National Library Week Events

March 29, 2012

Join us in celebrating National Library Week (April 8-14) by attending either or both of the following events co-sponsored by the Brookings Public Library.

Oscar Micheaux: Fact, Fiction, and Stories
H.M. Briggs Library, Room 130
Wednesday 11 April, 7 p.m.

Learn about the writing, films, and legacy of Oscar Micheaux from South Dakota Humanities Council speakers Joyce Jefferson and Jerry Wilske.  Joyce, in period clothing, will interact with scholarly Jerry, employing excerpts from Micheaux’s The Homesteader and The Conquest.  Refreshments will be served.

This program was made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Showing of Body and Soul, a film by Oscar Micheaux
Brookings Public Library, Cooper Room
515 3rd Street
Friday 13 April, 7 p.m.

Body and Soul, from 1925, is actor Paul Robeson’s first film.  Robeson plays two roles—the Right Reverend Jenkins, a criminal masquerading as a preacher, and his ̒̒̒twin brother Sylvester.  Micheaux’s wrote and directed the film which features melodramatic elements as well as elements innovative for the time, including “flashbacks, dream sequences, [and] simultaneous action” (Adler, para. 2).

Who is Oscar Micheaux?

Unfamiliar with the homesteader, author, filmmaker, and entrepreneur Oscar Micheaux?  Check out the biographies below or ask a librarian for more information.

NAACP History: Oscar Micheaux

Biography of Oscar Micheaux from IMDb

Oscar Micheaux.biography


Works Cited

Adler, David. “̔Body and Soul’ By Oscar Micheaux, 1925 New Original Score by Wycliffe Gordon.” All About Jazz. 12 March 2004. Web. 21 March 2012.

Linda Kott
Information Services Librarian


Festival of Cultures

March 22, 2012

Briggs Library staff members will be hosting a booth at SDSU’s Annual Festival of Cultures.  The event will be held in Frost Arena on Friday 30 March, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  We will be featuring library resources related to culture and giving away candy.  Stop by and visit!

Linda Kott
Information Services Librarian

Library Renovations

March 6, 2012

The library is embarking on a remodeling project in our Technical Services area, on the west side of the building.  Remodeling and rearranging staff members’ work areas will provide room so that the Department of International Affairs can relocate here in the fall.

While construction crews are working, you will see items stored around the library and staff members making due with temporary offices.  Many Technical Services staff members are sharing tight quarters in Room 105.

Archives & Special Collections on the library’s upper level has a remodeling project of its own.  This project, scheduled for completion around April 30, will result in improved study space for the Daschle collection and an increased capability for meetings.

Please excuse any mess or noise that results from these projects.  Please let us know at the Library Services Desk if we can help you navigate the library during our “construction season.”

Linda Kott
Information Services Librarian

Race to Outer Space

December 16, 2011

Come to the lower level of the library to see a display on the space race of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.  Spurred by the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik, the first artificial satellite, on October 4, 1957, the United States passed the National Aeronautics and Space Act and entered into a “race” with the Soviets to explore space.  The display illustrates how the space race influenced popular culture and design, including holiday decorations.  If you are interested in reading more about the topic you may consult the short bibliography of books, along with their call numbers, given below.  Please ask a librarian for assistance in locating materials or for help in further exploring the topic.

The space race: from Sputnik to Apollo, and beyond
Donald William Cox
TL789.8.U6 C6s 1962

NASA’s first 50 years: historical perspectives
Steven J. Dick, ed.
NAS 1.21:2010-4704

The new look: design in the fifties
Lesley Jackson
NK1390.J32 1991

The Sixties: decade of design revolution
Lesley Jackson
NK1390.J33 1998

Interior design since 1900
Anne Massey
NK1980.M32 2008

Space and the American imagination
Howard E. McCurdy
TL789.8.U5 M338 1997

The American design adventure, 1940-1975
Arthur J. Pulos
NK1404.P85 1988

Remembering the space age
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, History Office.
NAS 1.21:2008-4703

Linda Kott
Information Services Librarian

Winter Festivals, Part 2

December 12, 2011

Library staffers Sandy Linn, Anne Jerke, and Kathy Gustafson have been busy creating more displays featuring winter festivals.  Look for displays on the Chinese New Year and Pancha Ganapati, the Hindu Family Festival of Giving, on the main level of the library.  Head downstairs to see a display on the winter solstice.  Check out the bibliographies below if you are interested in reading about the festivals.  Please ask a librarian for assistance in locating materials or if you would like more information.  Happy Holidays!

Chinese New Year
The Moon Year; a record of Chinese customs and festivals
By Juliet Bredon and Igor Mitrophanow
DS721 .B7m

Pancha Ganapali
The Blackwell Companion to Hinduism
by Gavin Flood, ed.
BL1202 .B72 2005

Hinduism: a very short introduction
by Kim Knott
Electronic Resource

Winter Solstice
Mysteries and discoveries of archaeoastronomy from Giza to Easter Island
by Giulio Magli
GN799. A8 M3413 2009

Astronomy and empire in the ancient Andes: The cultural origins of Inca sky watching.
by Brian S. Bauer and David S. Dearborn
F3429.3 .C14 B38 1995

Stonehenge decoded
by Gerald S. Hawkins
DA142 .H3s 1965

Holiday,  festivals , and celebrations of the world dictionary: detailing more than 2,000 observances from all  50 states and more than 100 nations
ed. by Helene Henderson and Sue Ellen Thompson
Reference  GT3925  .T46  1997

Multicultural projects index: things to make and do to celebrate festivals, cultures, and holidays around the world
by Mary Anne Pilger
LC1099  .P55  1992

Linda Kott
Information Services Librarian

Winter Festivals

December 7, 2011

Come to the library to see displays highlighting winter festivals.  On the upper level of the library you will find displays on Hanukkah and Christmas Around the World. Look for a display on  Kwanzaa on the main level. If you are interested in reading more about the various winter festivals a short bibliography of books, along with their call numbers, follows. Ask a librarian for assistance in locating these materials or if you would like to look for more information on the topic. Check back here for more updates about displays at the library.

Festivals of the Jewish Year; a modern interpretation and guide
by Theodor Herzl Gaster
BM690  .G3f

Hanukkah: the  feast of lights
compiled  and edited by Emily Solis-Cohen, Jr.
BM695  .H356

Christmas Around the World
Christmas Customs Around the World
by Herbert H. Wernecke
GT4985  .W44  1959  Agricultural Heritage Museum

The Book of Christmas Folklore
by Tristram Potter Coffin
GT4985  C546

The Story of Christmas; its Growth and Development from the Earliest Times
by Michael Harrison
GT4985  H3s

Kwanzaa: everything you always wanted to know but didn’t know where to ask
by Cedric McClester
E185.86  .M39  1985

Kwanzaa and me: a teacher’s story
by Vivian Gussin Paley
LB1140.3  .P356  1995

Kwanzaa: an African-American celebration of culture and cooking
by Eric V. Copage
TX715  .C7865  1991

Linda Kott
Information Services Librarian

National Information Literacy Awareness Month

October 20, 2011

By Presidential Proclamation October is National Information Literacy Awareness month! In today’s digital world, people who are information literate know how to find, access, and critically evaluate information to improve their health, environment, education, and productivity.

Having this skill set empowers us to make informed decisions about our lives and, in essence, take more responsibility for our individual welfare and that of the nation.

Take a few minutes to recognize and appreciate the information literacy skills that you use every day. Try to imagine what your life would be like without them.

If you have any questions about what information literacy is or feel that your skills aren’t up to par, stop by the Information Services Desk and chat with a Librarian. We would be glad to help you out!