The Month in Review: Going to the Fair

This month, Oakwood was proud to host a large number of academy students and their chaperones for Oakwood Live! 2015. Throughout the five-day preview, the campus buzzed with excitement and activity as the visitors experienced a food truck fair, a block party, mock classes, and many other events.


Another highlight of Oakwood Live! 2015 was the Academic Fair, which hosted booths from all the academic departments, as well as WJOU (Oakwood’s radio station) and Edible Arrangements (Oakwood’s newest industry, whose revenue helps support student scholarships).

The library never likes to miss out on a party, so of course we were there too.


Our display featured library materials representing a vast array of academic disciplines, as well as pens, candy, bookmarks, copies of The Leaf, and a playlist of TED Talks about the future of libraries. Through these materials, we were able to show future students the wide variety of resources and services the Eva B. Dykes Library could offer them.

Nearly 600 potential Oakwoodites (and over one hundred chaperones) came to campus for Oakwood Live! 2015. Though we probably didn’t talk to them all, we are confident that we made a good start at showing them how libraries can help them succeed. Since library skills are key to academic success, the students who matriculate at Oakwood already knowing about the Eva B. Dykes Library have a valuable skill in hand.

Thanks for coming to visit us, seniors, and best of luck as you finish your year. We’ll see you next fall!


Social Justice Symposium

It’s prime season for exhibits right now in the Eva B. Dykes Library! In addition to our Breast Cancer Awareness Month display, we’ve also just gained a moving exhibit from this week’s Social Justice Symposium.


The main part of the exhibit are these ballot booths, where you can try taking the test that African-Americans in Louisiana would have faced in 1963 when trying to register to vote.

If you’re not able to come to the library, you can find the same test here. At the end of the test, there’s a page explaining how registrars could (and did) use the confusing and paradoxical questions to fail would-be voters at their discretion. At the Civil Rights Movement Veterans’ site, there are more details about this particular test, and examples of other states’ voting tests.


If these tests have made you appreciate your voting rights even more, but you’re not sure how to register to vote, USA.gov can get you started on that process. Alabama residents might also find the state election center’s site helpful.


Breast Cancer Awareness Month @ Your Library


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Eva B. Dykes Library is doing its part to honor this disease’s victims and fight against future occurrences. Our display in the library’s lobby features these items:

  • Books containing stories from survivors and advice from leading authorities
  • Pamphlets about breast health and self-exams from the Huntsville Hospital
  • “Courage,” “Strength,” “Survivor,” and other stickers
  • Commemorative cards to celebrate survivors, honor those who have died, and lift up those who are still in treatment


If you are unable to come to the library to check out our exhibit, you can still be a part of this event:

  • Send me an email (rbrothers[AT]oakwood[dot edu]) with the names of your loved ones who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. I will write them on cards and add them to our table’s border.
  • Check out this guide from the National Breast Cancer Foundation to conducting a breast self-exam.
  • Design and commit to an Early Detection Plan.
  • Use this resource from the National Mammography Program to find a location where you can receive a free mammogram.
  • Be aware that women aren’t the only ones who can get breast cancer — the American Cancer Society estimates that 2,350 men will be diagnosed in 2015.
  • Know that not every pink-ribbon product benefits breast cancer research. Think Before You Pink has some guidelines for making good purchasing decisions.
  • Participate in the Liz Hurley Ribbon Run on Saturday, October 17, or find another fundraising walk/run near you through Race for the Cure.


Display decorations and web buttons from the Chickabug blog.


New at the Library: The Leaf


The Eva B. Dykes Library has started a monthly newsletter called The Leaf. This month’s issue, a special Oakwood Live! edition, features testimonials from three of the library’s student workers. Future issues will include a Student Worker of the Month feature, FAQs, collection highlights, library news items, and student-submitted content. You can check out our first issue here.


Image credit: Hans on Pixabay.




Every year, Oakwood sends students out into the community to show faith in action. From doing yardwork for senior citizens to distributing free smoke alarms, students can choose from a wide range of projects.

This year, AGAPE Day is on Tuesday, October 6. For those with a special penchant for libraries, the Huntsville–Madison County Public Library has two projects available: painting a training room and deep-cleaning the Youth Services room. If you’re not sure how to sign up for a project, follow these steps:

  1. Go to oakwood.collegiatelink.net and sign in with your Oakwood credentials.

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2. Scroll down to “News,” and under the “AGAPE Day” story, click “Read More.”

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3. Make sure you’re not already committed to a project through your club or OU 101 class.

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3. If you’re not already part of a project, click on the “Events” tab.

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4. Scroll through the available projects. You can see who else has RSVP’d for a project by clicking “View RSVPs.”

5. When you’ve decided what project you want to do, click “RSVP to Event.”

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… and that’s it! If you have any other questions, check out this document. Remember to wear your 4-Him T-Shirt, and we’ll see you in the Oakwood University Church parking lot at 8 a.m. next Tuesday!


Image credit: Work gloves by Alexis on Pixabay.