The Mysterious Written Language of the Gamelan : A Method for Decoding

Gamelan

Join us Thursday, November 14th at 3 pm in the National Music Museum as Curator Deborah Check Reeves presents an engaging session on modern Gamelan notation, which is completely different than Western musical notation. She will share the fascinating way the written symbols relate to the instruments in the Gamelan ensemble.
The National Music Museum is located at the intersection of Clark and Yale Streets on the USD campus.

This program on written notation forms another link in the events tied together for the Books in Context series. Our book this month, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, is related to nu shu, which was a form of secret writing developed in China by women so they could communicate with one another. Copies of the book are available through the library and the book discussion will be held Wednesday, December 4th at 7 pm in the Library.

 

Live and Learn : A Geological Excursion to China!

Mark SweeneyDon’t miss this week’s Live and Learn
with Mark Sweeney
“A Geological Excursion to China : History Recorded in Dust”
Wednesday, November 13th
7 pm, Kozak Community Room

Mark Sweeney has been conducting research in China and will discuss the geology and issues related to the loess covered area where he has spent time.  This is the same loess once used to build the terracotta army of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China!

 

Mark Sweeney is Associate Professor in the Earth Sciences Department at the University of South Dakota.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan…the Book, the Movie and Related Events

The Edith B. Siegrist will have two showings of the film,
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, directed by Wayne Wang.
This film is based on the novel by Lisa See, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,
the current selection for the Books in Context Series.

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Film Showings:
Thursday, November 7th, 6:30 pm
Kozak Community Room

Tuesday, November 12th, 1:00 pm
Kozak Community Room

Be sure to attend the other Books in Context Linked Events to be held in November:

Thursday, November 14th, 3 pm
National Music Museum, USD Campus
“The Mysterious Written Language of the Gamelan:
A Method for Decoding”
with Deborah Check Reeves

Dr. Reeves will present an engaging session on modern Gamelan notation, which is completely different than Western musical notation. She will share the fascinating way that the written symbols relate to the instruments in the Gamelan ensemble.

Thursday, November 21st, 7 pm
John Day Gallery, College of Fine Arts, USD Campus
“The Written Word” an exhibition gallery talk with
Alison Erazmus, Gallery Director
A guided tour of the current exhibition containing the work of five contemporary artists who explore the visual materiality of word-based texts. The artists used literature, the act of writing itself, or the library as inspiration for their visual art installations.

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Book Discussion for Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See will be held Wednesday, December 4th at 7 pm in the Kozak Community Room.
Discussion facilitated by Sarah Sik, Asst. Professor of Art History, USD

Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk!

The Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Expansion — A South Dakota Decision

Two Informative Sessions!
Monday, November 4th
3 pm and 7 pm
Kozak Community Room

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How will the Affordable Care Act work in South Dakota? What difference will it make if South Dakota decides to expand Medicaid? Joy Smolnisky, Director of the SD Budget & Policy Project and Lizzy Bolander of the Rural Office of Community Services will be presenting a non-partisan explanation of health care reform in South Dakota. They will discuss details of buying insurance and look at the option to expand Medicaid and how it would affect health care providers and consumers in the state.

Call the Library with any questions at 677-7060.

 

Books in Context Linked Event: Beethoven Concert on USD Campus

Stieler, Joseph Karl: Beethoven mit der Missa solemnis Ölgemälde, 1819

In the spirit of building community, the Music Department at the University of South Dakota is participating in our Books in Context Linked Events by presenting a short Beethoven piano concert on Wednesday, October 30th at 7:30 pm. The Books in Context selection for October is: Beethoven’s Hair: An Extraordinary Historical Odyssey and a Scientific Mystery Solved by Russell Martin. Whether or not you have read or plan to read the book, please join us at Colton Recital Hall in the College of Fine Arts on the USD campus for this concert of Beethoven music presented by students in the Music Department at the College of Fine Arts. Please call the Library with any questions at 677-7060.

New Databases Available!

We are pleased to be able to offer two new databases to our patrons, with access made available through the State Library — Mango Languages and Chilton Library. You can utilize these and many of the other databases here in the Library or on your home computer. Some of the databases, such as Learning Express, will require you to set up a free account and others may ask you for patron verification, which will be your library card barcode and last name as password. Be sure to explore all the databases under the Reference tab here on the Library website.

New Databases!

MANGO LANGUAGES
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Offers courses in more than 60 languages to allow users to learn, listen and
speak their chosen languages. Courses for English learners begin in the
student’s native language and teach English. The courses focus on four key areas
of language learning: vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and culture.

CHILTONLIBRARY

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Provides authoritative manuals online with monthly updates. Thousands of
domestic and imported car, truck, van and SUV models from 1940-present and
includes repair, maintenance and specification tables.

Last Chance to Sign-Up for Junk Journals Workshop

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Learn to make a keepsake journal from a recycled book in a two-day workshop with Darla Tassler. The workshop will be held in the Kozak Community Room on the following two Saturday afternoons (October 19th and 26th) from noon to 5 pm. Books will be provided at the event.

Registration at the event is required, so call the library at 677-7060 or stop by to sign up. Class size is limited to 12 and you must be 13 years of age or older to participate! Necessary supplies, such as paper and adhesive, can be purchased at the event from the instructor, but let us know when you sign up whether you’ll be bringing your own or not. Should be great fun…hope to see you there!!

Jim Stone on Clay County Barns

Jim Stone barns

Preservation Wednesday
Clay County Barns with Jim Stone
Wednesday, October 16th, 7 pm
Kozak Community Room

Jim Stone has been researching and documenting the rich heritage of barns in Clay County. Learn more about their fascinating history in his talk at the Library in the upcoming talk. Preservation Wednesday is co-sponsored by the Clay County Historic Preservation Commission and the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library!

Call the library at 677-7060 for more information!