Tuesday, December 06, 2011

221b Baker Street

The most famous street address in literature. Know who lives here?

Here's a hint.

The latest library display showcases the iconic detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. At the display, read about the numerous appearances of this detective in literature, television, movies and how he influenced popular culture.

To accompany the library display, a movie poster giveaway contest is taking place through finals. The winner will be announced at the end of finals. For more information, see the Library's Facebook page.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Veteran's Day

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month...

Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.

According to the Library of Congress (from the American Memory Project), "the Allied powers signed a cease-fire agreement with Germany at Rethondes, France on November 11, 1918, bringing World War I to a close. Between the wars, November 11 was commemorated as Armistice Day in the United States, Great Britain, and France. After World War II, the holiday was recognized as a day of tribute to veterans of both world wars. Beginning in 1954, the United States designated November 11 as Veterans Day to honor veterans of all U.S. wars."

In Flanders Fields

by Colonel John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below

We are the dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved, and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

Honoring our Veterans.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

National Book Awards Finalists Display

Come and check out the National Book Awards Finalists display at the Al Harris Library! When the 2011 winners are announced on November 16, the display will be updated with winner information.

Sponsored by the National Book Foundation, the National Book Award winners are selected in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. The National Book Award began in 1950 when a consortium of book publishing groups sponsored the 1st annual National Book Awards Ceremony & Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Their goal was to enhance the public's awareness of exceptional books written by fellow Americans and to increase the popularity of reading in general. If you would like to find out more about the National Book Awards, please go to http://www.nationalbook.org/.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Photography Display

It is difficult to imagine a world without photography. We wouldn't have family photographs, movies, or a driver's license with our worst possible mug shot.

The ancient Chinese and Greeks used a camera obscura to form images via a tiny pinhole, but no one figured out how to save a permanent image until around 1816. Frenchman Nicephore Niepce combined the obscura with photosensitive paper to create the first permanent photograph.

The first photograph to contain a human was a photograph of the Boulevard du Temple in Paris taken by Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre in 1839. It was actually a busy street scene with people and horse-drawn carriages. However, since it took almost twenty minutes to take the photo, only one man standing still getting his boots shined actually made it into the finished photograph.

Come by the Al Harris Library on campus to take a look at the current display on photography. The display shows a few famous photographs, a timeline history of photography, and a plethora of books, CDs, and VHS tapes on almost every aspect of this subject. Also included is a scenario of what photography may be like in 2060.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Cyber Security Awarness Month, Oct. 2011

"The Internet is a shared resource and securing it is our responsibility." The theme for this year's Cyber Security Awareness Month describes the need for every Internet user to be mindful of dangers, such as identity theft, and to always use appropriate precautions to prevent becoming a victim. See the display at the front of the library for books you can check out that will inform you of the many issues and solutions in Cyber Security.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

American Routes ~ Oklahoman JJ Cale

American Routes ~ JJ Cale and Cedric Watson

J.J. Cale came up in the clubs of Tulsa, Oklahoma playing everything from Western Swing to Rock 'n' Roll. He even wrote songs that became hits for his friend Eric Clapton. But it was in the recording studio where he found his true calling. American Routes speaks with J.J. about his career as a guitar man, songwriter and studio wizard. Visit with American Routes Web Radio and hear the history of Oklahoma Music.

Thursday, September 08, 2011


The book display on "strengths" provides several books about positive psychology.  SWOSU will be starting the "StrengthsQuest" program from Gallup, Inc. soon.  Finding your talents and developing your strengths provides the path to excellence in life and work.  The Strengths program is all about helping students, faculty and staff achieve academic, career, and personal success.
List of Talents
When a person takes the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment, he or she may download a report that identifies their top five talents.  Talents are the ways in which your naturally think, feel and behave.  However, most people have not recognized their talents and often wander in life with little focus.  So, the Strengths program provides a starting point for a person.  Once a person knows his or her top five talents, the goal is to add skills and knowledge to turn those talents into strengths.  You were born with talents, but strengths are earned.  A strength is defined as the ability to consistently provide near-perfect performance in a specific task. Finding and developing your strengths is the desired outcome of the StrengthsQuest program.  So, check out this library display today and find out about your strengths - your path to excellence in life and work.

