Wednesday, July 30, 2014

See Sherlock

Originally created in 1877 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes, one of the first great fictional detectives, continues to be a well-known fictional hero.  He is known as well to movie goers and television viewers through the use of Doyle’s original works that have been transferred to the screen in a variety of ways.  Arthur Conan Doyle’s four novels and fifty-six short stories about Holmes and his illustrious sidekick Dr. Watson provide the basis for both reading and viewing pleasure.  Among those who enjoy the stories, Sherlock Holmes is considered to be an extremely adaptable character.  Considering the number of actors who have portrayed him, this must certainly be true.
The BBC television series Sherlock has brought Holmes and Watson to the forefront again for contemporary audiences by moving the original stories to the 21st century.  The contemporary Holmes uses cell phones along with a number of technical tools as aids in solving crimes. Dr. John Watson supports Holmes’ endeavors and authors a blog.  Sherlock uses all of his powers of ratiocination to see inside the minds of the characters and thereby determine their motives.  The great stories that have been written for the screen are adaptations from Doyle’s works of fiction.  His first Holmes and Watson novel,  A Study in Scarlet, was published in 1887.  The complete short story collection was published in 1928.   
The Al Harris Library owns copies of all of the original works, so stop by the display and take a look at the collections of short stories, the novels, and other works that evolved from the original writing of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Check out a book and learn about the original characters and how they compare with Sherlock, Elementary, Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey Jr., and Young Sherlock Holmes, as well as the older versions starring Basil Rathbone and Jeremy Brett.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Jeeves and the Wedding Bells

““I don’t know if you have had the same experience, but the snag I always come up against when I’m telling a story is this dashed difficult problem of where to begin it.””

The writer’s block expressed by character Bertie Wooster in the opening chapter of Right Ho, Jeeves never bothered his creator, P.G. Wodehouse.  Wodehouse wrote 96 books during his long career, 10 novels and more than 30 short stories about the rich-but-dim Bertie Wooster and his gentleman’s gentleman Jeeves, who routinely works behind the scenes to keep his young master out of trouble.   For almost 100 years, readers’ funny bones have been tickled by these tales of the foibles of the British upper-class during the early part of the 20th Century.

The publication of Jeeves and the Wedding Bells: an Homage to P.G. Wodehouse by Sebastian Faulks provides a good excuse to revisit the work of Wodehouse.   Faulks’ does a fine job of providing Wodehouse fans with a return to the fumbling of Bertie Wooster  and the stratagems  of Jeeves.  By its end, the story wraps up loose ends for that series of stories.

Another homage to Wodehouse can be seen in two comedic novels by Douglas Adams,   Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul.  The late Adams was a great admirer of Wodehouse. 

The work of Wodehouse can be viewed in the British television drama  Jeeves and Wooster.  The show appeared on public television from 1985-1999 and starred Hugh Laurie in the role of Wooster.  Laurie loved the role and stated,

" PG Wodehouse is still the funniest writer ever to have put words on paper. Fact number two: with the Jeeves stories, Wodehouse created the best of the best. "

A display the works of P.G. Wodehouse can be seen at the Al Harris Library.  All materials can be checked out. Take a look at these works and see if you agree.

Monday, June 30, 2014

The SWOSU Anime Collection

The SWOSU Libraries are home to a diverse collection of television series and films. For the months of July and August, we have chosen to feature our newly developed Anime collection.

Anime is an art form that provides imaginative and diverse views of the world through the unique cultural lens exclusive to the medium’s Japanese creators.

Anime contains a variety of genres, including: science fiction, fantasy, horror, historical period pieces, drama, comedy and other popular styles of film.

Titles chosen for the SWOSU Anime Collection serve
as representative examples of the genre, and exhibit historical, cultural and artistic significance.

This collection is available to all interested faculty, staff and students, and will be updated periodically to remain relevant and to continuously provide library patrons with a well-rounded film collection.

