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Muntz Library has DVD set of rare African American films

Channel 7 (KLTV) featured a piece on the Tyler Black Film Collection. SMU Professor Bill Jones discovered the collection of rare films, which is now stored at SMU. The films are rarely shown to the public due to their fragile nature. Library Director Jeanne Pyle informs us that the Robert R. Muntz Library has a DVD set of that collection. At the moment, patrons wishing to view the DVD can come to the library and view the film in our media room; media does not check out for circulation, but patrons are welcome to view the films in the library. You can find the DVD set in the library catalog under the title "Black Film Collection." This DVD set brings together a collection that is a unique and rare set of films from the 30's made completely by African Americans for Africa Americans. The set includes African American short and feature films produced between 1935 and 1956, which are in the collection of the G. William Jones Film & Video Collection/Hamon Arts Library at Southern Methodist University. The films offer a unique African American perspective in American motion picture history.

Library Features Book Display for LGBT Pride Month 2010

The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library is featuring a book display in observance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride (LGBT) Month. You can find the link to President Obama's proclamation here. The history of the observance goes back to 2000, the year President Bill Clinton declared June to be "Gay and Lesbian Pride Month" on June 2. Historically, June coincides with the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, which are viewed as the launching point of the gay liberation movement in the United States. The observance is recognizes the impact Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender individuals have had on the world, and thus we are taking some time time highlight some items in our collections that may be of interest to our patrons in order to learn more. As a side note, LGBT Pride Month is different than LGBT History Month, which happens in October. LGBT History Month is observed in the United States as well as the United Kingdom, and it coincides with National Coming Out Day, which happens on October 11. The following is the list of books we have chosen to display this year. We included a few selections in Young Adult fiction to highlight some recent acquisitions in that area that represent a good sample of books that deal with LGBT issues and youth. The books' call numbers are included, and they are usually shelved in the General Collection (third floor) unless otherwise noted. As always, if you see a book in the display case you want, feel free to come to the Circulation Desk and request it. We will be happy to open the case and let you check out the book. We want people to read the books, and we do have some extra books standing by "to fill any gaps" in the display. If you find any of these books during the month of June in the library catalog, and the catalog says it is checked out, it means it is "checked out" to the display case. Again, feel free to ask for it.
  • Bauer, Marion Dane, ed., Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence. CML Young Adult Fiction A7488.
  • Bechdel, Alison, Fun Home: A Tragicomic. PN6727.B3757 Z46 2006.
  • Chauncey, George, Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Makings of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940. HQ76.2 .U52 N53 1994 (this is one was in the New Book Shelf at the time of writing).
  • Driver, Susan, ed., Queer Youth Cultures. HQ76.27 .Y68 Q44 2008.
  • Estes, Steve, Ask & Tell: Gay and Lesbian Veterans Speak Out. UB418 .G38 E77 2007.
  • Faderman, Lillian, Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America. HQ75.6 .U5 F33 1991.
  • Faderman, Lillian, Surpassing the Love of Men: Romantic Friendship and Love Between Women from the Renaissance to the Present. HQ75.5 .F33 1994.
  • Fetner, Tina, How the Religious Right Shaped Lesbian and Gay Activism. HQ76.8 .U5 F48 2008.
  • Garden, Nancy, Annie on My Mind. CML Young Adult Fiction G2186AN.
  • Hartinger, Brent, Geography Club. CML Young Adult Fiction H3296GE.
  • Heron, Ann, Two Teenagers in 20: Writings by Gay and Lesbian Youth. CML Dewey 305.906 T9745.
  • Huegel, Kelly, GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Queer and Questioning Teens. HQ76.25 .H84 2003.
  • Jennings, Kevin, Always My Child: A Parent's Guide to Understanding Your Gay, Lesbian, Transgendered, or Questioning Son or Daughter. HQ76.25 .J37 2003.
  • Kerr, M.E., Deliver Us from Evie. CML Young Adult Fiction K41DE.
  • Maran, Meredith and Angela Watrous, eds., 50 Ways to Support Lesbian and Gay Equality: the Complete Guide to Supporting Family, Friends, Neighbors-- or Yourself. HQ76.8 .U5 A15 2005.
  • Miller, Neil, Out of the Past: Gay and Lesbian History from 1869 to the Present. HQ76.25 .M56 2006.
  • Rimmerman, Craig A., The Lesbian and Gay Movements: Assimilation or Liberation. HQ76.8 .U6 R58 2008.
  • Stoehr, Wendy, Tomorrow Wendy: A Love Story. CML Young Adult Fiction S8718TO.
  • Striker, Susan, Transgender History. HQ77.9 .S77 2008.
  • Winfield, Liz, Straight Talk About Gays in the Workplace: Creating an Inclusive, Productive Environment for Everyone in Your Organization. HD6285 .W56 2005.

