You may know Ken Arkind from previous poetry slams done here at Morningside under the name of “The Dynamic Duo.” However, you may not know that he is the Executive Director of “Minor Disturbance,” an independent literary arts organization in Denver, Colorado. Its many programs aim to help youth discover their voice through poetry and performance. On February 19th, Ken will be doing a virtual talk about his experiences working at Minor Disturbance. His talk will focus on the following topics: the view of poetry in today’s modern world and how poetry and performance can work together to benefit younger generations. This event is open to the public and will take place from 3:30 to 4:30 P.M. at the UPS auditorium in the Lincoln Center.
By: Bethany Kluender
National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is an adventure that encourages people from all walks of life to create a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Impossible, right? Well, there are a lot of writers that have been successful, thanks to the help of the community that cheers them on.
NaNoWriMo began in July 1999. It all started with Chris Batey, who began the project with 21 other writers in the San Francisco Bay area. It was eventually moved from July to November to “take advantage of the miserable weather.” Since then, NaNoWriMo has grown extraordinarily; in 2013, 400,000 people participated from all over the world. The rules are simple: you must start a new novel on November 1st and have until 11:59:59 on November 30th to submit your novel for verification. All genres, from fanfiction to historical romance, are accepted and notes are permitted. You win a free paperback proof from CreateSpace and the satisfaction of completing a novel in 30 days. Not many people can say that!
NaNoWriMo has also developed programs to develop and encourage literacy at a young age. The Young Writers Program has a word count of 30,000 words, and it has been used at thousands of schools, with 90,000 participants total. NaNoWriMo has also used libraries and other community spaces with their Come Write In program, which allows WriMos to have a place to meet up and craft their novels together.
Some examples of novels that have been published after NaNoWriMo are: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Born of Illusion by Teri Brown and hundreds of others, traditionally and self-published.
The Morningside Writers’ Guild, a student group on campus, is hosting their own kick-off party from 1-5pm on November 1st, in the Yockey Room. Anyone is free to come for any amount of time. If you have any questions, please contact Donna Habinck at firstname.lastname@example.org You can also find them on Facebook as Morningside Writers’ Guild.
Some sources from our library about NaNoWriMo and the writing process include:
Lessons from NaNoWriMo by Larry Burton
Writing the Novel: From Plot to Print by Laurence Block
The Writer's Market (2013)
The Creative Writer's Survival Guide : Advice From an Unrepentant Novelist by John McNally
Novel Ideas: Contemporary Authors Share the Creative Process by Margaret-Love Denman and Barbara Shoup
By Kayla Moeller
Halloween may bring to mind costumes and candy or horror films and haunted houses, but do you know where Halloween comes from? Halloween is actually from the ancient Celtic times. There are three traditions that have made the tradition of Halloween.
The first tradition is the Celtic Festival of Samhain. The Celts celebrated “summer’s end”, also known as Samhain, by slaughtering cattle and feasting. The Celts believed that the ancestral dead rose with the ghosts and demons on this night, and that they held the secrets to afterlife and the future. According to Geo Athena, “Celtic tradition tells us that part of the process of entering spiritual awareness is drawing our attention away from fear” [B].
The second tradition is known as the Roman Festival of Pomona that was celebrated on November first. Pomona is the goddess of orchards and harvest therefore they had feasts with many apples and nuts. This is why we still use apples and nuts during the holiday [A].
The third tradition is All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. When Christianity spread in Greece, the priests tried to get rid of the Celtic Festival of Samhain because the pagans celebrated this tradition. All Saints’ Day started because of Pope Boniface IV; he made this day for early Christians who died for their beliefs. [A]
Halloween was not accepted in North America until the 19th Century. In the beginning, teenagers did not go out and “trick-or-treat” because it was thought to be improper [C]. Halloween as we now know it did not appear until much later in the 1930s.
To learn more about Halloween and how it originated, check out these sources:
[A] Halloween: An American Holiday, an American History. Bannatyne, Wesley Pratt.
[B] Trevarthen, Geo Athena. "The Celtic Origins Of Halloween Transcend Fear." Phi Kappa Phi Forum 90.3 (2010): 6-7. Business Source Premier. Web. 7 Oct. 2014.
[C] Rogers, Nicholas. Halloween : From Pagan Ritual To Party Night. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 7 Oct. 2014.
International Business, Times. "Halloween History, Roman And Christian Influences." International Business Times 31 Oct. 2012: Regional Business News. Web. 7 Oct. 2014.
By: Bethany Kluender
October 20-26, 2014 is Open Access Week, which celebrates the ability to access scholarly research for free online after publication. Originally, this weeklong event was limited to one day; October 14, 2008 was designated as “Open Access Day,” and since then it has become an international and interdisciplinary movement. It aims to break down barriers to research—expensive paywalls or copyright infringements—which limits the expansion of knowledge. There are also many seminars, presentations, and webchats promoting Open Access Week, which are listed here: http://openaccessweek.org/events
The theme for this year is Generation Open, which highlights the importance of students and young researchers as advocates for change and how scholarly publishing is different throughout different career stages.
To learn more about this event and the impact of Open Access Week, please read the following items from our library and additional websites:
Open Access by Peter Suber
“Open Access Journals—What publishers offer, what researchers want” by Suenje Dallmeier-Tiessen, Robert Darby, Bettina Goerner, etc.
“Riding the Wave of Open Access: Providing Library Research Support for Scholarly Publishing Literacy” by Linlin Zhao.
