Monthly Archives: March 2014

Big Move!

move picThe Big Move is officially underway! We’ll be closed, beginning today through April 6th. The library will open on April 7th on the first floor of Avila Hall. We will have a good majority of the computers, both printers (hopefully), reserve and reference materials, and St. Paul’s collection (non-circulating). We’ll see you soon!!


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March 31, 2014 · 1:15 pm


Have you stopped by the library lately?  Yes? It’s already starting to look a little different isn’t it?

For those of you who haven’t stopped by in the last couple weeks, we’ve begun the move and it’s in full swing again this week! By the end of the day today, the Archives will be almost completely moved over to Avila Hall. It already looks pretty bare in there! Throughout the week, this week, you’ll also notice the offices and desk areas clearing out or random pieces of furniture just chilling in the middle of the room. As the (rather cheesy) signs around campus will say “pardon our progress”. It’s going to be a little messy and a little noisy in here and Avila Hall this week as we make our final preparations for the “big move” next week.

So what, exactly is happening this week? Here is a peek at our schedule:


  • Pack Circulation Desk & Offices

  • Complete Archives move. Clear Archives area and storage spaces

  • Pack up student DVD’s and Reserves

  • Begin pick up & delivery for furniture not traveling to Avila Hall

  • Organize all loose & current periodicals for move.

  • Move offices & circ. non-essentials to Avila Hall


  • Library moving party!


  • Pack up laptops, cases, DVD cameras, tripods, play scripts, etc.


  • Library Closed

  • Movers move all storage materials to containers and St. Paul’s books to Avila Hall

  • Move computers to Avila Hall


  • Library reopens in Avila Hall

That is our basic timeline. At this moment, the library staff are alternately doing their jobs and packing up their work life. It’s very weird to see these offices and spaces emptying out so quickly. It’s entirely possible that the cage “protecting” the Archives area will be coming down tomorrow! While we all work to make this transition as painless as possible, please bear with us, as we will still be making a little noise and one heck of a mess! You’ll notice that on the 27th we have a library moving party; this party is being “thrown” by Student Life and is (of course) open to the student body. We are waiting on official times, but I do believe it will begin around 5PM. We hope to see you there! We need all the support we can get 🙂

As always, if you need anything or have questions regarding the move or the library in general please feel free to get in touch with us on here, Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail at

OH!! Stay tuned for some pictures and video of the move so far!


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Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
everyones irish

I hope everyone is enjoying this lovely day (safely, please!) and has some kind of planned celebration! If you are looking for somewhere to celebrate in style next year, this is your blog post! Here are 5 places you won’t have to leave the country to celebrate St. Pat’s in style!

1. New York, NY. Surprisingly, NYC’s parade is the oldest and largest in the world and is run entirely by volunteers! The parade has been going on since March 17th, 1762. This year (and in years past) there has been some controversy over a ban on gay rights groups and marchers with gay pride signs. If you’re not up for patronizing a parade with such a ban, check out St. Pat’s For All parade in Queens.

2. Boston, MA. Your friendly neighborhood blogging librarian (me!) was there last year. It’s a pretty wild time in that city. The parade is the second largest in the U.S. and last year took nearly 3 hours. The main celebrations take place in South Boston (Southie) but there are festivities throughout the city. This year marks the first year they are allowing a gay pride group into the parade. Typically, the activist groups host their own parade following the main parade. There is a 5/10K run prior to the parade and all of the pubs and restaurants within about a mile of the parade route are packed. Get there early to get space in the premier Irish pubs, but be prepared to pay a hefty cover charge (I ended up in a Mexican restaurant with a $5 cover but they were serving the more traditional Irish beverages and the bathroom didn’t have a line).

3. Chicago, IL. Each year local plumbers and various volunteers dye the Chicago River green for a couple days and some of the fountains run green as well! Chicago does, in fact, have a bit-o-Irish heritage, which leads to pretty fantastic festivities. There is a parade, of course, but there are other events scattered throughout the city.

4. Kansas City, MO. Yep, Avila U’s. hometown is host to one heck of a St. Pat’s celebration. We’ve had the Irish flags up in different parts of the city since the beginning of March and this last weekend there were more parades and St. Pat’s events scattered throughout the city than I really care to count. Today is the “big” parade (which started at 11AM) and there will be specials at pubs and restaurants throughout the town all day. Oh, and Power and Light will be open for revelers much of the day and around 5PM the Mowgli’s will be putting on a free show! Somehow, KC has a pretty hefty Irish background.

5. San Francisco, CA.  San Francisco is a party city in itself – but when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, you can expect them to go all out. A traditional parade that dates back to 1852 is just the beginning. Visitors and locals can pick basically any bar in the city for a good time.

Everyone have a safe and fun St. Patrick’s Day! For you Avila students, I hope you’re enjoying the first official day of your Spring Break!