The Blues

The blues, along with jazz, of which it is an essential part, is one of the most significant US musical forms of the twentieth century. Emerging in the rural South around the turn of the century and first recorded in the early 1920s, the musical form’s characteristic feature is of a direct lyrical confrontation with the joys and hardships of individual existence.

A literary and musical form…a fusion of music and poetry accomplished at a very high emotional temperature…these are different ways of describing the same thing. A gigantic field of feeling…that’s a way of describing something enduring, something that could be limitless. How much thought can be hidden in a few short lines…how much history can be transmitted by the pressure on a guitar string? The thought of generations, the history of every human being who’s ever felt the blues come down like rain.

-Palmer, R. (1981). Deep Blues. NYC: Penguin.

The Al Harris Library is hosting a new display on Blues Music. Stop by, take a look, take a listen.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Voices of Oklahoma

Are you new to Oklahoma? A returning student who wants to know more about their home state? Voices of Oklahoma, a new website founded by John Erling, long time radio voice for Tulsa's KRMG, includes hundreds of wide-ranging recorded interviews from famous Oklahomans and ordinary citizens, "first-person accounts of the way life was" in Oklahoma and the rest of the world.

Famous Oklahomans such as Boone Pickens, Barry Switzer, Henry Bellmon, Chester Cadieux and Wilma Mankiller, are all featured.

Take a look.

Take a listen.

And welcome back to SWOSU!

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

The Holocaust

11 million dead.....of this six million were Polish Jews and three million Christians. Others were people that the Germans thought to be racially inferior and degenerate and therefore worthless. Courageous resisters and the members of Poland's Underground Army were killed for defending the lives of thousands of its Jewish and non-Jewish citizens. Hitler wanted to replace Jesus Christ as a person to be worshiped and expected his followers to worship the Nazi ideology theology. To achieve this goal, thousands of Catholic priests and Christian pastors were forced into concentration camps.

Why did Hitler cause 11 million to die? Hitler came to power in 1933 during severe economic hardship following the defeat in WWI. He used propaganda techniques to convince the German people that he would use military actions to restore Germany to a position of power. Greed was a primary factor (Hitler's Beneficiaries and Hell's Cartel).

1945....sixty-six years after the liberation of the concentration camps, there are those who deny the Holocaust happened (Denying the Holocaust). The library has both fiction and non-fiction books and videos on "The Holocaust". Clara's War is a story about fifteen people who survived two years in a dugout under the house of the Jewish family's housekeeper and her anti-Semitic husband. I want to read Upon the Head of a Goat, The Shawl, The Red Magician and The Hiding Place. Also, All Rivers Run to the Sea, Behind the Secret Window, and Child Survivors of the Holocaust are survivor stories. Stories about people who risked their lives to save the Jews....Schindler's List (both in print and video), In Search of Sugihara and The Zookeeper's Wife are available in the Al Harris Library. Summaries of the books can be found in the catalog of the library website.

Get Your Kicks on Route 66!

Take a tour of Oklahoma’s rich Route 66 landscape and learn about our stretch of the Mother Road. Check out our Route 66 museums (one in nearby Clinton!), beautiful old bridges, the Round Barn, the giant blue whale and who can forget the Rock Café featured in Disney’s hit Cars. Stop by SWOSU libraries and check out or display featuring maps, guide books and historical narratives of Route 66. Visit the Oklahoma Route 66 Association's website here for more info.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Math books for pleasure reading, what an idea!

‘Math literacy’ or numeracy is improved by reading books about mathematics just as literacy is improved by reading any kind of book. Dislike and discomfort with the subject are common motives to ignore math as soon as possible. However, books about numbers don’t have to be unpleasant. See the display case at the library entrance for many examples of interesting books about mathematics and science, available for you to check out, that can show you new ways of looking at the world we live in and about numbers.

The International Rankings Report released in Dec. 2010 “show the United States is merely an average performer” when tested for math and science knowledge compared to other countries around the world. Development of math literacy for each college student is an important part of preparing to compete in the global market place.

Robert P. Moses is excited about mathematics education and understands the connection between mathematical skills and financial success. See his book Radical Equations: Organizing Math Literacy in America's Schools in which he argues that “math literacy is a civil right.” The book is available to you as an ebook or can be checked out from the Al Harris Library.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

One hundred and fifty years ago on April 12, 1861, shots were fired on Ft. Sumter in South Carolina. These shots marked the beginning of a war that would be fought on American soil for the next four years. The beginning of war was a fateful moment—one of the most profound in U.S. history—and in many ways it was the moment modern America was born.
The Civil War Tribute Quilt on display in the Al Harris Library was created in commemoration of this conflict. Stop by the library to look at the quilt along with the poster that provides information about the battle representations that are blocks of the quilt.
Check out the books and video resources that are also part of the display. Many new books that focus on a retrospective look at the war are included in the display. Through these resources, the reader is given the opportunity to consider the impact of this hard-fought conflict on our society today.
For a better understanding of the complexity of the Civil War, link to Civil War Timeline to see when and where the fighting took place.

Still Time to Get Your Norse On!

If you've seen the first summer blockbuster, Thor, several times or have yet to view it, the Al Harris Library still provides access to the Odinson for a few days more. We are providing a rich resource into Norse Mythology for anyone to learn more about Odin, Thor, Loki and the others. This display offers the historical background of norse mythology, retellings of the myths, iconography of norse gods throughout the history of art, and several graphic novels to enjoy Marvel's version of the Thunder God and his realm, Asgard.

Although the case is locked, ask for assistance to checkout any of the books in this case. For enthusiasts, a special replica resides in the case - Thor's hammer, the powerful Mjöllnir.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Online Tutorials: The Math of Khan

What started out as Sal Khan making a few algebra videos for his nieces and nephews has grown to over 2000 videos and 100 self-paced exercises and assessments covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history. Recently profiled in Bloomberg BusinessWeek report :The Math of Khan Salman Khan is the recipient of a $1.5 million donation from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. All of the Khan tutorials are free and available on the web.

To learn more visit the Khan Academy.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Dr. Fred Gates Appeared on OETA's Oklahoma Forum

From the SWOSU news page:

"Dr. Fred Gates, associate professor of history in the SWOSU Department of Social Sciences, recently appeared on OETA's weekly discussion show Oklahoma Forum hosted by Dick Pryor.

Dr. Gates was invited by OETA to participate in a round table discussion on immigration. The discussion focused on the National Issues Forum that was held across the state in public libraries to discuss the immigration issue. Dr. Gates participated in the forum held in Weatherford and was chosen to discuss the experience.

The show originally aired on May 1 but is being replayed on OETA stations throughout the month."

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Latin American Cinema

Latin American cinema refers collectively to the film output and film industries of Latin America. Latin American film is both rich and diverse, but the main centers of production have been Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, and Cuba.

Movies such as Como agua para chocolate (1992), City of God (2002, Amores perros (2000), Y tu mamá también (2001), Pan's Labyrinth (2006) and Battle in Heaven (2005) have been successful in creating universal stories about contemporary subjects, and were internationally recognized, as in the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Mexican directors Alejandro González Iñárritu, Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Guillermo del Toro and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga have gone on to Hollywood success.