The Open Access Week Website: http://openaccessweek.org/page/about
A blog post by Adi Kamdar, written for the Electronic Frontier Foundation: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/10/celebrating-open-access-week-research-should-be-free-available-and-open
The Right to Research Coalition’s website: http://www.righttoresearch.org/act/oaweek/
By: Aly McKinley
Unfortunately, banning isn’t just for books anymore. Today is Banned Websites Awareness Day. To bring attention to the overly restrictive blocking of educational websites in schools, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has reserved this day during Banned Books Week for the awareness of banned websites.
On September 24th, 2014, the AASL is asking that school libraries everywhere promote awareness of how restrictive filtering impacts student learning. The filtering of websites in schools is going far beyond the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), and is affecting the learning of students.
CIPA requires that K-12 schools have internet filters in order to receive certain types of federal funding. Many schools rely on the federal funding tied to CIPA, and have no choice but to impose internet filters. But many times these filters block more than required, including some educational websites. This imposes restrictions that can impact a student’s right to information, which negatively affects a generation that does so much online when it comes to learning.
For further information, you can consult any of the following resources:
Jaeger, Paul I., and Yan Zheng. “One Law With Two Outcomes: Comparing The Implementation of CIPA In Public Libraries And Schools.” Information Technology 28.1 (2009): 6-14. Academic Search Premier. Web 23 Sept. 2014
Menuey, Brenden P. “CIPA: A Brief History.” Computers In The Schools 26.1 (2009): 40-47. Education Research Complete. Web. 23 Sept. 2014
Chmra, Theresa. “Minor’s First Amendment Rights: CIPA & School Libraries.” Knowledge Quest 39.1 (2010): 16-21. Education Research Complete. Web. 23 Sept. 2014
By: Bethany Kluender
Today is the beginning of Banned Book Week, which takes place the last full week of September every year! Since its creation by Judith Krug in 1982, Banned Book Week has encouraged and celebrated intellectual freedom in libraries, bookstores, and schools. It is rooted in the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
But why are some books banned in the first place? The most common reasons for challenging or banning a book include: Racial issues, encouragement of "damaging" lifestyles, blasphemy, sexual situations, violence or negativity, presence of witchcraft, unpopular religious affiliations, political bias, and age inappropriateness.
Here is a small list of the many books that have been challenged or banned:
The experiences expressed in these novels may not be easy-to-read or ideal, but they describe the truth of what many people experience. The characters show the variety of the human experience, and that is something that cannot be erased.
To read more on censorship and/or banned items, please check out the following from our library:
Forbidden Films: Censorship Histories of 125 Motion Pictures by Dawn B. Sova
100 Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature by Nicholas J. Karolides
Censorship: Opposing Viewpoints Series Edited by Scott Barbour.
Liberty Denied: The Current Rise of Censorship in America by Donna A. Demac
Not in Front of the Children by Majorie Heins
Patterson, Jessie. "On Reading And Sharing Banned Books." Journal Of Children's Literature 39.2 (2013): 78-80. Education Research Complete. Web. 22 Sept. 2014.
Ferguson, Christopher J. "Is Reading “Banned” Books Associated With Behavior Problems In Young Readers? The Influence Of Controversial Young Adult Books On The Psychological Well-Being Of Adolescents." Psychology Of Aesthetics, Creativity, And The Arts 8.3 (2014): 354-362. PsycARTICLES. Web. 22 Sept. 2014.
K-9 S.T.A.R.S. is a program that brings therapy dogs into the Sioux City community. A group of volunteers devote their time to K-9 S.T.A.R.S. and bring their pets into community buildings, including Morningside College’s library. K-9 S.T.A.R.S. screens the dogs to make sure they are the right temperament to be a therapy dog.
The HJF Library began partnering with K-9 S.T.A.R.S. to provide students with a way to relieve stress during finals week. Scientific studies have shown that pet ownership and animal interaction increase oxytocin levels in the body. Oxytocin is a hormone that reduces anxiety and stress levels. Petting a dog and relaxing with the animals helps students take a break from their studies, de-stress, and even improve their memory.
The K-9 S.T.A.R.S. therapy dogs will be in the HJF Learning Center on Sunday, May 4th from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. Stop in to meet some amazing dogs and volunteers!
As part of the One Book One Siouxland community-wide reading initiative for 2014, local author Carole Turner Johnston shares her research and expertise in two programs on the campus of Morningside College. A freelance writer and photo/journalist, Johnston has published articles about Orphan Train riders in newspapers and magazines since the 1990s. The public is welcome to attend her presentations.
At 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 17, she discusses the Orphan Train as seen through children’s and teen literature, presenting additional stories to consider after reading the One Book One Siouxland selection, Orphan Train: A Novel, by Christina Baker Kline. Join her in the UPS Auditorium, Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Ave, Sioux City, IA.
At 12 noon on Friday, March 21, the author reads from her book, Trains West: Stories of the Children Who Rode the Orphan Trains West from New York City, 1854-1929, and shares her experiences interviewing Orphan Train riders and their families. This program takes place in the Hickman Dining Room in the Olsen Student Center, 3609 Peters Avenue, Sioux City, IA, as part of Morningside’s Friday is Writing Day series.
Johnston is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and earned a master’s degree from the University of South Dakota. She retired from teaching English in the Sioux City Community School District and currently lives in Sergeant Bluff.
To learn more about the event, contact Dr. Marty Knepper at email@example.com.
The articles written on this blog are authored by numerous individuals including staff, faculty and students of Morningside College.