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HPU’s Walker Memorial Library hosts “Postcards to Home” display for students

Postcards to Home displayBROWNWOOD – September 13, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Walker Memorial Library is hosting a postcard-writing display this week in its lobby area for students to write postcards to loved ones. The public is invited to stop by the library to view the display through this Friday, September 15.

HPU students of all classifications were invited to visit the library to fill out postcards to tell family and friends about their first weeks on campus this semester. To add humor and lightheartedness, the postcard proudly proclaims that the students have “found the library.” The library provided the postcards and the postage for the display.

“In this technology-driven age, we are always looking for ways to bring students to the physical library,” said Alexia Riggs, dean of libraries and associate professor of library science. “We decided, as in the past, to offer the students the opportunity to send some ‘snail mail’ home. It is an activity that many students look forward to each year.”

Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. The library is closed on Saturdays.

For more information about HPU’s Walker Memorial Library, call 325-649-8602 or visit www.hputx.edu/library.

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Cutline: HPU student Isaac Williams writes a message on a postcard at the university library’s “Postcards to Home” display.

HPU’s Walker Memorial Library to host book sale

library book sale 2017BROWNWOOD – March 24, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Walker Memorial Library, through the Friends of the Library group, will host a book sale Thursday, March 30, and Friday, March 31. The sale is open to the community from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday.

A large selection of books, including duplicate titles and books the library does not traditionally carry in the academic collection, will be available for purchase. Paperbacks and hardcover books will range from $.50 to $1 with rare books varying in price. Additional items include VHS tapes and duplicate HPU yearbooks. All proceeds will benefit students through library improvements.

“The Friends of the Library Book Sale is a great opportunity for the community to step into the library and see the recent updates and discover what we offer,” said Alexia Riggs, HPU’s dean of libraries. “We look forward to this event every year and hope that everyone who attends finds the perfect book!”

The goal of the Friends of the Library group is to promote interest in the library and support for its collections and programs. Anyone is welcome to join with memberships ranging from $10 to $100. Library memberships are available to HPU alumni and members of the Friends of the Library group. More information on these membership opportunities will be presented at the sale.

For more information, contact HPU’s Walker Memorial Library at (325) 649-8602 or library@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU senior Emily Wright, student worker in the university’s Walker Memorial Library, sorts books for the upcoming sale.

HPU librarian Alexia Riggs named to prestigious TALL Texans Leadership Institute

Riggs and Library Staff for web updatedBROWNWOOD – March 9, 2017 – Alexia Riggs, dean of libraries and associate professor of library science at Howard Payne University, was recently selected for the highly competitive Texas Accelerated Library Leaders Institute. More popularly known as the TALL Texans Leadership Institute, the program has recognized the best of the rising Texas library leaders for more than 20 years.

The program takes place at the Montserrat Retreat Center in Lake Dallas and includes instruction by Jack Siggins, recently retired library director at George Washington University, and Harvard University’s Maureen Sullivan, past president of the American Library Association. Additional veteran leaders from Texas libraries serve as mentors.

Ted Wanner, continuing education specialist for the Texas Library Association, wrote to Dr. W. Mark Tew, HPU provost and chief academic officer, to inform him of Riggs’ achievement.

“Librarians return to their institutions with deeper understanding of management, communication, and strategic planning,” Wanner wrote. “Graduates of the program have become directors of major library systems, administrators within school districts and universities, Executive Board members for the Texas Library Association, and leaders in critical initiatives within their own communities.”

Dr. Tew and other HPU administrators notified Riggs of her accomplishment Thursday morning at HPU’s Walker Memorial Library.

“I was honored to recommend Dean Riggs for this prestigious position,” said Dr. Tew. “In the recommendation, I was able to share several of the initiatives she has already accomplished at HPU’s library.”

Since joining HPU’s faculty in 2014, Riggs has bolstered the library’s efforts in supporting the teaching and learning goals of HPU’s faculty and students.

Riggs received a Bachelor of Science degree from HPU in 2002, a Master of Divinity degree from Hardin-Simmons University in 2007 and a Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Texas in 2009. She has completed all but her dissertation toward a doctoral degree from Texas A&M University in Commerce. Her past experience includes serving as reference librarian at Del Mar College, 2012-2014; technical services librarian at Paris Junior College, 2009-2012; government document librarian intern at Texas Christian University, 2009; and as a music library assistant at Hardin-Simmons University, 2004-2005.

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Cutline: Alexia Riggs, dean of libraries and associate professor of library science at HPU, was recently selected for the highly competitive Texas Accelerated Library Leaders Institute. She is pictured with members of the library staff. Left to right: Sarah Griffin, Amy Ripple, Juanita Sypert, Alexia Riggs, Doris Goacher, Mary Dunham, Wade Kinnin and Mary Griffin.