Some additional reading suggestions for Memorial Day 2010

Flags decorate the graves of U.S. service members on Memorial Day at the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial in Madingley, England, May 26, 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Perry Aston/Released). Used by terms of a Creative Commons License.

This is a small list of books that did not make it into our Memorial Day 2010 book display.  I could not get them due to space issues, but I still want to share them with our readers. These books are shelved in the library's General Collection (3rd floor) unless otherwise noted. Feel free to check them out. If you do check them out, you are welcome to let us know how you liked them, review them, or let us know other titles you would add to this list. You can comment here on the blog, at our Facebook page, or if you are visiting the library, you are welcome to drop a suggestion card in our suggestion box at the Circulation Desk. The list:
  • Atkinson, Rick, An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa 1942-1943. D 766.82 .A82 2002. Atkinson is a Pulitzer award winner who has also written on the Persian Gulf War. In Army at Dawn, he looks at the Allied invasion of North Africa. Library Journal called this book "a fascinating story of the North African campaign that is hard to stop reading, even though one knows the outcome." If you like works like Stephen Ambrose's Citizen Soldiers or Cornelius Ryan's The Longest Day (book available in our library as well, call number: D756.5.N6 R9. Ryan's is the basis of the Oscar winning film.), you will enjoy this book.
  • Bradley, James, Flyboys: A True Story of Courage. D 804 .J3 B73 2003. Read the harrowing story of nine WW II American pilots who were shot down in the Pacific. Only one of them was rescued. His name? George H.W. Bush. Bradley is the also known for the book Flags of Our Fathers, which was the basis of the feature film.
  • Greene, Bob, Homecoming: When the Soldiers Returned from Vietnam. DS 559.73 .U6 H66 1989. Journalist Bob Greene collects a series of personal accounts from soldiers returning home from the Vietnam War. The soldiers tell both the positive and the negative: from being spat upon to being received with kindness and compassion.
  • Reeves, Richard, Daring Young Men: The Heroism and Triumph of the Berlin Airlift, June 1948-May 1949. DD 881 .R435 2010. This is the story of what many consider the first battle of the Cold War. Young American and British pilots flew cargo planes to drop supplies, food, medicines, and other needed items into a Berlin blockaded by the Soviets. These heroic pilots defied the odds to save people who only years before had been their enemies. Publishers Weekly called it "a mesmerizing portrait of America at its best when challenged by Russia's tyranny."
  • Rollins, Peter C. and John E. O'Connor, eds., Why We Fought: America's Wars in Film and History. PN 1995.9 W3 W53 2008. This is an anthology of scholarly essays that look at how American wars are portrayed in film. You get essays on topics from the American Revolution to films like Black Hawk Down and events like 9/11. This book will allow readers to see how film has shaped American's understanding of history and war.
  • Slotkin, Richard, Lost Battalions: The Great War and the Crisis of American Nationality. D 570.33 369th .S58 2005. Read the great history of two World War I units: the 369th Infantry Regiment, made up of African-American soldiers and known as the "Harlem Hellfighters," and the 77th Division, made up of various immigrant groups including Italian Americans, Jews, and other Eastern Europeans and dubbed "the Melting Pot."  Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review and describes the book: "at an extraordinarily high cost, the 369th Infantry captured the French town of Sechault from the Germans, and the 77th Division fought in the Argonne, an ordeal that earned it the name the Lost Battalion. Slotkin smoothly telescopes from the trenches to the political and social implications for decades to come in this insightful, valuable account."

