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Cofrin Library invites you to Book Salespalooza

It’s all treats and no tricks at the Cofrin Library this October.  The Library will be holding a Book Salespalooza from Friday (Oct. 12) to Wednesday (Oct. 17).   They are cleaning out their back room and offering everyone a great selection of new and used books. There will be paperbacks, non-fiction, children’s books, textbooks, and much more… and the best part is everything is only $1 per book. Sale carts will be located on the Plaza Level of the Cofrin Library. “Shop early and often for the best selection!  Even if you can’t make it until half-way through, you’re bound to find a gem!” For more information, contact Leah Liebergen at

Reference Books – New 7-Day Checkout!

New this semester: Items in our reference collection – those are the encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks on the 3rd floor – are now available for a 7-day checkout checkout to UWGB students, faculty, and staff. The books provide introductions to topics, background information, definitions, facts, figures, and statistics.


The Library is turning 40!

Help the Cofrin Library celebrate 40 years of service with our very first Edible Book Festival!  On Monday February 27th from 12-2 PM we will host a very unusual book display on the library’s 3rd floor- all of the books will be completely edible.  You can participate by entering your own book creation or by stopping by the library to fill out a ballot and taste the books.  For more information or to register check out

New Books

Check out our selection of new books on the 3rd floor new book shelf in the Cofrin Library.  Here are just a few:

Competing in tough times : business lessons from L.L. Bean, Trader Joe’s, Costco, and other world-class retailers / Barry Berman.
call number HF5429 .B449 2011

Specific, actionable lessons from Aldi,, L.L.Bean, Costco, Nordstrom, Publix, Stew Leonard’s, Trader Joe’s, Wegmans, Whole Foods, and more.

Competing in Tough Times brings together powerful new strategies that world-class retailers are using to thrive in today’s brutally unforgiving business environment.

World-renowned retail expert Dr. Barry Berman shows how to plan, build, and implement proven strategies based on both cost and differentiation. You’ll learn how to safely reduce costs and prices without increasing risk, minimize product proliferation, enhance the service experience, strengthen your private label program, and more. To support each approach, Berman presents full-length examples from outstanding retailers in every market sector, from consumer goods and apparel to technology.

Whether you’re a retail executive, owner, supplier, consultant, or student, these are the tools you need to compete, win–and keep on winning. In Competing in Tough Times, leading retail consultant Barry Berman systematically examines ten world-class retailers, identifying shared strategies that every retailer can use to drive dramatic, sustained performance improvement.

Berman highlights what these widely diverse retailers have in common in terms of both operational cost structures and differentiation. He reveals how they’ve developed low-cost strategies without cutting crucial “muscle,” better rationalized product selection, optimized human relations and the service experience, and taken full advantage of private labeling. He presents his recommendations in an easy-to-read decision-making format, supported by current data and detailed implementation guidance. (– description from publisher)



Toilet : public restrooms and the politics of sharing / edited by Harvey Molotch and Laura Noré
call number GT476 .T65 2010

So much happens in the public toilet that we never talk about. Finding the right door, waiting in line, and using the facilities are often undertaken with trepidation. Don’t touch anything. Try not to smell. Avoid eye contact. And for men, don’t look down or let your eyes stray. Even washing one’s hands are tied to anxieties of disgust and humiliation. And yet other things also happen in these spaces: babies are changed, conversations are had, make-up is applied, and notes are scrawled for posterity.

Beyond these private issues, there are also real public concerns: problems of public access, ecological waste, and—in many parts of the world–sanitation crises. At public events, why are women constantly waiting in long lines but not men? Where do the homeless go when cities decide to close public sites? Should bathrooms become standardized to accommodate the disabled? Is it possible to create a unisex bathroom for transgendered people?

In Toilet, noted sociologist Harvey Molotch and Laura Norén bring together twelve essays by urbanists, historians and cultural analysts (among others) to shed light on the public restroom. These noted scholars offer an assessment of our historical and contemporary practices, showing us the intricate mechanisms through which even the physical design of restrooms—the configurations of stalls, the number of urinals, the placement of sinks, and the continuing segregation of women’s and men’s bathrooms—reflect and sustain our cultural attitudes towards gender, class, and disability. Based on a broad range of conceptual, political, and down-to-earth viewpoints, the original essays in this volume show how the bathroom—as a practical matter–reveals competing visions of pollution, danger and distinction. (–description from publisher)


Belief instinct : the psychology of souls, destiny, and the meaning of life / Jesse Bering.
call number BF51 .B47 2011

Why is belief so hard to shake? Despite our best attempts to embrace rational thought and reject superstition, we often find ourselves appealing to unseen forces that guide our destiny, wondering who might be watching us as we go about our lives, and imagining what might come after death.

