The library and the College of Education held the seventh annual Read Fest this past Friday, April 19th, 2013 on the West Hall front lawn. Â The event, which seeks to promote literacy among area pre-K children, had more than 255 attendees from five local schools. Students who attended got to take part in a number of activities, from read-alongs to sing-alongs. They also took home goodybags filled with gifts to keep them exited about reading! Â Here are a few pictures from this years event:
Learn, Study, Discover
April is National Poetry Month! Pulitzer Prize-winner and 2011-2012 U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine speaks on campus Wednesday, April 17th, 7:30 p.m. in Whitehead Auditorium, Fine Arts Building.
View books of poetry by Philip Levine from Odum Libraryâ€™s collection as part of the Poetry at VSU exhibit, located in the first floor display cases on the libraryâ€™s north side.Â There youâ€™ll also see many collections of poetry by contemporary authors alongside classic poets such as Shakespeare, Wordsworth, and Dickinson.
We have copies of federal tax forms here at Odum Library, in the Reference area on the second floor.Â We canâ€™t advise you on how to complete your tax return, but we can help you reach the forms, instructions, and schedules.
Remember that you can also e-file through the IRS web site. Some options are free, and there is also advice for purchasing software or using a commercial preparer.
Unfortunately, our supply of Georgia 500 and 500EZ forms and instruction booklets in print is gone, and no more are available from the state. You’ll need to go online to find Georgia state tax forms. E-filing is an option, but it’s free only for qualified individuals within Georgia. For further guidance, go to the Georgia Department of Revenue site.Â If you need tax publications from other states, check out this interactive map provided by the Federation of Tax Administrators.
March 3rd through 9th marks National Invasive Species Awareness Week.
Invasive species include plants and animals that might seem harmless, but are taking over our native habitat. Most of us are familiar with the invasive Southern Crabgrass:
Photo by John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org
The Burmese Python has earned much attention lately for populating the Everglades National Park and surrounding parts of Florida, where more than 1,800 of the snakes have been removed since January 2000.
Photo by National Park Service
Find out what invasive species might be in your back yard with the Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States, supported in part by the University of Georgia, and through this information page about invasive species, courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.Â See more information about invasive species–and what you can do–at the Government Documents Exhibit, in the Odum Library Reference Area.
The art display outside the Hub on the 2nd floor features paintings by Elantu Baiat Veovode.
Many of Veovode’s works are based on mathematics, repeating motifs and knots around a number.
“The use of plants and animals in my designs defines my work. I begin with the zoomorphs, arranged in a pleasing mathematical relationship to one another, and then design the knotwork to complement the figures. In many cases, the knotwork is designed to describe movement associated with the animal.”
The three examples of her more recent work– shown on the west wall of our gallery space– incorporate images from physics and string theory.
As many of you have probably heard, the university recently sent out a notice that all classes and campus activities taking place after 5 PM were cancelled. However, you can still stop by Odum Library to get in out of the rain and put your free time to good use! We’ll still be maintaining our regular hours tonight, which means we’ll be open until 2 AM and our Internet Cafe will be open all night.
With much of the northeastern U.S. covered in snow, February might seem the cruelest month of 2013. February is also American Heart Month, and you can learn a lot about heart health and wellness from the U.S. government:
- background on heart or cardiac diseases, courtesy MedlinePlus.gov;
- most common signs of a heart attack, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;
- new dietary guidelines for improving your health, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture;
- and much more, including free e-cards for Valentine’s Day!
Not sure what you’re looking for?Â The search engine USA.gov is a great place to start!
Monday, January 21, 2013, is both Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidential Inauguration Day. If you’re planning to go to Washington for the inauguration, the District of Columbia has prepared a site to help guide you around the inaugural activity areas. If you’d like to mark the day with service opportunities, MLK.gov provides more information about the MLK Day of Service.
More information about inaugural activities is available from the Joint Congressional Commission on Inaugural Ceremonies, which posts this guide to the 57th Presidential Inauguration.Â For instance, you can read past inaugural addresses and learn famous first facts from inaugurations.
On display in the government documents exhibit in the Odum Library Reference Area are print copies of presidential papers, including inaugural addresses, and other documents related to presidential ceremonies. Just ask at the Reference Desk or contact the government documents librarian at 229-245-3748 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Despite predictions that our ebooks and our Kindles and our Nooks would replace print books in short order, theÂ Wall Street Journal reports “The initial e-book explosion is starting to look like an aberration.”