Sarah McClendon Digital Exhibit

Sarah McClendon's first office.

Sarah McClendon stands by the door of her first office as a Washington newswoman, in the National Press building.

The University Archives and Special Collections (UASC) announces a new digital exhibit: Sarah McClendon: An East Texan in Washington. The exhibit showcases materials from the Sarah McClendon collection housed at the UASC, on the library’s first floor. A native East Texan, Sarah McClendon's life in politics and journalism took her far beyond the Piney Woods. This exhibit samples three trajectories of a long, remarkable career that saw her playing the roles of journalist and activist during an extraordinary time in American history. The images in this exhibit are divided into three galleries:
  1. The Media Gallery discusses the evolution of McClendon's career as a journalist.
  2. The Military Gallery displays her enlistment in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps and follows her through her ongoing interest with the military as an advocate, especially for women in the armed services.
  3. The White House Gallery illustrates McClendon's high profile as one of the first women in the White House press corps.
For more information on UASC materials and collections, visit the UASC homepage or call 903.565.5748.
Published by root on 28 May

Muntz Library Features Book Display Honoring Memorial Day 2010

Poster created by the Federal Art Project, New York, 1936 or 1937. From the WPA Collection, Library of Congress. In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday to be celebrated the last Monday in May.

The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library has placed a book and photo display in the library's third floor in observance of Memorial Day. The display will be available throughout the end of May and the first half of the June. We hope patrons will visit and have a look. All books in the display case are available to be checked out. To check out a book from the display case, simply stop by the Circulation Desk and request the item. If you search the library catalog, and one of the books in the display is listed as "checked out," that means it is checked out to the display. You can go to Circulation and request it. This is the list of books currently on display. All books are usually located in the General Collection (third floor) unless otherwise noted:
  • Ambrose, Stephen E., Americans at War. E181 .A34 1998. The popular historian brings together a collection of essays that consider the American way of war. Read the book that The Indianapolis Star called "compelling" and The Houston Chronicle labeled as "Fascinating...insightful."
  • Anderson, Donald, ed., When War Becomes Personal: Soldiers' Accounts from the Civil War to Iraq. E181 .W565 2008. "Donald Anderson, a former U.S. Air Force officer, has compiled a haunting anthology of personal essays and short memoirs that span more than 100 years of warfare. . . ." These essays "tell the enduring truths of battle, stripping away much of the romance, myth, and fantasy. Soldiers more than anyone know what they are capable of destroying; when they write about war, they are trying to preserve the world" (from the publisher description).
  • Balkoski, Joseph, Beyond the Beachhead: The 29th Infantry Division in Normandy. D756.5 .N6 B34 1999. Read the book that historian Stephen Ambrose called "magnificent." From the publisher's description, "by 1945, the US Army had sixty-eight infantry divisions, forty-two of which fought in the great campaign in north-west Europe that began with the amphibious landings on D-Day and ended eleven months later with Germany's surrender. This book examines the experience of one infantry division - the 29th - during forty-five days of combat from Omaha Beach on D-Day to the liberation at St Lo. Using interviews, official records and unit histories and supplementing his narrative with meticulously detailed maps, Balkoski follows the 29th from the bloody landings at Omaha through the hedgerows of Normandy, illustrating the brutal realities of life on the front line."
  • Bergerud, Eric M., Fire in the Sky: the Air War in the South Pacific. D785 .B45 2001. This is an account of one of the largest aerial combat campaigns in history where "in the first two years of the Pacific War of World War II, air forces from Japan, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand engaged in a ruthless struggle for superiority in the skies over the Solomon Islands and New Guinea. Despite operating under primitive conditions in a largely unknown and malignant physical environment, both sides employed the most sophisticated technology available at the time in a strategically crucial war of aerial attrition" (from publisher's description).
  • Bergerud, Eric M., Red Thunder, Tropic Lightning: the World of a Combat Division in Vietnam. DS558 .B463 1994. Library Journal reviewed this book and wrote that the book examines "the war through the eyes of the officers and men of the 25th Infantry Division, nicknamed 'Tropic Lightning.' The 25th soldiered on in Vietnam from 1966 to 1971 and was the unit in which the director Oliver Stone served. Some 5000 of the names on the Wall, the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C., are from the 25th."
