The Clarion

Exploring the Wisconsin experience

Christina Springfield, Librarian

March 23, 2016

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I have a confession to make. Growing up, I never gave nonfiction books a chance. Compared to the thrill I got trying to name the real killer in a mystery novel, immersing myself in the fantastical happenings of a story imbued with magical realism, or escaping via spaceship to another galaxy far, far...

Library staff fondly recalls holiday traditions

Renee Anhalt, Librarian

December 10, 2015

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Holidays are instilled with traditions shared by family and friends. Here’s a glimpse of how the library staff celebrates the holidays … For many years, someone was always gifted a box of chocolates and would be pressured into sharing with everyone present. – Christina We always had hot s...

Earth Day at the library: Use less paper

Dana Ryals, Librarian

April 24, 2015

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This year for Earth Day, instead of planting a tree or joining a roadside pick-up crew, why not adopt a new, earth-friendly habit? Planting trees and participating in roadside crews are certainly good ways to help the environment, but if we really want to shrink our carbon footprint, we also need to...

Unlimited possibilities at your library

Erika Linzner, LIbrarian

April 7, 2015

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Each year, the American Library Association sets aside one week in mid-April to celebrate libraries and highlight the role they play in our schools, colleges, and communities. This year’s National Library Week celebration will take place the week of April 12-18. The theme is “Then & Now: Unlimited...

Libraries provide access, regardless of device format

Atumn Hall-Tun, Librarian

March 30, 2015

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Do you ever think about how much you read in an average day? Text is everywhere, with much of what we read coming to us via smartphone or computer screens. Throughout the day we’re inundated with text messages, posts on Facebook and Twitter, and class announcements on BlackBoard.  Not to mention the...

Academy Awards nominees face questions

Kelley Minica, Librarian

February 19, 2015

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The Academy Awards are Sunday, Feb. 22. Every year there is some kind of controversy surrounding the nominations. This year’s big issue seems to be the historical accuracy of some of the Best Picture nominees. The issue was ignited by discussion that “Selma” might not have been nominated in...

Library ready to serve college’s digital learners

Dana Ryals, Librarian

February 3, 2015

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Here at Madison College digital learning is a growing trend, with more and more courses being offered either entirely online or in hybrid form.  When it comes to library services, you might think that digital learners would be at a disadvantage, given their distance from campus.  In fact, Madison College...

Find library help online

Jennifer Kasch, Librarian

January 21, 2015

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Do the freezing temps make you want to just stay home, curled up by the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa? We know how it goes; January and February are rough. If you have research to do but want to avoid the frigid temps, many of our resources and services are available online, some 24/7. Almost...

Stop in the library to brighten your day

Matthew Coan, Librarian

December 9, 2014

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For some, this is a dark time of year. Daylight savings time has ended, the days are short and the nights are extra inky. Others recognize that, despite the cold and the narrow angle of the sun’s path, this can be a giving time of year. Extended light from Hanukkah menorahs, gift giving around Christmas...

There are many reasons to show gratitude

Virginia Bryan, Librarian

November 26, 2014

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Grat·i·tude, noun: a feeling of appreciation or thanks. Synonyms: appreciation, appreciativeness, gratefulness, thanks, thankfulness. When I tell people I’m a librarian the reaction is almost invariably positive, if not always grounded in reality.  “That must be a fun job.”  “How wonderful...

Try some slow reading at the library

Mark Luetkehoelter, Librarian

November 12, 2014

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Driven by technology, the overriding message these days seems to be that faster is better, and that striving to do things even faster is the only way to go. However, it might be worth your time to consider slowing down. Slow movements embrace the concept of slowing down the pace of activities and...

Off the shelf: Celebrate poetry in April

Virginia Bryan, Librarian

April 24, 2014

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I was talking to a student from Russia the other day about an experience I had during my undergraduate year abroad in the Soviet Union in the late 1970s.  As part of a class I was taking I remembered being required to attend a poetry reading.  While I no longer recall the name of the poet, I’ll never...

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