Summertime in Bloomington!

You might be in the midst of finals right now but have no fear, summer is near! If you’re one of the many students who stay in Bloomington during the semester break consider yourself lucky. Bloomington has a ton of offerings for students looking to enjoy the weather and relax after a hard year of studies. The Herman B Wells Library also has some great stuff for you to enjoy in these warm months ahead. Here is just a sampling of your Bloomington summertime options.

For delicious food and community connection visit The Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market, open every Saturday from April through November. Located next to City Hall at 401 N. Morton Street the market is open 8 a.m. through 1 p.m. Local vendors offer a large variety of produce, flowers, baked goods, and crafts. Live music happens frequently too. This is truly a community event and a must visit for all Bloomington residents.

Looking for a cheap place to cool off this summer? Check out the swimming, boating and fishing options at Lake Monroe. This local reservoir is just 20 minutes south of downtown and offers three beaches, boat rentals, picnic spots and more.

The Monroe County Fair runs from July 27th through August 3rd, 2013. Fried food, ferris wheels, cute animals, and a demolition derby are all awesome reasons to visit this yearly event. For even more events, festivals, and outdoor fun suggestions visit the Bloomington events calendar!

If you’re not in the mood to venture off of campus for summer fun look no further than the Wells Library. Be sure to browse the movie collection down in Media and Reserve Services. They have TV shows, classic films, and foreign flicks to keep you entertained all summer long.

And don’t forget about books! Here a few enjoyable titles found in the Wells Browsing Collection, located on the first floor of the West Tower.

fey For a peak into the life of a hilarious and one of a kind comedian check out Bossypants by Tina Fey. This memoir describes Fey’s early years as a self-proclaimed nerd and how she found her voice in comedy and acting. Insider tidbits about Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock display the authors honest and witty style. Look in the browsing collection under F for this great read.

blue For a more serious tone check out The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, a coming of age tale about an eleven year old African American girl in 1940’s small town Ohio. Pecola Breedlove discovers difficult realities about race, gender and life. Written in thoughtful lyrical prose this classic novel can be found under M in the browsing collection.

ghost Finally, for a quick and visually pleasant read there are a number of graphic novels in the browsing collection to check out. Among the titles include Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brogsol a story of a teenage girl who befriends a ghost but gets more than she bargains for in this uncommon relationship. Search under B in the browsing collection for this coming of age comic with stark images and a moving story.


Summer Reading at Herman B Wells – The Browsing Collection

Whether you are taking classes or simply hanging out in Bloomington for the summer, Herman B Wells Library has a wealth of reading materials available for you. Choose from fiction, non-fiction, biographies, and more.


One great place to start is the Herman B Well “Browsing Collection.” This collection varies in genre, length, and subject to meet a wide variety of leisure reading tastes. Located on the first floor of the West tower in the Information Commons (near the help desk), books are grouped by authors’ last name. From Kurt Vonnegut to Nora Roberts, Tina Fey to Sherman Alexie, this collection is sure to have something of interest for most readers.

To search just the Herman B Wells Browsing Collection in IUCAT, select “Blmgtn – Herman B Wells” in the Library pull-down menu and “Wells Library – Undergraduate Services – Browsing Collection” in the Location pull-down menu. Watch this video for a short tutorial.

Does the Browsing Collection not have the item you are looking for? The book may be located elsewhere in Herman B Wells or another library on campus. Always search IUCAT to determine the accurate location of materials. For assistance, ask a librarian.


Hello, Summer!

The Spring semester is over and SUMMER is finally here! Time to rest, relax, and have some fun! Sometimes it can get a little boring when you’re resting and relaxing, though. The Herman B Wells Library has some great solutions for this!
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Check out some books about summer and fun activities to do!

