Friday, July 16, 2010

William Faulkner Goes Online

What would it be like to hear a Nobel Prize winning author speak to your class?

In the late 1950s, English students at the University of Virginia got the opportunity that most American literature scholars would kill for — to speak with William Faulkner.

Faulkner spent two years as the writer-in-residence at UVA, where he gave lectures and readings and took questions from students. The lectures were recorded on reel-to-reel tapes, which have recently been digitized and published online.

You are invited to visit the site "Faulkner at Virginia: An Introduction" where you can read about and listen to William Faulkner's lectures.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Oklahoma Authors

Whether you are interested in reading about Oklahoma’s State Capitol, Route 66, the Oklahoma Land Rush, or you just want to read a good novel or some good poetry, you may find what you want in the display of books by Oklahoma authors at the Al Harris Library. Oklahoma is home to many good writers of both fiction and non-fiction.

One of Oklahoma's famous writers is Ralph Ellison, the author of Invisible Man which won the National Book Award in 1953. Ellison was born in Oklahoma City. Another interesting book on the display is Main Street Was Two Blocks Long by Norene Murphey Hokett from Carnegie, Oklahoma. My Sun, My Son was written by Ottis Ballard, a former SWOSU employee.

Come check out these and other books by Oklahoma authors!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

A Bully of a Time

Step back in time to 1915 and meet a bully of a president as Teddy Roosevelt dives into his family’s experiences in the White House, his adventures as a rancher and cowboy on the Dakota Plains, his experiences in Oklahoma Territory on the great wolf hunt, life in Cuba with the Rough Riders, and more!

Free to the General Public
Doors open at 6pm - Program begins at 7pm

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Friday, July 02, 2010

Tour de France.

France should be the locale for the most famous bicycle race in the world since the first production bicycle was produced there in 1865. It had an iron frame and wooden wheels - and was aptly named the Boneshaker. Production ceased in 1868.

The Tour de France was originally conceived only as a means to increase sales of a little sports newspaper named L'Auto. The Tour de France is celebrating it's 97th anniversary on 2010 and it will run from July 3-25, this year.

See the display at the Al Harris Library and check out (yes you can take them home) all the books about France: history, art, cooking, politics, and of course, the Tour de France. French language resources are also available.

One of the most famous riders of the Tour de France is a Texan named Lance Armstrong - He has won the race an amazing seven consecutive times! His story of surviving cancer surgery and chemotheraphy and going on to win the tour de France provides inspiration to thousands of cancer patients.