LEARN @ the Library All Year Long - 2007/2008


Myra Sterrett - LEARN about… Elvis WeekLEARN about… Elvis Week

A legend? The King? How about an American Icon. He personifies the American dream of rags-to-riches success. He was different. He changed the sound and face of popular music when he was 19 years old and recorded in a style that defied classification. That was in 1954 – and the phenomenon spread to the entire world. It continues today. His birthday on January 8th is celebrated with several events. But “Elvis Week” in the middle of August commemorating his death on August 16, 1977 makes Graceland the second most visited home in the U.S. People of all ages still come from all over the world thirty years later to pay tribute to him.

Did you know that Elvis was a voracious reader? He never traveled without books. As a sophomore in high school, Elvis volunteered in the library. His father told the teenager “You should make up your mind either about being an electrician or playing a guitar.” Elvis picked music. Several generations have enjoyed him and this March PBS ran a new Elvis program for fundraising. Currently when this film is shown to live audiences, over half the audience is under 35. Its title says it all: “Elvis lives”.

I am holding a book of photographs Elvis, A Celebration edited by Mike Evans (ML420. P96 E93 2002). For an authentic, thoroughly researched biography check out The Last Train to Memphis by Peter Guralnick (ML420 .P96 G87 1994).

Look at the official Elvis site http://www.elvis.com/elvisology/ and check out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at http://www.rockhall.com/inductee/elvis-presley.

Myra Sterrett
Library Director


Karen Moore - LEARN about…Love Your Library MonthLEARN about…Love Your Library Month

Don't you just LOVE library books! All the endless possibilities, novels, classic works, "how-to" books, travel guides, histories, books on CD, mysteries, biographies, cookery books, technology books, atlases, art books, downloadable audio books, eBooks and so on…. This picture depicts how I feel about working surrounded by books. I am totally overwhelmed by the number of wonderful books that I want to read. I have not even made a dent in my numerous reading lists—and more books are constantly being published. What's a librarian to do?? I have reluctantly admitted to myself that I can't read them all. But, of course, I am still trying…

Need some help in starting "I want to read them all"? Book Lust and More Book Lust by Librarian Nancy Pearl (Z 1035.9 P38 2005) will give you guidance in your selections. Other sources for your search are listed below.

So Many Books, So Little Time by Sara Nelson (Z1002.2 N45 2003)

The Readers' Choice by Victoria McMains (Z1039.9 M39 2000)

Genreflecting: a Guide to Popular Reading Interests by Diana Tixler Herald (PS347 P63 H47 2006)

Some websites:



Another great source is talking to your friendly neighborhood librarians (especially those at Santa Fe, if I do say so myself.)

Karen Moore
Reference Librarian


Tom Holland - Learn about Family History MonthLEARN about… Family History Month

“Our family can trace our heritage back to the Mayflower,” said the woman to a friend.

“That’s wonderful,” replied the other woman. “All our family records were lost in the flood.”

October is Family History Month and a suitable time to reflect on all the good things our families represent. We find our individual identity as elemental to the family which contributes to a feeling of significant belonging. We are representative of a family and not only do we find our greatest confidence in that comfort but we feel connected to ancestors we never met. The family we embrace today is the most recent in a long line of family members who have made contributions to our lives. Today we have an abundance of recreational time and technology which allow us to trace our families back through history. Please join with me and take time this month to reflect on your heritage and offer a prayer of gratitude for the blessings we find in our family.

My book is A Complete Guide to Heraldry by A. C. Fox-Davies (CR492 .F723 1985). Heraldry is the practice of creating and assigning complicated symbols or armorial insignias as recognition to individuals in military service to a monarch. Heraldry has been termed ‘the shorthand of history’ and, as such, is a language suited to the study of Armory. The emblems or coats of arms are then traced by royal records which provide a linage or genealogy. Those who study genealogies encounter these coats of arms as elements that identify the family’s participation in historical events.


The Foxfire 40th Anniversary Book: Faith, Family, and the Land edited by Angie Cheek, Lacy Hunter Nix, and Foxfire Students. (F292.R3 F713 2006)
Family Transformed: Religion, Values, and Society in American Life, Steven M. Tipton and John Witte, Jr., editors (BL2525 .F37 2005)



Tom Holland
Library Media Specialist


Ramona Miller-Ridlon - LEARN about… National Adoption MonthLEARN about… National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month. In 1976 President Gerald Ford proclaimed a National Adoption Week. This was always the week of Thanksgiving. In 1990 this was changed to National Adoption Month. There is also a National Adoption Day in November. On this day courthouses across the country finalize the adoptions of hundreds of children. Last year on November 18 more than 3,300 adoptions were finalized in all fifty states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

As the mother of an adopted Chinese daughter this is an issue that is very important to me. The library has many good resources on Adoption. Here is just a sampling….

