Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Poetry and Art Month Book Spotlight

Emily Dickinson's poetry is at once accessible and cryptic. Her poems usually last only a few stanzas, so they are ideal for those who find it difficult to make it through pages long poetry; however, Dickinson's poetry is riddled with metaphors, strange capitalization, and peculiar punctuation, making her work a delight to pick apart and decipher. In The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson, all of her poetry is collected into one volume, allowing the reader to peruse the entirety of this enigmatic poet's life work.

You can check out this eBook and many more through the UNT Dallas Library catalog. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Poetry and Art Month Book Spotlight

Instead of looking at photography as a strict art form, Feeling Photography chooses instead to explore photography as a broad category and its relation to people's lives. The authors in this collection explore themes of grief, sexuality, colonialism, civil rights, social politics, citizenship, and school photos among other topics. Because of the personal nature of these topics, the central focus is of people and emotion, how we react to both professional and amateur photography. If you want to read about art in a meaningful context, Feeling Photography will provide excellent insight into photography's powerful effect on humanity.

You can check out this eBook and many more through the UNT Dallas Library catalog.

Thursday, April 23, 2015















Celebrate the Bard's birthday by watching some of his most memorable plays.

Ambrose Video 2.0 provides access to video productions of 37 Shakespeare plays produced by the BBC between the years of 1978 - 1984. Each play is broken down into acts and is closed captioned.

UNT Dallas students can access the videos now by clicking on the link below. 

http://iii.library.unt.edu/record=e1000274~S2

Poetry and Art Month Book Spotlight

Most of literary history is defined by leading figures whose style, innovation, or personality left an indelible print. In How Did Poetry Survive?: The Making of Modern American Verse, John Timberman Newcomb turns his focus on lesser known poets that made up the bulk of the modernist movement instead of focusing on the key players. In so doing, Newcomb explores American modernism broadly, showing how these poets reinvigorated poetry from its status as a stifled, highbrow art form. Modern American poets introduced poetry to the everyday by focusing on the city, the subway, and modern architecture. A few figures do not make up a movement, and Newcomb proves this with his book, giving voice to the poets who provided the foundation for others to build on to insure poetry continued on as a vibrant literary form.

You can check out this eBook and many more through the UNT Dallas Library catalog.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

New Book in the UNT Dallas Library Collection

The Almanac of American Education 2014-2015 is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to go into the education field. This book contains state-level statistics like average SAT and ACT scores and public school teacher salaries and teacher characteristics, while also providing county-level statistics like information on student-teacher ratios and per-student expenditures. All data is gathered from the government and other reputable sources, guaranteeing the information is as accurate and relevant as possible. For anyone wishing to equip themselves to better the education system or simply inform themselves of the condition of the job market as an education provider, The Almanac of American Education 2014-2015 is an invaluable resource.

You can find this book and many more in the UNT Dallas Library.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Poetry and Art Month Book Spotlight

Art forms sometimes come from unexpected places and are undervalued in their own time. Author David A. Ensminger explores such art and its respective culture in Visual Vitriol: The Street Art and Subcultures of the Punk and Hardcore Generation. The art from the punk and hardcore music scene comes in the forms of concert posters, flyers, and street art and allows marginalized groups in society to find a voice of resistance. Some outside of this subculture may deem the art offensive or a nuisance, but these creative endeavors are a testament to the human desire to express oneself and declare one's presence where it has been ignored.

You can check out this eBook and many more through the UNT Dallas Library Catalog.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Poetry and Art Month Book Spotlight

A Sense of Regard: Essays on Poetry and Race brings together a confluence of contributors discussing issues of poetry and race in context of their own varied racial backgrounds. The authors bring up a multitude of important topics grouped under chapter headings like "Racialization & Reimagination: Whitman & the New Americans," "The Unsayable & the Subversive," "Imperialism & Experiments: Comedy, Confession, Collage, Conscience," and "Self as Center: Sonics, Code Switching, Culture, and Clarity." This unique book shines a much needed light on the intersection of poetry and race from years past to the present.

