Real and Imagined Art Reception April 1st at 5:00 pm

March 31, 2009

 Please come and support Art in the Library this Wednesday evening with local artists Marlene Alexander and David Kinker.

Marlene is a juried member and past vice president of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, Marlene has won many awards including the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Merit awards in the Society.  She has painted watercolors on paper and acrylic paintings on canvas on location in the desert near Bend.  David Kinker’s true passion is working as a freelance artist on commissioned murals and illustrations.  David’s work can be found in the Tower Theater, McMenamins, and The Deschutes Brewery.

Marlene Moore Alexander and David Kinker invite you to this special exhibit and reception on April 1, 2009 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.   Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be in the Rotunda Gallery from March 30th through May 12th.  


Cheers to your health!

March 19, 2009


Just when I thought that the free web can’t get any better with consumer health information, here comes a new venture, launched only a month ago, Medpedia! According to a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Medpedia is not your generic kind of user-generated wiki, but  rather a major collaborative online project based on content from experts with an M.D. or a Ph.D. in a biomedical field. Adding to its reputation, the web site has already received the backing of leading medical schools such as Harvard Medical School, Stanford School of Medicine, the University of California at Berkeley School of Public Health, and the University of Michigan Medical School, as well as the National Institutes of Health, the American College of Physicians, and several other organizations.

And with this piece of news, I would like to wish you all a relaxing, healthy Spring break! We’ll be back in the beginning of April with more exciting news, this time about the future direction of our ConXn blog. So, please stay tuned!

An amazing picture of history!

March 12, 2009


The entire archival collection of photographs from the LIFE magazine is now becoming available online through the joint work of LIFE and Google.  Although this collection is still in progress of becoming fully accessible, eventually you’ll be able to search about 10 million photographs going back to the 1750s!  A visit to the web site, provides examples of what’s already included in this collection, such as amazing photos from the Civil War, the Great Depression of the 1930s, or from the Apollo space explorations of the 1960s.  Some of the pictures in this collection are featured under the categories “People,” “Places,” “Events,” “Sports,” and “Culture.”

According to a Google spokesman, “Only a small percentage of these images have ever been published. The rest have been sitting in dusty archives in the form of negatives, slides, glass plates, etchings and prints.”

Life magazine stopped being published in any paper form in 2007, having survived 124 years from its inception in 1883.

Extra Library Hours and Study Break Fun during Prefinals Weekend!

March 4, 2009

Need more quiet time to study for finals? Take advantage of the library’s extended hours during the weekend prior to finals!

Friday, March 13th: 8 AM – 9 PM
Saturday, March 14th: 9 AM – 9 PM
Sunday, March 15th: 9 AM – 9 PM

The library will provide some coffee and cookies to keep you going.

For some study break fun, check out the Moby-Dick Marathon, taking place in the Oregon Room on Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM – 9 PM. Participants will be reading Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick from start to finish, out loud! This is an entertaining way to get acquainted with (or revisit) a classic work of American literature. Come and stay for as long (or as short) as you like. You can even volunteer to read a passage. Community members are also invited to attend and participate in this event.