Category: Coffeehouse

Black Lives Matter Summer Reads Titles

For our annual summer reads coffeehouse this year, we decided to focus on books that educate and explore Black American experiences. The books that we had discussed are available on our summer 2020 coffeehouse guide (linked below). Take a look to read about the wide range of non-fiction, fiction, poetry, film, and websites that were shared.

Black Lives Matter Summer Reads Recommendations

There are a variety of ways to get these materials!

  • Your local public library- physical books: Many are doing curbside pickup. If you live in the Appleton area, here’s information on how to get items from the Appleton Public Library.
  • Local public library- eBooks: Many public libraries provide access to one or more eBook databases. Look at your local library’s website for databases such as Overdrive, Hoopla, or EBSCO eBook Collection.
  • From the Mudd Library: If you’re on campus, or faculty/staff who live in the area, requested books can get delivered to your campus SPC or office! Just log in to your library account, find the item you’d like in the library catalog, and click request to access the request form. Here’s a video that demonstrates how to request an item from the library catalog!
  • If you’re able to purchase these titles, you can support an independent Black-owned bookstore by shopping at Harambee Books.

Diversity Resources Guide

Looking for even more resources? This guide contains a selection of diversity-related materials that are available in the Mudd Library, as well as related databases and other online resources.

Contact your friendly reference librarians if you need any assistance in locating these titles, or navigating the library resources. We’re here to help!

Coffeehouse Series for Summer 2020

It’s time once again for the library’s summer coffeehouse series. We’re doing it virtually this year, but still welcome you to join us with your own cup of coffee, tea, or other favorite work-appropriate beverage. All are on Wednesdays, and will start at 10:00 a.m. (Central Time). All staff, faculty, and students are welcome to attend.

June 24: Summer Reads; Black Lives Matter
Are you reading works by Black authors? Have you been educating yourself about racism and social justice? Do you want to read more about this but aren’t sure where to start? Join us for a discussion of the books we are reading right now in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Share what you’ve been reading, too, or just listen and learn. (Click here to join this coffeehouse’s Zoom meeting.)

July 8: Let’s Meditate Together!
Meditation has been scientifically proven to shift the sympathetic nervous system response (fight or flight) into the parasympathetic response (calm, rest, digest). Join certified yoga instructor, meditation practitioner, and Mudd Library Administrative Assistant Holly Tuyls for a guided meditation practice. We’ll learn about and practice a basic meditation together. Simple breath-work instruction will also be provided and practiced. If you have any questions or challenges to practicing that you’d like to discuss, we’ll allow time and will provide tips for maintaining a regular practice, too. All experience levels welcome. (Click here to join this coffeehouse’s Zoom meeting.)

July 22: Pollinators
In these days of social distancing, you might find yourself spending more and more time in your garden. Join us in welcoming Assistant Professor of Biology Israel Del Toro as we learn a bit about the native bees in your backyard and what you can do to protect our native pollinators and the little things that often go unnoticed. (Click here to join this coffeehouse’s Zoom meeting.)

August 5: Remote Access, Anyone?
What can you use from the library when you can’t go to the library? How do you get access to resources for yourself, your work, your classes? Join the library staff as we explore ways to get you the things you need. (Click here to join this coffeehouse’s Zoom meeting.)

If you’re unfamiliar with the coffeehouses, they provide an opportunity socialize just a bit and to learn about resources and services available to help you with work, leisure interests, to be informed about important social literature.

Mudd & Friends Summer 2019 Coffeehouse Series!

Come one, come all, to the library’s summer coffeehouse series. If you’re unfamiliar with the coffeehouses, they provide an opportunity to come to the library, enjoy a snack, and learn a little something. This year, guests from a variety of departments will be joining our roster of library presenters and sharing information on topics of personal interest. More details are available on our coffeehouse guide.

Coffeehouses are held on the first floor of the library. We start promptly at 10:00 am and finish at 10:45 am. All members of the Lawrence community are welcome to attend.

July 10: “Summer Reading!”
The ever-popular Summer Reading coffeehouse returns! Started to plan your beach reading? Got your own summer reading underway? Come and hear about favorite reads from library staff and whoever else shows up. It could – and should – be you! The list of books to be discussed are available on the summer reading 2019 guide (more will be added after the event- so be sure to check back).

