Get a Library Card with Peter White Public Library!

Two librarians will be coming over to sign up students for a Peter White Public Library card from 2-4 p.m. at the table across from the Public Services Desk.  They will have computers to look up students addresses in the NMU directory. Students will need to bring an ID, and if their address in the NMU Directory isn’t local, a piece of mail with their local address. Only the city of Marquette and certain townships can get a free library card.  The PWPL personnel need to confirm a student lives in one of these areas before issuing a card. Once you have been issued a card, you will have access to thousands of print books, ebooks, dvds, music and more!

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Presentation by NMU faculty member, Marty Reinhardt

Marty Reinhardt, faculty member for the Center for Native American Studies, will be giving a talk titled, “Anishinaabe Treaty Rights: Food and Education” on Wednesday, September 28 at 2:00pm.   The talk will be given on the main floor of the library, near the exhibit, Native American Treaties, on loan from Central Michigan University’s Clarke Historical Library until October 7.

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Native American Treaties Exhibit

Native Rights - Shared Treaties Exhibit

Native Rights – Shared Treaties Exhibit

On loan from Central Michigan University’s Clarke Historical Library is a Native American Treaties Exhibit.  Come review the six pull-up exhibit panels on what a treaty is and how treaties have been applied to land, education, and hunting and fishing.  The exhibit is available from September 22 – October 7.

To compliment the exhibit, on Wednesday, September 28, at 2:00 pm on the main floor of the library,  NMU faculty member, Marty Reinhardt, will be giving a talk “Anishinaabe Treaty Rights: Food and Education”.

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Book Review: #16 Things I Thought Were True

The Unexpected Journey of a Lifetime

#16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler

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Rating: 4.0/5

Summary: Morgan is a high schooler who had an embarrassing video go viral. Since then she’s been an outcast and she hides her loneliness in her growing followers on twitter. When Morgan’s mother is diagnosed with heart disease, her world flips upside down. Before a major surgery, her mother confesses to Morgan that her father lives in Canada. With two coworkers, Morgan heads to Canada to find the father who abandoned her at birth.

I enjoyed this book a lot. I just started reading Janet Gurtler, but I have enjoyed every book of hers that I’ve read. They manage to be cute, but still realistic and thought provoking. Each character has real life issues, some that aren’t always talked about in novels.

I liked the internet tie in to this book since social media has exploded with my generation. I’m not on twitter so I enjoyed reading Morgan’s sassy tweets. I thought the way Gurtler crafted Morgan’s struggles and dependence on social media for acceptance would resonate with many others in the same situation. While the internet is a great way to meet people, it doesn’t replace having an “IRL” friend. I think that’s one of the lessons that Morgan really takes to heart on her journey.

Morgan’s journey in this book isn’t only her traveling to Canada, though that is an essential part of it. Her journey begins with a strained relationship with her mother who has lied to her about her father, Amy- a hyperactive chatterbox who becomes her best friend, Adam- her moody though sometimes nice supervisor at the amusement park, and the father she’s never known who has some unanswered questions to account for. Her journey ends with a several confessions and a painful reality. My favorite quote was, “Real life doesn’t always need to be posted online.”

I would definitely recommend this book! I think people who have had things shared on the internet that they didn’t want being seen would be able to relate well to Morgan, though she’s kind of whiny at some points so beware. Give this one a try and after it try The Truth About Us!!


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Science Direct – A World of Scholarly Content, One Click Away

As you probably know the library subscribes to many journals, most of them electronically. One of our largest collections of online journals is from the publisher Elsevier.  Their online platform for scholarly content is called Science Direct.


Science Direct contain over 3,400 journals, across many different disciplines.  The library subscribes to about 1,800  of these journals, and another 600 titles are available through Elsevier’s open access program, where some journals provide part of their content for free.  You can search across these titles (see above image) or browse by subject (below).  In the following image the arrow shows you where to restrict the titles to those available at NMU.


All the journals have homepages in which you can browse specific issues.  Articles are available as PDFs and once viewing an article, Science Direct suggests similar articles on the same topic.


If you are looking for articles on specific topics it might be said that you are better off using OneSearch, the library’s main database. Science Direct titles are located in OneSearch, along with the library’s other electronic titles (and our print books and videos too).  However, the breadth of coverage, focus on scholarly journals, and the nice user interface makes Science Direct a very useful source for students needing to complete library research assignments.

Check it out today, and if you need any help, please contact the library’s Public Services Desk.

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Book Review: An Ember in the Ashes

A Slave, A Soldier and an Empire: How They’ll Change the Whole Game

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Rating: 5/5

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Summary (from Goodreads): Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear. It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy. There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

The world in this book is amazing. The culture and structure of it is so refreshing and I loved it. I loved the how the society was slowly introduced, it wasn’t poured down my throat, but I had a good understanding that constantly built through the book. This book was set in a desert and so the characters were constantly surrounded by sand which I loved it was vastly different from the green and lush terrains I’m used to with the other books I’ve read.

