Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Studying abroad in January? We're here to help!

In just a few short weeks, our undergraduate students will be grabbing passports and airplane tickets and heading to the four corners of the earth to study art, architecture, flora and fauna, culture, history, and more for the JanTerm semester. Some of the greatest memories of being a college student will come from these annual trips, and to help get you excited and prepared, Lewis Library has an excellent collection of travel resources to study before you go. Located centrally on the 3rd floor of Lewis Library, you are sure to find a wealth of information no matter where you may be travelling. Here are some resources that may come in handy for the January 2014 trips:

Central America

There are a number of travel companions with information about central America, all of which are sure to help you prepare for studying the history, culture, and wildlife of this rich area.

These two companions are two of our favorites: 
Yucatan and Mayan Mexico F 1376 .R53 2010
Lonely Planet's Peru F 3409.5 .P475 2010

Check out these Flora and Fauna guides as well to supplement your studies:

Costa Rica Traveller's Widlife QL 228 .C8 B449 2009
Brazil Traveller's Wildlife QL 242 .P43 2010
(and many more than these two)

Also, check out Frommer's Mexico (F 1209 .B35 2007) and Lonely Planet's Mexico (F 1209 .M49 2012) before you go.

Barcelona and Southern France

Lonely Planet publishes some of the most helpful guides available for travelers, and we have one for just about every city you can think of, including Barcelona!
Lonely Planet's Barcelona DP 402 .B24 S75 2012
Barcelona and Catalonia DP 402 .B24 B253 2010

Since those of you embarking on this trip will also be exploring the south of France (lucky ducks!), we're happy to introduce you to our travel magazine selection, which happens to include a magazine dedicated to helping you explore this beautiful country (and it's in English!).
Current issues and past issues of France magazine can be found in our travel section on the third floor of Lewis Library.

Also, check out The Traveling Historian's Guide to France (DC 17 .N488 2003) for our student historians on campus:

Dublin and Edinburgh

For a good read over your bangers and mash, check out A Traveller's Companion to Dublin (DA 995 .D8 D79 2003)

Make sure that you visit St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin (where Jonathan Swift is buried!) and watch our DVD St. Patrick's Cathedral: Dublin before you go (DVD DA 995 .D900 S18 2005)

If you're brave enough to eat Haggis, more power to you! But even if not, you can read up on where to go and what to see in Edinburgh by checking out A Traveller's Companion to Edinburgh shown below (DA 890 .E2 T75 2004):

Rome, Italy

We've got a large handful of DK Eyewitness Top 10 books for you to enjoy. 
This isn't even all of them...
But for those of you traveling to Rome in January, you may like to see Top 10: Rome (DG 804 .B733 2013)

Or perhaps you prefer a DVD? We've got you covered. DVDs can also be found on the third floor. Here's one you may enjoy!

Europe to the Max: Molto Italiano! (DVD D 900 .E97 2005 V.1)


Saying "aloha" means hello or goodbye, and before you say goodbye to small-town Georgia for the warm sandy beaches of Hawaii (we're sooo jealous), say hello (or "aloha," as it were) to some of our awesome Hawaii travel guides that call the third floor of Lewis Library home.

Brought to you by the lovely people at Lonely Planet, Discover Kaua'i (DU 628 .D655 2012) and Hawaii (DU 622 .H3364 2011)

Check out Traveller's Wildlife Hawaii (QL 345 .H3 B43 2006) for more information on the flora and fauna of the islands!

Other locations:

Perhaps you are going to another great location that we haven't mentioned here. Come check out our travel section on the 3rd floor and find guides and magazines with information for any location, not just the ones we've highlighted here. If you need help, just ask your friendly librarian and we will guide you to the right place!

Happy JanTerm and safe travels to everyone!!

*This post was authored by Lindsey Lowry

Monday, December 2, 2013

Get Into the Holiday Spirit Before Exams!

Christmas Music and DVDs
In addition to books about Christmas (mostly in the GT 4985 area on the lower level), Lewis Library has many CDs and DVDs on the upper level to help you enjoy the holiday season.