HPU Homecoming to feature Authors’ Reception and Archival Display

BROWNWOOD – October 24, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Walker Memorial Library will host an Authors’ Reception and Archival Display this weekend in conjunction with HPU’s Homecoming 2016 celebrations. The authors’ reception will take place Saturday, October 29, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The archival display will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Seven authors will participate in this year’s reception including Dr. Don Newbury ’61, HPU’s chancellor and former president. Additional authors include Dr. John Duncan, 1982 HPU graduate and former member of HPU’s Board of Trustees; Rev. James Goforth, 1961 HPU graduate; Craig Hughes, 1975 HPU graduate; Mark Long, 1973 HPU graduate; Murselle McMillan, 2015 HPU graduate; and Sara Musgrove, 2006 HPU graduate.

“This will be a fun time to mingle and visit,” said Alexia Riggs, dean of libraries. “If you see a book you want to purchase you will have the opportunity to do so.”

The archival display will feature a recreation of a typical office from the university’s early years. Among the items featured in this display is the Founder’s Desk, the original desk used by Dr. John D. Robnett, HPU’s founder and second president.

Also on display will be historical items and memorabilia including HPU yearbooks for viewing and purchase, photos, posters, clothing and more. A special display will honor the classes of 1966 and 1976, which are celebrating 50th and 40th class reunions, respectively.

Additionally, the library has created a t-shirt display featuring 80 HPU t-shirts.

“We encourage alumni to donate t-shirts for this display,” Riggs said. “We keep the shirts well preserved and it’s a great way to capture slices of life at HPU during different decades.”

For more information, contact HPU’s Walker Memorial Library at (325) 649-8602 or library@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Many pieces of HPU memorabilia will be on display at the university’s Walker Memorial Library for Homecoming 2016 including this early version of HPU’s Buzzsaw mascot.

HPU’s Walker Memorial Library presents “Postcards from Home” display

BROWNWOOD – October 13, 2016 – The Howard Payne University Walker Memorial Library will present a “Postcards from Home” display through Monday, October 24, in the library’s main lobby.

The display features postcards and letters sent during World War I and World War II to and from loved ones who were HPU alumni and friends. There is also a desk set up for current HPU students to write postcards to send home to their family or friends.

“We are excited to offer the opportunity for our students to send messages home,” said Doris Goacher, digital archives assistant. “It was inspired by our display of postcards and letters sent home from Europe during World Wars I and II as well as the letters back from the recipients here at home. There is such power in the written word, conveying our thoughts to someone we care about who is a distance away. The messages are always treasured.”

postcards-for-webThe display is available for public viewing during normal library operation hours, Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Private tours of the full postcard collection are available Tuesday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Goacher will give brief tours of the materials held in the library’s archive at this time as well.

For more information, call HPU’s Walker Memorial Library at 325-649-8602.

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HPU’s “Postcards from Home” Display is available for viewing through October 24.

HPU junior Carrie Leach, from Hurst, writes a postcard home at HPU’s “Postcards from Home” student writing desk.

Book signing to honor two HPU authors

Kadee Carder for webBROWNWOOD – April 22, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Walker Memorial Library will host a book signing for two HPU authors next Wednesday, April 27, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Featured authors are Kadee Carder, 2006 HPU graduate, and Deborah Pierson Dill, 1992 graduate and administrative assistant for HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics. Copies of the authors’ books will be available for purchase by cash or check during the event.

Carder’s “Insurrection” is the recently released first installment in a three-part series following the remarkable journey of Saylor MacTavish. The young-adult science fiction novel is available for purchase at Hastings, Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. Portions of the book may be previewed on Carder’s website, www.kadeecarder.com, where she also blogs.

Debby Dill for web“Readers will feel a sense of camaraderie with the characters of ‘Insurrection,’” Carder said. “Hopefully, along with Saylor, they will find unexpected adventures and they too are capable of being more than they ever imagined.”

Dill’s “Not So Far Away” is the fourth and latest novel in the Christian-themed “Blithe Settlement” series published by Pelican Book Group. The story is set in a small Central Texas town and follows characters introduced in previous books in the series. Other titles in the series are “Perfect Shelter,” “Return to Me” and “Moving On.” Dill has also written two e-novellas for Pelican Book Group, “Ransomed Hope” and “Ransomed Trust.” Her books and e-novellas are available for purchase at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and ChristianBook.com.

“The message I hope readers take away from all the ‘Blithe Settlement’ books is that, with God, nothing is wasted,” said Dill. “He can redeem the worst of our experiences, and use those things to draw us close and point others to Him.”

For more information about the book signing, contact HPU’s Walker Memorial Library at library@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: Kadee Carder (top) and Deborah Pierson Dill

HPU’s Walker Memorial Library to host book sale

Erin Buergner LibraryBROWNWOOD – March 28, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Walker Memorial Library, through the Friends of the Library, will host a book sale Thursday, March 31, and Friday, April 1. The sale is open to the community with hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days.

A large selection of books, including duplicate titles and books the library does not traditionally carry in the academic collection, will be available for purchase. Paperbacks and hardcover books will range from $.50 to $1 with rare books varying in price. All proceeds will benefit students through library improvements.

“This sale gives us a chance to connect with the community, and I am looking forward to showing the public around our library while they browse through the books,” said Alexia Riggs, dean of libraries at HPU.

