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July 07
New Library News page

The library has a brand new news page.  There will be no more posts on this site.

The new page is sub-section of the library website, located here:

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Our new page allows you to subscribe to Library News in two ways:
  • Sign up for email alerts to be notified of new posts.
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July 05
RefWorks & ProQuest maintenance

​​RefWorks and all ProQuest databases will be unavailable from 9pm to 11pm on Saturday, July 9.

During this time you will not be able to access your RefWorks account, nor any ProQuest databases.  For more information, see the ProQuest maintenance alert, posted on their website.

Please contact us using Ask a Librarian if you have any questions or concerns.

June 13
Hey Edgewood, what are you reading?

In this installment, Graduate Assistant, Sebastian Bisogno highlights autobiographies.

I am currently just under a hundred pages into John Cleese’s “So Anyway”.  “So Anyway” is an autobiographical book that begins with Cleese’s three childhood memories and continues up to the forming of the group that would create Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Cleese’s writing style should be recognizable to any fans of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, or with any of his later projects including his sitcom Fawlty Towers. Cleese writes about the serious, the mundane and the amusing parts of growing up in a way that I scarcely can get through paragraphs without several laughs. I strongly recommend that anyone who has enjoyed the Python brand of humor to consider getting or request a copy. If Monty Python isn’t your thing, try reading the book of someone else who you think makes brilliant works in another medium and see how that skill is translated onto the page.

Here are just some of the autobiographies you can find here on the shelf:Book cover: It's a Long Story by Willie Nelson


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 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.

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