  • Bunting, Eve. The Wall. B9425WA (CML-Easy Fiction). This is a story of children and their parents, an account of a young boy visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Wall, with his father to look for his grandfather's name. School Library Journal called it "a sensitive and moving picture book, and a great discussion book as well."
  • Buckley, Gail Lumet, American Patriots: the Story of Blacks in the Military from the Revolution to Desert Storm. E185.63 .B93 2002. School Library Journal called this book "a deeply moving and inspiring account of the history of African Americans in the U.S. military and their unrecognized heroism in the face of overt racism."
  • Downs, Jr., Frederick, The Killing Zone: My Life in the Vietnam War. DS559.5 .D69 2007. Read the book that Army Times called "the best damned book from the point of view of the infantrymen who fought there."
  • Eisner, Peter, The Freedom Line: the Brave Men and Women Who Rescued Allied Airmen from the Nazis During World War II. D802.F8 E48 2005. Read the riveting true story of "The Comet Line," the underground resistance that helped downed Allied airmen elude the Nazis and make their way out of enemy territory. Publishers Weekly called it a "taut account of trust and bravery among civilians and military men."
  • Henderson, Kristin, While They're at War: the True Story of American Families on the Homefront. DS79.76 .H46 2006 (Bestseller Collection). Vanessa Bush, writing for Booklist, says, "an all-volunteer military now means that most Americans don't personally know someone serving in Iraq or Afghanistan or elsewhere, which means we also don't know much about the toll on their families." Publishers Weekly called it "an emotional book that effectively plies the complexities of military life."
  • Lopes, Sal, The Wall: Images and Offerings from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. F203.4.V54 W35 1987 (General Collection-Oversize). This is the big book that we are displaying open. Each week during the month, we will turn a page to highlight a different photograph in the book. This book "includes photographs by freelance photographer Lopes and 16 other photojournalists, and excerpts of letters placed at the wailing wall by families, friends and war buddies of the dead and missing whose names are engraved there" (from Publishers Weekly). It is hard to look through this book and not be moved by photos such as the one of a child is lifted by a veteran to plant a kiss on a name.
  • Olson, Lynne and Stanley Cloud, A Question of Honor: the Kosciuszko Squadron: Forgotten Heroes of World War II. D786 .O57 2004. This is "the gripping, little-known story of the refugee Polish pilots who joined the RAF and played an essential role in saving Britain from the Nazis, only to be betrayed by the Allies after the war. After Poland fell to the Nazis, thousands of Polish pilots, soldiers, and sailors escaped to England. Devoted to liberating their homeland, some would form the RAF s 303 squadron, known as the Kosciuszko Squadron, after the elite unit in which many had flown back home" (publisher description). However, not all was glory for these pilots as they found their country and themselves betrayed and abandoned by the Allies as Stalin took over Poland.
  • Spencer, Otha Cleo, Flying the Hump: Memories of an Air War. D790 .S625 1992. Read the account of how the "occupying Japanese cut off China from outside contact during WW II,  [and how]the Americans quickly established 'the Hump,' an airlift of troops and supplies over the Himalayas designed to keep Chiang Kai-shek's army in the fight" (from Publishers Weekly).
  • Virden, Jenel, Americans and the Wars of the Twentieth Century. E745 .V57 2008. "Jenel Virden outlines the causes, courses and consequences of the four major wars of the 20th century in American history, examining how the United States became involved, how the wars were fought; and what the domestic consequences of the wars were. Virden discusses the foreign policy as well as civil liberty implications of American involvement in the First World War, Second World War, Korean War and Vietnam War" (from publisher description).
  • Winchell, Meghan K., Good Girls, Good Food, Good Fun: the Story of USO Hostesses during World War II. D810 .E8 W56 2008. This is the story of women who provided a home away from home for the soldiers during World War II. Archways calls it "A must-read for anyone interested in the home front during World War II."
  • Ybarra, Lea, Vietnam Veteranos: the Chicanos Recall the War. DS559.8 .M39 Y23 2004. "One of the most decorated groups that served in the Vietnam War, Chicanos fought and died in numbers well out of proportion to their percentage of the United States' population. Yet despite this, their wartime experiences have never received much attention in either popular media or scholarly studies. To spotlight and preserve some of their stories, this book presents substantial interviews with Chicano Vietnam veterans and their families that explore the men's experiences in combat, the war's effects on the Chicano community, and the veterans' postwar lives" (from the publisher's description).
In addition to the books, we have selected a sampling of historical photos related to Memorial Day and the American military. Please feel free to visit our display and leave any comments or thoughts. You can comment here in the blog, at our Facebook page, or you can fill out a comment card at the Circulation Desk.