Our CD collection includes:

Handel's Messiah (call number CD M2000 .H19 M36 1983 and 1984)

The Nutcracker (CD M1520 .T44 C45 1986)

White Christmas (Bing Crosby, CD M2085 .C76 W61 1998)

..and many more, especially in the CD M 2085 area.  You can also do a "Subject" search in our online catalog for "Christmas music," and restrict your search to the location "CD":


Our DVDs include:

A Christmas Carol (1951 Alastair Sim version, DVD PN1997 .C562 2007)

It's a Wonderful Life (DVD PN1997 .I733 2006)

The Nutcracker (four productions in the DVD GV 1790 to GV 1792 area)

We also have DVDs of Christmas music, such as:

Handel's Messiah (DVD M2000 .H22 M42 1991 and DVD M2000 .H199 M36 1999)

Carols from Christ Church (DVD M2065 .C377 1995)

...and others with call numbers between DVD M 2060 and DVD M 2085.  Again, you can try a "Subject" search for "Christmas music" (location "DVD").

*This post was authored by Dr. Arthur Robinson

Monday, November 25, 2013

LaGrange College Memories Recorded at 2013 Homecoming

A Partnership with Archives & Special Collections and Alumni & Community Relations

This year a new activity was available to alumni at the Callaway Auditorium—a LaGrange College Alumni “Story Corps.” For the past two years at Homecoming, the Suber Archives & Special Collections has presented “Do You Know Me?” a special table where we assemble notebooks filled with old photographs of people, places, and events which need to be identified. Alumni who visit us have great fun looking through the pictures as well as assisting us in identifying some of the people in the photographs and telling us some entertaining stories.  This year Martha Pirkle, Director of Alumni and Community Relations, thought it would be a tremendous idea to have a recording booth set up where alumni could go and record their reminiscences of their time at the College and we in Archives were excited to be partnering with her department for this first ever event. We had several alumni and retired faculty who recorded their memories and these stories will be available later through the alumni office.
 This year was a great success and we had many alumni who helped us identify about 50 photographs and look through some of the thousands of wonderful photographs that are in the Archives, some dating back to the turn of the century.

These photographs are of LaGrange College’s first officially titled Homecoming in 1959 and were photographed from some old negatives we found.    It must have been a wonderful event and there was a horse-drawn carriage carrying Queen Ann Gower, as seen on the right, as well as a parade with floats winding its way through the heart of LaGrange.   King Ed Nelson and Queen Ann Gower later married.  

* This post was authored by Patricia Barrett

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Casey's Excellent Adventure

Our very own Casey Dugas, faithful Graduate Assistant and LaGrange College graduate, is embarking on a new adventure. In January, Casey and her boyfriend Matt will be leaving for Lima, Peru to teach English!

Casey earned her Master's in Education from LaGrange and will be putting it to good use teaching English as a foreign language in Lima. This week is Casey's last week with us, and we will miss her and her awesome Graduate Assistant skills here at Lewis Library. We wish her the best of luck in a new place and many new adventures to come!

Buenas suerte, Casey!! Thank you for all of your hard work, and we will miss you!!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Rachel Hawkins, author of the Hex Hall trilogy, visits LaGrange College!

On November 12th, Rachel Hawkins, author of the young adult fantasy trilogy Hex Hall, visited LaGrange College and spoke to our students about her experiences as a young adult author.

We had a wonderful turnout at the Cultural Enrichment event, and Rachel even spoke to one of our education classes!

Not only did Rachel share with our students her journey from English teacher to published author, she also emphasized just how important it is to have a job that you love. In her mid-twenties, Rachel quit her job as an English teacher in the middle of the year, and shortly thereafter, she decided to follow her dream of becoming a published author. She took an idea that she had written down years before and expanded it into what would become Hex Hall, the first book in a three-part series. Within just a few short months, Hex Hall was finished and published, and her dream of becoming a writer had come true. As a result of her experiences, Rachel told our students that the best advice she could give was to never settle for a job that you don't love and to chase your dreams until they become reality.

Lewis Library carries all three books in the trilogy, Hex Hall, Spellbound, and Demonglass in our collection! If you like witches, wizards, monsters, and vampires, this series is for you!
Look for the books under the call number JUV HAWKINS in our Juvenile section on the 3rd floor of Lewis Library.

Rachel is on Tumblr and Twitter as well!

*This post was authored by Lindsey Lowry

Friday, November 8, 2013

National History Day

Last Friday the LaGrange College History Department and Lewis Library hosted 56 middle and high school homeschooled students and their parents from the Atlanta area for a History Day research workshop.   Many of them were here to narrow down their topics and use our library's resources to locate primary sources and in depth information. They were also able to take advantage of our librarians’ knowledge and our printing/scanning capabilities to help them take home research sources for their projects.   We had several remarks from the students and their parents that their time at the library was very helpful in their research. Overall, it was a very successful National History Day; we even have a second group of homeschooled students from Troup County with us today to also work on History Day research. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Fall Reading

It's the perfect time of the Season to be READING.

