILLiad is an electronic system you use to request items through InterLibrary Loan.  Benefits of ILLiad include:

  • Faster delivery times.
  • Better ability for us to get the items you want.
  • Allow users to get information about their requests at any time (without having to contact the library).
  • Allow users to request renewals without having to contact the library.
  • Easier access to ILL data by library staff, allowing us to serve our users more efficiently.

We ask for your patience as we put this new system in place. 

Please call (608-663-3300) or email ( with your questions about the new system.

As the fall semester approaches, we'll have training opportunities for those interested. Watch the library news for details.

May 13
New summer hours

​Due to low use during summer evenings and weekends, the Library has decided to reduce summer hours.  Our new summer hours of operation are:

Monday – Thursday     7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Friday                       7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday        CLOSED

Library staff will continue to serve your after-hour research needs through our Ask a Librarian service. We will also offer limited after-hour appointments, which you can request through Ask a Librarian.

The library will continuously monitor user needs throughout the summer and may adjust hours as needed.

Please contact, Sylvia Contreras, Library Director, with concerns or suggestions.


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                                              

book c over, Four seasons of corn

Four seasons of corn:  A Winnebago tradition

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

Plant Sale!!

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

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