In this lively and masterfully argued new book, Jesse Bering unveils the psychological underpinnings of why we believe. Combining lucid accounts of surprising new studies with insights into literature, philosophy, and even pop culture, Bering gives us a narrative that is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking. He sheds light on such topics as our search for a predestined life purpose, our desire to read divine messages into natural disasters and other random occurrences, our visions of the afterlife, and our curiosity about how moral and immoral behavior are rewarded or punished in this life.

Bering traces all of these beliefs and desires to a single trait of human psychology, known as the “theory of mind,” which enables us to guess at the intentions and thoughts of others. He then takes this groundbreaking argument one step further, revealing how the instinct to believe in God and other unknowable forces gave early humans an evolutionary advantage. But now that these psychological illusions have outlasted their evolutionary purpose, Bering draws our attention to a whole new challenge: escaping them. (–description from publisher)


Temperate and boreal rainforests of the world : ecology and conservation / edited by Dominick A. DellaSala ; foreword by David Suzuki.
call number QH541.5.R27 T46 2011

While tropical rainforests have received much conservation attention and support for their protection, temperate and boreal rainforests have been largely overlooked. Yet these ecosystems are also unique, supporting rainforest communities rich in plants and wildlife and containing some of the most massive trees on Earth.
Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the World brings together leading scientists from around the world to describe the ecology and conservation of these lesser-known rainforests in an attempt to place them on par with tropical rainforests in conservation efforts. The book
  • summarizes major scientific findings
  • presents new computer models that were used to standardize rainforest definitions
  • identifies regions previously not widely recognized as rainforest
  • provides the latest estimates on rainforest extent and degree of protection
  • explores conservation strategies
The book ends with a summary of the key ecological findings and outlines an ambitious vision of how we can conserve and manage the planet’s remaining temperate and boreal rainforests in a truly ecological way that is better for nature, the climate, and ultimately our own welfare. (–description from publisher)

American poetry in performance : from Walt Whitman to hip hop / Tyler Hoffman.
call number PN4151 .H64 2011

American Poetry in Performance: From Walt Whitman to Hip Hop is the first book to trace a comprehensive history of performance poetry in America, covering 150 years of literary history from Walt Whitman through the rap-meets-poetry scene. It reveals how the performance of poetry is bound up with the performance of identity and nationality in the modern period and carries its own shifting cultural politics. This book stands at the crossroads of the humanities and the social sciences; it is a book of literary and cultural criticism that deals squarely with issues of “performance,” a concept that has attained great importance in the disciplines of anthropology and sociology and has generated its own distinct field of performance studies. American Poetry in Performance will be a meaningful contribution both to the field of American poetry studies and to the fields of cultural and performance studies, as it focuses on poetry that refuses the status of fixed aesthetic object and, in its variability, performs versions of race, class, gender, and sexuality both on and off the page.

Relating the performance of poetry to shifting political and cultural ideologies in the United States, Hoffman argues that the vocal aspect of public poetry possesses (or has been imagined to possess) the ability to help construct both national and subaltern communities.  American Poetry in Performance explores public poets’ confrontations with emergent sound recording and communications technologies.  (–description from publisher)

Give-a-kid-a-book Donations

Give a Kid a Book campaign is back

The Cofrin Library is once again a drop off point for the Brown County Library’s Give-a-Kid-a-Book campaign.  You can donate NEW, unwrapped, unmarked books that are fun for babies, children or young adults up to age 18 by December 9th. New, unwrapped books can be brought to the circulation desk on the 3rd floor of the library.  Unsure of what to donate?  Check out this list for ideas:  Books are distributed to local children during the holidays and used to promote reading year round through various youth reading programs.