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As mid-terms lurk around the corner and student making plans for a most excellent spring break trip, the library is preparing for something wholly different. We’re preparing for demolition. Seriously. March 31st, we will begin breaking down the interior walls in our own twisted form of a ground breaking ceremony. It will be epic.

Do I have you freaked out? Don’t be! The library isn’t closing down for good and we’re not demolishing the building. We’re merely renovating our humble abode. On March 31st we’ll knock down one of a few walls that will tumble as a part of our renovation. We will, of course, be closed during this time….but only for a WEEK. The library will be closed starting March 31st, and reopen at 7:30 a.m. on Monday April, 7th.

During this week we will be moving everything out (**Everything Must Go!**), some will go to storage for the summer, some will meet the trashman, and the rest will travel with us over to Avila Hall. While our usual building is being pretty-fied, the more “essential” pieces of the library (librarians, computers, reference, etc.) will be “summering” on the first floor of Avila Hall.

We do have some deadlines quickly approaching…

Here are some dates to remember:

  • TODAY @ 3:30!! Friday, March 14th is the FINAL day to check out any books or other materials. After this day, we’ll begin boxing them up for the summer (Yes, I said summer. Unfortunately we just don’t have the space in Avila Hall to house our collection. Books can be requested from other libraries).

  • TODAY @ 3:30!! Friday, March 14th is the FINAL day for professors to put books on reserve. All books placed on reserve will remain available throughout the renovation and can be checked out for a specific time span and used in the library (only). If you have a book you want on reserve, ask your professor ASAP.

  • Monday, March 17th: The O’Reilly lot will close for Spring Break as trucks move in our storage containers and some construction equipment.

  • Monday, March 24th: Half of the O’Reilly lot will remain closed through commencement. Storage containers and machinery will be blocking these areas.

  • Monday, March 31st – Sunday, April, 6th: Library is CLOSED to move. All online services (databases, catalog, etc.) will remain available.

  • Friday, April 4th: demolishion begins in Hooley Bundschu Library

  • Monday, April 7th: Library re-opens in Avila Hall. Normal hours.

  • Friday, May 9th: Sending ceremony

  • Saturday, May 10th: Commencement!

  • Monday, May 12th: O’Reilly lot fully closed, many construction projects go into full swing.

  • Monday August 18th: Everything should be ready to go!

Want to see what we’ve done so far? Check out this video!

Need directions to the library’s “Summer Home”? Here is a Map and a Video!

Need more information about the move and what will be available? Check out these FAQ!

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It’s Pi Day!! No, it’s not Pie Day, that’s back in January (23rd, to be exact), but Pi, the irrational/transcendental number frequently used to figure the area of a circle (pi times radius squared…I just discovered I need to learn how to do mathematical symbols in Google Drive & Word. Good to know).

Annnnyway. pi, the number, has been around for over 4000 years, though it has not always held the infinite distinction that is now has. The ancient Babylonians were the first to use “pi” to calculate the area of a circle, though to them pi was 3 (which isn’t quite right). The first person to actually calculate pi was Archimedes of Syracuse (287-212 BC). He didn’t quite get it perfect, but was close. The actual use of the Greek letter “pi” (again, the symbol would be useful here…suffice it to say, it looks like a kids drawing of a house) was in the 1700’s. It was first introduced by William Jones in 1706 and popularized by Leonhard Euler beginning in 1737.

Pi is mathematically an irrational and transcendental number meaning, basically, that it will continue infinitely without repetition or a pattern. Most people use 3.14 or 3.14159 do to their calculations, but at this point the number has been calculated to over one TRILLION digits beyond the decimal point. the “A Brief History of Pi” section of the Exploratorium website says: “Pi has been known for almost 4000 years–but even if we calculated the number of seconds in those 4000 years and calculated pi to that number of places, we would still only be approximating its actual value.” Pi, is well and truly infinite, which is a pretty crazy concept if you think about it for a while.

If you’d like to celebrate Pi Day, go out a buy a pie or pizza pie and dig in! Or do some other pie related things. You could also do some kind of 3.14 related games or events. Or you could Hit up a number of bakeries and pizzerias that are offering Pi Day deals. Or you could (somehow) go to the Exploratorium in San Francisco, CA and participate in the Pi Procession. Or take the healthier route and walk or bike 3.14 miles (it’s a pretty day out there…maybe not a horrid idea). Oh! It’s also Einstein’s birthday…so perhaps do something with relativity or do your hair in a more “mad scientist” style.

For good measure…here’s a picture of Pi on pie:

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Spring Break Recommendations!

Well…WordPress doesn’t want to work nicely for me today so I’m going to have to link you to today’s post. Sorry!

Anyway, today I’ve compiled a list of books, movies, and TV shows for you to read &/or watch during your Spring Break. If you’re interested in any of these recommendations, please click here! I promise it’s worth a peek.

Do you have any suggestions for reading, binge Netflixing, or general viewing pleasure during Spring Break??

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Joie de vivre*

Bon Mardi Gras, Mes Amis!

