Donations for Community Action House Accepted at the Library!

 

 

The Library is pleased to partner with Community Action House again to fill their shelves for the holidays!  In addition to canned goods and other non-perishable food items, hygiene and cleaning supplies are especially needed. Food stamps cannot be used for these high-demand items.

Items can be brought to the display on the first floor of the library through December 15.

Please donating from this list of most needed items:

Hygiene and Cleaning Supplies

  • Laundry soap
  • Dish soap
  • Multi-purpose cleaners
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet Paper
  • Feminine hygiene products

Vegetables

(low sodium or no salt added preferred)

  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Variety of canned vegetables
  • Diced tomatoes and tomato sauce
  • Salsa
  • Canned corn

Fruit

(in 100% juice)

  • Canned fruit
  • Shelf-stable fruit cups

Protein

  • Refried beans
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned meat (chicken/tuna with 140 mg sodium or less per serving)

Whole Grain

  • Whole grain/high fiber cereal (no added sugar)
  • Tortillas (corn and or/flour
  • Oatmeal/ Cream of Wheat
  • Brown rice
  • Wheat flour
  • 100% whole grain pasta and crackers

Miscellaneous Items

  • Small bottles of cooking oil (olive, canola, vegetable, coconut)
  • Spices (cumin, garlic powder, chili powder)
  • Condiments
  • Low-sodium broths
  • Canned soup (400 mg sodium or less)

Community Action House Food Drive at the Library

CAH holiday food drive 2016

For a number of years, the Library has collected donations of food and personal care items benefiting Community Action House.  Please consider grabbing a few extra items below next time you go to the grocery store.  The donations are very appreciated by CAH and are used for families in our own community.  Donations will be collected through exam week at the display on the first floor of the Library.

Most Needed Items 2016

Exam Week De-Stress Events

Photo source: ©2010 p.v,"bubbles", (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Photo source: ©2010 p.v,”bubbles”, (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Many of us around campus can feel the upcoming finals week stress in the air. We wanted to take this time to remind you to relax, unwind, and breathe. You’ll find therapy dogs to pet, doughnuts to eat, bubble wrap to stomp, and so much more.

Special thanks to our partners throughout campus: Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Physical Plant, Kruizenga Art Museum, Phelps Dining, Club Animalia, Student Development, Campus Catering, Faculty, Staff and Student Volunteers. Check out the following exam week happenings on campus:

Thursday 4/28 6-9pm ‘COLOR ME CALM’ Kruizenga Art Museum
Friday 4/29 SPRING FLING Activities
Sunday 5/1 All Day SANITY CENTRAL
(Coloring, board games, writing prompts)
Granberg Room
Van Wylen Library
10am COFFEE & DOUGHNUTS Van Wylen Library
9pm POPCORN & LEMONADE Van Wylen Library
Monday 5/2 All Day SANITY CENTRAL
(Coloring, board games, writing prompts)
Granberg Room
Van Wylen Library
9am-12pm SIDEWALK CHALK
(Rain activity – Bubbles)
Van Andel Plaza sidewalk by Van Wylen Library
9pm STUDY BREAK BREAKFAST Phelps Dining
Tuesday 5/3 All Day
(Not open 1:30- 3:30 PM)
SANITY CENTRAL
(Coloring, board games, writing prompts)
Granberg Room
Van Wylen Library
1:30-3:30pm THERAPY DOGS DeWitt Lobby
9pm POPCORN & LEMONADE Van Wylen Library
9pm GUIDED MEDITATION Granberg Room
Van Wylen Library
Wednesday 5/4 All Day SANITY CENTRAL
(Coloring, board games, writing prompts)
Granberg Room
Van Wylen Library
10am-1pm PLAYDOUGH Phelps Dining Entrance
2-4pm BUBBLE WRAP STOMP DeWitt Front Entrance
9pm GUIDED MEDITATION Granberg Room
Van Wylen Library

Community Action House Holiday Food Drive

Van Wylen Library continues to  host a food drive to benefit Community Action House of Holland.  Please consider picking up a few extra items next time you go grocery shopping to help families and individuals who are in need in our community.  Donations can be dropped off at the display in the first floor of the Library beginning Monday,November 23.  We appreciate your participation!

Healthy food pantry items:

Spaghetti Sauce
Whole Grain Brown Rice
Canned Fruit (in 100% juice)
Shelf-Stable Fruit Cups (in 100% juice)
Canned Vegetables (low sodium or no salt added preferred)
Diced Tomatoes and Tomato Sauce (low sodium or no salt added preferred)
Whole Wheat Flour
Canned Meats (tuna, salmon, chicken – in water, with 140mg sodium or less per serving)
Dried or canned beans with no salt added
Peanut Butter (with non-hydrogenated oil)
100% Vegetable Juice – no salt added
100% Fruit Juice
Low Sodium Broths
Soup with less than 400 mg sodium per serving
Sugar Free Pudding and Jell-O
100% Whole Grain Pasta and Crackers
Whole grain/High Fiber Cereals without added sugar (Shredded Wheat)
Oatmeal/Cream of Wheat
Shelf-Stable, Low-Fat Dairy Products (dry milk, evaporated milk, boxed milk)

Donations of personal items are also welcomed, as these cannot be purchased with food stamps:

Laundry soap
Dish soap
Multi-purpose cleaners
Shampoo and conditioner
Bar soap
Toilet paper
Tooth paste

By Michelle Yost, Interlibrary Loan

Community Action House Holiday Food Drive

CAH holiday food drive 2014

Beginning Monday, November 10, Van Wylen Library is hosting a food drive to benefit Community Action House of Holland.  Please consider picking up a few extra items next time you go grocery shopping to help families and individuals who are in need in our community.  Donations can be dropped off at the display in the Library lobby.

