UT Alum to Sign Copies of New Book

Steve Christie will talk about his new book Not Really “Of” Us: Why Do Children of Christian Parents Abandon the Faith? on Tuesday, December 9, from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections on the fifth floor of Carlson Library. A book signing will follow his talk.

Christie is a registered nurse who holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Business Administration from UT.

In the book, Christie discusses why children raised as Christians often leave their faith when they are in their twenties. He explains how parents can help children who are questioning their faith, and how they might help children who have already left their religion re-connect to it.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the book, see www.notreallyofus.com

NaNoWriMo 2014 Wrapping Up

Aspiring novelists will wrap up their month of intensive writing by celebrating with their fellow Wrimos on Monday, December 1 in Carlson Library.  “Winners” will be those who actually reach the 50,000-word goal by midnight tonight (November 30).  But everyone who signed up this year is welcome to help us join in the celebration!

Here’s how a few participants spent the last Write-In session just before Thanksgiving.

Among other things, Dr. Glenn Sheldon (Honors College) emphasizes the importance of character-building in the novel-writing process.

International Education Week @ the University Libraries

The University Libraries is happy to celebrate International Education Week with the campus.  Voices from around the world share their culture, views, and passions through their stories, biographies, poems, and speeches.  Read about that person or country that intrigued you.  Or check out the special international poetry display in Carlson Library’s lobby for inspiration.  More about International Education Week and UT’s events can be found at http://www.utoledo.edu/cisp/iew

Former provost to provide insight into noveling this week at Carlson!

Former UT provost, William McMillen will be our special guest at this week’s NaNoWriMo Write-In session, Tuesday, November 18.

William McMillen has published both fiction and non-fiction. In addition, he has self-published a series of Christmas books for the past five years that have been privately distributed to friends and family. He has been told that all of his writing is brilliant (but he’s heard that mostly from friends and family). Nevertheless, he promises that if you listen to him closely, you will have your novel published within weeks, a month, or maybe two or three years. He will share with you secrets about writing and publishing your novel that you’ll never hear anywhere else! But you’ll be sworn to secrecy, so you’ll have to show up or you’ll be literally left out in the cold. And, to end an invigorating half-hour talk he will answer the following question that you’ve all wondered about: Why is the beginning of a novel usually better than the end of a novel?

If you can, please stop by and see our special guest, Bill McMillen — whether or not you are a registered “Wrimo” this year!

UPDATE (11/21/14):

Former UT Provost Bill McMillen engaged a small group of interested “wrimos” earlier this week with his tips on writing and publishing. Participants enjoyed learning what was behind his novel, Sticks.

P.S. We had a great time with guest Susan Parks last week.  Please see my special update on that post.

UT Novelist to Share her Publishing Experience with “Wrimos”

“Wrimos” (AKA budding novelists, as known in the NaNoWriMo world) will get the chance to meet with novelist and UT faculty member Susan Parks this Wednesday evening, November 12, at Carlson Library’s third NaNoWriMo “Come Write-in” session.  Ms. Parks will briefly share her experience writing and self-publishing, and will welcome questions from aspiring novelists in attendance just before they get down to their own writing.

Susan Parks is a lecturer in literacy education at The University of Toledo. Throughout her childhood, she heard stories of her great grandparents in the Armenian Genocide and was inspired to write the book, “His Choice.” Captivated by her heritage, she studied the history of Armenia and the genocide in preparation for writing this historical novel.

Set in 1915 during World War I, the story chronicles the events of four orphaned sisters and their perseverance, determination, and struggle to survive. Through numerous twists and turns, this heart-wrenching story has an unexpected ending.

UT Lecturer shares her novel, His Choice, with Nanowrimo participants last week.  Her historical novel is based on the harrowing, true experience of her family during the Armenian genocide, 100 years ago.

UT Lecturer Susan Parks shares her novel — along with some artifacts — with Nanowrimo participants last week. Her historical novel is based on the harrowing, true experience of her family during the Armenian genocide, 100 years ago.

Even if you are not a participant in National Novel Writing Month this year, you may be interested to know that Ms. Parks will have a book-signing later this month at Barnes & Noble.  [UPDATE (11/17/14):  book signing to take place at UT Barnes & Noble on corner of Dorr and Secor from 4-6 PM this Thursday, November 20.  We hope to see you there!  Read more.]

