International Libraries Panel Discussion


Date & Time: April 16th from 10:30-11:30
Place: Rohrbach Library
Details: As part of KU’s celebration of both International Week and National Library Week, we welcome members of Kutztown University and surrounding communities to come hear about libraries located around the world. Our panelists will discuss their combined knowledge about international library systems in the following places: Zimbabwe, Botswana, the UK, Peru, Scotland, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, and the United States. The panelists are:

* Stephanie Steely: KU Librarian. Full year of work and research at an academic library in Edinburgh, Scotland.
* Scott Harkless: KU student. Library Science major. Full summer internship at US Library of Congress. Extensive research on China’s public library history.
* Dr. Javier Cevallos: KU President. Scholar of Spanish-language literature. Native of Ecuador. Graduate of universities in Puerto Rico and the U.S.
* Katharine Mannai: Kutztown Elementary School librarian. Two years in Doha, Qatar coordinating library services for the Academic Bridge Program.
* Martha Stevenson: KU Library Director. Working trips with ALA/IFLA to help establish libraries in Botswana and Zimbabwe. Employed at midwifery library in the UK.
* Rachel McCullough: Northwest Branch Manager of the Reading Public Library. Just returned from a two month internship at an academic library in Switzerland.

The moderator is Frank Kasprowicz, Director of the Reading Public Library and host of Inside Berks Libraries on BCTV.

Hooray! It’s almost the last day!

by Dale Bond

We’re so close the end; the finish line’s in the sight. But first an event sounds just about right!Horton Hears KU Part 4

Join us for the final session of Horton Hears KU for this semester. We’ll be discussing the thought processes behind Dr. Seuss’s books, with a focus on, “Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!”

As always, we’ll have snacks, some silliness, and great discussion.

We’ll see you at Rohrbach Library, room 100B on April 22 at 11:00 a.m.

Hooray! Hooray! We’re almost to the day!

Nifty Films Friday! TEDTalks

by Dale Bond

Welcome to another round of Nifty Films Friday. This week, we’re showcasing TEDTalks, the global conferences focused around “ideas worth spreading.”

Films on Demand is a resource provided to KU students by Rohrbach Library. Films on Demand has thousands of films for students to peruse, and is easily accessible on or off campus.

If on campus, simply head over to

If accessing off campus, add to the beginning of the above link, or any Films on Demand link, and then log in using your KU username and password.


Chip Kidd—Designing Books Is No Laughing Matter (OK, It Is)

Chip Kidd


Graphic designer Chip Kidd doesn’t judge books by their cover; he creates covers that embody the book—and he does it with a wicked sense of humor. In one of the funniest talks from TED2012, he shows the art and deep thought of his cover designs.

Amber Case—We Are All Cyborgs Now

 Amber Case


Technology is evolving us, says Amber Case, as we become a screen-staring, button-clicking new version of Homo sapiens. We now rely on “external brains” (cell phones and computers) to communicate, remember, even live out secondary lives. But will these machines ultimately connect or conquer us? Case offers surprising insight into our cyborg selves.


Jessa Gamble—Our Natural Sleep Cycle

 Jessa Gamble


In today’s world, balancing school, work, kids, and more, most of us can only hope for the recommended eight hours of sleep. Examining the science behind our body’s internal clock, Jessa Gamble reveals the surprising and substantial program of rest we should be observing.


Hans Rosling—The Magic Washing Machine

Hans Rosling


What was the greatest invention of the industrial revolution? Hans Rosling makes the case for the washing machine. With newly designed graphics from Gapminder, Rosling shows us the magic that pops up when economic growth and electricity turn a boring wash day into an intellectual day of reading.


Eve Ensler—Suddenly, My Body

Eve Ensler


Poet-writer-activist Eve Ensler lived in her head. In this powerful talk from TEDWomen, she talks about her lifelong disconnection from her body—and how two shocking events helped her to connect with the reality, the physicality, of being human.


Elizabeth Gilbert—A Different Way to Think about Creative Genius

Elizabeth Gilbert


Elizabeth Gilbert faced a pre-midlife crisis by doing what we all secretly dream of—running off for a year. Her travels through Italy, India, and Indonesia resulted in the best-selling and deeply beloved memoir Eat, Pray, Love about her process of finding herself by leaving home. Gilbert is a longtime magazine writer—covering music and politics for Spin and GQ—as well as a novelist and short-story writer. In this funny, personal, and surprisingly moving TEDTalk, Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses and shares the radical idea that instead of the rare person being a genius, all of us have a genius.


Bill Gates—Mosquito, Malaria, and Education

Bill Gates


Microsoft founder Bill Gates is a geek icon, tech visionary, and business trailblazer. His leadership—fueled by his long-held dream that millions might realize their potential through great software—made Microsoft a personal computing powerhouse and a trendsetter in the Internet age. Gates has focused on his philanthropic work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation since 2008 and has donated staggering sums to HIV/AIDS programs, libraries, agricultural research, and disaster relief. In this engaging TEDTalk, Gates hopes to solve some of the world’s biggest problems using a new kind of philanthropy. In a passionate and funny 18 minutes, he asks viewers to consider two big questions and how we might answer them.