Some additional books for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month 2010

The library is featuring a display through the month of May recognizing the history, achievements, and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans in American history. As if often happens, I have a few extra books I was not able to put in the display case. So I am listing them here so people can find them. The books are located in the library's General Collection (third floor).
  • Bain, David Haward, Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad. I include this book, which is not just about Asian Americans, because Chinese immigrants, along with Irish and Blacks, were the main builders of the transcontinental railroad. In addition, May marks the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad. HE 2751 .B24 2000.
  • Garrod, Andrew and Robert Kilkenny, eds., Balancing Two Worlds: Asian American College Students Tell Their Life Stories. This book is a collection of personal narratives by Asian American college students. They discuss how they dealt with issues such as assimiliation, gender, religion, conflicts, and sexuality all while being perceived as the "ideal" or "model" minority. "Anyone who wants to learn about the changing concept of race in America and what it's like to be a young American of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Burmese, or South Asian descent--from educators and college administrators to students and their families--will find Balancing Two Worlds a compelling read and a valuable resource" (from the book description). LC 2633.6 .B35 2007.
  • Robin, Greg. By Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans. During World War II, the President authorized what became as the Japanese internments where Japanese Americans, who were American citizens, were stripped of their citizenship and sent to camps away from the coast. The author explores this issue in the context of FDR's usual humanitarian reputation. Publisher's Weekly says that "Robinson's conscientious arguments and meticulous documentation movingly clarify a little-understood failure of American democracy." D 769.8 .A6 R63 2001.
  • Li, Yiyun, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers. Publisher's Weekly described this book as "a beautifully executed debut collection of 10 stories explores the ravages of the Cultural Revolution on modern Chinese, both in China and America." If you want a small collection of short stories where every piece is a gem, this is one to pick up. PL 2946 .Y59 T46 2005.
  • Pfaelzer, Jean, Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans. The Japanese are not the only Asian community that has been purged or moved forcibly by the U.S. In a forgotten episode of American history, thousands of Chinese immigrants were purged from the Pacific Northwest between 1850 and 1906. This event is comparable to the Nazi purges of the Jews in Germany or more recent ethnic cleansings in Bosnia and Rwanda. The book "is a meticulously researched and very readable recounting of America-s systematic effort to purge all Chinese immigrants, from the mid-19th into the early-20th centuries. Jean Pfaelzer documents hundreds of cases in which the Chinese were lynched, maimed, burned out of their neighborhoods, and forced at gunpoint to leave mining camps, small villages, Indian reservations, and Chinatowns. The methodical and ruthless nature of this ethnic cleansing was matched only by the resistance from the Chinese," writes Franklin Odo, Director, Smithsonian Institution Asian Pacific American Program. F 870 .C5 P48 2007.
  • Yoo, David K., Growing Up Nisei: Race, Generation, and Culture Among Japanese-Americans of California, 1924-1949. A Nisei is a person born of Japanese immigrants. Yoo's book looks at the Nisei in California from 1924 to the period right after World War II. "What did it mean to live as a young Japanese American in California from the 1920s through World War II? This is the question that David Yoo seeks to examine in his carefully researched and thoughtful social history." -- Gordon H. Chang,writing for Western Historical Quarterly. F 870 .J3 Y66 2000.

