Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New Faces at Lewis Library

This summer Lewis Library is excited to welcome some new talent to our staff! 

Casey Dugas
Graduate Technology Assistant

You will find Casey at the Help Desk on the third floor of the library.  She is here to answer any questions you have, especially about the auditorium, classroom, scanners, etc. 

Casey graduated from LaGrange College in 2012 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently working toward an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction.  She enjoys reading, especially adventure and fantasy books and has a 2-year-old Beable mix named Cooper.

Carolyn Graham
Library Assistant

Carolyn works at the Circulation Desk on the main level of the library. She will help you locate library materials and check them in and out.  In addition, ask Carolyn about reserving a study room!

Carolyn graduated from the LaGrange College education department in 2011 and recently earned her MEd.  She is married with two children and enjoys reading (especially books by author Pearl Cleage), dancing, traveling, exploring art and history museums, and playing the clarinet.  During a recent trip to New York City, Carolyn and her son sang a song on stage at the Apollo Theater! 

Joe Marciniak
Technology of Applications Assistant

Joe can be found in room 316A (Media Production Center) on the 3rd floor of the library.  He facilitates technology applications in the library such as video conferencing, lecture capture, and use of SMART technology.

Joe joins the Lewis Library staff all the way from Indiana! He has an MFA in playwriting from the University of California at Los Angelos and is currently pursuing a Masters in Library Science from the University of Alabama.  Joe has written a number of plays including a full length play titled Mud People that won the Tim Robbins Award in 2011.  Joe's other interests include poetry, filmaking, baseball, and football.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Welcome back, Carolyn!

We would like to welcome Carolyn Graham back from her trip to England! She went with Dr. Don and Sharon Livingston and her MEd. class. They went there to study the differences between American education and British education. Here's what she had to say about her trip:

To begin our journey into British Education, we first took a look into the past by visiting the Ragged School Museum.  The Ragged School was a name given to schools that sought to provide a free and basic education to poor children (boys at first) who were unable to pay to attend school. Their primary objective was to teach them to read and write so that they could study the Bible.

We had the privilege of living and studying for 4 days in Harlaxton College.  Harlaxton is a startling confluence of a Victorian building and a modern university, of things British and of things American, of vibrant youth and graceful age. It was a great pleasure to defend my thesis there.

We visited two primary schools (what we would call an elementary school). One school was a small village school that houses approximately 70 students and has ages 5 - 11 and the other was a mid-size school, the students are ages from 3 - 11 years old.  We were able to observe classes, interact with students, and talk with teachers about education.

We also visited an all boys selective Academy Grammar School which has 1000 students. The ages of the students are between 11 and 18. This is a historic school with its most famous pupil Isaac Newton.  We were given a tour by an historian of the school. Our own school system parallels the British educational system in so many ways.  We encountered similar issues that we face in our own classrooms and schools.  The school visits were enjoyable and informative.

Also during our trip to England, I was able to do some sightseeing.  I saw the Tower of London, Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and I had many great adventures visiting London.  I also had an opportunity to spend a day in Paris; riding the Eurostar train was an adventure in itself.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Lewis Library is pleased to welcome our new Technology Help Desk graduate assistant, Casey Dugas.  Casey is a 2012 LaGrange College graduate and is currently enrolled in the college’s M.ED program.  Casey’s job duties will include assisting students and faculty with technology, updating computers and maintaining the library’s blog. So if you ever need any help in the library, please feel free to go ask her!

Friday, July 6, 2012

The library celebrated the 4th of July by closing its doors for the entire day. We all hope that everyone had a great day off and enjoyed their cookouts and fireworks. Want to learn more about why we celebrate Independence Day? Our library has several books (and ebooks) to help you learn more about how the United States became free from Britain. Try these out to start:

  • The American Revolution in the Southern Colonies Call Number: E230.5 .S7 R87 2009


  • The First American Army: The untold story of George Washington and the men behind America's first fight for freedom Call Number:   E259 .C43 2005


  • Battles of the American Revolution: Battle maps and charts of the American Revolution Call Number: E230 .C322 1968

  • Daily Life during the American Revolution Call Number: E209 .V655 2003


  • Ropes of the Revolution: The tale of the Boston Tea Party Call Number: JUV Gundersonz

  •  The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence Call Number: JUV 973.4 George

  • Voices of Revolutionary America: Contemporary accounts of daily life (ebook) 

  • The American Revolution: A concise history (ebook)