The kids campfire book by Jane Drake
Favorite recipes for summer cooking from Saveur
Creative loafing : a shoestring guide to new leisure fun by Marilyn Heimberg Ross
Francis Willughby’s book of games : a seventeenth- century treatise on sports, games, and pastimes by Francis Willughby
Summertime treats : recipes and crafts for the whole family by Sara Perry

Learn something new!

The complete idiot’s guide to learning French by Gail Stein
HTML, XHTML & CSS for dummies, 7th edition by Tittel, ed.
Origami design secrets: mathematical methods for an ancient art by Robert J. Lang
Square and folk dancing : a complete guide for students, teachers, and callers by Hank Greene
Taekwondo: traditions, philosophy, technique by Marc Tedeschi
How to play classic jazz guitar : six swinging strings by Michael Lydon

Take it easy and catch up on your pop lit!

Calico Joe by John Grisham
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly
Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
Dead or Alive by Tom Clancy

Whatever you decide to do, remember that the Wells Library is open and we have all the books, dvds, cds, and magazines you could ever need. Check out our summer hours! If you’d like to know more about us, you can always Ask A Librarian.


Savor The Last Few Weeks of Summer Reading With Some Great Short Stories

With another academic year mere weeks away, the opportunity for summer pleasure reading is dwindling. Soon student will return to slogging through tedious textbook chapters and less-than-jaunty journal articles. All a part of higher education, no doubt.
So it’s definitely time to make the most of the reading freedom one has left. The short story is a form that doesn’t get enough love these days. While most stories do not have the rich depths and character development of novels, arguably many of the best elements of storytelling gets collapsed into these works that can be read in a single sitting—which is always good for one’s sense of accomplishment.
For short stories whose copyright has fallen into the public domain, visit online libraries Bartleby and Bibliomania to read classic tales from the 19th century, including Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Fall from the House of Usher” and Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.”
Probably the best sources for new stories are the literary journals published by many universities and arts organizations—among them the Indiana Review. Runs of some journals, such as The Kenyon Review and Ploughshares, are available through Academic Search Premier and JSTOR, which can be easily accessed through the “Resource Gateway” tab on the library’s home page.
Many of the greatest fiction writers were masters of the form, and you can find a number of excellent short story anthologies and collections by individual authors at the Herman B Wells Library.


A collection of carefully-chosen works, this outstanding selection of 130 stories represents a wide variety of subject matter, theme, literary technique, and style. International in scope, it contains fiction from the early 19th century to the present day.
A diverse collection of stories written in English and stories translated into English, this anthology represents writer from many African nations: Sudan, Mozambique, South Africa, Benin, Nigeria, Morocco, Ethiopia, and more.
A collection of more recent American short fiction that includes stories by Louise Erdrich, Rick Bass, and Stuart Dybek.

    Author Collections

D.H. Lawrence, Selected Stories
Perhaps most well-known for novels like Sons and Lovers and Women in Love, Lawrence wrote many excellent stories. Some of his best are included here, included “The Horse-Dealer’s Daughter,” “The Blind Man,” and “The Rocking-Horse Winner.”
Guy de Maupassant, The Necklace and Other Tales
Considered one of the fathers of the modern short story, Maupassant’s tales are characterized by clever plotting and stylistic economy.
James Joyce, Dubliners
Before he wrote his complex novels Ulysses and Finnegan’s Wake, Joyce penned this cycle of stories revolving around the city of Dublin. “Araby” and “The Dead” are two widely-anthologized classics.
Best known for her novels O Pioneers! and My Antonia, Cather’s short fiction is compassionate and moving without falling into sentimentality. “The Sculptor’s Funeral” and “Neighbor Rosicky” are two standouts.
Flannery O’Connor, The Complete Stories
With a distinctly Southern voice and a pantheon of strange and often eccentric characters (as well as a healthy dose of moral and religious underpinnings), O’Connor’s stories are very memorable. “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and “Good Country People” are two of the most well-known.
Credited with revitalizing the short story in the 1980s, Carver’s stories frequently focus on sadness and loss in the everyday lives of ordinary people.
A prolific and influential writer whose publishing career has spanned nearly fifty years, Oates’ stories rank among her best work.
Wendell Berry, Fidelity: Five Stories
Written with a deceptive simplicity, this collection of stories revolving around Berry’s fictional Kentucky town of Port William is memorable and beautifully rendered.
If you’re still stuck on what to read, check out Fiction Connection, a reader’s advisory resource through the Books in Print database which you can search by books you’ve read (or by author, topic, genre, etc.) to find other works of interest. Of course, you can always drop by the reference desk and ask our librarians what their favorites are, too!