July 17: Bruce Hetzler: “Magic, Mentalism and the Mind”
“Magic, Mentalism, & the Mind” describes how Magicians and Mentalists use psychological principles to deceive their audiences. “Great information! They really enjoyed it.” — Catie Anderson, Curator of Education, Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI

July 24: Jason Brozek, Relena Ribbons: “Ultramarathoning for Fun and Profit”
You’ve seen the joys, the agonies, and the despair on Facebook. Now find out more about ultramarathoning: how it works, why do it, and the best ways to avoid it.

July 31: Allison Fleshman: “McFleshman’s, Lawrence, and Appleton”
McFleshman’s Brewing Co. is Lawrence’s new downtown neighbor and already has quite the relationship. Come hear about the science of beer and how Lawrence science students will help us experiment our way to a better pint. She’ll also share the numerous projects they have planned with Appleton. Cheers!

August 7: Kelvin Maestre: “Researching & Creating in the Makerspace: I Did it, So Can You!”
Kelvin spent the summer as the makerspace research assistant working with LU faculty to integrate makerspace tools and equipment (including the new laser cutter) into their coursework. Come learn about these projects as well as how your friends in the makerspace can help you!

August 14: Andrew McSorley and Jedidiah Rex: “Geeky Stuff R Us”
Andrew and Jedidiah will share tools to make teaching and learning more engaging, active, and maybe, just maybe, more fun. If attendees are interested in trying the tools they are encouraged to bring a laptop.

Summer in the Mudd Library

Your friends in the Mudd Library will be here for you all summer! How can we help?

Need a space to get some work done?
The library will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s especially quiet in here over the summer if you’re looking for a quiet place to get work done. Take a look at the many types of spaces in the library to find your favorite.

Need something to read/watch/listen to/play?
We have lots of popular novels, interesting non-fiction books, movies, documentaries, theatrical productions, CDs, musical scores, etc, that can be checked out! Off campus? Use your Lawrence login to access one of our many streaming media databases to watch opera from the Met, movies, documentaries, and more!

Doing research?
Our friendly reference librarians are on call and ready to help Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. through 4 p.m all summer long! Off campus? Call, email, or chat!

Want to make something?
Our makerspace is available during all library hours to those who’ve been trained, and those who haven’t can contact makerspace@lawrence.edu to set up a training session. It’s available to all Lawrence faculty, staff, and students to enhance the creativity of their work here.

Want to learn something?
We have a great lineup in our annual summer coffeehouse series! This summer, we’re calling it Mudd and Friends, as we’ll also be joined by faculty from around campus who’ll share some of their lesser-known expertise.
Here’s a sneak peek:

  • July 11: Garth Bond, “How we got to Russia 2018: A Brief History of International Soccer.”
  • July 18: Summer Reading!
  • July 25: Erin Dix, “An interactive session in which attendees will get a chance to work directly with materials from the Archives.”
  • August 1: Beth Zinsli, “A completely non-scientific, totally delicious introduction to a few fermented foods – including recipes!”
  • August 8: Antoinette Powell, “What’s all this I hear about the Fox River? Who owned my house? What was Appleton before it was Appleton? The Mudd Library can answer these and many other questions with its collections and electronic resources. Get ready to dive into local history in the Mudd.
  • August 15: Bruce Hetzler, “Neurobiology of Stroke”
  • August 22: Angela Vanden Elzen, “Makerspace and Pedagogy: How to Integrate the LU Makerspace into your Courses; or, How can this stuff be used with Classes and Stuff?”

Summertime Mudd!

Summer is here and it’s time to enjoy the Mudd in a whole new way. The Library transforms over summer break, as most of our students are away and the busy bustle of the academic year has subsided.

Cool down and take a load off in the Kruse Room on the fourth floor.

Of course, you’ll find an industrious student or professor or two huddled around a laptop, but for the most part, it’s fairly quiet around here.

This peaceful, settled atmosphere allows our resources and spaces to appear in a whole new light.

Here are some ideas to help you make the most of summer in the Mudd:

Relax with our popular magazines.

