Banned Books Week – Celebrate the Freedom to Read
September 30 – October 6, 2012
On the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, Bill explains why censorship is the biggest enemy of truth.
Come to Kirk Library to check out a banned book!
Below are links to the books Bill Moyers mentioned:
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
“Community, Identity, Stability” is the motto of Aldous Huxley’s utopian World State. Here everyone consumes daily grams of soma, to fight depression, babies are born in laboratories, and the most popular form of entertainment is a “Feelie,” a movie that stimulates the senses of sight, hearing, and touch. Though there is no violence and everyone is provided for, Bernard Marx feels something is missing and senses his relationship with a young women has the potential to be much more than the confines of their existence allow.
Color Purple by Alice Walker
Celie has been raped by the man she believes to be her father. She is robbed of her two children and married of to a man she hates. Her sister, Nettie, escapes the same fate and is befriended by missionaries who have unwittingly adopted Celie’s children. Separated for thirty years, the sisters live in ignorance of each other’s circumstances.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
In a racially divided Alabama town in the 1930s, widowed lawyer Atticus Finch agrees to defend a young black man accused of raping a white woman, teaching his children valuable lessons about prejudice and empathy.
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye covers three and a half days in the life of sixteen-year-old Holden Caulfield. Holden narrates the story, looking back some months later from the vantage point of a temporary, enforced stay in a psychiatric institution in California, where he’s visited by his older brother DB, a Hollywood writer. His younger brother Allie died three years previously from leukaemia. He also has a younger sister, Phoebe, who lives at home with their parents in New York City.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Two drifters, one a gentle but slow giant, try to make money working the fields during the Depression so they can fulfill their dreams until one of them succumbs to his weakness for soft, helpless creatures and strangles the farmer’s wife.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, that takes us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the atrocities of the present. The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption, and it is also about the power of fathers over sons-their love, their sacrifices, their lies.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
When an atomic physicist disappears on a secret mission, his son, daughter and their firend search for him, going on an interplanetary journey through time and space.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 451, the temperature at which book paper catches fire and burns. The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were burning–along with the houses in which they were hidden. Then he met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think–and Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do!
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Huck tells of his adventures travelling down the Mississippi on a raft with an escaped slave, and of the many people they encounter, including a pair of swindlers and two families in a feud.
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
A collection of humorous poems and drawings.
Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.
Do you save a lot of bookmarks on your Internet browser on your computer and find that they’ve disappeared when you use another computer? Or you save your bookmarks in Internet Explorer and can’t find them when you use Mozilla Firefox? There’s a simple solution to your problem. It’s called online bookmarking.
Online bookmarking is a wonderful tool! It allows you to save all your bookmarks on a secured web service, from which you can later access via Internet no matter what computer or Internet browser you use.
There are many online bookmarking services, but all I want is one that’s simple, easy to use, and acts similar to the bookmarking tool on Internet Explorer and Firefox. After hours of searching and testing multiple bookmarking services (Delicious, Diigo, Google Bookmarks, etc.), I found one I like: iCrumz.
- All your bookmarks are listed on one page.
- You can create “folder” categories (highlighted in orange) AND subcategories (and sub-subcategories!)
- You can keep your folders opened or closed by clicking once on the category title so you can show or hide your links as you prefer.
- You can re-organize your bookmarks by dragging and dropping them into a new folder with your mouse.
- You can add bookmarks with one easy click. All you need to do is drag the +iCrumz link to your browser’s Bookmark Toolbar to set it up.
UPDATE 11/1/12: I’m really disappointed that it has disappeared. Apparently, the start-up company and the programmer had a falling out. I hope they work it out because this is a great product.
Do you like using a lot of pictures in your Powerpoint presentations? Then find out you can’t email it because the file is mega big?
Never fear! There is a way to make your file smaller by compressing the pictures in your PowerPoint presentation. Using PowerPoint 2010, I was able to compress a 50 MB PowerPoint file into 3 MB using the method below:
1. Save a copy of your file with the word compressed added to it, e.g. mypresentation-compressed.pptx (this is for damage control—in case things go wrong, you’ll still have a copy of your original to fall back on!).
2. Open up the compressed copy of your file and click on a picture. Any picture is fine—you just need to get the Picture Tools menu to show up.
