Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Native American Heritage Month

Hixson Mound (TVA, 1936)
Every year, our nation pauses to reflect on the profound ways the First Americans have shaped our country's character and culture. The first stewards of our environment, early voices for the values that define our nation, and models of government to our Founding Fathers -- American Indians and Alaska Natives helped build the very fabric of America. Today, their spirit and many contributions continue to enrich our communities and strengthen our country. During National Native American Heritage Month, we honor their legacy.

Read the Native American Heritage Month Guide to find links. (http://library.chattanoogastate.edu/nativeamericans)

Links to to Native American tribes, sites, and literature (http://library.chattanoogastate.edu/nativeamericans/websites)

Links to the Alcatraz occupation videos and to Films on Demand code talkers documentary

Selected Native American sites near Chattanooga

Selected images of burial mounds in Hixson and Dallas before TVA built Chickamauga Lake. (Navigation tip: After clicking on individual image, close window to return back to portfolio.)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

2017 Fall Meacham Writers' Workshop begins October 26 at Chatt State

The Meacham Writers' Workshop is again providing free public readings from authors and reviews of local writers' submissions. The Meacham is held two times each year on the campuses of Chattanooga State and UTC. The readings begin at 7 pm on Thursday, October 26th at Chattanooga State's Health Science Center, room 1087.

Jaki Shelton Green, Russell Helms, Kris Whorton, and Earl Braggs will read selections from their works in HSC 1087. The readings are free and open to the public.

The Meacham will continue Friday, October 27th and Saturday, October 28th at UTC. For a full schedule and bios and sample works of all of the visiting writers, visit the Meacham web site at http://www.meachamwriters.org and click on schedule.

Read our 2014 blog post Meacham Writers’ Workshop FAQ with Bill Stifler for some great background information about the Meacham workshops.

From the Meacham website, bios of the authors who will be at Chattanooga State on October 26th:

Jaki Shelton Green teaches at Duke University Center for Documentary Studies. Her publications include Dead on Arrival, Masks, Dead on Arrival and New Poems, Conjure Blues, singing a tree into dance, breath of the song (Carolina Wren Press), and Feeding the Light (Jacar Press), and she was a 2014 NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee, a 2009 NC Piedmont Laureate, and received a 2003 NC Award in Literature, among other honors and accolades.

Russell Helms has had stories in Sand, Temenos, Drunken Boat, Litro, Versal, Bewildering Stories, The Moth, and other journals. He holds a lectureship in English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Kris Whorton's (UTC Faculty) poetry has appeared in Eye-Rhyme, American Muse, Facets-magazine, and other journals.

Earl Sherman Braggs is a Herman H. Battle and UC Foundation Professor of English at the University of TN at Chattanooga. His teaching awards include two SGA Outstanding Teaching Awards and a UTNAA Outstanding Professor of the Year Award.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Not So Frequently Asked Questions with Sarah Copeland

Sarah Copeland with the "Flock" exhibit
by Cracking Art
Sarah Copeland is our latest hire, taking over as Resident Librarian for the Nursing and Allied Health Division. She splits her time between her office in the Health Science Center and the library, so be on the lookout for her booking it around the pond. She has some great LibGuides for Nursing and Allied Health majors to help students get ahead, so be sure to check those out. Learn a little bit more about our newest librarian in her Not So Frequently Asked Questions interview.

1. What is the last book you read?
Non-fiction -- Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism by Elizabeth Becker
Fiction – The Wonder by Emma Donoghue 

2. What’s your favorite Halloween costume you wore as a child?
I went one year as Laura Ingalls Wilder in a dress my mother sewed for me. Little House in the Big Woods was the first chapter book I read on my own, and I was interested in Laura throughout my childhood. I read Laura Ingalls Wilder's original manuscript Pioneer Girl when an edited version was published a few years ago. I won't go so far as to say it was an obsession, but I did love the Little House books! 

3. Favorite thing to do in Chattanooga?
You can't beat the hiking! I especially enjoy hiking on the Cumberland Plateau.

4. What is the last picture you took with your phone?
Quilt squares that I completed as homework for my beginner's quilting class.

5. If you could be an animal for a day, what would you be?
A housecat. I want to loll around in a patch of sunlight.

6. Coffee, tea, or soda?

7. Spring, Summer, Winter, or Fall?

8. What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to spend time outdoors, hiking, backpacking, and kayaking on small waterways. When I can convince people to play with me, I enjoy tabletop games. Lately, I’ve also been spending a lot of my free time learning how to quilt. Oh, and I’m a podcast junkie. I listen to podcasts while cooking and crafting.

9. What was one of your most memorable vacations?
It is really hard to pick just one! Trips to Montreal, Pittsburgh, and Chicago stand out for the fabulous food. I also really like to visit archaeological sites, so my visit to Meadowcroft Rockshelter (outside of Pittsburgh) made quite an impression on me.

10. What are your favorite podcasts?

Death, Sex, and Money 
Note to Self 
On the Media 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Forbidden Books - Banned Books Week

Each year, the American Library Association sponsors Banned Books Week. This year, Banned Books Week is September 24 - 30. Find out more information about Banned Books Week from the ALA at http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/banned

Read the library's Banned Books Week guide at  library.chattanoogastate.edu/bbw

Library Blog Team: Our Eight Selected Banned Books for 2017

Looking for Alaska by John Green
Call Number: YA PZ7.G8233 Lo 2007
Banned: Offensive language, sexually explicit
Description: Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie; Ellen Forney (Illustrator)
Call Number: JUV PZ7.A382 Ab 2007
Banned: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit
Description: In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Call Number: PS3511.I9 G7 1953
Banned: Offensive language, sexual references
Description: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career.

Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
Call Number: HD4918 .E375 2001
Banned: Drugs, charged as politically inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint
Description: Our sharpest and most original social critic goes "undercover" as an unskilled worker to reveal the dark side of American prosperity. Millions of Americans work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them.

Beloved by Toni Morrison
Call Number: PS3563.O8749 B4 2004
Banned: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence
Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby.

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Call Number: PS3537.A426 C315 1991
Banned: Offensive language, sexually explicit
Description: Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school.

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
Call Number: PS3557.U846
Banned: Profanity, sexual content
Description: A fisherman is killed in the early 1950s and deep resentment remains with residents of Japanese ancestry who lost so much within internment camps. Can a newspaper reporter overcome the destruction of his love life to save the man who married the love of his life?

The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Call Number: PS3573.A425 C6 2003
Banned: Offensive language, sexually explicit
Description: Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate.