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Nov 23

Research at FLW

Posted on November 23, 2015 at 12:00 AM by Craig Jacobson

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As the end of November draws near, finals draw closer. The Weyenberg Library has tons of resources to help with final papers and projects. Check our handy guide below!

The library offers reference materials (which are always at the library and cannot be checked out), circulating materials to take home, and online databases that can be accessed 24/7 – great for finding last minute sources that your teacher will approve.

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The Reference Collection includes a wide range of resources and research staples. Print encyclopedias and dictionaries are here, of course, but you can also find more specialized resources, like these:

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(pictured above:The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars, Butler's Lives of the Saints, Sports around the World, and The Gale Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes)

Why use specialized reference books? Specialized encyclopedias and biographical dictionaries usually have longer entries and more detailed information than their generalized counterparts. For example, an article on the Cree Nation is just a few paragraphs in a regular encyclopedia – in The Gale Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes, the article is 11 pages. This means a lot of information in a single, easy to use (and cite) place. Sometimes, extra copies or older editions of these books may be available to be checked out as well.

The reference section is also the place to look for recent editions of titles like Guinness World Records and various college guides.

Materials for Check-Out are also known as circulating materials. You probably think of books when you think of these, but the library offers much more. DVDs, magazines – even paintings! You can search the library’s collection at any time through our catalog. Need something tonight? Filter by location so only the Weyenberg Library’s books show. Or choose between fiction and nonfiction, look at only recent books … even filter by age level. See something you like at another library? You can request it – just remember that it takes a few days for the books to arrive, so ask in advance.

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(pictured above: Smithsonian Magazine, Nov. 2015; The Fabric of the Cosmos, DVD; Othello, in facing-page translation; Who Was Marie Curie?, and Algebra Demystified: a Self-Teaching Guide)

Ebooks are also available from the Weyenberg Library through Overdrive, so you can check books out even when you can’t make it in. Ebooks follow the same rules as regular ones – they can only be checked out for a certain period of time and they aren’t always available.

Interested in other resources? You can check out older magazine issues or try a documentary. Not sure how to do the citation? Copies of style manuals are available in the reference section.


It’s 2 am on Sunday night, your paper is due in the morning and you need another source. Or you left your book at school and you have German test Monday. Or you’re going on a car trip and you want to listen to something new. Databases and e-resources offer remote access any time of day or night. 

Database - Rosetta.gifNeed to brush up on your Spanish, Latin, German, Mandarin, or French before finals? FLW offers free access to Rosetta Stone to its patrons with over 30 languages to choose from.

Database - BadgerLink.gifBadgerLink is provided through Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction and offers journal databases, audio clips, newspaper archives, royalty-free images, plays, books, and author interviews. There’s a lot to navigate, so here’s a quick overview of two of the major databases.

Database - Learning Express.jpgThe Learning Express Library offers test prep resources for everything from Algebra to NCLEX tests. Their College Prep Center section offers SAT, ACT, and AP practice exams and study guides. The School Center offers help in Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science.

Database - MasterFILE.gifMasterFILE Premier offers access to tons of journals, speeches, and articles on a wide range of subjects, from acapella to yurts. Most of the publications included in this database aren’t academic, meaning you won’t need to be a specialist to understand them. Even though the database is online, all the results are from previously published materials – they’ve simply been put into a digital version for wider access. 

ASK US! Library staff are happy to answer your questions and to help you find what you’re looking for – please don’t hesitate to ask if you’re trying to track something down, even if it’s just a good book to read. We’re here to help!

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Database logos from BadgerLink.net and www.FLWLib.org
All other images courtesy of Easicat

Nov 11

DIY Home Repair made easy (and FUN)!

Posted on November 11, 2015 at 10:16 AM by Craig Jacobson

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With the weather turning cold, now is the perfect time to tackle those pesky indoor home DIY projects you’ve been putting off. Whether it’s repainting, re-organizing, or tackling larger renovations, these are just some of the books Frank L. Weyenberg Library has to offer:

homemakers.jpgHomemakers: a domestic handbook for the digital generation–Brit Morin
Morin, founder of the lifestyle app Brit Co, takes home projects to a new, tech-savvy level with this great how-to book. Whether you’re a DIY newbie or a seasoned vet, her tips, tricks and shortcuts will help beautify your home without the designer cost and aggravation. Her book is well-organized, divided into areas such as: entryway, kitchen, living room, dining room, etc. For creative ideas and some fun along the way, this is a solid choice.

