Apollo 13 Launched!


Apollo 13 successfully leaves Cape Kennedy, Florida, on April 11, 1970, but had to abort its mission on the 13 because one out of the two oxygen tanks exploded.

The Tech Library holds books, DVDs, and online government documents on the subject (http://goo.gl/qFqMd). The NASA website is one of the many free Internet resources available through the Library website at http://library.atu.edu/research/internetResources.php. Find more information on Apollo 13 from Britannica Academic Edition at http://goo.gl/Gnrnj (must sign in from off-campus).

The image illustrates the severe damages to the Service Module. The explosion ripped it open. The photograph was taken from the Command Module after separation. Image resource: http://goo.gl/LIGjh (NASA).

Happy birthday, “Lucifer!”

Mark Pellegrino was born April 9, 1965. His major roles are portraying bad guys… He is Lucifer in the TV series Supernatural, constantly trying to possess his true vessel: Sam… He is “Bishop” the vampire in the first and second season of Being Human… He is the mysterious near-immortal Jacob in Lost… Lucky you, the Tech Library holds seven seasons of Supernatural (http://goo.gl/ig0vx), all the seasons of Lost (http://goo.gl/7oWY3), and the first four seasons of Being Human (http://goo.gl/SQPXS).

Robert Baden-Powell

Robert-Baden-PowellBaden-Powell was born Feb. 22, 1857 in London, Arkansas (lol) England. He was a British army officer, but became famous as founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts youth movements. He ran his first camp in 1907. His Scouting for Boys book was issued in 1908 and is since the essence of the movement.

See what the Tech Library holds on the boy scouts subject at http://goo.gl/vg8Vs.

See what Britannica Encyclopedia says on Baden Powell at http://goo.gl/viheE.

500 years ago…

About 500 years ago, Nicolaus Copernicus wrote “Commentariolus”, a treatise laying the basis for his heliocentric (sun-centered) planetary system. He was born February 19, 1473 in Poland.Copernicus

See what CREDO reference says on his treatise at http://goo.gl/b95R0.
See what the Library holds on Copernicus at http://goo.gl/g933h.
Check the Tech eJournals on astronomy at http://goo.gl/fNMES.


Federal TRiO logo program Student Support Services is now located on the 2nd floor of the Ross Pendergraft Library & Technology Center as of Friday, February 1, 2013. Director Lori Wineland and SSS Advisors, Lindsey Riedmueller and Nichole Christensen, along with a staff of peer tutors assist the 140 TRiO logo program participants. The goal of the program is to increase the retention and graduation rates among first generation, low income, and/or disabled students by providing comprehensive, individualized academic support. TRiO logo program SSS offers tutoring, informative workshops, study skills, financial aid information, economic financial literacy, career advising, academic advising, mentoring, cultural enrichment, graduate school planning, and much more!
For more information on TRiO logo SSS, go to http://www.atu.edu/sss/index.php.

February 1, 1790

“At the Supreme Judicial Court of the United States, begun and held at New York (being the Seat of the National Government), on the first Monday of February, and on the first day of said month Anno Domini 1790.”

These are the very first words recorded in the Supreme Court minutes on February 1, 1790. You can read more of the 1789-1806 minutes in JSTOR at http://goo.gl/Jh4wF. Other minutes are available in the American Journal of Legal History in JSTOR at http://goo.gl/klpoB. Learn about the Supreme Court in CREDO reference at http://goo.gl/Vb2f3.


Part I A-ANT of the Oxford English Dictionary was published on January 29, 1884 (1). The original plan, set in 1879, was to complete the dictionary in ten years. Five years later, they only reached the word ant. The dictionary would be published fascicle after fascicle until the last one, published in April 1928. Check out Tech Library books (including the cited one) on the subject at http://goo.gl/66VKg. Read the history of the OED at http://goo.gl/seZr8. Search one of the 600,000 words of the OED at http://goo.gl/uQFiM (must sign in).
(1) Murray, Katharine Maud Elisabeth. “The Triple Nightmare: Time, Space, and Money.” Caught in the Web of Words James Murray and the Oxford English Dictionary. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1978. 205-214. Print.

Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood was born January 28, 1981 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Best known for his portraying of Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, he also lent his voice to main characters in animated movies such as 9 and Happy Feet. He recorded James Patterson’s Witch and Wizard as audio book with the author in 2009. More recently, he is Ryan Newman in the TV series Wilfred. Ryan sees his neighbor’s dog Wilfred as a grown man instead of the animal that everyone else sees… The Tech Library holds all these items and more. Check the Tech Library collection at http://goo.gl/o5xF6.

Sir Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill passed away forty-eight years ago at the age of 90. He is known for his major role as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II. He started writing in 1899 and Literature Online lists 59 works by him. Learn about his life and work through the biography database Literature Online at http://goo.gl/qkXkQ. View videos of some of his speeches in Britannica Academic Edition at http://goo.gl/JcETz. See what the Tech Library holds on Sir Winston Churchill at http://goo.gl/cPdko.

Free Books, No Due Date!

From now until next Wednesday, stop by the south entrance of the library to browse through a small collection of free books. From time to time, the library receives books which do not fit the criteria for inclusion into our collection. They may be duplicates or older editions of books we already have—perfect treasures for some, but not necessarily a fit for us.
So in celebration of National Reading Day, we have decided to release these books into the wild where you can pick them up and give them a good home. You never know what you’ll find—books on economics, philosophy, nutrition, and even Scandinavian theater. We’ll be putting more books out there until next January 30th, so stop by and check them out – without the check-out ;).