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Tuesday, February 28, 2006


THE OIL HILL READING SERIES Presents Butler Faculty Poet JOHN JENKINSON at Butler Community College, in a deput reading from his first full-length collection, REBEKAH ORDERS LASAGNA.

El Dorado, Kansas - Poet John Jenkinson will read from his new book, Rebekah Orders Lasagna, published by the Woodley Press at Washburn University, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, in the L.W. Nixon Library on the Butler Community College, El Dorado, Campus. This free event is open to the general public, and sponsored by the Division of Fine Arts and Humanities, Butler College English Department, The Quill and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. A reception and book signing will follow.

A teacher of writing and literature at Butler, Dr. Jenkinson has
published widely in the academic and small press world, including
several chapbooks. A former Milton Center Fellow in Poetry, John
ponders deeply at the debris-strewn intersection of Art and Faith.

Jenkinson's work is intelligible, although not simplistic, and does not settle for the easy or the sentimental gesture; these poems have drawn praise from such varied quarters as Albert Goldbarth, who invokes John's "constant desire to get the words right, to lodge them in our memory . . ." to Scott Cairns, who declares that "Jenkinson mediates the matter of our pathetic circumstance with humor, a compelling cadence, keen intelligence, and reliably generous spirit."

Jeanine Hathaway adds, "In spiced and layered language, he blesses our place at the table and - attention! - in the food chain."

For the past 4 ½ years, Dr. Jenkinson has directed the Oil Hill Reading Series, bringing in writers of eminent stature, and others whose careers are in mid-stream. Developed to offer distinguished literary events to the El Dorado and Butler County community, The Oil Hill Reading Series is made possible through support and funding from the Center for Teaching Excellence, The Division of Fine Arts and Humanities, the English Department, the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the L.W. Nixon Library, and community advocates.

For the best choice of seats, plan to arrive around 7:15.

Friday, February 24, 2006

March eBook of the Month

Bad: Infamy, Darkness, Evil, and Slime on Screen

Violence and corruption sell big, especially since the birth of action cinema. But even from cinema's earliest days, the public has been delighted to be stunned by screen representations of negativity in all its forms: evil, monstrosity, corruption, ugliness, villainy, and darkness.

Bad: Infamy, Darkness, Evil, and Slime on Screen examines the long line of thieves, rapists, varmints, codgers, dodgers, manipulators, conmen, killers, liars, demons, and cold-blooded megalomaniacs that populate cinematic narrative. From Nosferatu to Tom Ripley, from evil villains to empires of evil, from psychotic slashers to blood thirsty aliens, the contributors consider a wide range of genres and use a variety of critical approaches to examine evil, villainy, and immorality in twentieth-century film.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

How the Library Has Changed Your Life...

The Butler Libraries and Woman’s Day magazine Want to Know:

How the Library Has Changed Your Life

Libraries can change lives. They are places of lifelong learning and opportunity that can help people discover the world. This spring, the library at Butler, the American Library Association and Woman’s Day magazine want to know how the library has changed the lives of the people in our community.

From now until May 10, anyone who has a story to tell about how the library has changed his or her life can send it to Four of the stories will be featured in an upcoming issue of Woman’s Day. The story must be 700 words or less.

The initiative is part of a program sponsored by the American Library Association and Woman’s Day magazine called “Put it in Writing @ your library,” a part of The Campaign for America’s Libraries. The Campaign is a multi-year public awareness and advocacy campaign designed to promote the value of public, school, academic and special libraries and librarians in the 21st century.

I suspect there are a lot of stories out there from the thousands of graduates and students here at Butler, whether in El Dorado, Andover, Rose Hill, or any other site where Butler and the library join forces to bring books, resources, and information to our people.

Send them your thoughts, and let me know your story here, too. Thanks,


Monday, February 20, 2006

Poetry Aloud

Here's a great idea for a celebration: the Saskatoon Public Library is having a centennial, and posting 100 poems in 100 days, chosen from submissions to the library.

I am a better judge of poetry when it is read aloud, but I am impressed with the quality of this. And I believe Library Squirrel when she says some of them make her cry.

I'd also like to announce that our own "Oil Hill Poetry Reading Series" continues on Tuesday, Feb. 28, a week from tomorrow. The poet this time is Dr. John Jenkinson, from Butler and instrumental in continuing the series, celebrating the publication of "Rebekah Orders Lasagna" at 7:30 pm. It's free, open to the public, with a book-signing and receptionto follow.

And it all take place in the L.W. Nixon library here at Butler Community College, in the 600 building (behind the flagpole), 2nd floor. It's one of the most lovely events we host all year, and would make a great date for those inclined to go out with your dearly beloved.

My favorite part is hearing the poetry read aloud.



Tuesday, February 14, 2006

A lovely idea...

From today's email:

"Singles who like to read are descending upon libraries across
Belgium as part of an experiment in what two librarians have dubbed

"Libraries are turning into cultural hubs. They have a social role
and are the only meeting place in some communities," she said.

Chris Rippel
Central Kansas Library System
1409 Wiliams
Great Bend, Kansas 67530
620-792-4865 (voice)
620-792-5495 (fax)
crippel at ckls dot org

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

The Morning News: The Tournament of Books

The Morning News

We have only got a couple of these, but can inter-library loan any others. Call Juli at 322-3351 if you want assistance.


Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Books on the Internet

I've run across a couple of web sites that link to books - free - on the internet. Digitized, they are hard to read on the computer screen, in my opinion. But the access is there, which thrills me no end.

We've linked to one source on our database page: The Online Books Page. The other one is The Open Library.

And as I always say when talking about books: Check it out!


Monday, February 06, 2006

The Straight Dope on Dewey

This was sent around by one of my fellow Ghost Ranch participants:

good summary of the history and utility of the Dewey Decimal System.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Happy Groundog's Day!

From Rhonda Machlan, Resource Sharing Specialist at the State Library of Kansas:

Did you know that it had its origins in the Christian holiday
Candlemas? Which in turn was based on a pagan midwinter celebration?

Did you know that Punxsutawney Phil lives in a library when he isn't

Those answers and more at

Enjoy six more weeks of winter!

--You know, Rhonda, it hasn't felt like winter for a month here - our average temps. were 14 degrees higher than normal for the month of January, placing us in November or March. So yeah, 6 more weeks of this kind of winter would be pretty manageable. Here's hoping.


Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Library of Kansas?

Hi, well it's been awhile. I've been working on the library budget, and it's demanded most of my time. Just about done, except for some narrative requesting a full-time position for our Reference Librarian.

The other major work I'm doing involves a task force set up by the State Librarian of Kansas, Christi Brandau. She asked us to work on an interface for the State Library of Kansas and the citizens of the state. We had about 12 members come up with elements and functions desired. It won't replace "Blue Skyways," but will instead serve as that memorable, one-stop shopping site where you can get to everything the state offers for its public. The mall door, if you will.

By contrast, "Blue Skyways" is the specialty shop downtown...kinda like the "Purple Sage" or "Jacob's Well"... an approach that works well for librarians, who like to search, and less well for the public, who like to find.

And while the name may conjure up the book title "Blue Highways" by William Least Heat Moon, it may be harder to see the connection to the airline economy of Kansas via Boeing, which has given the site corporate support for many years.

So I'm thinking of recommending a name as part of the interface. The task force had quite a bit of discussion... some of the obvious names have been taken for other purposes: KanAnswer, KanFind, the Kansas Virtual Library. Even the Kansas State Library is gone.

But how about "The Library of Kansas"? No direct google results show. Kinda clean and crisp. Think the Library of Congress people can object?