Interactive display inspires discussion of gender equality

MURRAY, KY – Gender Equality is the theme of an interactive display at the Waterfield Library that begins the week of October 12, and leads up to the Come Together Kentucky conference that convenes on the MSU campus October 23-24. Students, faculty, staff and visitors to the library are invited to submit their written responses anonymously regarding gender and how it affects every aspect of life. Responses will be gathered and posted daily to inspire discussion of what gender equality means –past, present, and future.

Participants can submit responses anonymously in the box.
Participants can submit responses anonymously in the box.

The display is one component of a special grant from Kentucky Foundation for Women to award-winning writer and civic journalist Constance Alexander. Murray State University’s Women’s Center and the MSU Office of LGBT Programming are co-sponsoring the project, with Murray State University Libraries hosting and managing the interactive display.

'Gender Equality: I'll Know It When I See It'
‘Gender Equality: I’ll Know It When I See It’

Entitled “Gender Equality: I’ll Know it When I See It,” the KFW grant is the Foundation’s way of celebrating its 30-year history of supporting Kentucky women artists who promote positive social change. As a grant recipient, Ms. Alexander is conducting a series of creative writing workshops with a variety of groups on campus, including participants attending the Come Together Kentucky conference on October 24.

Workshops have already been presented to young women mentors involved in the Women’s Center program known as G.R.O.W., an acronym for Growing into Respected Outstanding Women. In November, Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) will have an opportunity to share their reflections on gender equality, and in January, communities of color will be involved. On February 4, Ms. Alexander will conduct a workshop in honor of National Girls & Women n Sports Day.

Workshop writings will be showcased live and online through a variety of media, including public performances and presentations at events like MSU’s annual Celebrate Women luncheon in honor Women’s History Month.

“Working with the Women’s Center and LGBT Programming is a logical partnership for a project like this,” Ms. Alexander said. “Diversity and equality are such important issues, yet discussions and examinations of our values associated with them are often avoided. Having the interactive display in the library is especially appropriate, since libraries are dispensaries of information and tireless advocates of free speech and meaningful dialogue.”

Jody Cofer Randall, MSU’s LGBT coordinator, sees the grant as a vehicle for sharing visions of gender equality. “Often times those living with the harmful impact of inequality struggle to find their voice by sharing it with the community,” she said, “but through this program and, specifically, the workshops with Constance Alexander, we are helping people to come out of that space at least in the moment to tell their stories.”

Abigail French, director of the MSU Women’s Center, believes that every age group can benefit from the writing workshops. “Often we lack the self-awareness to truly understand or recognize how gender impacts us in daily life,” she said. “We consciously and unconsciously accept stereotypes and biases that perpetuate gender discrimination. Through telling our stories we not only open the eyes of others, but we enlighten ourselves as well.”

Recipient of a 2014 Governor’s Award in the Arts, Constance Alexander has received numerous grants, fellowships, and awards from the Benton Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Ragdale Foundation, Kaiser Foundation, Helmsley Charitable Trust, Newspaper Association of America, Kentucky Press Association, and the Kentucky Arts Council. She is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, a memoir, two poetry collections, short stories, and many plays. Currently she is a vice president of the Kentucky Historical Society board and also serves on the advisory board of the Institute on Rural Journalism and Community Issues.

The Kentucky Foundation for Women promotes positive social change by supporting varied feminist expression in the arts through grants and other programs. For more information, log on to


Lives Change @ Your Library

National Library Week–April 13-19, 2014

National Library Week 2014“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.”

To celebrate our library and library patrons, we have featured Waterfield’s most checked-out items. It sure is an interesting list! Works include Your First Business Plan, LOST, The Graduate, Kiss Bow or Shake Hands, Sons of Martha, The Important Book, Citizen Kane, and more!

Please be sure to thank your librarians and library workers! They work hard every day to make finding resources easier for faculty, staff and students.

The Oscars Media Display

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

The 86th Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen Degeneres, will air on March 2nd, 2014. In honor of this prestigious awards show, Waterfield Library has set up a book display honoring past films that were nominated or won the Academy Award for Best Film.

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Films include All About Eve, Westside Story, Chinatown, Rocky, Argo, The Hurt Locker, Midnight In Paris, Girl Interrupted, Saving Private Ryan, The English Patient, Ghost, Moonstruck, An Inconvenient Truth, There Will Be Blood, Milk, Gladiator, Schindler’s List and more!

Check out the displays at Waterfield Library today!

Bill Nye Book Display

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Bill Nye The Science Guy will speak at Murray State University on February 3rd as part of the Presidential Lecture Series. The lecture will be held at 8 p.m. at the CFSB Center and is free to all MSU students, faculty, staff and general public.