  • Come to our coffeehouse sessions! This is a summertime Mudd must!
  • Enjoy the air conditioning while catching up on local, national, and international news with our large selection of newspapers or popular magazines.
  • It’s finally time to binge watch your favorite TV series! Or, some popular or classic movies. We’ve got a ton of documentaries and musicals, too. Browse the DVDs in the media center, or check out our streaming resources (You’ll need to log in).
  • Make an appointment to FINALLY check out the Archives.

    Board games are on the 2nd floor. We have video games, too!
  • Challenge your family or your nemesis to a game night! We have both video and board games for check-out, or, stay and play!
  • Wander around the building to appreciate our art. Pay homage to The Katie while you’re at it.
  • Find a fabulous summer read! Stop by our coffeehouse on Wednesday, July 12 for our recommendations. Or, peruse the third floor for the latest and greatest in popular fiction and young adult or graphic novels. Of course we have poetry and classic literature, too, as well as some really compelling nonfiction.
  • Contact a reference librarian and ask for a peek at some of the rare books in our special collections.
  • Soak up the scholarly atmosphere while developing historical perspective and appreciation in the Lincoln Reading Room.
  • Come and introduce yourself to the staff and faculty who call the Mudd home. We enjoy getting to know members of the campus community and this is a great time of year to catch us with a few moments to talk about our work, the library’s offerings, and how we can best serve our community.

Lovely art, natural light, and cozy chairs.

Summer is here and so are we! We strive to make this library a welcoming, comfortable, peaceful, productive space, and we encourage you to make the most of it, regardless of the time of year.

Whether you’re reading, researching, or relaxing, we’d love to hear how you’re using the Mudd this summer!

See you soon.

2017 Summer Coffeehouse Series!

Engage with YOUR library this summer! Enjoy coffee and treats while you learn about resources, Lawrence, and other topics to enhance your personal and professional development. All staff and faculty are welcome. We’ll gather on the first floor of the Mudd Library; sessions begin promptly 10 a.m. and last no longer than an hour.

Find resources and books discussed at our coffeehouses on our handy Coffeehouse Guide.

July 12: Summer Reading

Books are our friends! Introduce yours and prepare to meet new ones at this ever-popular and fun Summer Reading Coffeehouse.

July 26: Streaming Media Sources

Can you step into the same river twice? You can with streaming media. The library provides access to a number of sources for streaming audio and video; come learn about resources from our subscribed databases like Academic Video Online and from Lux, the digital home for the scholarly and creative works of Lawrence University.

August 9: Lawrence and World War I

The United States entered the first World War, which had started in Europe almost three years earlier, in April 1917. The war had profound and lasting effects at Lawrence. Enrollment plummeted as students enlisted; anti-German sentiment took hold; students were quarantined with Spanish influenza; and the college contracted with the government to host a unit of the Student Army Training Corps. Join Archivist Erin Dix for a discussion of this often-overlooked period of our history, featuring documents from the LU Archives.

August 23: Movement and Mindfulness in the Mudd

You’ve heard about mindfulness and the scientifically-proven benefits that practitioners enjoy, including increased productivity, improved concentration and mental clarity, heightened compassion and self-awareness, better sleep, and deeper relaxation. Join us to learn some simple mindfulness techniques and gentle yoga stretches you can do at your desk. The practice is simple. Showing up is the challenge!

Summer Coffeehouse Series 2016

It’s time once again for the library’s summer coffeehouse series. If you’re unfamiliar with the coffeehouses, they provide an opportunity to come to the library, enjoy a snack, and learn about resources and services available to help you with work or leisure interests. This summer, we’re covering summer reading, art in the library (with our friends from Wriston), digitized films from the Archives, and makerspaces!

Unless otherwise noted, coffeehouses are held on the first floor of the library. We start promptly at 10:00, finish at 10:45. Refreshments, as always, will be provided. So come to the library and get a jolt of information along with your java. Mark your calendars — we hope to see you there!

July 6: Summer Reading

Started to plan your beach reading? Got your own summer reading underway? Come and hear about the library staff’s favorites, and share yours as well!

