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Voodoo in Academia and Other Places

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on April 29, 2011 in Odum Library

Click here to read an article about a Vodou doll that “wrecked havoc” at the University of Miami.

Click here to see a short list of books about Voodooism available here in Odum Library.

Click here to read and hear “Living Vodou,” a 2010 Speaking of Faith episode from American Public Media.

Need somewhere to study?

by Ginger Williams on April 28, 2011 in Odum Library

Did you know that Odum Library has over 20 group study rooms available on the first and third floors of the library? You no longer have to check these rooms out- instead, they’re unlocked and available to the first taker. Unlike the great Oklahoma Land Run of 1889, you don’t have to stake your claim. Just find a room and hit the books.

Student reading at a desk We can’t guarantee that the study rooms will always be quiet. Sometimes groups need a place to get together to discuss a project or presentation. Maybe you’d like to quiz your friends about the differences between certain philosopohers’ theories. Whatever the topic, study rooms are a great place for you to get together with a group and talk it out. Even if you don’t need to hold a discussion, maybe you’d like to get together with your friends to study quietly together. If you’d rather be Tweeting than reading your textbook, studying in a group is a great way to stay focused. At least you know that your best pals aren’t out shopping or checking their Facebook, either.

Finals are almost here and the end is in sight. Keep studying- you’ll be glad you did!

Royal Weddings

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on April 20, 2011 in Odum Library

The April 29 wedding of Catherine Middleton to Prince William of Wales affords us an opportunity to look back on other royal marriages~~ the good, the bad and the ugly (link from the Internet Public Library).

Ask us if you’re interested in books about the Royals (or anything else of course, just ask!)~~ for example

Henry VIII’s consort Anne Boleyn

Matilda of Flanders (consort to William the Conqueror)

Eleanor of Aquitaine and other Medieval queens

Maria Fitzherbert (George IV stabbed himself when she refused his proposal of marriage)

Diana, Princess of Wales

Edward, Duke of Windor (the one who abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson, a commoner, who thus became Wallis Warfield Windsor)

Victoria and Albert

Victoria and Albert


Read Fest 2011

by Michael Holt on April 18, 2011 in Odum Library

Read Alouds
Read Alouds

Read Alouds
Read Alouds

Puppet Shows
Puppet Shows

Puppet Show/ Read Aloud
Puppet Show / Read Aloud

Hula Hooping / Jump Roping
Hula Hooping / Jump Roping

Temporary Tattoo Booth
Temporary Tattoos

Appearance from the Chik-Fil-A Cow
Appearance from the Chik-Fil-A Cow

Students enjoying ice cream
Students enjoying a break and some ice cream


Special thanks to Dr. Colette Drouillard from the Master of Library and Information Science Department for taking these pictures.

More Taxes, More Snakes!

by Emily Rogers on April 11, 2011 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

Which do you fear more, taxes or snakes?

Monday, April 18, 2011, marks the deadline for filing 2010 federal taxes, thanks to a District of Columbia holiday, but you still need to file for state taxes by Friday, April 15. Find links to commonly requested forms and federal publications at 1040 Central.  For the convenience of filing your tax returns electronically, visit the IRS information for e-file page.

We have paper copies of common federal forms and Georgia tax form booklets here at Odum Library, in the Reference area on the second floor.  To find online Georgia state income tax forms and guidance, go to the Georgia Department of Revenue site.  Tax publications from other states are available through this interactive map provided by the Federation of Tax Administrators.

If you’ve already filed your taxes, prepare for spring by learning more about our most misunderstood wildlife: snakes!  Visit our display of books and actual snakes (preserved in jars) from the personal collection of Dr. H. Bernard and Elizabeth Bechtel, on the library’s first floor, down the stairs from the main Circulation desk. Read more about the Bechtels’ recent herpetology book collection donation through our April 1 blog entry, Snakes!

Brown Tree Snake

Brown Tree Snake

We also have state and federal government information about snakes. Enjoy this Snake Fact Sheet from the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division.  Fort Stewart, near Hinesville, Georgia, has prepared a nonvenomous snake guide—including pictures! —for South Georgia.  Is It a Water Moccasin? helps Georgians answer this all-important question. For more information about tax forms, snakes, or print versions of these and other documents, just ask us at the Odum Library Reference Desk!


by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on April 1, 2011 in Odum Library

Odum Library has received a large collection of books about snakes, frogs, and turtles from Dr. H. Bernard and Elizabeth Bechtel.

Click here to see the Bechtel herpetology collection in GIL-Find.

Check out our display of books and actual snakes (preserved in jars) from the Bechtel’s personal collection, on the library’s first floor, down the stairs from the main Circulation desk.

Power Out in Library at 10:30am

by Jeffrey Gallant on April 1, 2011 in Odum Library

At 10:30am, the power will be out in both sides of Odum Library. We wish this was an April Fool’s joke, but it really isn’t. Be sure to save any files to your Documents folder, or email them to yourself.

Thanks a bunch,
Odum Reference