Library's World Record Attempt A Balancing Act

May 29, 2015

The Hancock County Public Library hopes to kick off its summer reading club by setting the world record for having the most people simultaneously balancing books on their heads.

They need roughly a thousand people to complete the feat to beat a record set in Australia last year.  Catherine Riley, the library‘s youth services manager, hopes the event will engage young readers.

"We’re tying it in to kicking off summer reading because we have a superhero theme, and we thought that’d be a good way to have kids be super heroes by getting this world record" Riley says.

West Lafayette Public Library

Purdue currently has a “Dean of Students,” as many colleges do. But in the early part of the 20th Century, it had a “Dean of Women” – a position held, in succession, by several women who shaped both the job and the way female students were seen at the school.

That position is the subject of Angie Klink’s book “The Dean’s Bible,” which itself is the subject of this week’s book review by West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel.

The books we choose to keep and display—let alone read—can say a lot about who we are and how we see ourselves.

In My Ideal Bookshelf, 100 leading cultural figures, including writers, artists, designers, critics, filmmakers, chefs, and architects, reveal the books that matter to them most.

These books reflect their personalities, dreams and ambitions, and in some cases helped them find their way in the world.

The Midwest Farmer's Daughter

Aug 23, 2012
Purdue University Press

The Midwest Farmer's Daughter: In Search of an American Icon, published by Purdue University Press, unearths the untold history and renewed cultural currency of an American icon at a time when fully 30% of new farms in the United States are woman-owned.

WBAA’s Mike Loizzo talks about the book with author Zachary Michael Jack, associate professor of English and member of the Urban and Suburban Studies and Environmental Studies faculties at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.

Booksellers and publishers are worried that Amazon is going to devour their industry. The giant online retailer seems to have its hands in all aspects of the business, from publishing books to selling them — and that has some in the book world wondering if there is any end to Amazon's influence.