Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Free Pop-up Book Workshop

Make It Pop-up!: a do-it-yourself book workshop for kids and parents

  • Saturday, April 27
  • 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Walker Library Special Collections (4th Floor)

MTSU’s Walker Library is hosting an exciting hands-on workshop in association with the exhibit, The Anatomy of Pop-ups, currently on display in Special Collections. Plan now to attend this fun and free event for kids (and their parents!) ages 8 to 12. Our workshop leader is Kathleen O’Connell, who currently teaches Book Arts in MTSU’s Department of Art and has led workshops at Burlington City Arts Studio 250 in Vermont, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and at her studio in Lima, Peru. O’Connell will teach kids how to create a simple but surprising pop-up book using sheets of paper and some simple cuts and folds.
There is no cost to participants. Free parking is available next to Walker Library and all materials and tools will be supplied, but space is limited. 
Reserve your slot now by calling Susan Hanson at (615) 904-8503 or sending an email to

Stop Feeding the Monster!!

On display in the Walker Library atrium is a student art installation from Erin Anfinson's Drawing 2 class. Stop Feeding the Monster: Think Before You Print will be on display through April 26th.

Watch how we made the monster here!

In 2012, Walker Library visitors used over 9.6 million sheets of paper. That much paper adds up to nearly 1,371 trees! The environmental impact alone is staggering, but the weight of lost library resources also resonated with the students who designed this project. Extra funding spent on printing paper means less available funding for technology and educational resources valued by the MTSU community.

For the students, the form of a paper-consuming monster best served as a playful representation of this serious problem. 100% of this installation was made out of reused paper from the library recycling bins. All materials will be recycled at the end of the exhibition. We hope the project will provide a moment of reflection for the students, faculty and administration. Think before you print!

Jacob Bagby, Jessica Booker, Kenzie Haro, Alex Hibbard, Megan Huff man, Denesha Jones, Chelby Pickett, Ben Rasmussen, Kelsie Richards, John Saad, Tasha Storie, Charles Williams

Associate Professor Erin An finson

Tutoring in Library, Math, SPSS, Stats

Come on... it is that time of year. You are freaking out because the semester is winding down. It is time to STUDY LIKE YOU MEAN IT!

STARTING THIS MONDAY, APRIL 1st, come over to the Library from 6 - 9 pm on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings all through the month of April. We will have tutors available if you need a little extra help with MathStats or using SPSS



Tutors will be set up in Meeting Place 2 (2nd floor, room 248).

Math (Sun, Mon & Tues evenings 6-9 pm)
      April 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30

Stats & SPSS (Sun & Tues evenings 6-9 pm)
     April 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Meet the Car Makers! Thurs. April 4 at 2:30

Update... Stop by the Walker Library atrium on Thursday afternoon and hear from the students who built this car! 

We know parking on campus is crazy but... what is that car in the atrium? 

The Walker Library is partnering with the Department of Engineering Technology’s Experimental Vehicle Program (EVP) and displaying one of the student researched, designed, and built cars. The “Formula SAE” is a single seat track racing vehicle for a nonprofessional, weekend enthusiast. The EVP provides a student driven, interdisciplinary, hands-on learning experience that is open to all students attending MTSU. The students say that the Library is an integral part of their research while developing these vehicles and they wanted to show them off in the Library.  

The car will be on display through Scholar’s Week (April 1-5) then will move out on April 11. 

Initiated in 2004 EVP is composed of four project teams, Baja SAE, Formula SAE, Moonbuggy NASA, and Solarboat ASME, which are designed, crafted, and led by students. Each project is tasked with development, research, design, fabrication, safety considerations, business, marketing, accounting, and leadership involved in prototype vehicle design in accordance to the rules provided by each oversight organization. 

All members are provided the opportunity to learn every aspect of product design. The MTSU EVP teams fabricate in-house 80-90% of vehicle components including vehicle frame and space-age carbon fiber composites. EVP membership allows students to develop or enhance technical skills and develop soft skills within the context of an educational atmosphere which provides students with an excellent opportunity to build their résumé while still in school.