Kevin Stein, Illinois’ new poet laureate, announced this week that the ILINOIS POET LAUREATE’S WEBSITE is now up and running at www.poetlaureate.il.us. The site will highlight one Illinois poet for a period of several months. Currently featured is Pulitzer Prize winner Lisel Mueller. Seven of Mueller’s poems are at the site in both text and audio, with Mueller reading her poems. The site also features prose in which Lisel describes coming to America to flee Nazi Germany, and her beginnings as a poet. Visitors to the site will also find:
–Video clips of three Illinois poets (Allison Joseph, Dave Etter, Laurence Lieberman) reading their work (with accompanying text)
— Video of Kevin Stein reading one of his poems, Stein’s commentary on the poem, and text of the poem
–Youth poetry selections
–Advice to young poets
–An explanation of the origin of the term “poet laureate” and a discussion of the laureate’s duties
–Links to other state and national poetry websites
Quoting from the Gale Web:
“Coming April 18!
Celebrate information with integrity – the resources in your library
Thomson Gale, known around the world for information integrity, honors the nation’s libraries by hosting a free-for-all – free, unlimited access to 24 diverse databases during National Library Week, April 18-24.
Some of the databases to which free access will be provided include: Gale Virtual Reference Library, InfoTrac Religion and Philosophy, Consulte (Spanish language), History Resource Center – Modern World, History Resource Center – U.S., Busines & Company Resource Center, and Legal Trac. Visit http://www.gale.com.
You can access old cartoons from the New Yorker. Use the search option to find your topic. Check out the “librarian” cartoons.
Fundamentals of OOP and data structures in Java: “is a text for an introductory course on classical data structures. Part One of the book presents the basic principles of Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) and Graphical User Interface (GUI) programming with Java as the example language. Part Two introduces each of the major data structures with supporting, GUI-based laboratory programs designed to reinforce the basic concepts and principles of the text. These laboratories allow the reader to explore and experiment with the properties of each data structure. All source code for the laboratories is available on the web. By integrating the principles of OOP and GUI programming, this book takes the unique path of presenting the fundamental issues of data structures within the context of paradigms that are essential to today’s professional software developer. The authors assume the reader has only an elementary understanding of Java and no experience with OOP.” (from Publisher Description)
Data structures and algorithms in C++: ” Provides a comprehensive introduction to data structures and algorithms, including their design, analysis, and implementation. Each data structure is presented using ADTs and their respective implementations * Helps provide an understanding of the wide spectrum of skills ranging from sound algorithm and data structure design to efficient implementation and coding of these designs in C++ Wiley Higher Education.” (from Publisher’s Description)
A complete manual of amateur astronomy : New book in the library’s collection. “This readable guide to observing the sky provides amateur and student astronomers with practical knowledge of telescope use and astronomical photography, describes astronomical phenomena that can be observed, and gives ideas for research projects.” (From Book News)
Enron: The Rise and Fall: This is a new title in the Moraine Valley Library. “Although the collapse of Enron has been a central focus for the media throughout the past year, it’s hard to know if we got the whole story on this former energy giant. In Enron: The Rise and Fall, investigative journalist Loren Fox attempts to clarify the whole business. The book is based on rigorous research and indepth interviews with many Enron insiders and traces the company’s evolution, expansion, corruption and descent. It explores the role deregulation, Arthur Andersen, Wall Street analysts and politics played in the eventual implosion of this firm.” (From CMA Management. 76:10 (Feb 2003): p. 6)
Koran Commentaries in the Library: The library has several noteworthy commentaries on the Koran (Qur’an). Click on the link above to review these titles in the library’s Public Access Catalog.
Got a topic-shopping COM student? S/he might consider the Interstate Highway System. The Summer 1996, Vol. 60, No. 1 issue of “Public Roads” magazine (available full-text through ProQuest) offers a history of the system, a contemporary evaluation, and articles on the poetry, art and movies inspired by the open road. Original source documents can be found in the Eisenhower Archives, and the Smithsonian offers a collection of images in the site’s America on the Move section, including one of a poster protesting a highway’s construction. Also, the USDOT Federal Highway Administration offers a list of links on highway history.
According to the “Folklore of American Holidays” (REF GT4803.F65 1991), the origin today’s holiday (AKA “All Fools’ Day”) “is uncertain, but it seems to have come about it France as a result of the change to the Gregorian calendar in 1582 when New Year’s was moved from March 25 to January 1. Thus, the first April fools may have been people who failed to make proper adjustment. In Mexico, where the borrowing of trivial items and the failure to return them is a feature, a similar day is celedrated on 28, and some countries like Germany and Norway have two such days on the first and last dates in April.” p 175.