Sunitha Krishnan—Fighting Sex Slavery

Sunitha Kristnan


Human rights activist Sunitha Krishnan is galvanizing India’s battle against sexual slavery by uniting governments, corporations, and NGOs to end human trafficking. She has dedicated her life to rescuing women and children from the trade—which is a multimillion-dollar global market. In this courageous TEDTtalk, Krishnan tells three powerful stories, as well as her own, and calls for a more humane approach to helping these survivors rebuild their lives.


Nancy Etcoff—On the Surprising Science of Happiness

Nancy Etcoff


Evolutionary psychologist Nancy Etcoff is part of a vanguard of cognitive researchers who want to know what makes human beings feel content, and why we evolved with a preference for beautiful things. In this TEDTalk, Etcoff presents her findings on the nature of happiness, exposing results that surprise even while reinforcing common sense concepts (having flowers in the house really does make us happier). “Skewering the popular wisdom that beauty is a social construct, this Harvard psychologist argues that we ogle such features because they radiate the health our species needs to survive,” says Time.


Pranav Mistry—The Thrilling Potential of SixthSense Technology

Pranav Mistry


In this TEDTalk, Pranav Mistry demonstrates several remarkable tools that allow the physical world to interact with the world of data, including SixthSense, his gestural interface device that enables a display of a watch simply by tracing a circle on your wrist with your finger—and that’s just one of its applications. Viewers also learn about a paradigm-shifting paper “laptop,” intelligent sticky notes that can be searched and that can send reminders, a pen that draws in 3D, and, a map that can, for instance, show you where to get coffee if you place an empty mug on its surface.

Films on Demand adds new films regularly. Check back here next Friday for another set of awesome videos!

Rap Attack at Rohrbach: Introducing MC Kwanamak

by Dale Bond

Rohrbach Library has always been a place of peace and quiet for students to read, study, and socialize softly. But no more!

The Rohrbach librarians, once known for their whispered words, are reportedly running around and shouting in the library as of late, disturbing students and undermining the whole hushed philosophy of the library.

“They’re running amok,” Karen Deysher, a graduate assistant at the library, said Monday afternoon.

“Something needs to be done,” another student remarked.

One librarian even took the rowdiness to the extreme, donning gangsta garb and laying down some fat beats. Karen Wanamaker, now calling herself MC Kwanamak, released her first single today, entitled “The Rohrbach Rap.”

The music video for “The Rohrbach Rap” has already reached a million views on YouTube. Librarians everywhere are catching the sick beat and wreaking havoc in their own libraries.

“It’s an epidemic,” Bruce Jensen, multicultural support librarian, said. “We must get this under control.”

It was later reported that Mr. Jensen himself caught a case of the funky monkeys and is now getting ready to produce his own single. A rap battle is in talks between DJ Bruce Throw-Up-the-Deuce and MC Kwanamak. Check back here for all the unfolding details!

UPDATE: Check out the masses gathered to hear the rising star!


Happy April Fool’s Day from all of us here at Rohrbach Library!

Art @ Rohrbach: Display Case

By Dale Bond

The “Bold Mamas and Audacious Entrepreneurs” Exhibit

 Display Case

Focusing in on: Display Case Art

We’ve reached the final display in the “Bold Mamas and Audacious Entrepreneurs Exhibit” exhibit at KU’s Rohrbach Library.

In the history of Africa, there has never simply been art for art’s sake – art and society are intimately intertwined. Beautiful carvings and statues might be considered visually stimulating, but pieces such as this often also have religious or political significance.

The display case features wood carvings (Luba pipe, Luba woman squatting, Luba woman tall, gender-unspecific Tabwa carving, Tabwa woman, Kuba mother and child, Kamba mother and child, Kamba women), soapstone carvings (“Woman in Cave,” women grinding grain, women holding harvested grain), a painted cup and bowl, Ethiopian paintings on cattle skins, and a small copper statue (“Woman Pounding Grain”). Though some of the pieces are tourist items they still show traditional African art and painting styles.

Also on display are a small and a large hanging quilt from Zimbabwe, along with four painted boards, each telling stories about women’s daily lives in Africa.

The display case and the painted boards are located near the Book and Brew Café, to the right of the stairs, and the large quilt hangs above the lobby of the library on the ground floor. Want more information on where these pieces come from? The brochure on the entire exhibit is located at this link, or ask for a printed copy at the front desk of the library. Check it out!

Nifty Films Friday!

by Dale Bond

Films on Demand is a resource provided to KU students by Rohrbach Library. Films on Demand has thousands of films for students to peruse, and is easily accessible on or off campus.

If on campus, simply head over to

If accessing off-campus, add to the beginning of the above link, or any Films on Demand link, and then log in using your KU username and password.

Films on Demand adds new films regularly. Below are a couple of the latest to be added.


