Month: July 2016

Schewe Library: Now a PokéStop

On July 7th, Pokémon GO was released for iOS and Android devices. This GPS-driven augmented reality mobile game has been an instant hit, reaching an estimated 7.5 million downloads in the first week of its release. That means that more than 2% of the entire U.S. population has downloaded the game in a single week!

Players capture, battle, and train virtual Pokémon which appear based on the player’s real world location. Any real world location with historic or cultural significance can be a special feature in the game, such as a PokéStop, where players stock up on resources, or a Pokémon gym, where players’ Pokémon fight to control the gym for their team (Valor, Mystic, or Instinct).

We are excited to report that Schewe Library is a PokéStop and that local Pokémon are taking advantage of the library’s many resources. We spotted this Zubat browsing our art books:

Zubat

And this afternoon a Pidgey made itself at home on the comfy couch on the main floor:

Pidgey

We’ve even seen an Eevee working on the Macs:

Eevee

Come in and see what you can catch in Schewe!

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Have You Read? … The New Jim Crow

Cover art from The New Jim Crow

In the wake of tragic shootings across the country (most recently Alton Sterling and Philando Castile), you may find yourself searching for answers as to why this kind of violence keeps happening. The library may not have all of the answers for such a complex tragedy, but we have some resources to help you start the conversations if you aren’t having them already. Which brings us to a first in what we hope will become a regular series: Have You Read? where we highlight books in our collection that can help you start the conversations that matter.

Today we encourage you to pick up the critically acclaimed work by Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

From the author’s website about the book,

The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. Since its publication in 2010, the book has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than a year; been dubbed the “secular bible of a new social movement” by numerous commentators, including Cornel West; and has led to consciousness-raising efforts in universities, churches, community centers, re-entry centers, and prisons nationwide. The New Jim Crow tells a truth our nation has been reluctant to face.

The Schewe Library holds copies of both the 2010 and 2012 editions of the book, which can be found here for the 2010 and here for the 2012.