Link on Latin Cinema for a quick review or better yet come check out the films currently on display at the Al Harris Library. Con Gusto!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Top 50 Think Tanks

Founded in 1989, the Think Tanks and Foreign Policy Program has laid the foundation for a global initiative that will help bridge the gap between knowledge and policy in critical policy areas such as international peace and security, globalization and governance, international economics, environment, information and society, poverty alleviation and health.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Osama Bin Laden Dead

Osama bin Laden, mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, has been killed by U.S. forces in what is being described as a surgical strike at a compound in northern Pakistan, ending one of the longest and costliest manhunts in history.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

2008 Showcase Speaker Nominated for 2011 Eisner Award

Choctaw storyteller (and 2008 Showcase Speaker) Greg Rodgers became a nominee for a 2011 Eisner Award. The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards honor the best work in the comic book/graphic novel industry in several categories and genres.

Trickster: Native American Tales features multiple Oklahomans including Greg Rodgers and is nominated in the best anthology category. Trickster: Native American Tales adapts twenty-one American Indian folklore tales. Rodgers contributed the tale "Giddy Up, Wolfie" with artist Mike Short designed the graphics for the story.

The winners will be announced on July 22 at the San Diego Comic-Con International.

SWOSU Libraries congratulates Greg Rodgers for being nominated for this pretigious award.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day Network

Earth Day Network's year-round mission is to broaden, diversify and activate the environmental movement worldwide, through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns. Listen to twelve world class athletes on being Green and hear why they have chosen to become part of Earth Day Network's Athletes for the Earth.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

150th Anniversary of the Civil War

Today is the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War between the North and South. On April 12, 1861, fighting began with an attack on Ft. Sumter, South Carolina. Follow the link above, to read about this historical day and other information including Civil War artifacts from the Smithsonian Institute.

During the Civil War, several battles took place in Oklahoma which was considered Indian Territory at that time. To commemorate this anniversary in Oklahoma, the Cherokee Nation will host a tour on April 16, 2011, focusing on how the war impacted the Cherokee people. The tour will run from 8am to 5pm and will depart from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa. For more information, please consult the Cherokee Nation Tourism site.

"The tour includes a visit to historic Capitol Square in Tahlequah, Okla., to learn about the destruction by Confederate troops. Guests will also visit the Murrell Home, an antebellum home that survived the fires of the Civil War. Visitors will explore Fort Gibson Historic Site, which changed hands several times between the Union and Confederate forces. Guests also will stop at Honey Springs Battle site, a turning point in the Civil War and the site of the largest battle fought between the states in Indian Territory."

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

What Would a Government Shutdown Look Like?

With the deadline for reaching an agreement just days away, it raises the question: What would a shutdown look like today? For those hoping to explore a national park or museum, those sites may be closed. Veterans could see their services curtailed. And, anyone who submits an application for a passport could find themselves having to postpone whatever foreign travel they were hoping to do this spring.

A Congressional Research Service Report, published in 2001, lists some of the consequences of those most recent shutdowns:

  • Over 1,000,000 federal employees were sent home during the combined 1995-96 shutdowns. Major federal work force furloughs occurred in of the Department of Education, the Department of Veteran Affairs, Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Social Security Administration, to name a few.
  • National museums and monuments closed down, resulting in an estimated loss of 2 million visitors.
  • 368 National Park Service sites also closed, losing 7 million visitors and around $14.2 million per day in tourism revenue.
  • 20,000-30,000 foreign visa applications per day went unprocessed, as did an estimated total of 200,000 U.S. passport applications.

For More information see Sarah Svoboda's article at PBS Newshour

Monday, March 07, 2011

Women's History Month Display

March marks the annual observation of Women's History Month, where we celebrate women's contributions to society, culture and history. The United States has observed Women's History Month since 1987, with this year's theme being "Our History is Our Strength." Click on the image below for the Women's History digital collection at the Library of Congress:

March 8th, 2011 also marks the centennial celebration of International Women's Day! From the website:
"International Women's Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women's Day is a national holiday."
Stop by the library to see our display full of resources on influential women, the history of Women's Rights, and women throughout history! Click here to visit Gale's Women's History page and see a timeline of women throughout history (highly recommended!), landmark court cases, and take the quiz to test your knowledge!