Strangers and Kin: The American Way of Adoption by Barbara Melosh (HV875.55 .M444 2002)
Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming America by Adam Pertman (HV875.55 .P47 2000)

Books on International Adoption –
Beyond Good Intentions: A Mother Reflects on Raising Internationally Adopted Children by Cheri Register
The Lost Daughters of China: Abandoned Girls, their Journey to America and the Search for a Missing Past by Karin Evans (HV1317 .E93 2000)

Books for Adopted Children –

The Red Blanket by Eliza Thomas (PZ7.T36662 Re 2004)
I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose Lewis (PZ7.L58787 Iaal 2000)
Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis (PZ7.C9418 Te 1996)

Child Welfare International Gateway - http://www.childwelfare.gov/adoption/index.cfm
Adoptive Families - http://www.adoptivefamilies.com/
Chinese Adoption Resources - http://www.chinaadoptionresources.com/
Adoption.com - http://www.adoption.com/

Ramona Miller-Ridlon
Reference Librarian


Trenita W‪hite - LEARN about…Safe ToysLEARN about…Safe Toys

There are millions of toys out there with hundreds of new ones hitting the store shelves each year, but do you know which ones are safe for your child? Guidelines published by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and other organizations can help you determine which types of toys are appropriate for your child.

Even though toy manufacturers are required to meet safety standards, some toys still may be improperly labeled or have some other unforeseen safety issue by the time they reach the store shelves. Most are not recalled until a problem with the toy is reported. In 2002 more than 212,000 children in the United States were treated in hospital emergency departments for toy-related injuries and 13 of those died.

Check the CPSC website for the latest information on toy recalls. The most important thing you can do – beyond reading labels and inspecting toys carefully – is to supervise your child. If you have any doubt about a toy’s safety, do not allow your child to play with it.


Buy Me! Buy Me! : the Bank Street Guide to Choosing Toys for Children by Joanne Oppenheim (HQ784.T68 O67 1987)



Trenita White
Technical Services Supervisor


Peter Sokol - LEARN about… National Soup MonthLEARN about… National Soup Month

It’s January and baby it's cold outside, and, no surprise, it's National Soup Month.

Sure, soup will warm you up and fill your belly, but pay attention to its origins and that steaming bowl on the table becomes a window on the past and a ticket for unlimited travel. From the first pot-au-feu, (pot on the fire) of pre-history to the cauldrons, boiling away, in besieged towns of the middle ages, to the crusty onion soup of Parisian bistros, soup has carried its own torch for millennia. Ubiquitous and sometimes beautiful, it’s always soup and more than soup; the humble bowl, the perfect confluence of the word and the thing.


Larousse Gastronomique by Larousse Staff (TX349.L365 2001)
Lee Bailey’s Soup Meals by Lee Bailey (TX 757.B35 1988)



Peter Sokol
Circulation Supervisor


Scott Tarbox - LEARN about… Florida TrailsLEARN about… Florida Trails

This poster celebrates “Hike a Florida Trail Month” during the month of February. We are lucky in Florida to still have many places to meet nature safely on a hiking trail. Hiking can take you from one end of Florida to another (The Florida Trail) or maybe across Florida (Cross Florida Greenway Trails). You might explore a local niche of Florida nature (Devil’s Millhopper, Cofrin Park, Alfred Ring Park, or the Hawthorne Rails to Trails).

To get great ideas about hiking in North Florida I recommend:

50 Hikes in North Florida by Sandra Friend (GV199.42.F6F75 2003)

The Florida Trail: The Official Hiking Guide by Sandra Friend (GV199.42.F62 F564 2004)

The Hiking Trails of Florida’s National Forests, Parks and Preserves by Johnny Molloy (GV199.42F6M65 2001)

To find more links to local and Florida trail hiking options check out these websites:

http://www.floridadep.org/gwt/guide/index.htm Fla. Dept of Environmental Protection

http://www.cityofgainesville.org/no/ City of Gainesville Dept. of Nature Operations

http://www.floridatrail.org Florida Trail Association

Scott Tarbox
Reference Librarian


Celeta Taylor - LEARN about…. Celebrating Dr. Seuss' BirthdayLEARN about…. Celebrating Dr. Seuss' Birthday

Having read The Cat in the Hat more times than I care to count over the last year to my granddaughter is it any wonder that I chose Dr. Seuss' birthday to celebrate? March commemorates the 103rd anniversary of his birth.

The development of early literacy skills through early experiences with books and stories is critically linked to a child's success in learning to read… and children's authors such as Dr. Seuss make reading such fun! Learn more about Dr. Seuss in books such as The Man who was Dr. Seuss: The Life and Work of Theodor Geisel by Thomas Fensch (PS3513.E2 Z67 2000) and The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss by Theodor Geisel with an introduction by Maurice Sendak (ND237.G325 A4 1995).

Check out “All about Dr. Seuss” at this website: http://www.catinthehat.org/history.htm

See also websites on the importance of reading to children:

Reading to your child can be beneficial in more ways than one. Perhaps the most important benefit is the time you will spend together. You'll share special moments by taking part in an activity that can be done almost any time and any place. I know that one of my fondest memories will be of my granddaughter saying “…get Cat in the Hat!” Thank you, Dr. Seuss!!