Book Display Honoring Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month 2010

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. The observance was created in 1992 to honor and recognize the many contributions and achievements of Asians and Pacific Islanders instrumental to enriching the culture and prosperity of the United States. The month of May was chosen because it commemorates the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843. May also features the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. Many of the workers on the railroad were Chinese immigrants. You can read the proclamation made by President Obama for the month here. In honor of this month, the library has set up a book display in the third floor. We are featuring a selection of fiction and nonfiction titles. The list of books with call numbers is featured below. All books are usually located in the library's General Collection (third floor) unless otherwise noted. Books placed in the display are available to be checked out. You just need to ask at the Circulation Desk so they can open the case for you. The display runs through the end of May.
  • Bateman, William B., et.al., eds., Praeger Handbook of Asian American Health: Taking Notice and Taking Action. RA448.5 .A83 P73 2009. Note that this is a two volume set.
  • Chin, Frank, Donald Duk: a Novel. PS3553 .H4897 D66 1991.
  • Chin, Frank, Gunga Din Highway: a Novel. PS3553 .H4897 G86 1994.
  • Huynh, Quang. South Wind Changing. E184.V53 H88 1994.
  • Jen, Gish, The Love Wife. PS3560 .E474 L685 2004.
  • Jen, Gish, Mona in the Promised Land. PS3560 .E474 M66 1997.
  • Jin, Ha, The Bridegroom: Stories. PS3560 .I6 Q54 2001.
  • Jin, Ha, The Crazed: a Novel. PS3560 .I6 C73 2002.
  • Jin, Ha, War Trash: a Novel. PS3560 .I6 W37 2005.
  • Keene, Donald, ed., Modern Japanese Literature: an Anthology. PL882 .K43 1956
  • Kim, Elaine H., Asian American Literature: an Introduction to the Writings and their Social Context. PS153 .A84 K55 1982.
  • Lim, Shirley, ed., Transnational Asian American Literature: Sites and Transits. PS153 .A84 T73 2006.
  • Mao, LuMing and Morris Young, eds., Representations: Doing Asian American Rhetoric. PE1405 .U6 R47 2008.
  • McEwen, Marylu K., et.al., eds., Working with Asian American College Students. LC2633.6 .W63 2002.
  • Min, Pyong Gap, Asian Americans: Contemporary Trends and Issues. E184.O6 M56 1995.
  • Museus, Samuel D., Conducting Research on Asian Americans in Higher Education. LC2633.6 .C654 2009.
  • O'Brien, Eileen, The Racial Middle: Latinos and Asian Americans Living Beyond the Racial Divide. E184 .S75 O275 2008.
  • Okihiro, Gary Y., Margins and Mainstreams: Asians in American History and Culture. E184 .O6 O38 1994 (this is currently listed as located in the new book shelf. It will eventually move to the third floor).
  • Okubo, Miné, Citizen 13660. D769.8.A6 O38 1983.
  • Root, Maria P.P., Filipino Americans: Transformation and Identity. E184.F4 F385 1997.
  • Takaki, Ronald T., Strangers from a Different Shore: a History of Asian Americans. E184 .O6 T35 1998.
  • Wang, Anyi, Lapse of Time. PL2919 .A58 L38 2005.
  • Wang, Anyi, Love in a Small Town. PL2919 .A58 H613 1988.
  • Yang, Gene Luen, American Born Chinese. PN 6727 .Y36 A54 2007. This graphic novel "alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture" (from publisher summary). The book is a Michael L. Printz award winner.
  • Young, Morris, Minor Re/visions: Asian American Literacy Narratives as a Rhetoric of Citizenship. PE1405 .U6 Y68 2004.