July 20: Archives Film Fest

Join us on Wednesday, July 20th at 10 am in the Warch Campus Center cinema as we share highlights from a new set of digitized 16 mm films from the LU Archives. Films date from the 1920s to the 1970s and feature campus scenes at Lawrence and Milwaukee-Downer College, athletics, the Conservatory, student life, and faculty and academics. There’ll be popcorn!

August 3: Library Art Crawl

Come join us for a tour of all the artistic treasures in the library. Beth Zinsli, Curator of the Wriston Art Center Gallery, will tell us about select art as we walk through the library, while enjoying delicious treats along the way. We’ll begin by meeting up at the reference desk, and depart from there for our trip around the building.

August 17: Makerspaces and the Maker Movement

Just what is a makerspace? At this session, we’ll talk about what a makerspace is and why you might want to know. We’ll also talk about some of the technology available at the Lawrence makerspace, including 3D printers. Finally, we’ll also provide an opportunity for a hands-on activity—you’ll leave with something cool you’ve made yourself!

Learn more about summer 2016 coffeehouses and previous year’s coffeehouses on our guide!

Summer in the Mudd Library

Your friends in the Mudd Library are here for you this summer! Summer library hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Here are some ways the library can help you out:

  • Doing research or want to learn more about library resources? Our reference librarians are on call 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday all summer. Ask us!
  • Did you know that current students, faculty, and staff who are off campus are welcome to submit interlibrary loan article requests over the summer? Our system delivers these to you electronically, wherever you are!
  • Those who are on campus or in the Appleton area may request interlibrary loan books, which will be picked up from the Mudd Library (as usual).
  • Of course- circulation, ordering, and all of your other favorite library services are available over the summer as well!
  • Details for our annual summer coffeehouse series will be posted shortly! Lots of great resources and information from previous summer coffeehouses are available on our guide.
  • Looking for something fun? The library has a great collection of popular novels and non-fiction, movies and documentaries, and games and puzzles to keep you entertained this summer.

As always, be sure to ask us! We’re happy to help!

Learn About the Funding Information Network

The Mudd Library is proud to be a Funding Information Network site. This resource provides access to Foundation Center subscription databases where users can search for scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other funding opportunities for individuals as well as nonprofit organizations. Training is a joint service of the Development Office and the Mudd Library.

Multiple opportunities to learn more about this fantastic resource are coming up soon!

Wednesday, August 12: Coffeehouse- Introducing the Funding Information Network
10:00-10:40 a.m.
Seeley G. Mudd Library, first floor
Our last coffeehouse of the summer will be all about the Funding Information Network. Come get a brief introduction to these resources while enjoying coffee and treats.

Introduction to the Funding Information Network Training Sessions: (registration required)

Monday, August 24, 9:00-10:30 am
UW Oshkosh Sage Hall Computer Lab, Room 1208
Seating is limited.

Thursday, August 27, 1:00-2:30 pm
Seeley G. Mudd Library 214 (ITC)
Seating is limited.

Reserve your seat for the FREE hands-on training sessions by emailing Anna Simeth with your name and the date of the workshop you wish to attend.

Summer Events at the Mudd Library

Summer is a great time to learn about new, interesting things. With this in mind, the Mudd Library is happy to be hosting an exhibit as well as our annual coffeehouse series this summer. As always, we encourage everyone still on campus to stop in and check out our great selection of novels, non-fiction, and movies.  Keep in mind, we have begun our summer hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The crowd listens at last year’s “Films from the Archives” coffeehouse.

For just a few more days, the library will be hosting the exhibit, “A Stone of Hope: Black Experiences in the Fox Cities.” Learn more about this fascinating exhibit at the History Museum website, then stop in and see it for yourself. The exhibit will be on display through June 30th.

We will also be hosting our annual summer coffeehouse series. The first session is entitled, “Lawrence and Diversity,” and will take place on Wednesday, July 1 at 10 a.m. At this coffeehouse, Archivist Erin Dix will discuss the history of how fostering greater diversity and greater appreciation for diversity has been, and remains, a priority for Lawrence University. See our guide to learn more about this, and our other exciting coffeehouses.

We hope to see you in the library this summer!