Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, Shakespeare, Skiing, University-Wide Reading Programs, Cooking for the Holidays, “A Soldier’s Christmas”, and Your Children and Your Toys: Are They Compatible? are the new displays up in the library now.
Display case 1: Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol is a delightfully creative and colorful rendition of scenes from the literary work, particularly Ghost of Christmas Past and Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. It is filled with lighted village scenes, including figurines, trees, tombstones, a frozen lake, downtown buildings, homes, etc. It should appeal to all age groups. It also includes a handwritten page from the original manuscript.
Shakespeare is the topic of display case 2. The library has a lot of information on Shakespeare, and the case contains DVDs, books, pictures of Shakespeare’s London, quotes, pictures from plays, swords, a costume, Shakespeare on film, etc.
Display case 3-Winter means Skiing! A sampling of some of the library resources are included in this case: Outdoor Sports, Winter Tales and Trails, Skiing for the Disabled, Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, and The Rock: A History of the Pebble Creek Ski Area. If you live in Idaho, you probably do some kind of winter sports–watch for another winter sport highlighted next month.
University-wide Reading Projects are the topic of display case 4. Recently ISU concluded events related to Enrique’s Journey. Did you know that over 230 university reading projects were found in a study on Reading Programs? Other books read included Coyotes by Ted Conover, Into the Wild by John Krakauer, Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver, The Devil’s Highway by Luis Urrea, The Kiterunner by Khaled Hosseini, and many more. Universities with reading projects include Western Washington University, University of Montana- Missoula, University of Washington, Montana State University, New Mexico State University, Spokane Falls Community College, and many more. Find out what your friends at other universities were reading, and get some reading ideas for school breaks. University of Idaho read 1 Dead in Attic: After Katrina by Chris Rose.
Cooking for the Holidays is the subject of display case 5. It covers holiday treats, foreign cuisines (French, Chinese, Mexican, Indian, and more) and basic cooking, with books like Straight A’s College Cookbook and Fast and Healthy Recipes. One of the books is open to a yummy recipe for Fried Tortillas with Cheese (Nachos).
“A Soldier’s Christmas” is the topic of display case 6. You can find the moving poem widely circulated on the internet, and it is attributed to different authors. Snopes.com is often used as a source for referencing the truth or fiction of urban legends and internet postings, and it takes the poem back to it’s first publication by Lance Corporal James Schmidt in Leatherneck magazine several years before another author claimed to have written it. Both versions of the poem are in the display, and it is interesting to note what was copied word for word, and what was changed. If this kind of plagiarism study interests you, you may want to check out Words for the Taking by Neil Bowers (PS 3552 O8732 Z462 1997.)
Health Science display case—Your Children and Your Toys–Are They Compatible? This display covers what to look for when buying toys, including cords & string, small parts, sharp edges, electric toys, and more.