3. Click on the Format menu.
4. Click on the Compress Pictures icon (the one the red arrow is pointing to in the screenshot above).
5. In the Compress Pictures options:
- Uncheck Apply only to this picture
- Check Delete cropped areas of pictures
- Select Email (96 ppi): minimize document size for sharing
- Click OK
6. Save your file.
7. Done! The file size should have shrunk to a more manageable size.
The best way to add pictures into your presentation is to use the Insert menu and Picture option (see screenshot below) instead of copying and pasting the picture into your presentation. You’ll finish your presentation with a smaller file, which can be compressed to an even smaller file.
I did a comparison, in which I used the same pictures to make two identical presentations. I used the copy and paste method in one presentation and the Insert Picture method in the other. Copy and paste file had 50 MB and compressed to 3 MB. Insert Picture file had 7 MB and compressed to 620 KB. Seeing the difference in file size, which method would you use?
ProQuest is requiring all their users to migrate to a new search platform by this summer. So, if you use any of the library’s ProQuest databases (ABI/Inform, Research Library, National Newspapers, Nursing & Allied Health, etc.), be aware that the ProQuest databases you use will look significantly different once Summer Quarter starts.
To have the least impact on students, the library will make the switch on Friday, June 10. According to ProQuest, it will take about four business days to complete the switch.
If you are on campus, you can preview the new platform by simply referring to the following URL:
At a recent ATL Conference in Spokane, Tacoma Community College faculty Mary Fox and Wendy Larsen gave a great presentation on “Please Explain a Five-Paragraph Essay, so I’ll Know How Not to Write One: The Challenges Facing Second Language Writers.”
Among the many culture shocks international students experience, writing an American style essay is something that many international students will struggle with throughout their studies in the U.S. To better help international students with essay writing, consider the following information:
- Many international students may not know what an American five-paragraph essay looks like. Different countries have different ways of writing essays that may include different elements than what is expected in the American five-paragraph essay.
- Many international students may come from a country where it is rude to say things directly. Instead, manners dictate that they convey their point across in very indirect and roundabout way, which means that they are used to a very indirect conversational and writing styles. Countries that prefer an indirect communication style include Ecuador, Colombia, Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and many more Asian countries.
- Some international students may come from a country where access to libraries and information is restricted. They may not know where to go and how to find appropriate college level research materials for their essays.
- Some international students may come from a country where open communication and discourse may be dangerous and information is tightly controlled. These students may not be willing to criticize openly nor share their thoughts freely.
Watch these video clips from a documentary film that the Oregon State University created titled, “Writing Across Borders.” They will give you a fascinating glimpse of why writing essays in America are so difficult for some international students:
PS: I’ve ordered a copy of this documentary film for Kirk Library. If you want to know when it arrives, let me know and I’ll send you an email once it’s available.
Software developer Mike Matas demos the first full-length interactive book for the iPad — with clever, swipeable video and graphics and some very cool data visualizations to play with. The book is “Our Choice,” Al Gore’s sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth.”
Kirk Library has a trial to the Education in Video online database. We are considering purchasing a subscription to this database and will love to have feedback from you about it. So, try it out and let us know what you think. You can either leave us a comment on the blog or send an email to Lily.
What is Education in Video?
Education in Video is the first online collection of streaming video developed specifically for training and developing teachers. Upon completion, the collection will contain more than 1,000 video titles totaling 750 hours of teaching demonstrations, lectures, documentaries, and primary-source footage of students and teachers in actual classrooms. It will give education faculty, students, and in-service teachers a single source for the best research-based professional development video resources available. This release now provides 118 titles, equaling approximately 77 hours.
How do I access Education in Video?
Go to the Education in Video website at http://ediv.alexanderstreet.com and enter the following username and password:
Trial period ends May 15, 2011.
What does the Kirk Library mean to you? Celebrate National Library Week: take a snapshot of your library experience and share it!
Libraries all over Washington will be taking a ‘snapshot’—collecting information this spring to capture the impact that Washington libraries have on their communities on a typical day.
Update (4/19/2011): Thanks to those who participated in our Library Snapshot Day. The results are in! Follow the link below to see the comments about the library:
Are you having problems printing or editing when you open a Word, Excel, or Powerpoint document from Angel or email?
Never fear, there is an easy solution to this problem! The newer versions of MS Office has a security feature that won’t allow you to print or make changes in the document if the document “originated from an Internet location and might be unsafe.”
Solution? Just click on the “Enable Editing” button to release it from the Protected View. You should be able to print and edit now. If you’re still having problems printing, check your printer and make sure it’s connected….