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Old Catalog Retires

by Ranger, Joshua P — last modified Sep 02, 2014 12:20 PM

After almost fifteen years of faithful service, Polk's Old Catalog retired on Wednesday, August 26.  With millions of searches and requests under its belt, the Old Catalog served us well.  But the world of technology and information resources continually marches on and, at Polk, we’re committed... read more...

Posted by:
Ranger, Joshua P on September 02, 2014

Quick Tips for Better Searching and Citing

by Ranger, Joshua P — last modified Sep 02, 2014 03:22 PM

Seach@UW is where you get your hits, but there’s always room to improve your game. Created by the deep and velvet voiced instruction librarian, Ted Mulvey,  Quick Tips are short videos that will teach you something new about your favorite library "search everything" tool. Take a second, ki... read more...

Posted by:
Ranger, Joshua P on September 02, 2014

Book of the States Archive Available Digitally Online

by Watkins, Michael P — last modified Apr 28, 2014 10:20 AM

The Council of State Governments has made The Book of the States digital archive available on their web site. The archive has this publication available from 1935 until 2012. read more...

Posted by:
Watkins, Michael P on April 28, 2014

Polk's STEP student to dish on sexual revolution

by Ranger, Joshua P — last modified Feb 27, 2014 11:10 AM

Birth control advocate, Bill Baird Baird publicly displays birth control devices considered "indecent articles"  by Wisconsin law in Albee Hall, 1971 UWO is happy to welcome back Samantha Smith, a former Polk Library STEP student, who is speaking on March 6 th as part of Women’s Histor... read more...

Posted by:
Ranger, Joshua P on February 28, 2014

Does Class Size Matter?

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Feb 26, 2014 08:25 AM

An article appearing on the website of the Washington Post discusses research about class size.  This research was conducted by a professor at Northwestern University.  Here's the link to the article:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/02/24/class-size-matters-a-lot-resea... read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on February 26, 2014

Children Whose Lives Inspire Others

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Feb 19, 2014 11:51 AM

Have you heard of Malala?  She is a teenager who fought for the rights of girls to attend school in Pakistan.  What about Chaeli Mycroft?  At 17, she fought for the rights of children with disabilities in South Africa.  Chaeli also lives with cerebral palsy.  These are but  two of many childr... read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on February 19, 2014

When Should Children Start School?

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Feb 07, 2014 11:45 AM

  There is a campaign in the United Kingdom to change the age at which children begin formal schooling.  David Whitebread, a University of Cambridge researcher, explains in an article why it would be best for children to start formal schooling later than they presently do.  He also explains t... read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on February 07, 2014

New Collections Get Graphic

by Ranger, Joshua P — last modified Feb 07, 2014 03:50 PM

Polk Library is getting graphic with the acquisition of Russ Kick’s The Graphic Canon, a three-volume collection of classic literature as told through comics and illustrations. Each volume contains vivid and original portrayals of stories ranging fr... read more...

Posted by:
Ranger, Joshua P on February 07, 2014

2014 Caldecott Awards Announced a Few Days Ago

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Jan 31, 2014 11:14 AM

The 2014 Caldecott Medal winner is: Locomotive, written and illustrated by Brian Floca. These are the 2014 Honor Books: Journey, written and illustrated by Aaron Becker Flora and the Flamingo, written and illustrated by Molly Idle Mr. Wuffles!, written and illustrated by David Wiesne... read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on January 31, 2014

2014 Newbery Awards

by Katz, Stephen — last modified Jan 31, 2014 11:28 AM

"The Newbery Award was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery.  It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.... read more...

Posted by:
Katz, Stephen on January 31, 2014

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