High Priority Needed items:

  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Whole grain rice
  • Canned fruit (in its own juice)
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Canned meats (tuna, salmon, chicken – packed in water, not oil)
  • Dried pinto beans
  • Peanut butter
  • Bottles of 100% fruit or vegetable juice

Donations of personal items are also welcomed, as these cannot be purchased with food stamps:

  • Laundry soap
  • Dish soap
  • Multi-purpose cleaners
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Bar soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Tooth paste

A complete list of needed items can be found here: http://www.communityactionhouse.org/most-needed-items/

–by Michelle Yost, Interlibrary Loan Associate

To Kill a Mockingbird Giveaway!

Win a free paperback copy of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee! 10 winnersMockingbird Template will be drawn on Friday, October 24. To be eligible, you must DESIGN a mockingbird using the template provided. Copies of the mockingbird template can be found at the CIRCULATION desk, RESEARCH HELP desk, and the MEDIATECH desk.

Place your completed mockingbird design(s) in the box at the CIRCULATION desk (legibly signed with your name).

You can design MULTIPLE mockingbirds, but you will be eligible for only 1 book.

Winners will be randomly drawn from the box of entries.

By submitting your design, you are giving Van Wylen permission to display them during the month of this year’s Big Read.

The Cyborg Changeth: One Dude’s Response To One Part Of CIS

Editor’s note: This post by Patrick Morgan is in regards to the recent Critical Issues Symposium held at Hope College. Contact Patrick at morganp@hope.edu

We – the privileged fraction of humanity with enough access to the very basic things (like food, water, and shelter) to allow us both leisure and capital – often take the structures and workings of the numerous intersecting information ecologies in which we participate for granted. Hope College’s 2014 Critical Issues Symposium, being devoted to exploration of “technology” and its cybernetic relationship with, ultimately, some general notion of “humanness,” seems like an ideal opportunity to reflect on libraries’ and information technologies’ role within this context.

It may seem too obvious to point out that this topic is immensely complex. I do so, however, to provide a basic rationale for focusing on just a single, interesting problem that came up during Gloria Mark’s engaging address on 9/24. At its barest, the goal in this short essay is to begin teasing apart the paradoxical problem of analogic digitalization.

I, like many perhaps (or at least, many within the “privileged fraction”), like to speculate on the eventual changes we are wringing on ourselves by our increasingly “data-driven” culture. Like Prof. Mark, I think certain changes in human communication patterns already demonstrate the decisively clear influence of, for example, even archaic technologies like SMS (texting); you certainly won’t need to wander far if you need proof.

In her well-known essay “The Cyborg Manifesto,” Donna Haraway also discussed the reciprocal nature of tech-human interaction. Her focus was on the transformative nature of our technologies to alter both our bodies and our ideas about them, and even their contexts¹. It is not difficult to make the leap from machine-organism interaction to code-organism interaction, both occurring, ultimately, on the border between humans and the dehumanizing technologies we create to make life “better.” Analogically similar they are; in terms of effect, however, the stakes are interestingly different.

Prof. Mark noted that certain complex human phenomena – like conversation – digitize poorly. This is to say that information, when carried over from an analogical, organic process into the digital world, is inevitably lost. MP3s, convenient as they are, can suffer from a lack of tonal depth for this very reason. I completely agree that this is worth talking about. However, this forces us to confront certain assumptions as well, a few of which are fundamental to the work she discussed, and which could appear paradoxical.

I was struck, in particular, by the way her study attempted to digitize human experience in general. In examining the connections between social media or email and mood, for example, data were gathered by measuring certain physiological manifestations of stress (like heart rate, etc.). This raises a number of related questions. Here are just a few I have found myself thinking about:

  • How exactly does one appropriately convert human emotion (or some other subjectively-experienced phenomenon) to something digitally manipulable?
  • With that in mind, if even a human practice such as conversation is impoverished in its reduction to the digital, then what can we predict about how digital models of human responses are also impoverished?
  • How can such a study differentiate between so-called eustress (“good” stress) and the negative sort?
  • With respect to email and emotion, why did the responses appear to vary when mobile and traditional platforms were used to access it?

These questions center on what it means to be a digitally-augmented human, and though they almost certainly differ in at least some (and likely several) ways from your own reactions, I hope they’ll provoke you to keep thinking about the sessions you attended yesterday, and what you yourself found most engaging. That is, after all, the purpose of the CIS in the first place, right?


¹It is worth pointing out that Haraway goes well beyond tech-human symbiosis, centering her discussion on the ways our “cyborginess” affects readings of gender and nonconforming human bodies.

 

 

 

Visiting Writers Series

The Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series of Hope College begins this year with two Hope grads. Katherine Bode-Lang is the author of The Reformation, a recent winner of the 2014 American Review/Honickman First Book Prize. Laura Donnelly published her first book of poetry in 2013, entitled Watershed, which won the 2013 Cider Press Review Editors Prize. The library will have copies of their books available, along with the other visiting writers.

Both women will be available on Thursday, September 18 for a Q&A at 3:30 pm in the Fried-Hemenway Auditorium, Room 135 in Martha Miller. Later at 7:00p, the ninth annual Tom Andrews Memorial Reading will take place in Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall. Read more about them at http://jrvws.org/calendar/katherine-bode-lang-laura-donnelly/