BookTalk at BSC – Red Earth, White Earth – Sunday, February 5

Join us on Sunday, February 5, for a discussion of the second book in our BookTalk at BSC 2012 series.  This year’s theme centers on the land … “the only thing that lasts.”

Dr. Brian Palecek, faculty member at United Tribes Technical College, will lead a discussion of Will Weaver’s Red Earth, White Earth from 1 to 3 p.m. at the BSC Library.

Red Earth, White Earth takes place in Minnesota on the White Earth Indian Reservation in 1984 and explores the “lingering conflict between Native Americans and whites in the contemporary Midwest.  At the center of [the] tension is land and birthright.”

BookTalk discussions are free and open to all.  The book may be borrowed from local libraries or purchased from local or online booksellers.  We’ll have refreshments, too!

For more information, check out the BookTalk LibGuide.

Caldecott and Newbery Award Winners Announced at ALA Midwinter Meeting

Jack Gantos, author of Dead End in Norvelt, and Chris Raschka, writer and illustrator of A Ball for Daisy, are the 2012 winners of the John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott Medals, the most prestigious awards in children’s literature.  The awards were announced during the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association (ALA) in Dallas on January 23.  The Newbery and Caldecott Medals honor outstanding writing and illustration of works published in the United States during the previous year.

2012 John Newbery Medal Winner

Dead End in Norvelt – “The importance of history and reading (so you don’t do the same “stupid stuff” again) is at the heart of this achingly funny romp through a dying New Deal town. While mopping up epic nose bleeds, Jack narrates this screw-ball mystery in an endearing and believable voice.”

Author Jack Gantos has won numerous awards.  His book, Joey Pigza Loses Control, was named a 2001 Newbery Honor Book.

2012 Caldecott Medal Winner

A Ball for Daisy“In a wordless book with huge children’s appeal, Chris Raschka gives us the story of an irrepressible little dog whose most prized possession is accidently destroyed.  With brilliant economy of line and color, Raschka captures Daisy’s total (yet temporary) devastation. A buoyant tale of loss, recovery and friendship.”

Raschka has more than 40 children’s books to his credit. His 1994 book, Yo! Yes?, was a Caldecott Honor book and he also received a Caldecott Medal in 2006 for his work as an illustrator of The Hello, Goodbye Window, written by Norton Juster.

2012 Newbery Honor Books

  • Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  • Breaking Stalin’s Nose written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

2012 Caldecott Honor Books

  • Blackout written and illustrated by John Rocco
  • Grandpa Green written and illustrated by Lane Smith
  • Me … Jane written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell

The BSC Library will soon have all of these books in our Children’s Collection.  Check them out!

Black Wednesday? PIPA, SOPA, OPEN? What’s It All About?

  • PIPA  = The Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity Intellectual Property Act of 2011
  • SOPA = The Stop Online Piracy Act
  • OPEN = Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act

“The American Library Association (ALA) applauds the numerous websites that have taken to the Internet to protest two Congressional bills – PIPA and SOPA – in a very public way. By either going dark or brandishing their website with a black box, sites such as Wikipedia, Reddit, Craigslist, Google, Tumblr and many others, are demonstrating in a very real way the potential impact of these bills.

The day-long blocking of websites highlights the outright denial of access to information these bills would likely impose. Ironically, for two bills that are supposed to combat “foreign” counterfeiting or copyright infringing, today’s demonstration highlights how they would likely hit home right here in the U.S. The ALA is on the record  having taken a strong stance in opposition to these bills and we also constructed the PIPA, SOPA and OPEN Act Quick Reference Guide.  In addition, the ALA deplores any legislation that would incentivize and likely increase surveillance of online activity promoted by these bills. These bills, if passed, would likely blanket Internet activity with an immediate chilling effect – on first amendment free speech rights, intellectual freedom and privacy rights, among others.”

–Corey Williams Associate Director Office of Government Relations


“No lumps, thank you. A Bra Anthologie” – On Display Beginning January 18

What do fishing reels, oranges, & antlers have in common? How about tea cups, maracas, & pears? Find out at the BSC Library!

No lumps, thank you. A Bra Anthologie is an uplifting and entertaining photographic collection of playful brassieres created from a wide and wild variety of common objects. Artist Meg Spielman Peldo has created remarkably clever images that  will appeal  … whether you favor training wheels, snowballs, or melons.

There is a universal vibe of humor surrounding bras.  No matter what your relationship is with breasts and bras, this exhibit is sure to make you smile with its quirky interpretations of the silly terms associated with bras and breasts. Bra-vo to that funny invention designed to hold our melons … knockers … or rack!

These original fine art images with their humorous titles will be released in a coffee table book this summer by Schiffer Books, and, as a bonus, will also raise funds for breast cancer charities.  The BSC Library will definitely be ordering a copy!

About the Artist

Meg Spielman Peldo is a fine art and portrait photographer and ceramic artist whose work has been featured on HGTV’s “That’s Clever” and can be found in private and corporate collections around the world. Her North Dakota images have been presented to dignitaries on multiple trade missions across Asia. Spielman has also won numerous awards and licensed images with publishers of greeting cards, calendars, and prints. The daughter of a lingerie designer for Hollywood Vassarette in the 1950s, Spielman is happy to now be creating art bras. A graduate of UND, she lives in Fargo.

On display at the Gannon Gallery, BSC Library, January 18-February 15

Meet the artist at the opening reception on January 18, 4-6 p.m.

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Research Works Act

Librarians and advocates of open access to scholarly research are opposed to the Research Works Act (H.R. 3699), which has been referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  Those on the side of open access believe that taxpayers should have “access to and benefits from research they paid to produce.”  Publishers of scholarly journals see things differently.  They view their work in publishing research articles as “value-added contribution, including peer review or editing.”

In a nutshell, the bill (as it now stands) would “prohibit federal agencies from conditioning their grants to require that articles reporting on publicly funded research be made accessible to the public online.” 

For more details, read this article posted on The Digital Shift:  “Librarians, Open Access Advocates ‘Vehemently Oppose’ Research Works Act.”