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Reading Contest – Enter to Win a Tablet!

by Samantha Paul on February 11, 2017 in Events, National Library Week, Neat Stuff
Bookmark of Brady the Sloth with the words Brady Book Club and contest details.

Brady bookmarks

Brady Book Club

This week Odum Library kicks off their reading contest, Brady Book Club, to celebrate National Library Week and literacy. 

From February 11th until April 11th, check out a book from Odum Library and enter to win* a Kindle Fire.
To enter the drawing:
  1. Check out a book from Odum Library.
  2. Tell the person at the Circulation Desk that you want to participate. They will give you the Brady bookmark (see picture above).
  3. Enjoy your book. When you’re done, take a picture of your book with the Brady bookmark and post to Facebook or Twitter or Instagram tagging VSUOdumLibrary and including the hashtag #BradyBookClub**
Example: @VSUOdumLibrary This book was great #BradyBookClub
  1. Return the book and bookmark to the library.***

*Everyone can participate, but only students are eligible to win.

** If VSUOdumLibrary likes your post, we’ve received your entry – Make sure your privacy settings allow for us to find and like your post.

***Multiple entries are allowed

A winner will be selected via a Random Number generator on April 12th

The winner will be contacted via direct message via the social media platform through which the entry was received on April 12th.

The winner has until April 14th to collect their prize. If the prize is not collected during that time, a second number or winner will be selected.



Jane Smiley Talk and Exhibit

by Emily Rogers on November 6, 2015 in Neat Stuff, Odum Library, Reference

Jane SmileyOn November 12th at 7:30pm in the Student Union Theater, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jane Smiley will be holding a public reading from her newest work, the Last Hundred Years Trilogy. In order to celebrate Jane Smiley’s visit to Valdosta State University as 2015’s Writer-In-Residence, Odum Library has prepared an exhibit showcasing her works of fiction and non-fiction.

From a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel inspired by Shakespeare’s King Lear (A Thousand Acres) to a sweeping historical novel reminiscent of the sagas of Iceland (The Greenlanders), Jane Smiley has created works that span a variety of genres exploring different time periods, places, and interpersonal dynamics.

If you are interested in exploring the works of Jane Smiley for yourself, please visit the second floor Reserve Desk in Odum Library.

Whether you are a long-time Smiley fan or you have just discovered her novels, mark your calendars for November 12th at 7:30pm to see Jane Smiley at the Student Union Theater.

Here this April: Poetry at VSU!

by Emily Rogers on April 4, 2013 in Neat Stuff, Odum Library, Reference

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 Library’s collection as part of the Poetry at VSU exhibit, located in the first floor display cases on the library’s north side.  There you’ll also see many collections of poetry by contemporary authors alongside classic poets such as Shakespeare, Wordsworth, and Dickinson.

National Poetry Month, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, also promotes Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 18th. Carry a poem in your pocket so that you can share poetry with others!

You can find more resources for National Poetry Month through GALILEO and more information about poetry and poets, including texts of poems, through the Poetry Foundation.

Steve Jobs Bio and Recent Memoirs

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on November 9, 2011 in Neat Stuff, Odum Library

We have Walter Isaacson’s new biography of Steve Jobs (1955-2011), shelved in our POPULAR books section (on the 2nd floor next to Copier Room 2621) at POPULAR QA 76.2 .J63 I83 2011.

For your upcoming holiday reading pleasure, we also have the memoirs of comic actress and writer Tina Fey, actresses Barbara Eden and Betty White, actor Dick van Dyke, restaurateur Gabrielle Hamilton, football star Michael Oher, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, musician Sammy Hagar, and country singer Shania Twain.

As always, if you need help finding anything in the library, please ask! Chat Live during Reference hours, or text us at 229-234-1947




















Hey, bossypants! NYTimes Bestsellers Available

by Ginger Williams on August 5, 2011 in Collection, Neat Stuff

Summer is almost over. Have you read a good book lately? We have many of the New York Times bestsellers available for you to check out today. Many of them are in our Popular Books collection by the second floor copy room. Stop by to browse and to see the new, beautiful artwork we’ve brought into the library.