The Library will bring in two additional “special guests” to round out the remaining weeks of NaNoWriMo.  If you have a chance, please feel free to stop by and say hello to all of our special guests — even if you are not signed up as a Wrimo this year.

National Novel Writing Month: Get Support at the Library!

Have you always wanted to try your hand at writing a novel? Well, this November would be a perfect time to make that dream a reality. November is National Novel Writing Month, fondly referred to as NaNoWriMo.  Carlson Library will once again be hosting write-ins to help you accomplish your goal. Each week we will provide a gathering place, tips, snacks, and support for a “novel-writing on steroids” experience!

Imagine writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days! It is entirely possible and we will tell you how at our first informational meeting in Carlson Library room 2010, on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 5:30 pm.

Kickoff will be Saturday November 1st from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm in Carlson Library room 2010, and weekly “Write-Ins” will be held each Tuesday throughout November from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. If you are interested in joining us, please RSVP to nano@utoledo.edu.

NaNoWriMo events are open to all. Students, staff, faculty, friends and family are all invited to participate. Everyone has a story inside!

For complete details, visit our NaNoWriMo LibGuide at http://libguides.utoledo.edu/nanowrimo.

Sculpture Exhibit in Carlson Library during Fall Semester

Judith Greavu
Landforms: sculptures inspired by geological forms and processes
Carlson Library
Fall Semester 2014

Road Cut (Cast Bronze)

Road Cut (Cast Bronze) – 12″ length

The Carlson Library is honored by the opportunity to showcase Landforms, a series of work by Prof. Judith Greavu.  These small sculptures, created from bonze, aluminum, wood, and stone, in the artist’s words “celebrates geological forces as well as human intervention with those forces.”  The materials that seem hard and unrelenting have been transformed into scenes that are soft, fluid, and ever changing.

Stream Cut with Island (Cast Aluminum)

Stream Cut with Island (Cast Aluminum) – 18″ diameter

It’s an extension of these “forces”, combined with ecologic concerns that inspired her creation, “Current Forces,” a large scale bronze and glass sculpture located on the south side of Bowman-Oddy.  Installed in the fall of 2013, this sculpture was brought to the University with the help of the Ohio Arts Council, the UT Campus Beautification Committee, and representatives of the UT science faculty.

Hills with Spring  (Walnut and Bronze)

Hills with Spring (Walnut and Bronze) – 18″ length

Prof. Judith Greavu received her MFA from Bowling Green State University and taught at Ohio Northern University from 1985-2005. She is a professional artist who works in all media, with bronze being the media of choice for much of her work. She has exhibited regionally and nationally, including the Toledo Area Artists Annual Juried Exhibit, the Midwest Sculpture Initiative, the Sculpture Center in Cleveland, and ArtSpace/Lima. She has also completed large sculpture commissions for the Ohio Northern University, Tiffin University, Blanchard Valley Hospital, and the University of Florida.  She has received numerous honors for her work throughout the state of Ohio and the country.

Drowned Coastline (Cast Aluminum)

Drowned Coastline (Cast Aluminum) 20″ length

The exhibit is located on the first floor of the Carlson Library.  While visiting be sure to view the pieces from different angles, as each sculpture was created to offer different visual experiences.

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The secret to academic success lies in the Library!

Welcome to Carlson Library!  Did you know that reference librarians can help you find information on topics you are researching for your assignments?   We can help you every step of the way — from refining your research topic to helping you format your end notes. Reference librarians are available at the Information Desk from 10AM-6PM on weekdays and also on Sundays. (check our hours page often for the most current information)

Our librarians also provide one-on-one research consultation by appointment.  Additionally you can chat with a librarian using our instant messaging service, or contact a subject librarian by phone or email.  Visit our Reference Services LibGuide for more information.

We hope to see or hear from you this semester!

Canaday Center collection documents aspects of the life of the late James S. Brady

The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections preserves a small collection of materials that document aspects of the life of James S. Brady, former press secretary to President Reagan, who passed away this week.  The collection includes speeches, articles, correspondence, and photographs of Brady during his tenure as vice chair of the National Organization on Disability.  Brady was severely injured during the assassination attempt on President Reagan’s life in 1981.  The complete guide to the collection can be found at: