This week marks the annual celebration of the Jewish holiday Hanukkah. The festival commemorates the miracle of one day worth of lamp oil lasting eight, helping the Maccabees secure a military victory. The celebration is also regarded as “representing a spiritual illumination”. Further, it should not be overlooked it takes place during the shortest days of the year.
Several religious traditions have a major celebration about light during this time of year. The Hindu faith celebrates Diwali in Autumn, as the daylight hours are near their shortest. And, of course, Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, “the light of the world”, near the winter solstice.
The Texas State University Libraries offer many resources on religions and their holidays. For more information, Come In and Find Our More.
The 2018 World Cup, crowning a champion this Sunday, has been a thrilling display of athleticism and endurance, sportsmanship and teamwork, and national pride and geopolitics. The 32 participating countries each have their unique style of play, but also their own unique national identity consisting of a history, culture, and political systems. Fortunately, Texas State University Libraries offers numerous resources to help familiarize the world.
According to Gale’s Countries of the World and Their Leaders, 32% of the population of Belgium speaks French. A good lip reader may detect a number of French vulgarities exchanged during the semi-final match against France. Texas State University Libraries also offers the opportunity for students to learn French through Rosetta Stone.
Semi-Finalist Croatia and Group E participants, Serbia, were both formerly part of a historical nation called Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia reached the semifinals in the 1930 and 1962 World Cups. Visit CountryWatch for more information about Croatia and Serbia.
England is often cited for creating soccer. However, ProQuest’s CultureGrams will only go as far as to say that England develop the modern rules for the sport. The national team’s current run into the semi-finals (as of the time of this writing) has inspired their supports to sing “It’s Coming Home”.
Between matches … Come In and Find Out More.
The humble populations of Slaughter Beach, Delaware (pop. 255) and Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina (pop. 7,121) will be just a meager portion of those celebrating Halloween this year. The United States Census Bureau estimates that over 41 million (US population of individuals between the ages of 5 and 14) ghost, ghouls, and Paw Patrol characters will creep and crawl about the streets of America requesting treats from outside the thresholds of illuminated households. 66.6 million of those homes will require a minor ascent – perhaps an opportunity for a phantom to float.
The U.S. Census Bureau website includes a page titled Facts for Features offering information related to a number of events throughout the year. For instance, did you know that the U.S. population consists of 23.8 million Americans of English heritage versus 6,500 Wampanoag people – the two cultures who shared the first Thanksgiving. Or, where you aware that there are 185 counties resting on hurricane threatened coastline and those counties, which stretch from Texas to Maine, are home to 59.6 million people, having grown 9.4 percent since 2006.
The Round Rock Campus library is privy to such information. For more facts, Come In and Find Out More.
The University Library recently purchased the SAGE Education streaming collection as part of the SAGE Videos resource and look who we found: Texas State University Curriculum and Instruction faculty member Dr. Amanda Boutot’s discussion about Autism. http://libproxy.txstate.edu/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781473928596
Be sure to take a look at this and many other resources in this database.
The Round Rock Campus Library along with Alkek Library in San Marcos participated in Texas Library Snapshot Day this past Tuesday, October 27th. Texas Library Snapshot Day is a statewide initiative in which libraries take a day to get a “snapshot” of how their patrons use resources. Staff at the Round Rock Campus Library handed out brief surveys to patrons and kept track of certain usage statistics.
On October 27th, 2015, 169 students, faculty, and staff as well as members of the community visited the Round Rock Campus Library. Students stated through the survey that they use the library in variety of ways, from a place to complete coursework and research to seek entertainment to job hunt or work on perfecting a resume, to name a few. Library computers were logged onto 74 times while the RRC Library homepage received 264 hits throughout the day.
The Texas Library Snapshot Day occurs only once a year. However, the Round Rock Campus Library is open year round (with the exception of holidays, days around Christmas and New Year’s, and Spring Break) to provide library services to the students, faculty, and staff of Texas State University. Take a moment to come in and find out more.
Happy Thanksgiving from the RRC Library!
The RRC Library will close at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 26 and will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov 27-28. We will reopen for at 8:30 am on Monday, December 1. Click here for information about RRC Library Hours.
While we’re out of the office, we’d like to leave you with some turkey facts –
Amaze your family and friends!
- A hundred years ago, turkeys almost disappeared from Texas due to unregulated hunting and loss of habitat. Between 1987 and 2003, hunters, landowners, and environmentalists worked together to increase the Texas turkey population. Turkeys are making a steady comeback with turkeys now living in 223 of the 254 counties in Texas.
- Wild turkeys can fly – 40 to 55 miles per hour! They can also run up to 12 mph.
- Young turkey are called “poults.” Poults can fly at 8-10 days of age.
- Spurs, or spikes, on the back of a male turkey’s leg can grow to 1 1/2″.
- The fleshy appendages on turkeys’ heads are called wattles, snoods, or caruncles.
- A male’s head turns red, white, and blue during the mating season.
Facts from Texas Department of Wildlife and New York State Conservationist found in Texas State database General Science Full Text.
Each year the U.S. Census Bureau presents statical information related to Halloween as part of their series Facts for Features. The Halloween 2014 entry presents many interesting facts as shown below:
“The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2013 — children age 5 to 14 — across the U.S.”
“The number of costume rental and formal wear establishments; they had a total of 6,348 paid employees across the nation in 2012 (for the pay period including March 12, 2012).”
“Acres of pumpkins harvested in the U.S. in 2013, with a total estimated production value of $149.9 million. Of the top six pumpkin-producing states, Illinois led the country by producing an estimated 547.6 million pounds of this vined gourd, followed by California, Ohio, Michigan, New York and then Pennsylvania.”
“Number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2012, employing 37,150 employees. This industry’s value of shipments totaled $14.4 billion, up slightly from$14.1 billion in 2007.”
“Number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced nonchocolate confectionary products employing 19,141 employees. This industry’s value of shipments totaled $8.0 billion in 2012.”
U.S. Cities with Interesting Names (population based on 2013 Population Estimates):
- Casper, WY (estimated population 59,628)
- Kill Devil Hills, NC (estimated population 6,920)
- Scarville, IA (estimated population 71)
- Slaughter Beach, DE (estimated population 218)
- Sleepy Hollow, NY (estimated population 10,017)
- Tombstone, AZ (estimated population 1,338)
- Transylvania County, NC (estimated population 32,903)
- Yellville, AR (estimated population 1,185)
Are you interested in finding more information from the U.S. Census Bureau? Be sure to contact the RRC Library!