For me, and I suspect many others in Bloomington, August is the month for moving. First-year students will be moving onto campus while many others will be moving into new apartments or returning from a summer away. Whether or not you are moving or just starting to get settled in for the fall semester, you may be surprised to know that the library has a number of resources that may be useful to you in setting up your place.

From decorating your new room, apartment or house to setting up an indoor or porch garden, the library has a little bit of everything. A selection of titles available from the Herman B Wells Library include:

Interior Design Handbook of Professional Practice
By Cindy Coleman
Available electronically through IUCAT

Design in the USA
By Jeffrey L. Meikle
Available electronically through IUCAT

An Introduction to Feng Shui
By Ole Bruun
Available in the Wells Library Folklore Collection
BF1779.F4 B79 2008

American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Gardening
By Christopher Brickell
Available in the Wells Reference Department
SB450.95 .A45 2003

Better homes and gardens
The most current issue can be found in the Kent Cooper Room on the second floor of Wells library
TX1 .B5

Moving into a new place can be exciting, but it can also be stressful, especially for those of us who share our spaces with roommates. Never fear, the library comes to the rescue with a number of books on conflict resolution that can help you deal with various difficult situations that you and your roommates might encounter:

Getting to Resolution: Turning Conflict Into Collaboration
By Stewart Levine
Available electronically through IUCAT

The Conflict Resolution Toolbox: Models & Maps for Analyzing, Diagnosing, and Resolving Conflict
By Gary T. Furlong
Available electronically through IUCAT

And finally, don’t forget that the library is a great place to bring your parents after they’ve finished helping you move in. Whether or not you imagine spending most of your free time in the library, your parents will certainly appreciate the image.


Graduates Made Good

With commencement just days away, it’s safe to say emotions are high for a number of soon-to-be graduates. Going through the cycles of joy, nostalgia, and sadness can be as taxing as a Friday night on Kirkwood. For some, there might be the additional cloud of an unknown future. Let’s face it: Change can be scary!

While the library has a great Career Reference section on the library homepage that you should definitely take advantage of, it’s also nice to think about the IU alumni who have gone on to make their mark on the world. And probably a bit more fun.

So, whether you’re off to new adventures or have a little more time left in Bloomington, why not check out a few of these Hoosier-riffic resources?

If you’re looking to forget about your last final with a good film, check out Kevin Kline (’70) in A Fish Called Wanda or music man Hoagy Carmichael (’25) in To Have and Have Not. While it doesn’t feature any IU alum on screen, The Princess Diaries is based on the young adult fiction series by Meg Cabot (’91) and can be found at a number of the residence hall/apartment libraries.

If sports are your thing, you might be interested in Dick Enberg, Oh My!, the autobiography of long-time announcer Dick Enberg (who earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in health sciences at IU and voiced the first radio broadcast of the Little 500). You could also use the Biography in Context database to learn more about broadcaster Joe Buck (’91), Olympic swimmer Mark Spitz (’72), and colorful billionaire businessman and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban (’81).

Twentieth-century novelist Theodore Dreiser dropped out of Indiana in 1890 without earning a degree, but you can pick up Sister Carrie and An American Tragedy at the Herman B Wells Library. For non-fiction reading, you can check out current Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ book, From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider’s Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War. He received an M.A. in history from IU in 1966).

