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  • Post date: March 31, 2014

    Muntz Library Staff are excited about existing and upcoming displays and events! The highlight for the month of April is National Library Week (April 13-19) and we are celebrating in style! Look for our poster display featuring your Muntz Library Librarians!

    The Prijedor: Lives from the Bosnian Genocide Exhibit continues. This exhibit will be housed at the library until April 7th.

    Another event, that promises to be a world of fun is, World Book Night. On April 23rd, library staff will be giving out books at random!

    You will not want to miss the "Peeps" Diorama Contest in honor of William Shakespeare's birthday. Participants will be able to represent their favorite work of Shakespeare - or any other...

    Posted By: aravenell3
  • Post date: February 25, 2014


    Otis Boykin, electronic scientist and inventor, patented the electrical resistor (Patent #2,972,726) . The electrical resistor is used in many computers, radios, television sets and other electronically controlled devices. Products made from his discoveries are manufactured in Paris and throughout Western Europe. With 26 patents to his name, Boykin was best known for the invention of the pacemaker, a device inserted into the body that delivers small regular shocks to stimulate the heart to beat in a normal rhythm. Born in Dallas in 1920, he graduated from Fisk University and went to the Illinois Institute of Technology for two years before he dropped out due to lack of money. Boykin died in 1982 in Chicago.


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  • Post date: February 17, 2014

    Jean Baptiste Point du Sable (1745?-1818)

    William Loren Katz in Black Indians says that Jean Baptiste Point du Sable -- founder of Chicago -- was "born somewhere in the Caribbean." The Encyclopedia of Black America says "his place of birth has been listed as Santo Domingo, Haiti, and French Canada," while the Encyclopaedia Britannica says he was "said to have been born in Haiti." Haiti and the Dominican Republic are the two independent nations sharing the island Columbus called Hispaniola, and since du Sable was born before either country gained its independence, both of them claim bragging rights to being the birthplace of the man who founded "the City of the Big Shoulders," as poet Carl Sandburg called Chicago -- the city el...

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  • Post date: February 11, 2014

    Called "the Mother of Civil Rights in California" from work begun in the 1860s, her achievements went unsurpassed until the 1960s. Pleasant was once the most talked-about woman in San Francisco. When other African Americans were rarely mentioned, she claimed full-page articles in the press. Her dramatic life was part of the story of slavery, abolition, the gold rush, and the Civil War; she helped shape early San Francisco, and covertly amassed a joint fortune once assessed at $30,000,000! Americans today deserve to know her because she could love across boundaries of race and class without losing sight of her goal -- equality for herself and her people.

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    Posted By: aravenell3
  • Post date: January 23, 2014
    Web of Science search box

    The Web of Science (formerly Web of Knowledge) has a new look that was just released this week. You can access Web of Science through the UT Tyler Library. Click here to go directly into Web of Science, or look it up in the library's Databases by Title list. 

    Web of Science is a comprehensive citation database with indexing to over 9,000 highly cited journals worldwide. Many of the articles are even available in full text through the UT Tyler library or via open access. You can use Web of Science to find highly cited articles for a research...

    Posted By: tlemaistre2
  • Post date: December 19, 2013

    1. The coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important: the advent of the computer.
    2. Advent
    a. The liturgical period preceding Christmas, beginning in Western churches on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and in Eastern churches in mid-November, and observed by many Christians as a season of prayer, fasting, and penitence.
    b. Christianity The coming of Jesus at the Incarnation.
    c. Christianity See Second Coming.

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  • Post date: December 12, 2013

    : cheerful and exciting : suited to a celebration or holiday
    : of or relating to Christmas

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  • Post date: December 5, 2013

    : characterized by ebullience : having or showing liveliness and enthusiasm
    — ebul·lient·ly adverb

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  • Post date: November 19, 2013

    : the quality of someone who is patient and able to deal with a difficult person or situation without becoming angry

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  • Post date: November 12, 2013

    spirit, courage, and determination

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