The goal of the Friends of the Library group is to promote interest in the library and support for its collections and programs. Anyone is welcome to join with memberships ranging from $10 to $100.

“The Friends of the Library group is engaged in a project focused on providing new tools for student learning,” said Riggs. “Proceeds from last year’s sale benefited students by providing the funds for an 80-inch flat panel monitor in our new multipurpose room. This new space gives students a place to collaborate and work on projects inside the library.”

For more information, contact HPU’s Walker Memorial Library at (325) 649-8602 or library@hputx.edu.
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Cutline: Erin Buergner, HPU junior from Austin, sorts books for the upcoming library book sale.

HPU library to host authors’ reception and display during Homecoming 2015

Homecoming 2015 Library display for webBROWNWOOD – October 12, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s Walker Memorial Library will host an Authors’ Reception and Archival Display in conjunction with the university’s Homecoming 2015 festivities. The reception will be held Saturday, October 17, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the HPU library. The library will remain open until noon on Saturday.

Sixteen authors will participate in the event – all HPU alumni, faculty or staff – and many of the authors’ books will be available for purchase. Additionally, several HPU yearbooks from various years will also be available for purchase during the reception.

Alexia Riggs, dean of libraries, said coffee and muffins, free of charge, will be served in the main lobby of the library for Homecoming guests.

“We look forward to seeing alumni and community members at the library during the Homecoming celebrations,” she said. “This is a great opportunity to meet these authors and learn more about HPU’s history.”

For a full list of participating authors and more information about Homecoming 2015, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

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Photo cutline: Photos, books and memorabilia will be on display at HPU’s Walker Memorial Library during Homecoming 2015.

Children’s literature review center at HPU assists local libraries

Lit Review Center for webBROWNWOOD – August 20, 2015 – The Heart of Texas Children’s Literature Review Center, housed inside Howard Payne University’s Walker Memorial Library, has proven to be a valuable resource for many area school and public libraries.

The center makes newly published children’s and young-adult’s books available to participating libraries through a review process.

“Publishers send us review copies of their books for free,” said Carrie Harding, the center’s director. “In return, we try to get as many of these books reviewed as possible. We have teachers, librarians and even some community members writing reviews for us.”

Most of the reviews come from the center’s sponsors who pay a yearly membership contribution to participate. At the end of the school year, the books the center receives are distributed to the sponsors based on the dollar amount of their contribution.

Maurice Fortin, executive director of library services for Angelo State University’s Porter Henderson Library, said he enjoys participating in the review center.

“Our membership gives the ASU library, for a very small investment, the ability to acquire a substantial number of high quality juvenile and young-adult books for our ‘Juvenile Literature Collection’ that supports teacher education preparation,” he said.

Harding said some school districts have experienced library budget cuts in recent years.

“A few years, I’ve received all of the book-purchase money from some libraries,” she said. “Their budgets get cut and they don’t have very much to spend, but they know they can get good quality, new material from the review center. They get a good value, too.”

Ginny Hoskins has served on the Board of Directors of the Cross Plains Public Library, in various capacities, since 1999. For the 2014-2015 year, the library received 75 books valued at almost quadruple the organization’s sponsorship contribution.

“I can’t think of a better value for our limited collection budget other than the outright grants we receive,” she said. “Two of our librarians have commented they would cut elsewhere before cutting our contribution to the review center.”

Alexia Riggs, dean of libraries and associate professor of library science at HPU, said the university is proud to have the literature review center as part of the library.

“This a service that promotes the mission and purpose of our library throughout the central Texas region,” she said.

The reviews generated by the center are published in a quarterly journal called The Lorgnette which is sent to sponsors and publishers. The Lorgnette is also published in the Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database, a national subscription service used by librarians across the country.

“They use the database when selecting new materials,” Harding said. “So our reviews actually get read nationwide.”

Harding, who has worked at the center for 15 years, said she enjoys seeing what is published each year.

“I love to see the trends,” she said. “Some years we have a lot of fiction and very little nonfiction. Other years it’s just the opposite. It’s fun to see what’s out there and what’s good in children’s literature.”

For more information about the Heart of Texas Children’s Literature Review Center, visit www.hputx.edu/library and click on “Review Center” or e-mail Harding at charding@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: Sponsors of the Heart of Texas Children’s Literature Review Center at HPU chose books for their libraries following the 2014-2015 school year. The center’s shelves were almost emptied during the process but have already been refilled with books for the new academic year.

HPU library raises approximately $1,500 through book sale

booksale sign for webBROWNWOOD – May 14, 2015 – A book sale at Howard Payne University’s Walker Memorial Library raised approximately $1,500. The funds will go toward library modernization efforts and other initiatives.

The sale was hosted by the Walker Memorial Library Friends Group and all items were priced between 50 cents and $2.

“We received a great deal of support from the community and we’re very thankful for everyone who came out and purchased books,” said Alexia Riggs, dean of libraries. “We plan to host similar events in the future.”

The remaining items will be donated to Better World Books, an organization that collects and sells books online to fund literacy initiatives worldwide.

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Photo cutline: A sign inside HPU’s Walker Memorial Library announces the recent book sale.