Light Up Your Interest in Chemistry

Pictured is a scientist showing the "hazards of flamable powders" in a video on Wired Science: Top 10 Amazing Chemistry Videos. The Web Page demonstrates that Chemistry can be both fun and exciting.

Books representing a variety of approaches to chemistry can be found on display in the library near the circulation desk. The books on display are only a few of the hundreds of books about chemistry that are available in print or online through the SWOSU Al Harris Library.

Chemistry, according to the Oxford English Dictionary is "The branch of science concerned with the substances of which matter is composed, the investigation of their properties and reactions, and the use of such reactions to form new substances; (in early use also) alchemy."

All things within the physical universe can be explored using chemistry. Such exploration can satisfy one's curiosity about about how things are in the world as they are. Chemistry can lead to the discovery of new drugs or products that save lives or improve the quality of our lives. Or, Chemistry can simply be interesting and fun.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

It is time to get those hands dirty!

There are as many reasons to garden as there are gardeners. Again this spring, millions of gardeners will be picking up the shovel and heading to that special piece of dirt to start another season of gardening. Reasons for gardening can range from bragging rights of the first ripe tomato in your neighborhood, reducing your grocery bill, or just the enjoyment of playing in the dirt. Gardening is a favorite among all ages. If you are new to gardening or an expert, we have numerous landscaping/gardening/insect books and more available here at the SWOSU Al Harris Library ready for checkout! Speaking of checkout, checkout the display case near the front entrance of the library, get some inspiration, and then get those hands dirty! Happy Gardening!

Friday, February 04, 2011

Celebrate Black History Month: Oral History Interviews

The History Makers Digital Archive of 310 African American video oral history interviews is available online for the first time on a test basis to registered users. This archive includes 14060 stories from nearly 700 hours of video.The History Makers organization and the Carnegie Mellon University Informedia Project have come together to bring a trove of 310 African American video oral history interviews to the general public. The HistoryMakers group started their oral history interviews in 1999, and over the next six years they interviewed Marian Wright Edelman, Julian Bond, and other prominent individuals in the African American community.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

J.D.Salinger: In Memorium

J.D. Salinger (January 1, 1919 - January 27, 2010), who was thought at one time to be the most important American writer to emerge since World War II but who then turned his back on success and adulation, he died at his home in Cornish, N.H., where he had lived in seclusion for more than 50 years.

Mr. Salinger’s literary reputation rests on a slender but enormously influential body of published work: the novel “The Catcher in the Rye,” the collection “Nine Stories” and two compilations, each with two long stories about the fictional Glass family: “Franny and Zooey” and “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction.”

“Catcher” was published in 1951, and its very first sentence, distantly echoing Mark Twain, struck a brash new note in American literature: “If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.”

The novel’s allure persists to this day, even if some of Holden’s preoccupations now seem a bit dated, and it continues to sell more than 250,000 copies a year in paperback. Mark David Chapman, who killed John Lennon in 1980, even said the explanation for his act could be found in the pages of “The Catcher in the Rye.” In 1974 Philip Roth wrote, “The response of college students to the work of J. D. Salinger indicates that he, more than anyone else, has not turned his back on the times but, instead, has managed to put his finger on whatever struggle of significance is going on today between self and culture.”

Many critics were more admiring of “Nine Stories,” which came out in 1953 and helped shape writers like Mr. Roth, John Updike and Harold Brodkey. The stories were remarkable for their sharp social observation, their pitch-perfect dialogue (Mr. Salinger, who used italics almost as a form of musical notation, was a master not of literary speech but of speech as people actually spoke it) and the way they demolished whatever was left of the traditional architecture of the short story — the old structure of beginning, middle, end — for an architecture of emotion, in which a story could turn on a tiny alteration of mood or irony. Mr. Updike said he admired “that open-ended Zen quality they have, the way they don’t snap shut.”