Waterfield Library created a book display dedicated to Bill Nye that includes scientific books, movies and reference material! Works include Is There An Engineer Inside You?The Universe, Decoding The Heavens, The Physics Of Superheroes, Star StruckDay We Found The Universe, and the Ideas Of Particle Physics.

Check out the displays at Waterfield Library today!

Summer Adventures Display

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Our summer book display features some of the best places to visit in Western Kentucky! Attractions include the The National Quilt Museum, Maiden Alley Cinema, Lowertown Arts and Music Festival, and Land Between The Lakes!

University Libraries has displayed a variety of books and movies to enhance your adventures this summer! Works include 500 Cabinets, 500 Ceramic Sculptures, Designs on Film, Cult Cinema, Kentucky’s Last Great Places, Canoe and Kayak Adventures, Forever Wild, Photographing Nature, and Kentucky Country!

Check them out today at Waterfield Library!

May 2013 Book Displays


Did you know that May is National Pet Month? “National Pet Month exists to promote the benefits of pet ownership, support pet adoption, promote responsible pet ownership, increase public awareness of services available from professionals who work with animals, and raise awareness of the role, value and contribution to society of service animals.” (source)

Waterfield Library has designated a book display to showcase resources about animals, as well as displaying pictures of library employee’s pets! Books include Companion Animals, Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats, ASPCA Complete Cat Care Manual, The Pawprints of History: Dogs and the Course of Human Events, The Domestic Rabbit, and more!

Need some recommendations for summer reading? Be sure to check out our “Staff Picks” book display! Library employees have picked some of their favorite works for YOU to experience! The “picks” include: Sons of Anarchy, Harry Potter, Tuesdays with Morrie,  I Feel Bad About My Neck, Downton Abbey, Atonement, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, Flowers for Algernon and MORE!

Remember, if you want to check out anything from the display cases, just ask someone at the Info Desk!


Community Matters @ Your Library

National Library Week–April 14-20, 2013

“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.”

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The theme of the 2013 National Library Week is “Communities Matter @ Your Library.” Murray State Libraries used the book displays in the lobby as a way to celebrate community groups on campus. For the entire month of April, University Libraries gave 8 groups the opportunity to showcase their group and explain how they use the library for the development of their club.


The groups included the MSU Geoscience Club, Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, Hart College, MSU Rowing Team, Murray State Girl Scouts, Racer Band, MSU International Organization, and the Association for Renaissance Martial Arts.

University Libraries is proud to support all groups on campus in their endeavors. Please make sure to check out the displays in the lobby of Waterfield. The students did a fantastic job with their decorations!

Please also be sure to thank your librarians and library workers! They work hard every day to make finding resources easier for faculty, staff and students.

Earth Day 2013 – The Face Of Climate Change

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“Every year on April 22, more than one billion people take part in Earth Day. Across the globe, individuals, communities, organizations, and governments acknowledge the amazing planet we call home and take action to protect it.”

Waterfield Library has displayed books and movies that represent the natural wonders of the Earth and how we can protect our lands through knowledge and green living. Works include An Inconvenient Truth, Human Footprint, The Green Workplace, Scholastic Atlas of Earth, Deforesting Earth, The Earth After Us, A Short History of Planet Earth and much more!

To learn more information about Earth Day 2013 and how to become more involved, visit their website at


March is Women’s History Month


The month of March celebrates the achievements and contributions of women throughout history. This year’s theme, chosen by The National Women’s History Project, is “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.”

Waterfield Library has displayed books and movies by and about influential women in history. The works include A League Of Their Own, Amelia Earhart, Iron Jawed Angels, The Madame Curie Complex, Has Feminism Changed Science?, Strong Minded Women, and much more! What are your favorite works about strong women in history? Make sure to comment below! We’d love to know what you’d like to see at University Libraries!

For more information regarding Women’s History Month, visit

MSU Shakespeare Festival


“In March, the American Shakespeare Festival returns to the Murray State campus to present Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy Twelfth Night and John Webster’s gripping tragedy The Duchess of Malfi. Check out the full festival schedule, which also includes an exciting lineup of workshops, film screenings, and stimulating scholar-led discussions.”

Waterfield Library has displayed some of Shakespeare’s most notable work, which includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Twelfth Night. The book display also presents Shakespeare on Love and Lust, Shakespeare’s Globe, and The Backgrounds of Shakespeare’s Plays.

