Extended Hours and More!

The library will be open extended hours during study week and finals week!  We are grateful for IPSGA for their support. Here’s the schedule:

  • Open 8 AM until 2 AM from Monday, April 23 through Saturday April 28
  • Open 24 hours from 8 AM Sunday, April 29 through 6 PM Friday, May 4
  • Open 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM on Saturday, May 5
  • Closed Sunday, May 6

We’re pleased to offer coffee and snacks during finals week, as well! Join us Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 5-8PM in the Learning Commons.

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What is Digital Humanities?

What happens when you apply computational methods and analysis to research questions in literature, history, philosophy, and other humanities fields?

Join Helmke Library next Tuesday as we kick off an exploration into Digital Humanities with a presentation by Dr. Troy Bassett, Associate Professor of English.

Bassett will survey a sample of projects, showing the wide range of subjects, formats, and purposes that digital humanities encompasses, and the ways in which these methods can enhance projects, research and teaching.

What: An Introduction to Digital Humanities

Where: Helmke Library media wall (2nd floor)

When: Tuesday, April 24 from Noon – 1 PM

This presentation will be the first in a series of events, continuing in Fall 2018, centered on digital humanities.  Questions? Contact Erika Mann at manne@pfw.edu.

Join us for our new Book Club!

Interested in reading more for fun this year?   Join our new book club and unravel a few of the library-themed mysteries we have selected for the semester. bookclub1.png

Our first book is The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie & we’ll be discussing the book on March 28th at noon in Library Room 112.

Our April selection will be Murder Past Due by Miranda James.

A few copies of each title will be available soon at the first floor Helmke Library service desk.  The copies will be available on a first-come first-serve basis for a limited checkout period.

Questions?  Please contact Shannon Johnson (johnsons@ipfw.edu) or Sarah Wagner (wagners@ipfw.edu). You can also check out our webpage for more information.

You’re Invited to a Helmke Library Tea Party

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Go down the rabbit hole with your friendly librarians this Valentine’s Day! We’ll be hosting an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party this Wednesday, February 14. Tea, snacks, and good company will abound. Everyone is welcome to join us! The fun and frivolity will begin at 2 PM on the library’s first floor.  Join us!

Questions?  Please contact Shannon Johnson (johnsons@ipfw.edu) or Sarah Wagner (wagners@ipfw.edu).

Healing Words Book Launch – You’re Invited!

Helmke Library is proud to invite you to the book launch for Healing Words, an anthology of creative writing by IPFW students, faculty, and staff.

hwcoverHealing Words is based on the work of IPFW’s Ladder Upp Creative Writing Group. Sponsored by IPFW Military Student Services, the group focuses on assisting veterans, military members and other survivors tell their personal stories as they heal from Post Traumatic Stress.

Join contributing authors Denise Buhr, Dawn Cunningham, John Hannigan, J. Vaughan, and ML Wissing at the Healing Words Book Launch on Tuesday, November 7, from 4-5 PM in Helmke Library room 112 on the IPFW campus. Refreshments will be provided.

Healing Words is available for purchase in paperback or Kindle format on Amazon, and copies will also be available for purchase at the event. For more information, contact vauganj@ipfw.edu.

Banned Book Week: By the Numbers

It’s Banned Book Week, and Helmke Library is still celebrating our freedom to read all kinds of books – even those that have been challenged or banned.

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What’s the difference between a challenged book and a banned book?

According to the American Library Association:

A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group.  A banning is the removal of those materials.  Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others.  Due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection.

Helmke Library provides access to books and information regardless of an item’s status as “challenged” or “banned.” Of course, our librarians are always happy to discuss how to evaluate books and to recommend the best sources for your needs. However, we will staunchly support your intellectual freedom and your right to read without censorship.

Join us this week on the library’s first floor to have your own “Blind Date with a Banned Book.”

Go on a Blind Date with a Banned Book!

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Libraries nationwide are celebrating our freedom to read during this year’s Banned Books Week, September 24-30. The American Library Association explains Banned Books Week this way:

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Helmke Library is celebrating Banned Books Week by offering IPFW community members a Blind Date with a Banned Book.  At a table inside the library’s first floor entrance, choose from a selection of books labeled not by title or author, but with the reason the book was challenged or banned. Check out the book to discover what inspired each attempt at censorship.

Mostly light reading fiction, these books are a great way to relax while at the same time affirming the exchange of ideas that make democracy and our society prosper.  Some examples of challenged books included in our Blind Date selections are Harry Potter, The Kite Runner, Brave New World, and James and the Giant Peach – and many others you will know and likely love.  Stop by the library and check one out!

Helmke Library’s Grand Re-Opening

Welcome back to the new Library!

The library’s renovation wrapped up on schedule, a year after it started in December 2016. It looks great! Students and groups are streaming back in the building and have found great study, meeting and hang-out spaces on all 4 floors.

January 2017 was jam-packed with library events: the soft opening of the building on January 9 at the start of Spring semester, faculty and staff Preview Tours, the January 17 Library Grand Re-Opening party and ribbon-cutting with lots of great give-aways for students, and guided building tours through January.

The IPSGA Media Board group was on hand to capture the ceremony in this great video, and the ceremony was also streamed live on Facebook!

We’re happy to arrange tours for groups, classes or individuals. Contact your liaison librarian or call us at 260-481-6512 to schedule yours.