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New Kid's Books, Bestsellers, Graphic Novels, DVDs

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on February 23, 2011 in Odum Library

The links below will give you a quick glance at some of our latest titles:

Children’s Books

Novels for Older Teens and Young Adults

New York Times Bestsellers (POPULAR Books)

Graphic Novels and Manga

Recently Added DVDs

Please Ask Us if you need help finding anything in the Library! You can text us at 229.234.1947, chat live with a Reference Librarian, or send us an email.



The Library Renovation has been completed!

by Michael Holt on February 21, 2011 in Odum Library

After nearly two years, the process of updating the three floors on the North Half of Odum Library is complete. The third floor, which had been under construction since August 2, 2010, was handed over to the library and re-opened on February 18.

All three floors now feature new carpet, new lighting, new furniture, and revised floor plans that have added a total of 12 additional study rooms for students. Feel free to head up to the third floor and take a look at the new features.

Please note that since the area is now open, you will no longer need to place requests for books that are located in the newly completed section of the third floor. If you have any more questions about the renovation project and what it means to you, feel free to visit the library’s renovation page, ask a librarian through our live chat service, or by leaving a comment on this post.

Enjoy all the new facilities!

The President's Budget, FY 2012: Government Information Weekly Site

by Emily Rogers on February 18, 2011 in Odum Library

“But in an increasingly competitive world in which jobs and businesses are mobile, we also have a responsibility to invest in those things that are absolutely critical to preparing our people and our Nation for the economic competition of our time.” — President Barack Obama, February 14, 2011

What are these things that President Obama and his administration view as absolutely critical?  Find out by browsing through the President’s Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2012, available in PDF format.

Odum Library, as a Federal Depository Library, will be receiving the complete budget in paper format, but for now, you can view current and previous budgets back to 1996 here.

Rep. John Lewis to Write Graphic Novel

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on February 14, 2011 in Odum Library

U.S. Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) has agreed to coauthor a graphic novel, March, scheduled for publication in 2012 — the first graphic novel written by a sitting member of Congress.

Lewis is Georgia’s Fifth Congressional Representative and a leader in the Civil Rights movement.

“A meditation in the modern age on the distance traveled, both as a nation and as a people, since the days of Jim Crow and segregation, March tells the first hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights.”–Top Shelf Productions, Marietta, GA

We’re excited this milestone graphic novel will be published in Georgia. Many thanks to Rep. Lewis and Top Shelf.

Click here to listen to a 1973 Oral History Interview with John Lewis.

Chris Staros of Top Shelf, Rep. John Lewis, and co-author Andrew Aydin

African American Entrepreneurs

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on February 10, 2011 in Odum Library

Click here to see a slide show featuring African American entrepreneurs throughout history at The Root.

Check out Odum Library resources to read more about:

Paul Cuffe

North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company (pictured above)

Maggie Lena Walker

Madam C.J. Walker

Asa Philip Randolph

John H. Johnson

Oprah Winfrey

Watch VSU concerts online!

by Ginger Williams on February 9, 2011 in Odum Library

Are you a music lover? There are many reasons you might not be able to make it to campus to enjoy a concert. Maybe you’re at home watching the kids, you don’t have a car, you’re a distance student living up in Jasper.. the list could go on and on.

Now VSU is bringing the music home to you! You’ll be able to watch concerts online at http://www.useducationtv.com/default.aspx?sid=286

Why not check out a saxophone recital by Associate Professor Joren Cain? Watch it live on Sunday, February 27th at 7:30 PM.

Do you love Latin-American music? You might enjoy the Pan American concert at 7:30 PM on April 17th. This concert will feature a couple of the talented librarians from your own Odum Library.

You can watch the concerts live or check back in a few days to watch the archived performance. Contact the VSU Department of Music for more details: http://www.valdosta.edu/music/

It's Tax Season: Government Information Weekly Site

by Emily Rogers on February 8, 2011 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

Three more days! The 2010 filing deadline for federal taxes is now Monday, April 18:  an extension thanks to Emancipation Day, celebrated on April 15 in the District of Columbia. Be careful, though, since the deadline for filing state taxes is still Friday, April 15.

A lot of other changes have come to 2010 taxes, and of course you’ll need to be sure to use the current (2010) forms.  Find links to commonly requested forms and publications, including interactive PDF versions of forms 1040 and 1040EZ, at 1040 Central.  There you’ll also find accessible tax publications available in large print, Braille, and talking formats, answers to frequently asked questions, and Publication 17, “the only tax guide most individuals need,” according to IRS.gov.  For the convenience of filing your tax returns electronically, visit the IRS information for e-file page.

Remember that if you aren’t able to print out forms, or prefer to use pre-printed publications, we have copies of federal forms here at Odum Library, in the Reference area on the second floor.  We can’t advise you on how to complete your tax return, but we can help you get to forms and instructions, and commiserate!

At Odum we also have plenty of Georgia 2010 Individual Income Tax booklets that include 500 and 500EZ forms and instructions. To find online Georgia state income tax forms and further guidance, go to the Georgia Department of Revenue site.  If you need tax publications from other states, check out this interactive map provided by the Federation of Tax Administrators.

Happy filing!