Remember that faculty, staff, students, and community borrowers can check books out at Odum Library. If you don’t know what to read next, here are a few titles to get you started:


  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett (3rd floor shelves, PS3619.T636 H45 2009)
  • The Confession by John Grisham (2nd floor Popular Books, PS3557.R5355 C66 2010)
  • Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci (2nd floor Popular Books, PS3552.A446 H46 2010)
  • A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin (3rd floor shelves, PS3563.A7239 C58 1999)
  • Whiplash by Catherine Coulter (2nd floor Popular Books, PS3553.O843 W47 2010)
  • Sizzling Sixteen by janet Evanovich (2nd floor Popular Books, PS3555.V2126 S59 2010)
  • Tough Customer by Sandra Brown (2nd floor Popular Books, PS3552.R718 T68 2010)
  • Family Ties by Danielle Steel (2nd floor Popular Books, PS3569.T33828 F36 2010)
  • A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin (3rd floor shelves, PS3563.A7239 F39 2005)
  • The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva (2nd floor Popular Books, PS3619.I5443 R46 2010)
  • Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs (2nd floor Popular Books, PS3568.E476345 S65 2010b)


New Library Videos on our New "Library Help!"

by Jeffrey Gallant on May 6, 2011 in Neat Stuff, Reference

If you’ve been to our Library Help page lately, you have probably noticed quite a difference.  You may be wondering why the heck it looks so different.  I won’t get into too many details – this is a blog, after all – but here’s the lowdown:

We want any library patron who clicks on “Library Help” on the Main Menu in the Library Homepage to get a page that helps them out immediately after they clicked on the link.  In the past, most of the helpful pages were within another page with the lengthy title “How to Research, Evaluate Sources, and Cite,” which you would have to click on after you clicked on “Library Help.”  The new Library Help merges that page with the past Library Help page, and it organizes all of our content into categories that make sense in a college research setting.  First, there’s all the general library stuff – how to use the catalog, what’s up with Interlibrary Loan, etc.  It’s all research from there – planning your searches, searching for articles, evaluating the sources you find, and then citing those sources in whatever style you’re using.

You’ll also see that we have moved our content into the world of streaming video!   You’re going to see many more VSU Reference Librarian-made video tutorials, covering different aspects of the research process, how to use certain databases, and how to use aspects of the Library Homepage very soon.  Some of these are already up, including What is a Scholarly Database? and News Resources.

We hope you enjoy the new Library Help page – please let us know if you have anything you’d like to see in Library Help!

Which Do You Fear the Most . . .

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on August 10, 2009 in Neat Stuff, Odum Library

The failure of capitalism, or an attack by space aliens?

This week Slate.com offers “Choose Your Own Apocalypse,” a nifty little feature where you can speculate about how all America’s infrastructures might fail.

Learn about 144 possible worst-case scenarios!

Could the Southwestern U.S. run out of water?

Will we lose our competitive edge due to rampant obesity?

Get a quick take on your worldview based on your choices at Slate, and speculate along with the experts (and the not-so-expert) on Facebook and Twitter.

TeenHealthFX Can't Identify You

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on July 1, 2009 in Neat Stuff, Odum Library

At TeenHealthFX you can anonymously post questions about health, sexuality, relationships, sports and nutrition, or drug use, and read answers already posted. The current Hot Topic is “Networking Websites – What You Post on Them Could Come Back to Haunt You.”

TeenGrowth.com covers a wide range of health and safety issues, from Bodybuilding to STDs, Fireworks or Flu Season, or Piercing, or Lice.

We don’t want to sound like your Mom, but– sometimes you should be careful what you do!

by Laura Wright on November 21, 2008 in (Almost) Daily Photo, Neat Stuff

Calling all political junkies!

by Laura Wright on September 11, 2008 in Neat Stuff, Reference

Visit “Election 2008: A Selective List of Resources” to see video clips of candidates, visit political party web sites, follow media coverage, and more:http://www.valdosta.edu/~kensmith/election2008.shtml.

Odum Library’s government documents librarian, Ken Smith, has created this page to help us follow the candidates as well as the media coverage of this year’s elections. From the Government Documents home page at http://www.valdosta.edu/library/find/gov/index.shtml, click on the new “Election 2008” link.