 You can check out this eBook and many more through the UNT Dallas Library Catalog.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

New Texas School Administrator's Legal Digest March 2015 Available

This month's issue of Texas School Administrator's Legal Digest is the last in its print form, and, as such, it signs off with a broad look at public school as a community. The author of the article, Jim Walsh, discusses how public schools are communities and not just places in which people congregate to learn. Such an environment is rich in diversity, but is not without its share of difficulties. Walsh brings up the issue of the students' right to free speech - protected under the law but capable of causing discord in the school community. And even diversity itself can be a challenge, with students having difficulty finding a sense of belonging among their own peers. Ultimately, though, the diverse public school community must be continually supported and aided by policy makers, legislators, and neighborhoods so that young people can grow up among different people from different backgrounds and benefit from such a vibrant environment.

You can read about this topic and more in this month's issue of Texas School Administrator's Legal Digest in the UNT Dallas Library.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Poetry and Art Month Book Spotlight

Many people have had some sort of introduction on how to read and appreciate literature and even music, but art rarely receives such attention. In her book Art: A Beginner's Guide, Laurie Schneider Adams gives a broad overview of Western art. Adams delves into the topics of the definitions, ideas and themes, origins, form and meaning, and purposes of art and discusses why art sometimes causes controversy. This succinct book is an essential guide to anyone who wants to develop a deeper appreciation of art but is not sure where to start.

You can check out this eBook and many more through the UNT Dallas Library Catalog.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Poetry and Art Month Book Spotlight

Many works of art and literature are often borne out of a personal or communal traumatic experience. T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land, a five part poem published in 1922, was a response to World War I, one of the most horrific wars at that time. Its disjointed narrative, allusions, and symbols reflected humanity's terror, confusion, and loss of faith in the face of advanced warfare. A stunning modernist epic rife with religious and literary references, The Waste Land remains one of the most important poetic works of the 20th century.

You can check out this eBook and many more through the UNT Dallas Library Catalog.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Dimensions of Early Childhood

In our diverse world, it is important for students to become bilingual whether their native language is English or Spanish. In the article "Classroom Labels that Young Children Can Use: Enhancing Biliteracy Development in a Dual Language Classroom," Irasema Salinas-Gonzalez, Maria G. Arreguin-Anderson, and Iliana Alaní discuss the benefits of labeling objects and parts of the class room in both English and Spanish. The authors also address practical activities teachers can involve their students in so that everyone is immersed in a language rich learning experience. 

You can read this article and more in this month's edition of Dimensions of Early Childhood in the UNT Dallas Library.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Poetry and Art Month Book Spotlight

We are surrounded by images and text that are constantly telling us something or influencing our behavior. Good artists, graphic designers, and typographers are skilled at making these subtle commands and influences both effective and attractive. In Stop, Think, Go, Do: How Typography & Graphic Design Influence Behavior, Steven Heller and Mirko Ilić discuss and explain the eight uses of typography and graphic design: to inform, to advocate, to play, to caution, to entertain, to express, to educate, and to transform.

You can check out this eBook and many more through the UNT Dallas Library Catalog.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Poetry and Art Month Book Spotlight

Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" embodies its title throughout the course of the text, a bombastic work that gave voice to the troubled times and people during the Cold War. In his book American Scream: Allen Ginsberg's Howl and the Making of the Beat Generation, Jonah Raskin explores the events of the time that shaped Ginsberg as well as the poet's influences like Walt Whitman and even T.S. Eliot. Raskin presents a clearer picture of the man and the poem that focuses so much on secrecy, nudity, and madness - themes that led to scorn from academics and an obscenity trial. Despite all detractors, Ginsberg's "Howl" remains a work of startling honesty and raw emotion, an important work that contributed to the development of the Beat Generation.

You can check out this eBook and many more through the UNT Dallas Library Catalog.