Friday, June 29, 2018

Travel One Book at a Time!





Are you planning a vacation this summer? This could mean staying in Oklahoma, traveling across the United States, or even seeing other parts of the world. If you’re not sure where you want to go, checking out a book may help you make that decision. 

If your time or budget is limited, you may consider vacationing in Oklahoma, because there are several interesting places in Oklahoma to visit. You can travel Oklahoma by reading Weird Oklahoma: Your Travel Guide to Oklahoma’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets, or a variety of books on Route 66 and others aspects of Oklahoma.  Perhaps you have always dreamed of going to New York City or leaving the country and seeing the world. If you have, reading a book can help you plan your vacation. To get better snapshots from your travels, be sure to check out Travel and Street Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots.

Whether you have a vacation or a staycation this summer, there are many excellent books that will help you plan your vacation or make your staycation seem like you have actually visited exotic places. Take a look at the books that are available for you to check out here at the Al Harris Library and plan a great travel adventure! 

Monday, April 09, 2018

National Library Week 2018


This week (April 8-14) the Al Harris Library is celebrating National Library Week by sponsoring a display of “Favorite Books of SWOSU Library Staff”Come and check out the variety of books that are on the "Favorite Books" display and check out the numerous other available library resources.  

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.  It is a time to celebrate the contributions of  our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.  

We hope to see you at the Library soon!   


Monday, January 08, 2018

Lawmen, Outlaws, and Gunmen of the American West



 

The history of the American West includes that of the people who lived, worked, and traveled there.  Among these people were three groups which often went hand in hand.  They were the lawmen, outlaws and gamblers.

Western lawmen were in several forms.  There was the law enforcement who kept the peace inside city limits, such as Virgil Earp in Tombstone, Arizona.  More well-known was Virgil’s younger brother, Wyatt Earp, who worked in law enforcement positions in such places as Wichita, Kansas, and as a deputy sheriff in the Tombstone area.  The Federal government had its own law enforcement in the form of the U.S. Marshals Service.  One of the most famous U.S. deputy marshals was African American Bass Reeves, but other people were part of law enforcement in the West, including Judge Isaac C. Parker whose court was located at Fort Smith, Arkansas.  Judge Parker’s nickname was the “Hanging Judge” for sending at least seventy-nine people to the gallows.  While not all lawmen were honorable, more than once these men put their lives on the line to see justice done. 

Of course, the people that lawmen often pursued were the outlaws.  Perhaps the most famous outlaw was the Missourian Jesse James who with his brother, Frank James, and the James gang robbed trains and banks, as well as killing several people.  There were also Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid who rode in the Wild Bunch.  Some outlaws were women, and one of the most famous was Belle Starr whose only crimes might have been one or two cases of horse thievery.  Some lawmen were even considered outlaws, or at least came from questionable criminal backgrounds.  During his younger days, Wyatt Earp had been charged with horse stealing and possible theft of money.  If caught, outlaws faced jail time or even execution. 

The third group, the gamblers, consisted of men and women who gambled with money in hopes of making their fortune.  Some of them were indeed successful, although some probably gained and lost several fortunes during their lives.  There were all types of ways to gamble,  whether it be roulette, poker, faro, horse racing, etc.  John Henry Holiday, better known today as “Doc” Holiday, was a trained dentist who turned to gambling and became famous for backing up the Earp brothers at the famous O.K. Corral gunfight in October, 1881.  Although there were some successful gamblers, there were some who died penniless. 

If you have an interest in any or all of these groups, visit the book display located just northwest of the circulation desk in the Al Harris Library. Whether you have a personal interest or a class research project, step back in time and find out about the Old West lawmen, outlaws and gamblers.  Feel free to check out any of the books or DVDs!