Now Available: Spring 2010 Library Newsletter

The Spring 2010 edition of Muntz Library Musings, our library's newsletter is now available. You can get the direct link here (note: PDF). You can also access the current issue as well as past issues from the library's website (http://library.uttyler.edu) by clicking on the "About" link, then on "newsletter." I provided the direct link as well. You can also pick up a print copy of the newsletter in the library's second floor area. Some highlights from this semester's newsletter include:
  • Jeanne Pyle, Library Director, on libraries and what they can do for you.
  • Highlights from the 8th Annual Student Poetry Awards and visit by the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate Karla Morton.
  • The extended hours for Finals Week.
  • And more.
Published by root on 27 Apr

Student Poetry Contest Winner Featured in Bestselling Anthology

We received news that Tina Bausinger, who placed in third place this year in the 2010 Student Poetry Contest for her poem "Remember Us,"  has a story featured in the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series. The details are as follows (from press release):
Patriot Talon columnist Tina Bausinger, an English major at the University, is among the authors featured in the national bestselling series “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series. Her short story, Dad’s Tomatoes, is appearing in the new “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Dad. 101 Stories about Gratitude, Love and Good Times.” Bausinger wrote the story as a tribute to her father, who died in 2003. A special book signing is set for 11 a.m. April 22 at the new Barnes and Noble bookstore in the University Center. A second of her stories is scheduled to appear in July in the new “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Runners.” Bausinger writes a humor column, The Flip Side, which appears weekly in the Talon. An award-winning writer, Bausinger’s short story, “Picking Tomatoes,” was featured last year in Tyler Junior College’s literary magazine. She placed first as Best Short Story at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Awards, a statewide contest where writers of many different genres compete against other Texas colleges and universities.  She also won first prize in the University’s poetry contest last year.
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Tina on her writing success and to wish her best of luck.

Student Poetry Awards 2010: An evening of verse and rhyme

The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library hosted the 2010 Student Poetry Awards on Tuesday, April 13, 2010. This was the library’s capstone event for National Poetry Month. The event took place at Braithwaite Auditorium. Our keynote poet for the evening was Karla Morton, the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate. After the reception and book signing, the event drew students and members of the community for an evening of verse and recognition. The 2010 winners of the Student Poetry Contest are:
  • First Place: Laura Ragsdale for "and linger and orbit."
  • Second Place: Jennifer Simmons for "Stream of Consciousness."
  • Third Place: Tina Bausinger for "Remember Us."
  • Fourth Place: Felicia Gonzalez for "Sleep Chamber."
Trophies were awarded for first, second, and third place. Fourth place received a certificate. All winners received a money voucher that can be used in the campus bookstore, and it is good for up to a year. They also received a signed copy of Karla Morton's book Redefining Beauty. A panel of five judges made the choices: two librarians, two members of the English Department faculty, and a local professional poet. In the interest of disclosure, I was not one of the judges. I provided some opening remarks. Anne McCrady (link to her blog here), award winning East Texas poet and friend of the library, then gave an introduction for Karla Morton. McCrady talked about the many lessons she had learned from Karla over time. After the introduction, Karla Morton read from her works and talked about the craft of poetry. Her love for Texas and poetry were evident in her verses and her enthusiastic and warm performance. After Morton's performance, the student poets were invited on stage to receive the awards. Karla Morton and Mr. Jim Ewbank, representing the UT Tyler Friends of the Arts, presented the awards. The students read their poems for the audience. This years' poets brought to the stage a broad range of moving verses and imagery in their poems. The Muntz Library would like to take a moment to thank the UT Tyler Friends of the Arts for their generosity, which made this event possible. We would also like to thank the Texas Poetry Society for their assistance, and I would like to thank Anne McCrady for her assistance and support. Readers can find photos of the event at the library's Facebook page here.
Karla Morton, 2010 Poet Laureate

Karla Morton of Denton, TX. 2010 Texas Poet Laureate. She has been described as "one of the more adventurous voices in American poetry."

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