  • Monday, Feb. 28th-Saturday, March 2nd

Cinema International Film: Coriolanus, 7:30pm, Curris Center Theater

  • Monday, March 4th

“Shakespeare Dance Party,” 4:00-5:00pm, Wilson Hall Room 310B

  • Tuesday, March 5th

“Shakespeare Flash Mob! Shakespearean Insult Battle,” 12:00-1:00pm, Rocking Chair Lounge

  • Wednesday, March 6th

Twelfth Night Performance, 10:00am-12:00pm, Lovett Auditorium

  • Thursday, March 7th

Duchess of Malfi Performance, 7:00-9:00pm, Lovett Auditorium

  • Friday, March 8th

Twelfth Night Performance, 7:00-9:00pm, Lovett Auditorium

For more information about the Shakespeare Festival and to view the full schedule of events, click here.

Don’t Judge A Book By The Movie

IMG_2349Have you ever watched a movie and thought, “Wow, the book was so much better”? Is it because you already imagined the characters and their behavior? Or is it because there’s missing information vital to the plot?

In honor of the Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and Oscars, University Libraries is displaying different book-to-film adaptations available for check-out! Examples include The Hunger Games, The Road, and The Outsiders.

The display also features films such as A Beautiful Mind, Out of Africa, Slumdog Millionaire, Titanic, and the Hurt Locker, all of which were nominated or won the Oscar for Best Picture. Make sure and stop by University Libraries and check out your favorite Oscar-nominated film!

Spike Lee To Visit Murray State


Murray State University will welcome Spike Lee to Lovett Auditorium on February 4th at 7:30 p.m. Spike Lee is a writer, director, actor, producer and author who revolutionized the role of Black talent in cinema. His speech series, “An Evening With Spike Lee: America Through My Lens,” focuses on Hollywood stereotypes and social and political agendas.


His work in movies includes Malcolm X, 25th Hour, Miracle at St. Anna, and Inside ManHe and his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, have written several children’s books entitled Please, Puppy, Please, and Please, Baby, PleaseHis work and influences are shown in the Book Displays at Waterfield Library.

Waterfield Library is also celebrating Black History Month by showcasing influential African American authors and literature. The displayed work includes I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, The Race Beat: The Press, The Civil Rights Struggle, And The Awakening Of A Nation by Gene Roberts, Beloved by Toni Morrison, and Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama.

For more information regarding the books and media in the display cases, ask a Librarian at the Info Desk!


Persepolis Resources

This year the Murray State Reading Experience book is Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis.  This autobiographical work discusses Satrapi’s firsthand experience with the first Iranian revolution in 1979.  The University Libraries has worked to make sure that students have access to not only the novel, of which we have multiple copies, but also related Iranian films and novels including: Persepolis and Persepolis 2, the film adaptation of the book, many other graphic novels like Maus, and several Persian films such as The Cow, Amreeka, and Offside.

Similarly the library’s libguide for Persepolis offers up a detailed look into the history and culture of Iran, and background information on Graphic Novels.  It can be found here:  The Murray State Reading Experience even has a facebook page where you can check out the latest events surrounding the book at :

MSU welcomes Ben Stein to Lovett Auditorium on Feb. 1 at 7:30pm

Ben Stein will be appearing at MSU Lovett’s Auditorium on Tuesday, Feb 1 at 7:30pm.  He is a graduate of Columbia University and Yale Law School.  He is a teacher, White House speech writer, columnist, writer of more than thirty books, commentator, and actor.  He has appeared in many commercials, and his role as the teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is ranked as one of the fifty most famous scenes in American film.

The following are available in Waterfield:
Fired (DVD) HF5549.5 D55 F57 2007
Son of the mask    (DVD) PN1997 S666 2005
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (DVD) PN1997 F4736 2006
The real stars : in today’s America, who are the true heroes (book) HN59.2 S734 2007
The eyes of faith : how to not go crazy (book) RC953.7 P43 2005

Banned Books Week at Waterfield Library

Banned Books Week was last week (September 25-October 2)—a chance for all of us to celebrate our freedom to read.  Some of the  most frequently challenged books include:  The Perks of Being A Wallflower, To Kill A Mockingbird, the Twilight series, Catcher in the Rye, And Tango Makes Three, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, and The Color Purple.  Celebrate your freedom to read by checking these books out at Waterfield. To learn more about Banned and Challenged Books visit the About Banned and Challenged Books page on the American Libraries Association’s website .

Help Yourself Be Safe!

The library has resources to help you learn more about safety, including “Creating and maintaining safe college campuses” (Call# LB2866.C74 2007) and “139 ways to prevent sexual assault : a new design for female empowerment” (Call# HV6558.H378 2006), as well as “Tackling crime and other public-safety problems : case studies in problem-solving” (Call# HV7936.C83 S25 2000) and “Understanding domestic violence : a handbook for victims and professionals” (Call# HV6626.2 U53 1998).  Join the Take Back the Night Program & Candlelight March, Tuesday Sept. 28th @ 7pm at the Cutchin Soccer Field.  Luminaries begin at 6pm!