Akron’s Role in World War II

Men and women across our nation charged into battle to do their service when the United States entered World War II. In the new 2019 niche history book, World War II Akron, author Tim Carroll describes the roles of Akron’s men and women. He describes the jobs they performed on the homefront and overseas and how they contributed to the fight for freedom.

The cover of World War II Akron (seen here) features stories and photos of people, places, and events. Well known people pictured include Bob Hope, Helen Waterhouse (Akron Beacon Journal reporter), John S. Knight, Paul Brown and the Swensons. Places of interest mentioned are Fulton Airport, the Rubber Bowl, Wingfoot Lake and Hower Vocational School. A few of the many historical events covered are Pearl Harbor, D-Day and General Patton’s top-secret mission involving Akron. Over 100 photographs are included in the book.

It was the cover photo of a U.S. Navy blimp hovering over a captured Nazi sub that captured my attention. Airships were, and still are, a sight to behold. Their role throughout history is fascinating to say the least. In my possession is an antique airship pin (seen here) that was handed down to me. It was most likely worn by my grandfather as a symbol of American pride and ingenuity.

World War II Akron is clearly an authoritative resource. Tim Carroll consulted the archives of The University of Akron, Akron Summit County Public Library, the Beacon Journal, Goodyear and many other northeast Ohio repositories in order to tell this story.

To read the complete description of this book, determine its availability, and place a hold on this item (if it is currently checked out to another patron), click on the book title above which is hyperlinked to the library’s online catalog.

  ~Stephanie Livengood, Librarian

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New Book Inspires and Challenges Educators

In the new book, The craft of university teaching, Peter Lindsay, professor of political science and philosophy at Georgia State, seeks to reclaim teaching as the intellectually vibrant and rewarding endeavor that it is. Lindsay emphasizes the path that it takes to arrive at an educational outcome, not the outcome itself. With this in mind, practical examples and anecdotes pave the way for university instructors of all ages and of all disciplines to become inspired by the craft of teaching. Chapters in the book cover: craft teaching, teaching personas, words that teach, slow teaching, and cheating.

Follow the link below to view this item’s record in the library catalog, determine availability, or place a hold on the item (if it is currently checked out to another patron). http://library.uakron.edu/record=b6157270~S24

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We’re Hiring!

The library is looking for regular and work study student assistants to start for the Fall 2019 semester.  Complete a Wayne Campus Student Employment form and submit to the Business Office. Be sure to mark that you’re interested in working in the Library!

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Update to the May 4th Post on The Mueller Report

UA Library patrons not only have access to the electronic version of the Mueller Report, highlighted in the May 4th post, but also to the print edition which is now available for checkout at the Wayne College Library. The report is published by Skyhorse Publishing and includes an introduction by Alan Dershowitz. A direct link to this item in the UA Libraries catalog is provided below.


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Ideas for summer reading

Follow the link below to the library’s online catalog where you can search for books, read descriptions, determine availability, and place a hold on an item (if it is currently checked out to another patron.)

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Read the Mueller Report in the HeinOnline Database

On April 18th the redacted version of the Mueller Report was released to the public. To read it online, follow these easy steps below.

  1. Follow the link provided and click on HeinOnline to access the database. (Note: off-campus patrons will be asked for their login information.)
  2. Select U.S. Congressional Documents from the alphabetical list and then click on Other Works Related to Congress.
  3. Select R, then, scroll down to Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election (Redacted).
  4. You have now located the redacted version of the Mueller report.

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Quiet Zone During Finals Week

In order to help our students do their best on their final exams, the library will be offering a quiet place for study during exam week, Monday, May 6th through Saturday, May 11th.

Students, faculty, and staff are asked to remain quiet in the library during this week and turn off their cell phones before they enter the library. Headphones are available at the information desk for anyone wishing to listen to audio.

Silence will be enforced in the table area, community room, and library lab. Students wishing to use the group study rooms are also asked to refrain from loud discussions and to close the door when studying with groups.

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De-Stress with Therapy Dogs in the Library!

Finals are coming! Papers are due! Don’t freak out… We’ve got just what you need!

On Monday, April 29th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. stop by the library to de-stress with Caring Therapy Canines.  A variety of friendly pups will be here to help you relax in the Library sofa area. 

While you’re here you might also consider working on the jigsaw puzzle or add your own flare to our coloring poster.  This is also a great time to check in with the librarians to see if we can help you with any of those end-of-the-semester projects.  Just ask!

Caring Therapy Canines & UA Wayne College Library present: De-Stress with Therapy Dogs.
Stop by the library couches and visit with the therapy dogs on Monday, April 29th from 11 to 1 p.m.
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Spring Fine Forgiveness Event

Beginning April 15th the library will be offering fine amnesty to Wayne College students, faculty, and staff.  In lieu of money owed on fines we are asking that library patrons bring in boxes of facial tissues (Kleenex, Puffs, etc.) that will be donated to our Wooster Hope Food Pantry at Wayne College.  Bring in one full-sized box of tissues (no travel sizes, please!) and we will waive your fines.

You heard that right: If you bring in a box of tissues we will waive your fines.

The amnesty event will end on Saturday, May 11th so don’t wait to take advantage of this opportunity to clear up any library fines.

Here’s the catch:

  • We cannot offer any refunds on previously paid library fines
  • Lost or damaged items are excluded (but see the library staff for ideas on how to replace these items in the most inexpensive way!)
  • Materials checked out after April 15th are not eligible
  • You must stop in the library to participate in this fine amnesty even

Even if you do not have any library fines, please consider contributing to this worthy cause.  We are really hoping to get the Pantry all stocked up for next year!

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And the Oscar goes to…………

Since the awarding of the Oscars a few weeks ago, the library has added these award-winning films to the AV collection.  For more information and to see the titles added in previous years, visit our LibGuide titled Award-winning Movies.


Summary:  King T’Challa returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from divisions within his own country. When two enemies conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must join forces with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Wakandan Special Forces, to prevent Wakanda from being drawn into a world war.

Summary:   Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully managed to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan and became the head of the local chapter.

Summary:   Lee Israel made her living in the 1970s and 1980s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. Though Lee Israel has undeniable profiling skills, her work has grown stale and hackneyed, rendering her profession unnecessary and insignificant. Now in times of financial hardship, Israel must find other ways to make a living. With assistance from her steadfast friend, Jack, the two endeavor to keep Israel afloat. With a dose of trickery and deceptive eye, they do just that.

Summary:   The riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight. A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong’s perspective, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the film explores the triumphs and the cost, on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself; of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

Summary:   A pastor of a small church in upstate New York starts to spiral out of control after a soul-shaking encounter with an unstable environmental activist and his pregnant wife.

Summary:  A powerful and evil force threatens to attack a family whenever they make a noise, causing them to plunge into lives of silence. Any move they make, they live with the terrifying threat of being ambushed at any moment. With their existence on the line, they will need to develop a plan to escape their perilous circumstances. The question is whether or not time has already run out on their aspirations to lead normal lives.

Summary:   On the margins of Tokyo, a dysfunctional band of outsiders are united by fierce loyalty, a penchant for petty theft, and playful grifting. When the young son is arrested, secrets are exposed that upend their tenuous, below-the-radar existence and test their quietly radical belief that it is love–not blood–that defines a family.

Summary: After nearly forty years of marriage, Joan and Joe Castleman are complements. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man’s Wife. Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work. Joe’s literary star has blazed since he and Joan first met in the late 1950s. The Wife interweaves the story of the couple’s youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, thirty-plus years later–a lifetime’s shared compromises, secrets, betrayals, and mutual love.

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