Please feel free to check out any of the films or books in this display. Just ask for assistance from one of our staff at Circulation Desk.


Friday, June 06, 2014

Take a Look at Female Literary Powerhouses

As part of our personal experiences, there are a number of women who have made positive and lasting impressions on our lives. Not surprisingly, some of the notable women we have encountered are fictional.

When reading a novel, we often feel a certain kinship with, or admiration for, a particular heroine. Perhaps the heroine inspires us because we find her to be very strong willed and capable of moving forward in a positive way to achieve a better life. The women who are represented in this display are excellent examples of inspiring women.

These protagonists cover a wide range of ages and backgrounds, and they have powerful stories to share with readers. Their actions inspire us because these women learn from self-discovery, and they grow stronger through decision making that influences their actions.

The quotations located on the display are either spoken by or about these female powerhouses. Their qualities of strength, love, and determination are part of the what makes them such interesting literary leading ladies.

Take a look at the books and quotations on the display and consider why each of these characters is a powerhouse. These books are great summer reads, so check one out and see what you think about the powerful woman's story.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Swimming and Health

If you're looking for the Fountain of Youth, just remember that drinking the magic water is not the route to better health and longer life.  Swimming is.

Swimming’s health benefits are many: The sport provides aerobic exercise, has low impact upon the body, contributes to weight loss, and gives a break from the heat of the sun.  Each spring the Centers for Disease Control encourages swimming health and safety in the annual Recreational Water Illness and Injury (RWII) Prevention Week, observed this year May 19-25.   For more information see

The Al Harris Library has a display on the first floor about this lifelong sport, including books on the sport’s history, fitness, coaching, and technique.  These books are available to be checked out.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Campus Storm Shelters


With storm season upon us here is a list of designated storm shelters on the SWOSU campus:

For More information: Shelter
  • Administration: east and west basement hallways
  • Art Building: lowest level away from windows
  • Assessment Center: basement
  • Athletic Director: interior hallway
  • Bookstore/Market: first floor then to storm shelter
  • Bulldog Apartments (Mary Savage): neff hall residence life office area
  • Burton House: basement  
  • Campbell: 1st floor interior hallway and offices on west side hallway
  • CEBD: exit to Campbell building 1st floor, central hallway, away from windows and doors
  • Chem/Pharm/Physics: south basement hallway/1st floor physics hallway, classrooms, offices
  • Conference Center: interior hallway
  • Education Building: central basement hallway and first floor hallway
  • Engineering Technology: basement labs and classrooms rock building
  • Fine Arts: lobby stairwells/lobby instrument storage/entrance ramps to auditorium
  • Fitness Center: Neff Hall basement
  • Green House: Rogers and Jefferson storm shelter
  • Hilltop Theater: dressing room and dressing room hallways
  • Library: basement auditorium, hallway and classrooms
  • Music Building: main hallway
  • Neff Hall: Neff Hall residence life hallway/boiler room hallway
  • Nursing: basement
  • Oklahoma Hall (music annex): music hallway/lobby t.v. area
  • Parker Hall:  basement
  • Pharmacy II: basement hallway and classrooms
  • Physical Plant: file storage area northwest room
  • Pioneer Cellular Event Center: basement hallways (west and north sides)
  • Print Shop: interior hallway
  • Rankin Williams Field House: north classroom and hallway
  • Rogers and Jefferson Hall: first floor then to storm shelter
  • Science Building: first floor hallway
  • Stafford: follow signs to basement shelter
  • Stewart Hall: main hallway central basement
  • Student Development: basement area
  • Student Center: central basement hallway and storage area/commuter lounge hallway
  • Theatre Scene Shop: lowest level away from windows
  • Upward Bound: central hallway
  • Wellness Center: men’s or women’s locker room, interior hallway of student health services office area, or the first floor enclosed stairwells

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare

According to tradition, the great English dramatist and poet William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-on-Avon on today's date in 1564--450 years ago.