Mr. Salinger also perfected the great trick of literary irony — of validating what you mean by saying less than, or even the opposite of, what you intend. Orville Prescott wrote in The New York Times in 1963, “Rarely if ever in literary history has a handful of stories aroused so much discussion, controversy, praise, denunciation, mystification and interpretation.”

As a young man Mr. Salinger yearned ardently for just this kind of attention. He bragged in college about his literary talent and ambitions, and wrote swaggering letters to Whit Burnett, the editor of Story magazine. But success, once it arrived, paled quickly for him. He told the editors of Saturday Review that he was “good and sick” of seeing his photograph on the dust jacket of “The Catcher in the Rye” and demanded that it be removed from subsequent editions. He ordered his agent to burn any fan mail. In 1953 Mr. Salinger, who had been living on East 57th Street in Manhattan, fled the literary world altogether and moved to a 90-acre compound on a wooded hillside in Cornish. He seemed to be fulfilling Holden’s desire to build himself “a little cabin somewhere with the dough I made and live there for the rest of my life,” away from “any goddam stupid conversation with anybody.”

McGrath, Charles. J.D. Salinger’s Obituary. New York Times January 28, 2010.

His body of work can be found on display in the library along with some candid pictures of him from the Getty Musuem.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Eagle Watching this Weekend

As a follow-up to the information posted about the bird watching, this weekend is your chance to do some bird watching. Kaw Lake is one of several winter migration spots for eagles in Oklahoma. Kaw Lake is located on the Kaw Nation Reservation, located east of Ponca City.

This Saturday (January 15th) is the Ultimate Eagle Watch at Kaw Lake. Free refreshments and guided tours will be offered. The Kaw Nation Community Center will be offering a free luncheon including corn soup, fry bread and grape dumplings. For more information, call (580)761-1615 or (918)688-9518.

The Ultimate Eagle Watch is sponsored by Kaw Lake Association, Kaw Nation, Kaw City Chamber of Commerce, and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Literary Achievement of Isaac Asimov

The display at the front of the library celebrates the literary achievement
of Isaac Asimov (Jan. 2, 1920-Apr. 6, 1992).

“First recognized for his fiction, Asimov became more broadly known for his books of science popularization—and for being the most prolific author of his day, with 470 published books at the time of his death.”

Gunn, J. (2007). Isaac Asimov. Magill’s Survey of American Literature, Revised Edition, Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

Oklahoma Bird Watching

Bird watching is fun for the whole family! It is estimated that approximately 50 million people around the country have fallen in love with bird watching. It is the most popular spectator sport in America, and with nearly 500 species of birds, Oklahoma is prime bird watching territory!

During the months of January and February in Oklahoma if you are looking for an exciting outdoor winter activity that won't break your budget and is suitable for the entire family, consider eagle watching.

Approximately 1,000 bald eagles winter in Oklahoma each year, drawn to the open lakes and rivers that don't freeze over, you can take the opportunity to watch them during their winter visit. Several state parks host eagle watching events throughout the winter.

You don't need to make a big investment in equipment to begin this exciting activity; the only things needed are a pair of binoculars, camera, warm clothes and sturdy shoes. Then pick a location for eagle watching. There are numerous locations across the state, among the possibilities are Mountain Fork River in southeastern Oklahoma, Lake Thunderbird in central Oklahoma, the Great Salt Plains Lake in the northwest and Quartz Mountain in the southwest. Search "eagle watching" on the Oklahoma Travel Web site: www.travelok.com for links to the state parks where you can see eagles, then contact the state park you want to visit to find out the dates and times of guided or self-guided eagle watching events. Most of these take place in January and February.

After you have packed your warm clothes and other gear, be sure to stop by the SWOSU Al Harris Library and check out our great selection of birding books which include the Smithsonian Field Guide to Birds of North America, The Eagle Watchers, Woodpeckers of North America and many more!