A Tribute to Water

August is the time of year when many of us take a vacation and find ourselves heading towards a body of water.  We go wading, swimming, boating, and fishing. We walk along the shoreline, relish the beauty of the river, lake or sea, and contemplate our place in the world. Water has been an inspiration to artists and writers for centuries. About 60% percent of our body is made up of water. It is an essential element for all life and yet we often take it for granted. Clean water is crucial for everyone and yet millions of people around the world live without access to safe drinking water. In light of all this, we are taking the opportunity this month to acknowledge the importance of water…check out an assortment of water-related books listed on our WU Reads Reading Guide.


Here Comes the Sun

July in the Pacific Northwest is typically a glorious month of long days and wonderful weather.  This month we celebrate the primary contributor to this golden period in time…the sun!  Now is the ideal time to sit on your porch, hang out at a local park, or lounge at the beach with a good book.  It is the perfect way to stimulate your mind and soak up some vitamin D all at the same time.  So head to the library, bookstore, or your very own bookshelf, grab up a book and head to your favorite outdoor spot.  Need a little inspiration?  Check out an assortment of sun-related books listed on our WU Reads Reading Guide.

 

 


LGBT Pride Month

The LGBT Pride Movement began in New York City in June of 1969 when a police raid of the gay club, Stonewall Inn, turned violent. Customers and sympathizers finally had enough of the police department’s discriminatory practices and rioted…in commemoration, a year later, the first Gay Pride Parade occurred in NYC and other cities and the Gay Pride Movement was born.

All these years later, there have been great strides in the rights and treatment of LGBTQ people and there is much to celebrate.  At the same time, the struggle continues.  It is important that we understand the history of discrimination against LGBTQ people while also acknowledging how people have worked together to overcome injustice.

Join us in celebrating LGBT Pride Month by checking out one of the recent LGBTQ-related books listed on our WU Reads Reading Guide.


Pedal Power

This time of year, we are all dealing with finals, research papers, the end of the semester, graduation, and more.  It can be exciting but at the same time, stressful!  One good way of dealing with the anxiety of the season is exercise…how about taking a walk, going on a hike, playing frisbee with friends, or better yet, riding a bike?  It’s the perfect time for biking because May is National Bike Month!  Established in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists, National Bike Month was created to highlight “the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.”  To find out more about this celebration, check out the League of American Bicyclist’s website.

In honor of cycling, we’ve picked out several biking-related titles available in the Hatfield Library and listed them on our WU Reads Reading Guide.  So hop on your bike, head to the library and check them out!


Celebrating Jazz

Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) is celebrated every April in the United States. JAM was created by Smithsonian Jazz at the National Museum of American History in 2001 “to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz. JAM is intended to stimulate and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz – to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and more.” Jazz is considered by many to be “uniquely American music” and in 1987, Congress actually passed a resolution designating jazz an American treasure!

Join us in paying tribute to an influential art form with cultural influences from around the world and check out some of the jazz-related titles available in the Hatfield Library on our WU Reads Reading Guide.


The Importance of Being Crafty

threadCreating things with our hands is an important part of the human experience. Creative activities such as baking, woodworking, quilting, beading, knitting, scrapbooking and more, bring pleasure and satisfaction to people young and old across America. According to the Association for Creative Industries “crafting can reduce stress, build self-esteem and increase physical dexterity.” Happily, March is National Craft Month so now is the perfect time to explore your creative side and get crafting!

In recognition of National Craft Month, check out some of the craft-related titles available in the Hatfield Library on our WU Reads Reading Guide.


American Heart Month

heart imageLyndon B. Johnson proclaimed February as American Heart Month back in 1963…over 50 years later, we are still recognizing this important month.  For many, February is all about flowers, candy, cupid, and Valentine’s Day but American Heart Month is intended to draw attention to the seriousness of heart health.  According to the American Heart Association, “cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, remains the leading global cause of death with more than 17.3 million deaths each year.”  So this February, increase your awareness of heart disease and encourage those you love to think about the importance of making healthy choices.  To find out more about heart health, go to the American Heart Association.

In recognition of American Heart Month, check out some of the heart-related books available in the Hatfield Library on our WU Reads Reading Guide.

 


Tribute to Wolves

Many different cultures and peoples have referred to January as the Wolf Month including the Anglo-Saxons and Native Americans; the first full moon of the year is traditionally known as the Wolf Moon as well.  Wolves are particularly vocal during breeding season, which falls during the first months of the year…this may be the reason for the association between the month of January and wolves.  Humans have long been fascinated by wolves and with good reason.  Wolves are amazingly loyal and a male and female pair who mate, usually stay together for life.  They are dedicated and affectionate parents and the entire pack takes care of wolf pups.  Besides barking and howling, wolves communicate through facial expressions as well.  They can run up to 35 miles an hour, smell animals from over a mile away, can hear as far as 6 to 10 miles away, and have great vision.  In honor of Wolf Month, check out some of the wolf-related books available in the Hatfield Library on our WU Reads Reading Guide.


Preparing for Semester’s End

December brings to mind hot chocolate, warm sweaters, snowflakes, holidays, winter break….ahhh! But another perhaps less pleasant word springs to mind when thinking about December…finals! Before you can completely relax by the fire sipping the hot beverage of your choice, you need to triumph over final papers and exams. Holiday Get Together Good strategies for coping with this time of the semester include figuring out smart ways to study, practicing mindfulness, avoiding procrastination, coping with anxiety, managing time wisely, etc. To help you through this particular challenge, take a look at some of the materials on these topics available through the library on our WU Reads Reading Guide.


Celebrating National Aviation Month

People dreamt about the miracle of flight long before the American aviation pioneers, the Wright brothers, were born…remember the sketches of Leonardo da Vinci’s famed flying machine?  It is fascinating to think back to a time when airplanes were only vague dreams and to consider the hard work, ingenuity, creativity, intelligence, determination, and courage of the men and women who made aviation more than a flight of fancy!  November is National Aviation Month, which gives us an opportunity to celebrate and explore the history of aeronautics.

In recognition of National Aviation Month, we have listed a few of the aviation-related books available in the Hatfield Library on our WU Reads Reading Guide.  Enjoy!

You haven’t seen a tree until you’ve seen its shadow from the sky.–Amelia Earhart

(Image based off of NASA National Aviation Day Poster)