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

For those of you not in the know, what I’ve basically said is: “Happy Fat Tuesday, My Friends” and “Let The Good Times Roll”. Yes folks, today is Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Martedi Grasso! Ash Wednesday, tomorrow, is the beginning of the Lenten season,  and for many signals a period of fasting or “going without”. While Lent is a religious “season” most associated with the Roman Catholic Church, many different religious have joined in. For many Fat Tuesday is the last day to eat (or drink) things that may be barred by the church or given up for the 40 days of Lent (Ash Wednesday to Easter). Often Mardi Gras is celebrated with excess (hence, FAT Tuesday) of food, drink, and general revelry. Many cities host parades, lift outdoor drinking bans, and decorate with the traditional colors (Green, Purple, and Gold). In honor of this day of celebratory excesses, how about a list of the places known for really getting into the spirit of Mardi Gras.

1. New Orleans, LA.  The largest U.S. celebration of Mardi Gras. The makers of bead necklaces love this place.

2. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. THE largest carnival in the world. The city is overrun with over 2 million tourist each year. The samba is a favorite for parades.

3. Germany–seriously. All over Germany a variety of different celebrations are held, usually kicking off the Thursday before Ash Wednesday. In some cities a Prinz (prince), Jungfrau (virgin), and Bauer (farmer) are chosen. The Prinz leads the celebrations while the other two just the notoriety of the title. Fun Fact: The virgin is usually played by a beardless man.

4. St. Louis, MO. Yep, Missouri. STL makes the list for hosting the second largest Fat Tuesday celebration in the country. This is the 250th year of festivities in STL. The Soulard district is “ground zero”  for more than a month.

5. The Mississippi and Alabama Gulf Coast, U.S. The towns, cities, and villages that dot the Gulf Coast join in the fun, with most hosting parades and soirees in the days leading up to Ash Wednesday. Their celebrations tend to be more family friendly.

6. Venice, Italy. Italy is considered the birthplace of “carnival” celebrations and they still know what they’re doing. Venice is the place to be, where porcelain or glass masks are as “required” as plastic beads are in New Orleans.

7. Sydney, Aus. Mardi Gras in Sydney has become synonymous with Gay Pride. Parties for both take place more than a month before Fat Tuesday, but the BIG parade is usually the Saturday before (this year, it was March 1st). Plus, it’s summer there…yeah. Its Fabulous and there isn’t snow everywhere.

*Joy of living

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The Weekend Wrap

I think it’s about time for another weekend wrap-up, don’t you? Not much happened, really, but I feel we should talk a bit about the weather and the Oscars. So, here we go:

This weekend the Kansas City area was projected to get hit with another massive winter storm. The fantastically named Winter Storm Titan, “roared” into the KC metro on Saturday afternoon bringing with it wind, ridiculous cold, piles of sleet, and a meager supply of snow. Our poor forecasters up here had been struggling all week to get a clear prediction. Alas, Titan remained an enigma throughout its tenure in the area. We had been warned that we could get upwards of 10” of snow. Yeah…not so much. Instead of a delightfully soft snow storm the area was battered with heavy periods of sleet and a maybe an inch (or two in places) of snow. So, the snowstorm was a bust, but the meteorologists definitely got one thing right this weekend, the blistering cold. Oh man, is it cold out there! Kansas city broke temperature records both today and yesterday. Lucky for us, it should be warming up some by the weekend (I heard talk of 50’s on Friday).

The sleet and ick roads did serve to keep many people inside on Sunday, and I’m guessing many of you watched the Academy Awards (Oscars!) last night. For those of you who missed the show and haven’t looked at anything on the Internet today except this blog, here is a quick run-down of who won the biggest prizes of the evening:

  • Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave

  • Actress: Cate Blanchett “Blue Jasmine”

  • Actor: Matthew McConaughey ”Dallas Buyers Club”

  • Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o“12 Years a Slave”

  • Supporting Actor: Jared Leto “Dallas Buyers Club”

  • Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón, “Gravity”

  • Best Original Song: Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, “Let it Go,” from “Frozen”

  • Best Original Score: Steven Price, “Gravity”

  • Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Spike Jonze, “Her”

  • Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave”

If you want to see the other big winners of the evening, check here.

Ellen did a great job hosting, and bravo to her for practically breaking Twitter with the star-studded picture. If you didn’t (or refuse to) watch the Oscars, I can tell you that this year was one of the better shows I’ve seen. No one got too long winded (Leto and McConaughey tried, though) and for the most part politics stayed home. Also, John Travolta terribly mispronounced Idina Menzel’s name. And finally, Benedict Cumberbatch photo-bombed U2, which made my night (love CB, despise U2, sorry guys).

That’s about all the excitement from this weekend. Stay tuned for news and pictures for our upcoming move! We’re already hard at work getting things torn down and moved out (don’t worry, all the books and computers are still here)!

I hope Monday treats you all admirably. Stay Warm and we’ll see you Tomorrow (Fat Tuesday)!

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