I liked Laia the moment I met her. Something about her resounded with me and I was cheering for her since moment one. In the beginning, Laia is a terrified and frantically loyal girl. She will do anything to save her brother, Darin, even if it means enslaving herself to a vile maniac at a school that is a death sentence for Scholars. Laia believes she is not brave, but her willingness to do whatever it takes to rescue Darin says otherwise. As Laia survives, she starts to believe in herself more and she blossoms into her own strength.

Elias was so awesome!! I loved his rebellious streak, but at the same time I was like “Don’t get yourself killed Veturius!” He had amazing leadership skills and was such a nice guy despite the conditioning at Blackcliff. Occasionally I did want to hit him upside the head for being dumb, especially when he made comments about how Helene was a girl and thought differently. I still loved him and the attraction between Elias and Laia was so tantalizing! I want more, so much more of the two of them. I think they bring out the best in each other and should definitely be together!

The plot does start off kind of slow, but I was hooked from the beginning. Sabaa’s writing is flawless and she drags you so subtly into her world, you don’t realize you’re hooked until it’s too late and oh my god where did the book go? The Trials are amazing and mysterious as well as downright insane. I was shrieking and yelling pretty much the whole time one would go down. The last sixty pages I was trying very hard to contain my excitement but I definitely flailed my arms around a lot and was super giddy. It would’ve been embarrassing if anyone else had been in the section of library I was occupying.

Overall, I have found a new amazing author and I cannot wait for the sequel. I’m betting it’s going to be just as awesome if not better than An Ember in the Ashes. Especially if she does crazy stuff at the end like she did with this one. Let me just say HOLY MOTH BALLS THAT ENDING!!!

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Book Review: Between Shades of Gray

You don’t know true cold until you read this book

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Rating: 4.5/5

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Summary: Lina, a young girl preparing for art school and summer break, has lived a peaceful and love-filled life with her parents and younger brother Jonas. When Russia invades Lithuania and forces families into train cars, Lina’s life changes in a way she’d never expected. Forced to work in a labor camp in Siberia, Lina tries to keep hope even though she was separated from her father. This is a journey of survival in the worst of times.

I listened to the audiobook version of this and I really enjoyed it. I liked hearing the pronunciations of the names and places. The narrator did a wonderful job with tone and the voices of different characters as well. The one thing I missed since I listened to the audiobook was the maps in front of the book and I love maps!

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This is not a happy book, let me say that first. Most likely it will make you cry, and even though I didn’t, I wanted to. It’s one of those books that’s hauntingly beautiful. The words chill you and you won’t forget the story for many, many years. Even though this is kind of a downer, overall this book manages to have a very hopeful tone throughout which is spectacular.

Lina is a very likable character: she’s kind and intelligent as well as very loving. Even in the darkest of time, she managed to have a small seed of hope and sometimes that’s all you need. She stands up for what’s right. She knows her capture is not right and in her drawings she secretly criticizes the Russians. Her drawings also give her hope as she sends them through people in hopes that they’ll reach her father.

I loved the family dynamic between Lina, her brother and her mother. It was amazing how long they were able to stay together for. Her mother is such a courageous woman, there were many times were she shines in this book. She manages to keep Lina from giving up completely and if it wasn’t for her mother or Jonas, Lina probably would have given up long before she went to the North Pole.

Overall I liked this book because it is a trial of strength. Lina faces death, starvation, being overworked and freezing almost every day in the labor camps. I would recommend this book to lovers of Historical fiction and coming of age stories.

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Like us on Facebook and win a prize!

The library is having a contest.  Anyone that likes us on Facebook  since the start of Fall Fest will be entered to win a prize.  The winning prize is $20 of printing in the library or a $20 gift certificate to Starbucks.  Contest ends the end of September. Follow us and learn what’s happening in the library!

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Printing at the Library: What to Know

Reposted because this is always relevant. 

Printing at the Olson Library is outlined at this link.  Your NMU issued laptop has all the necessary printers loaded, and as noted in the above link, the printers are Library Laser (for black & white) or Library Color Laser.  Are you using your own laptop instead of the one you were issued?  Check out these tips. Using your own Mac and need printers added?  Go here.

  • You will need your NMU ID (aka Wildcat Express Card) to print.  There must be money on your account (CatCash, not Dining Dollars). Instructions here.
  • Yes, we can make change: give us coins or a large bill.
  • If the lines are long for printing black and white and you are in a hurry, go down to the Helpdesk and use their printer.  That printer is also on the Library Laser network.
  • Do not use LTE.  Get off that on campus and use the wifi network.
  • If wifi can’t connect, reboot (yes, yes, that’s the old standby–but many times it works).
  • For other notes on printing, search this blog for “printing”.
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Spotlight On: Historical Statistics of the United States

Historical Statistics of the United States is a great collection of historical statistics from over 1000 sources, including 37,000+ data series.  Topics range from migration and health to crime and justice, manufacturing and agriculture to elections and politics.  Depending on the topic, data can range back to the 1700s.

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Create and download colorful charts, graphs, and plots, along with the  option of making customized tables and spreadsheets.


Data can be found via a keyword search or browsing topics under five main categories: Population, Work and Welfare, Economic Structure and Performance, Economic Sectors, and Governance and International Relations.

For comprehensive statistics that focus more on the past three decades, make sure to check out the companion source, Statistical Abstracts of the United States.

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