Library Staff Spotlight: Regina Reed

| October 6th, 2014 | Comments Off

Severe? Shushing? Intimidating? Not at the Trustee Library! Stereotypes of librarians are rampant in movies, TV, and general popular culture. In our Library Staff Spotlight series we aim to introduce you to the Real Library Staff of the Brenau Trustee Library. We’re a unique bunch but we have one unifying drive: we love helping the faculty, staff, and students of Brenau. Your name: Regina Reed Position: Research & Instructional Services Assistant Education/Library Experience: B.S. Mass Communications, Appalachian State University. Microforms Supervisor, East TN State Univ.; Reference/Adult Services, Hall Co. Library System, System Administrator (Voyager), Johnson City Public Library, System Administrator (Millennium), Watauga Regional Library System (TN) How long have you worked for the Library? Since April 1, 2014. What do you do at the Brenau Trustee Library? Provide training & supervision of student employees in public service areas; assist patrons with locating needed materials; oversee stacks maintenance; schedule classroom and

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Our Favorite Banned Books

| September 25th, 2014 | Comments Off

This week at the Brenau Trustee Library we’ve been spreading the word about Banned Books Week on our Facebook page. Occurring September 21st – 27th this year, Banned Books Week celebrates our “freedom to read” and right to intellectual freedom by highlighting banned and challenged books. We’d like to share with you some of our favorite banned and challenged books. What can I say about the Newbery Medal winning novel, The Giver, by Lois Lowry, that hasn’t already been said? This beautifully crafted dystopian story, written for grades 6-9, fuels passion and appreciation for all that makes our lives vibrant. It also demands that we accept the value of coming to grips with the disturbing and difficult side of living. Recommended by my son, who read the novel about 8 times – it’s that good – I also enjoyed it. The Giver is a thought provoking family read. (Linda Kern,

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Student-Led Library Beautification Project

| April 23rd, 2014 | Comments Off

Kenzie Threlkeld (Freshman, English) developed and led a project to beautify the back garden of the library for her final project in Prof. Ted Garner’s BA223 Principles of Leadership class. Kenzie, who is also a work-study student at the library, thought of beautifying the library garden as a way to make a lasting impact on campus. With the help of freshmen Nancy Benitez and Ashton Mosteller and librarian Linda Kern, Kenzie worked throughout the week weeding, raking, and planting to create a lovely view for patrons studying by the window. When asked how this project helped her learn about leadership, Kenzie stated, “I think an important part of leading is being willing to work beside those that follow you.” We appreciate Kenzie taking the time and initiative to organize and carry out such an expansive project during final exams week. Great work!

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