As the nights get longer and the temperature begins to drop, curling up with a good book will make the heart merry and body warm.

With that said, the McNaughton Collection at Lewis Library is stocked with a variety of reading choices.   Those seeking a good mystery, new recipes, self help & motivation or a lesson in history, should visit our collection on the main level. 

Community users are welcome to checkout books from our collection.  Per a membership fee, users can checkout a limited number of items. For more information please use the “Ask a Librarian” link on the library web page or  call 706-880-8312.   

A few titles in our collection…
The Cat Sitter’s Pajamas – Blaize Clement

Driven – Donald Driver

The Jewels of Paradise – Donna Leon

Aunt Dimity & the Village Witch – Nancy Atherton

The Forgotten – David Baldacci

Days of Fire: Bush & Cheney in the White House
                        – Peter Baker

Crazy Rich:  Power, Scandal, and Tragedy Inside the
Johnson & Johnson Dynasty – Jerry Oppenheimer

Eva’s Eye – Karin Fossum

Winners – Danielle Steel

Clean: Overcoming Addition and Ending America’s
Greatest Tragedy – David Sheff

In your reading time… don’t forget to notice the beautiful, vibrant, colors of the leaves.

**This post was authored by Lisa Farrow.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Polycom Video Conferencing

Today the library will use it's Polycom video conferencing system to host an ADA and Title IV training session for LaGrange College staff and local government workers. It's an excellent example of how our technology is increasing opportunities for staff and community members.

This post was authored by Joe Marciniak.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Fall Break!

We hope everyone is having a great Fall Break! Don't forget we're not open on Saturday, October 26 and we're only open on Sunday from 6:00pm-10:00pm.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Price Theater – Remembered, Celebrated and Renewed

            On November 20, 1970 Dobbs Hall was destroyed by fire.  It was a massive blaze which left both the Science and Drama Departments homeless.  Gone was the auditorium which had been the scene of commencements, concerts, chapel programs and theatre productions for nearly one hundred years.   Gone were the speech and drama classrooms and the theatre workshop. 

The tent is pictured in a detail from the hand drawn
diagram of the “Quad” which appeared in the 1974 Quadrangle.
                Dr. Max Estes, chairman of the Speech and Drama Department, later recalled that shortly after Dobbs burned, Charles Hudson, chairman of the Board of Trustees, “sat down with us and said that we must keep our drama department active and immediately went out searching for us a place.  He found us temporary quarters in Cannon and Unity Schools,” paced off several local venues and later secured a large tent which was erected on the vacant Dobbs site.  "Barefoot in the Park,” the first post-Dobbs offering was staged as a theatre- in-the-round production in the Simpson Room on the ground floor of the Mariotti Gymnasium.  Our itinerant drama folk carried on for the next five years.  Trustees, officers of administration and benefactors began their work.  

Senior drama major, Walter Davis, posed
in front of the tent for the 1974 Quadrangle.
        With deep appreciation, on May 22, 1972, the College announced the gift of land and funding to build and equip a drama theater and Department of Theatre Arts by the Callaway Foundation, Inc. of LaGrange.  

Architect’s rendering appearing on the cover of the July, 1973 issue of “LC LaGrange College Bulletin.”
         The proposed Forrest Avenue location marked a significant expansion of the campus.  Final plans for the building were drawn by Biggers, Scarbrough, Neal, Crisp and Clark, architects and engineers of Columbus, Georgia.  Wright Associates acted as general contractors.  The structure contained classrooms, offices, costume and scenery construction and storage areas, make-up and dressing rooms, an actors’ lounge, and studio theater facilities.  The theater itself seated 286 persons; the 80 by 40 foot stage area was equipped with a hydraulically operated thrust/apron. 

          Named for Lewis Price, a faithful trustee of LaGrange College from 1938 until his death in 1974, Price Theater was formally dedicated on the evening of November 6, 1975. Damon Runyan’s musical “Guys and Dolls” was the inaugural production, marking the emergence of the drama department from what Dr. Estes called “. . . . our medieval period -- between the burning of Dobbs and the Renaissance that is the PRICE THEATER.”  It was a moment of profound gratitude experienced in an electric atmosphere as the audience reveled in the real star of the evening – Price Theater.   