The Future of Destiny: The Future of…

Future of


If you had a near-death experience once, you will remember it for the rest of your life. This film looks at research conducted in Geneva that supposes this is all a trick of the brain, testing their theory with a patient who has had several near-death experiences. The knowledge gained through these experiments can help people with chronic diseases and psychological traumas.


The Science of Staying Young: Unlocking the Secrets of Longevity

Staying Young


New research about how our brains work, about the diseases associated with old age, and about nutrition is leading scientists to redefine what it means to grow old. This program examines this research, looking at a study of a new way to prevent the onset of age-related dementia, the effects of the hormone DHEA on aging, and at therapy aimed at helping Alzheimer’s patients re-activate their memories.


Between Friends and Family

Between Friends


In 2008, Rick was in his first year of film school when his neighbors, Mel and Carey, asked if he would be willing to help them to start a family. He agreed, and after having some conversations and signing a contract, officially became their known donor. During the first pregnancy, Rick became interested in personal documentaries and asked Mel and Carey if they would be willing to let him make a film about their process of becoming mothers.


Raw Visions: Art of Survival

Raw Visions


Raw Visions: Art of Survival is a documentary based upon Survivors Art Foundation mission of healing through art. This compelling movie exhibits the artists’ creativity by exposing their most profound inner visions and truth. Raw Visions is both entertaining and educational.


Social Climbing: Who’s Aping Who?

Who's aping


How we choose and lose our mates has long been a subject of intense fascination. Close scrutiny of the ways we attract, keep, and even leave our loved ones reveals more similarities than differences to the behavior of the great apes. In this respect, life seems as difficult for these, our closest relatives, as it is for humans. The apes want to get on in life just as much as we do—and they’ll do almost anything to get ahead. This episode of Who’s Aping Who tells all.


Hidden Treasures of African Art

Hidden treasures


Program host Griff Rhys Jones continues his quest to understand non-Western art forms by travelling to West Africa. Looking beyond the astonishing monetary worth of antique carvings from the region, Jones asks: what makes a piece “authentic” and are such objects still produced by artists today? Is there an exact definition for what constitutes African art? Has there ever been? The investigation starts on Mali’s Bandiagara Escarpment, a hub of Dogon civilization, which invests certain carvings and sculptures with spiritual significance. Wondering if belief in the power of these objects can survive the march of modernity, Jones shifts his focus to Accra, the capital of Ghana. There he encounters further reasons to think of art in the context of time’s passage, as he learns more about invention and creativity on the continent that gave birth to the human species.


Dancing Girls: Life in China’s Fast Lane – China from Within

Dancing girls


Nightman is one of 187 nightclubs in Dalian, a city of 2.6 million people in northern China. Formerly the number one nightclub in the city, its success determines the fortunes of the dancers who work there. Wen Wen and Jiu Jiu are poorly-educated city girls who have been working the nightclub circuit in China since they were 16, usually in cramped, dark, smoky environments. Their battle with management over the introduction of harsher conditions and rival dancers is the theme of this program, and highlights the plight of many fighting for survival in the fast lane in modern China.


Effective Schools

Effective Schools


Educating children is easier when students are happy and motivated to learn. This video will show how to implement practical strategies like parental and student involvement in strategic planning, facilitating parental focus groups, developing student leadership, mediation programs, and developing strategies to eliminate bullying in order to bring everyone into the process. Educators will be able to focus on continuous improvements and teach with purpose.


Another Night on Earth

Another Night


Cairo, a city in the midst of revolution, has the worst traffic in the world. In endless traffic jams, passengers and taxi drivers talk and debate about their present and future, and we discover the outlooks and problems influencing a people in the midst of dramatic social change.


Alyaa: The Naked Revolutionary



Twenty-year-old Alyaa Elmahdy is undaunted by the death threats she receives from her fellow Egyptians. “I don’t care about your rules,” she tells Islamists. The furor began when Alyaa posed nude on her blog to protest the assumption that men have the right to control her behavior and her body. In a country where most women wear headscarves and females who are arrested endure routine virginity tests, Alyaa’s provocative act set off a national scandal that spread to the rest of the Arab world. The Egyptian media called her a whore who deserved to die, and while some Muslim women joined her in new protests, others denounced her. In this program, Alyaa Elmahdy talks about her life and why rebelliousness is so important to liberty. “You can overthrow a government,” she says, referring to the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, “but changing a society is a lot harder.”


Tune in next Friday to see what other films this great resource has to offer!

Horton Hears KU…Take 2!

by Dale Bond

Horton Hears KU.. Take 2!

Ready for some more seussical discussion? The second round of Horton Hears KU! will take place on Tuesday, March 25th, at 12 p.m. in MSU 312. This time, we’re focusing on The Lorax, so while everyone is welcome, the conversation will center on topics like the environment, science, and business. If you’ve read the book, you’re ready to attend!

As always, Seuss-themed treats will be provided (three words: TRUFFULA. TREE. CUPCAKES.). Check out the poster for more details.

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