cupcakes.jpgCupcakes and Cashmere at home –Emily Schuman
As a lifestyle-advice blogger, Schuman knows a thing or two about interior design/entertaining at home. Her designs are well thought-out and explore the idea of creating an atmosphere that is both fashionable and livable. Her DIY project ideas and party-planning tips give confidence to the young host/hostess. If you are looking to create a home décor that is inviting and allows for entertaining with ease, this is the book for you.

designmom.jpgDesign Mom: How to live with kids: a room-by-room guide –Gabrielle Stanley Blair
Design Mom offers help to the busy Mom who wants to make the most out of every space in the home. Blair helps with simple fixes, storage ideas for toys, using small-spaces effectively and rainy-day DIY projects that can be worked on as a family. Room-by-room, she gives tips and tricks on how to avoid the clutter and create a kid-friendly home with style. A highlight are her kids’ bedroom decorating ideas for painting and accessories. Give this book a try, it will be well worth your time.

doityourself.jpgComplete do-it-yourself manual –editors at the Family Handyman
Looking to do larger renovations in your home? In need of a go-to reference guide? Complete do-it-yourself manual is just the tool you’ve been looking for. This book offers instructions on everything from power tools, plumbing, electricity, landscaping, furniture repair, painting and wallpapering, etc., and is a wonderful resource for both amateurs and experienced DIY’ers. Complete with over 3,000 photos this book breaks down the most difficult home-repair projects making them easy to visualize and understand. This truly is a must-see.

beecottage.jpgThe Bee Cottage story: how I made a muddle of things and decorated my way back to happiness –Frances Schultz
Combination memoir and decorating book, The Bee Cottage Story is a different take on the traditional home-design book. Schultz shares gorgeous photos along with her unique perspective as she embarks on the make-over of her East Hampton home, aka: Bee Cottage. Taking her time, she discovers that much like issues in your personal life, interior design is a continual process that can teach you about yourself. The reader is welcomed into Schultz’s life while also gaining useful design knowledge. A beautiful read.

Begin the process of sprucing up your home this fall with a stop at our library.  We look forward to seeing you!

*Images courtesy of EasiCat

Oct 26

New Series of 2015

Posted on October 26, 2015 at 12:36 PM by Craig Jacobson

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Each year there are many new book series to discover. From Harry Potter to The Hunger Games to Alex Cross, series are a great way to get to know characters on a deeper level. But what happens when your favorite series comes to an end? The following are several suggestions of brand new series to pick up this fall.

For Children:

  • icebreaker.jpgThe Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel by Melissa De la Cruz introduces readers to the children descended from all your favorite Disney villains.  The story begins with a quest for the Dragon’s Eye, the key to darkness, as four friends come to terms with their evil family tree.  
  • Pip Barlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater is perfect for children who love both animals and fantasy stories. Pip is sent to live with her Aunt Emma for the summer after a “Unicorn incident” and finds that trouble came along for the ride. 
  • Icebreaker is the first title in a new adventure trilogy from Lian Tanner. Petrel is an orphan living on an ancient ship who must fight to survive after a mysterious boy is found on an iceberg.  Secrets begin to reveal themselves as Petrel and the boy form a new friendship.

For Teens:

  • anemberinashes.jpgWalk on Earth a Stranger is the first book in the Gold Seer trilogy by Rae Carson. Combining elements of fantasy and historical fiction, this title introduces readers to Lee Westfall as she escapes her hometown and begins the long journey toward California and gold. 
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir is set in a fantasy world reminiscent of ancient Rome.  In the Martial Empire, the lives of Laia, a spy acting as a slave, and Elias, a soldier who could one day be emperor, collide. 

For Adults:

  • recipesforloveandmurder.jpgRecipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery by Sally Andrew delivers humor, recipes, romance, and mystery set in rural South Africa. The story centers around Tannie Maria, a middle-aged widow who love to cook and has a passion for helping others. The first title in this new series reveals how Tannie Maria gets thrown into a dangerous murder investigation.
  • The Most Famous Illegal Goose Creek Parade by Virginia Smith is perfect for fans of Jan Karon’s Mitford series.  Al and Millie Richardson set out to turn a Victorian home into a Bed & Breakfast in their small Kentucky town.  Readers will be eager for more from this series because of the small town charm and full cast of quirky characters.  
  • sorcerertothecrown.jpgSorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho introduces the reader to Zacharias Wythe who is the Sorcerer Royal of The Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers. Zacharias must discover why England’s magical stocks are running dry. What he discovers will change sorcery for the world at large forever.

All titles are available at the Frank L. Weyenberg Library.  Please stop in at the reference desk if you have questions or are looking for other reading suggestions to suit your personal interests. We are always happy to help!