Other famous IU alumni you might know include Jamie Hyneman from the TV show MythBusters, former U.S. Senator and current Fox News commentator Evan Bayh, and New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz. The IU Archives has a full run of the student yearbook, the Arbutus, from 1894 to present day. See how many famous people you can find!


What’s Cooking?

 As the semester begins to wind to a close, you may find yourself wistfully dreaming of the upcoming summer break. This year, why not use some of your time off to pick up a new hobby? Television programs, websites, and blogs have been featuring more and more of a culinary theme these days, but after using some of the resources at Indiana University Libraries, Top Chef contestants and James Beard award-winners will have nothing on you! 

You can begin your culinary training over at the HPER Library, where the Drake Cookbook Collection is housed. The collection consists more than150 cookbooks, featuring selections from Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Better Homes & Gardens magazine, Campbell’s Kitchen, and Julia Child, among many others. You can learn to bake homemade breads, create diverse cuisines ranging from Chinese to Cajun, or whip up a plate of hors d’oeuvres impressive enough for any Fourth of July picnic that comes your way.

Do you prefer restaurant dining or the convenience of fast food? The Herman B Wells Library offers selections that can convert a takeout junkie to a master chef.  For example, Indiana Cooks!: Great Restaurant Recipes for the Home Kitchen by Christine Barbour (TX714.B365 2005) offers a great selection of recipes from local restaurants, including Bloomington’s own Truffles, Restaurant Tallent, and Limestone Grill. 

In addition to cookbooks, the Wells Library also contains resources devoted to other aspects of cooking, eating, and general nutrition:

She Knows Cooking Smart“: An electronic journal devoted to cooking, nutrition, and consumer advice.

Guide to Cooking Schools“: Includes both recreational and professional programs for wine and food preparation education.

Leisure Tourism Database: “An index to over 400 publications in the field of travel and tourism, recreation, leisure studies, and the hospitality and culture industries.”

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America: “Covers the significant events, inventions, and social movements in American history that have affected the way Americans view, prepare, and consume food and drink.”

Finally, for those more interested in reading about cooking than actual food preparation, there is the Lilly Library Food and Drink Collection. This collection features historic cookbooks, including the earliest American cookbook (1796); more than 1,000 works from Britain and Europe (the earliest dating from Venice, 1475); and numerous items on the topic of wine and vineyards. 

 So, whether your summer plans include learning a new skill, impressing your family and friends, or just simply enjoying your free time, the Indiana University Libraries can assist you in turning your culinary cravings into reality!


Give a Little…

With the recent disaster in Japan, charitable giving is at the forefront of many people’s minds. As summer rapidly approaches, it’s a good time to consider opportunities to spend your summer giving back to those in need.

The Herman B Wells Library has a number of books that can give you some ideas on volunteering.

Worldwide Volunteering by Roger Potter provides a number of volunteer opportunities that can be completed within a predetermined period of time.

World Volunteers by Fabio Ausenda focuses on humanitarian volunteering opportunities around the world, offering insight on how to pick a program suited to your interests, age, and time availability.

How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas is an authoritative guidebook written by three founders of volunteer organizations and provides guidance on achieving the goal of volunteering abroad.

The Peace Corps is a well-known and respected volunteer organization. As most people know, the application process is rigorous and many more people apply than are chosen. Paul Backhurst here provides you with some alternatives to the Peace Corps, tips on choosing a program, and budgeting, as well as an extensive resource section.

International Voluntary Work is a comprehensive listing of thousands of volunteer programs worldwide that vary in time commitment as well as type of work.

If your interests are more specific, check out Archaeo-volunteers, which will give you information on archaeological volunteer opportunities.

Not able to travel abroad but still want to help out? Check out the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network, which provides links to opportunities in a variety of categories in and around Bloomington.

Additionally, IU has its own page of community volunteer opportunities available for browsing.

So take some time and give a little this summer!