Archive for August, 2010

Update – Banning of 2008 Campus Read Book

On August 9, we posted information about an April 2010 banning of the 2008 Campus Read book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie, in Stockton, Missouri.  The book won numerous awards, including the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. 

The Stockton R-1 School Board has now scheduled a special meeting on September 8, 2010, to discuss removing the book from the curriculum and the library. 

For more details, visit the Cedar County Republican.     

Swensen Papers Donated to BSC Library Archives

August 24, 2010

Norma (Swensen) Groethe, President Larry Skogen, Carolyn Twingley

Norma (Swensen) Groethe, daughter of Dr. Walter J. Swensen, the first dean and one of the founders of Bismarck State College (then Bismarck Junior College), presented a book of her father’s personal papers related to Bismarck State to the BSC Library Archives on August 24, 2010.   Norma’s son, Mark, and his wife, Anita, were also in attendance. 

This gift helps tell the story of the early years of Bismarck State College and we are delighted to have it!   The book will be housed in the Library’s Archives collection.  

Do you have a piece of BJC/BSC history? We welcome your gifts.

Anita Groethe, Mark Groethe, Marlene Anderson (Director of Library Services), Norma (Swensen) Groethe, Carolyn Twingley (Archives Librarian), President Larry Skogen

Media Added to Library Collection

What’s new at the Library?  Take a look at all the new media we’ve added to the library collections this summer: 

Check them out!

Losing Libraries

North Dakota is bucking another trend … at least for now.  Other states are not so fortunate. 

Public libraries around the country are closing or laying off staff, reducing hours, or otherwise suffering from the economic downturn.

Why does it matter?  Can you do anything about it? 

Check out to find out more.

BSC Library Hours – Fall Semester 2010

We look forward to the start of a new semester and working with you! Do take advantage of all the library has to offer.

Library Hours, August 16-22

  • Monday, August 16 – Thursday, August 19 — 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, August 20 — 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 21 — CLOSED
  • Sunday, August 22 — Noon to 4 p.m.

Beginning Monday, August 23, the Library will observe these hours during fall semester:

  • Monday – Thursday — 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday — 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday — CLOSED
  • Sunday — 3 to 7 p.m. ***

***Note: Sunday hours, including open lab hours, will begin on Sunday, September 12. 

Interim/holiday hours and other changes are posted or are available by calling 701-224-5450 or 1-800-445-5073. 

Change & Innovation — Inevitable!

Check out this clip on ‘Bronze Orientation Day.’ Guaranteed to make you laugh!

Libraries Transform Lives

Listening to this story on NPR‘s All Things Considered struck a nerve.  It’s why I believe in libraries and the work we do as librarians.   Listen for yourself:  

Escaping the Summer Heat in a Bookmobile by W. Ralph Eubanks