• General Works,  Mathematics

    Happy Halloween

    The library’s Statista database offers an intriguing collection of infographics and what they call Giant Charts including this chart about Halloween. Who knew Americans were expected to spend $330 Million on pet costumes in 2013?  Happy Haunting!   You will find more statistics at Statista.

  • General Works

    Streaming Zombies

    Visit the library’s streaming indie film collection indieflix and stream some zombies!     The Channels button (over on the left) includes a Zombies channel. Haven’t used indieflix before?  Check out this library blog post for all the details.

  • Research

    New eReference: Encyclopedia of World Mythology

    New in the library’s eReference collection from Gale, is the Encyclopedia of World Mythology.   Use this 6-volume set to find background information on such things as: Aladdin Banshees Fruit in Mythology Sphinx Witches and Wizards

  • Archives,  Literature

    Ave, avis obscura! – A Horae Halloween

    In the spirit of All Hallows’ Evening, the following excerpt from the October 31, 1925 edition of the Horae Scholasticae, called The Horae Owl, is reprinted below : Ave, avis obscura! Hail, bird of darkness! Once more, high upon the cabinet, perches an owl and looks down at us with unblinking stare. By day he gleans the pages of past and future Horae and is acquainted far in advance with the guarded secrets of each issue. And when all the editors are deep in slumber he shrugs his shoulders, stiff from holding the same position all day, and coming into life and motion flies with powerful beats through the window, to float…

  • Library News,  Social Sciences

    Halloween Greetings from Ohrstrom Library

    Lisa Laughy – Archives Assistant Librarian Action Figure is suited up for Halloween and ready to share her enthusiasm for the day at Ohrstrom Library.  A quick trip to the reference room provided her with this tidbit of information on the origins of Halloween celebrations in the U.S.: “Halloween has its ultimate origins in the ancient Celtic harvest festival, Samhain, a time when people believed that the spirits of the dead roamed the earth.  Irish settlers brought their Halloween customs – which included bobbing for apples and lighting jack-o’-lanterns – to America in the 1840s.” From: Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, pg. 223. Ref. 394 H38 2005.…