Celeta Taylor
Administrative Assistant


Kim Hankins - LEARN about…Keep America Beautiful MonthLEARN about…Keep America Beautiful Month

To paraphrase a well-known song, “We’ve got the whole country in our hands.” Through thoughtful actions and mindful living we can keep America, Florida, Gainesville, our neighborhoods and Santa Fe beautiful. Sustainable Santa Fe is an effort to align our college with sound environmental practices. Check out the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department online for a wealth of information on local projects (http://www.co.alachua.fl.us/government/depts/epd/). http://www.dep.state.fl.us/ links you to State of Florida reports and events. The Keep America Beautiful website can be found at www.kab.org. Their mission as stated is “Engaging individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments.” Ideas ranging from educational activities for children to tools for businesses, communities – and beyond - will be found in this gold mine.

A couple of books of interest are Wisdom for a Livable Planet by Carl N. McDaniel, (GE105.M385 2005) and Green Planet Blues ed. by Ken Conca and Geoffrey D. Dalbeko, (HC79.E5 G6916 2004). Many others can be found under various subject headings such as: recycling, pollution, conservation of natural resources, garbage, sustainable agriculture, sustainable architecture, sustainable development, and ecotourism.

Kim Hankins
Library Specialist


Jenna Miller - LEARN about…Physical Fitness and SportsLEARN about…Physical Fitness and Sports

Have your free weights become paperweights? Is your stationary bike motionless? It's time to dust off your equipment and celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month!

Whether you want to lose a few pounds (or more!), become healthier, or build muscle, you can develop an exercise program that will satisfy your goals. Need help getting started? Try this site from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: http://www.smallstep.gov.

As you can see in my photo, my physical fitness routine focuses on strength training. If, like me, you are a woman interested in becoming stronger as well as healthier, take a look at Strength Training for Women by Lori Incledon (GV546.6 .W64 I63 2005).

Need a place to work out? Try the SF Fitness Center, a service free to all SF students and employees. For more information, go to their website: http://dept.sfcollege.edu/hes/fitness.

To learn more about National Physical Fitness and Sports month, check out the official website of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports: http://www.fitness.gov.

Jenna Miller
Reference Librarian


Mary McCarty - LEARN about… Adopt-A-Cat-MonthLEARN about… Adopt-A-Cat-Month

The American Humane Association has designated June as Adopt-a-Cat Month to promote cat adoptions from shelters. The estimated population of homeless cats in the U.S. is about 70 million, which is close to the number of cats living in homes.

Cats make great pets. They're clean, quiet, and very loving and affectionate. Did you know that they can also help you stay alive and healthy? Pet cats can add as much as ten years to their owners' lives, according to the Berlin Longevity Institute. Just holding a cat can lower a person's blood pressure, slow the heart rate, and have a noticeable calming effect.

For my photo shoot this year, I visited the Alachua County Humane Society's Cat Room. The Cat Room has special meaning for me since that is where my family found our two wonderful cats almost five years ago.

Among the good books the library has are The Secret Life of Cats by Robert de Laroche (SF445.5.L3813 1995) and The Cat Who Cried for Help: Attitudes, Emotions, and the Psychology of Cats by Nicholas Dobman (SF446.5D63 1997).

Call numbers for the library's books on cats fall between SF 441-SF 450.

Here are some good websites about cats as pets:

Humane Society of the United States www.hsus.org
The American Veterinary Association www.avma.org/communications/brochure/cat_owners.asp

Mary McCarty
Reference Librarian


Mike Muhlhauser - LEARN about… National Ice Cream MonthLEARN about… National Ice Cream Month

In honor of National Ice Cream Month I decided to visit Sweet Dreams Ice Cream Parlor. According to the USDA, Americans consume an average of between seven to eight million pounds of frozen dairy products each year—and I can’t think of a better place and time to eat my share than Florida in July. This apparently simple picture of a Floridian enjoying ice cream on a hot summer day, however, actually represents a complicated intersection of local conditions, cultural history, and available technology. While nearby farms may provide the cream, many of our favorite flavors (such as chocolate, vanilla, and coffee) come to Americans through a history of European empire-building and a contemporary system of international trade. And without adequate refrigeration, most of us would have little or no access to frozen desserts during the summer months when we enjoy them most. As the title of my book suggests, what and how we eat reveals much more than how healthy we are; it offers some insight into who we are.

To learn more about the relationship between food and culture, you might want to take a look at the following:

You Eat What You Are: People, Cultures and Food Traditions by Thelma Barer-Stein (GT2850 .B37 1999x)

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan (GT2850 .P65 2006)

A Revolution in Eating: How the Quest for Food Shaped America by James E. McWilliams (TX633 .M3 2005)

Charlemagne's Tablecloth: A Piquant History of Feasting by Nichola Fletcher (GT2850 .F57 2004)

The Meaning of Food

World Food Habits

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Mike Muhlhauser
Evening Circulation Supervisor

And Other Months to Celebrate....

Public Sleeping Day
February 28
Elizabeth Strickland - Public Sleeping Day
National Sandwich Month
John Reames - National Sandwhich Month
National Pizza Month
Mary Nell Lauter - National Pizza Month
Chocolate Covered Anything Day
December 16
Nancy Schenewerk - Chocolate Covered Anything Day
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