         In April of 2000 a group of devoted alumni spearheaded a “Birthday Bash Reunion” for “dear Price Theater!” celebrating twenty- five years of instruction and performances.  The program included tributes to Mr. Lewis Price and Dr. Max Estes as well as a performance of Noel Coward’s musical “Red Peppers” in the Black Box Theater, featuring theatre arts faculty members Kim Barber Knoll and Dr. Steven Earl Edwards.     

          Now, after thirty-eight years of exciting productions and delighted audiences, Price Theatre has been undergoing a much needed renovation.  Kim Barber Knoll, Professor and Coordinator of the Theatre Arts Department looking toward this renovation said, “Price Theater is truly a jewel, and we are thrilled that this restoration will give our faculty updated resources to complement what they do best:  teach our students to be skilled not only in acting, but in costume design, set design, lighting and technical design, and the business of theatre.  The size of our faculty has doubled over the past few years, and they’re especially excited about the expanded classroom space!”  (“Price Theater Take your seat . . . , LaGrange College”)  Friday, April 19, 2013 saw the official ceremony to mark the kickoff of the project.

            October 10, 2013 will bring the official reopening of our newly polished jewel.  It will be yet another occasion celebrating the support for and continuation of LaGrange College’s strong theatre arts program.  It is a tradition which remains a vital part of campus and community life in LaGrange.  We can’t wait for the curtain to rise.

LaGrange College drama students, left to right: Kevin Metasavage,
Nikki Stone, Stacia Myers, Linda Jackson at the renovation groundbreaking. 
This post was authored by Jacqueline Hornsby.

Note:  Dr. Max Estes' comments are taken from the remarks which he delivered at the dedication of Price Theater on November 6, 1975.    

Visit the Archives to discover for yourself the collection of rich resources which preserve the history of LaGrange College.  Generous and often unexpected donations insure that the collection continues to expand.  Displays on the main floor of Lewis Library and just outside Suber Archives on the ground floor of the Library provide a sampling of our holdings.  Let us know if we can be of assistance. 

Suber Archives and Special Collections

Frank and Laura Lewis Library

LaGrange College

LaGrange, Georgia


Monday – Thursday, 8:30am until 5:00pm

Friday, 8:30am until 12:30pm


Patricia Barrett,  pbarrett@lagrange.edu

Jacqueline Hornsby,  jhornsby@lagrange.edu


Friday, October 4, 2013

Travel Section

Planning a trip or maybe you enjoy reading about exotic places? Come and check the new travel literature section on the 3rd Floor of the Frank and Laura Lewis Library. The new travel literature is as diverse as the cultures, places, and peoples that span the globe.  

Just a sample of great destinations information to inspire you!

Provides an excellent overview of New Zealand's Maori culture, stunning countryside, national parks, and cities. Includes a historical overview, practical information, maps, recommended reading, and more.

Travelers go to Florida for sun, sand, surf, and visits to the state's world-famous theme parks, but increasingly also to explore Florida's incredible natural attractions: stunning subtropical scenery, wonderful hiking and bird-watching trails, exceptional fishing, boating, and canoeing, the wet wilderness of Everglades National Park, the continental US's only coral reefs, and glimpses of exotic wildlife. This book has all the information you need to find, identify, and learn about Florida's magnificent animal, plant, and sea life.

This book is about travelling in France - with a theme: history, and in particular, Anglo-French history from the Crusades and Hundred Years' War (1337-1453) to the First and Second World Wars. Detailing twenty different routes or places, the book covers the famous Road to Compostela from Le Puy to the Pyrenees, slips across the Belgian border to visit the battlefield of Ypres, takes in Burgundy, Brittany, the chateaux of the Ile-de-France and the Loire, and the historic provinces of France - places worth visiting for the beauty of their landscapes, their architecture, abbeys, castles and historic characters. Each route (all of which can be made by car, and some by bicycle) includes a visit to a battlefield, museum, castle, memorial, gun site, or some relic of the recent or ancient past, and comes with a list of recommended books to read before you go. The great advantage of touring the D-Day beaches with a grasp of the purpose of Operation Overlord, walking across the muddy fields from the first English position at Agincourt to the line from which the archers finally engaged the French host, and following Henry V's route from Harfleur to Agincourt, or the Black Prince's campaign, north from Bordeaux to the Loire and the battlefield of Poitiers, is that they will take the traveller into parts of France that they might otherwise miss, reveal places that the average tourist might never go, and above all, help bring history alive.

**This post was authored by Carolyn Graham.