Special Collections News
Last week the Children's & Young Adult Book Sale happened in Special Collections. The book sale raises funds for the Children's Literature Conference, an annual event at Western.
The books are all new, fiction and non-fiction, including science, biographies, chapter books, easy readers, and books for both young people and adults or cross-over books. The sale is always popular, and many people came to buy during the two day sale.
Students in ENG 441, Children's Literature for Elementary and Middle School, were involved in setup and organization of the book sale, and selected over 170 books to donate to a local Foster Parent/Caregiver Holiday Event.
Sylvia Tag, book sale coordinator and ENG 441 instructor, with Kathryn Boyd, Extended Education, take a moment during the sale to smile for the camera.
Sixteen students from the Bloedel Donovan Pre-School visited Special Collections on Wednesday, November 23rd. Part of a general tour of the library, the pre-schoolers came to Special Collections to see the "kid's books."
They may have the distinction of being the youngest students ever to use the materials in Special Collections and spend time in the Research Room.
|Selections from the Helene Whitson Collection of pop-up books were available on the tables. "Titanic," a pop-up book by Martin Jenkins and illustrated by Brian Sanders was a favorite. The book opens to reveal a three-dimensional model of the Titanic that is 2 1/2 feet long, and includes six pop-up scenes of the interior, menu cards, and personal histories.|
|Parents enjoyed viewing "The Historie of the World," by Sir Walter Raleigh, printed in 1634, the oldest book in the library. The library's own Gabe Gossett attended with spouse Gillian, Blake (5) and Sylvia (2). Blake came away with a "pronounced enthusiasm for books," and Sylvia liked the chairs in the Reading Room, because when sitting on a chair, "she could see over the edge of the table."|
Rachel Rhodes from the Alumni Association visited Special Collections today and invited Tamara and Peter to participate in the Get Your Blue On! contest to win the Traveling Goodie Basket.
Tamara and Peter posed in the Research Room with Western novelty items to show their school spirit!
Later, Rachel returned to tell us that Special Collections had won the Traveling Goodie Basket for today. Our thanks to the Alumni Association for the cookies!
Special Collections has passed the half-way mark in completing the digitization of the WWU student newspaper. Western has had a student newspaper from 1899, the first year of the university. From 1899 to 1950 is now available online in the WWU Student Newspaper Digital Collection.
Lesley Lowery, who is helping to get the paper online, enjoys seeing the news stories from the past. "It's a lot of fun to get into, to get a feeling for the stories behind the names on buildings on campus I see everyday." Lesley has discovered that the student newspaper reported on different events long ago, "They had proms and dances every weekend, the social theme was much more important then."
Discover the past for yourself, browsing through the old issues of the student newspaper, and check back for more recent issues coming soon.
The Fly Fishing Advisory Group met in the Special Collections Research Room on Friday, July 15.
In the meeting members discussed a charge for the group, including the following, "The Western Washington University Libraries Fly Fishing Advisory Group exists to further the development of the Fly Fishing Collection so that it may become a premier resource for fishers and scholars alike in the Northwest."
From left to right are: Danny Beatty, Chris Cox, Dean of Libraries, Steve Raymond, Marian Alexander, Head of Special Collections Emeritus, Abe Lillard, Paul Piper, Librarian for Colleges/Depts/Programs. Members Paul and Mary Ann Ford, and Bela Foltin, also attended.