New Books

Check out our  new selection of books on the 3rd floor of the library- here are just a few:

Scientific writing : thinking in words / David Lindsay

Telling people about research is just as important as doing it. But many researchers, who, in all other respects, are competent scientists, are afraid of writing. They are wary of the unwritten rules, the unspoken dogma and the inexplicably complex style, all of which seem to pervade conventional thinking about scientific writing.

This book has been written to expose these phantoms as largely smoke and mirrors, and replace them with principles that make communicating research easier and encourage researchers to write confidently. It presents a way of thinking about writing that emulates the way good scientists think about research.

It concentrates on the structure of articles, rather than simply on grammar and syntax. So, it is an ideal reference for researchers preparing articles for scientific journals, posters, conference presentations, reviews and popular articles; for students preparing theses; and for researchers whose first language is not English. (– description from publisher)


Cooking in other women’s kitchens : domestic workers in the South, 1865-1960 / Rebecca Sharpless.

As African American women left slavery and the plantation economy behind, many entered domestic service in southern cities and towns. Cooking was one of the primary jobs they performed in white employers’ homes, feeding generations of white families and, in the process, profoundly shaping southern foodways and culture.

Rebecca Sharpless argues that, in the face of discrimination, long workdays, and low wages, African American cooks worked to assert measures of control over their own lives and to maintain spaces for their own families despite the demands of employers and the restrictions of segregation. Sharpless also shows how these women’s employment served as a bridge from old labor arrangements to new ones. As opportunities expanded in the twentieth century, most African American women chose to leave cooking for more lucrative and less oppressive manufacturing, clerical, or professional positions.

Through letters, autobiography, and oral history, this book evokes African American women’s voices from slavery to the open economy, examining their lives at work and at home. Sharpless looks beyond stereotypes to introduce the real women who left their own houses and families each morning to cook in other women’s kitchens. (description from publisher)


Jesus and gin : evangelicalism, the Roaring Twenties and today’s culture wars / Barry Hankins.

Jesus and Gin is a rollicking tour of the roaring twenties and the barn- burning preachers who led the temperance movement—the anti-abortion crusade of the Jazz Age.  Along the way, we meet a host of colorful characters: a Baptist minister who commits adultery in the White House; media star preachers caught in massive scandals; a presidential election hinging on a religious issue; and fundamentalists and liberals slugging it out in the culture war of the day. The religious roar of that decade was a prologue to the last three decades. With the religious right in disarray today after its long ascendancy, Jesus and Gin is a timely look at a parallel age when preachers held sway and politicians answered to the pulpit.  (–description from publisher)




Stayin’ alive : the 1970s and the last days of the working class / Jefferson Cowie.

An epic account of how middle-class America hit the rocks in the political and economic upheavals of the 1970s, this wide-ranging cultural and political history rewrites the 1970s as the crucial, pivotal era of our time. Jefferson Cowie’s edgy and incisive book—part political intrigue, part labor history, with large doses of American musical, film, and TV lore—makes new sense of the 1970s as a crucial and poorly understood transition from New Deal America (with its large, optimistic middle class) to the widening economic inequalities, poverty, and dampened expectations of the 1980s and into the present.

Stayin’ Alive takes us from the factory floors of Ohio, Pittsburgh, and Detroit, to the Washington of Nixon, Ford, and Carter. Cowie also connects politics to culture, showing how the big screen and the jukebox can help us understand how America turned away from the radicalism of the 1960s and toward the patriotic promise of Ronald Reagan. Cowie makes unexpected connections between the secrets of the Nixon White House and the failings of George McGovern campaign; radicalism and the blue-collar backlash; the earthy twang of Merle Haggard’s country music and the falsetto highs of Saturday Night Fever. Like Jeff Perlstein’s acclaimed Nixonland, Stayin’ Alive moves beyond conventional understandings of the period and brilliantly plumbs it for insights into our current way of life. (–description from publisher)



Disneyland and culture : essays on the parks and their influence / edited by Kathy Merlock Jackson and Mark I. West.

The success of Disneyland as the world’s first permanent, commercially viable theme park sparked the creation of a number of other parks throughout the world, from Florida to Japan, France, and Hong Kong. But the impact of Disneyland is not confined to the theme park arena. These essays explore a far-reaching ideology. Among the topics are Disney’s role in the creation of children’s architecture; Frontierland as an allegorical map of the American West; the “cultural invasion of France” in Disneyland Paris; the politics of nostalgia; and “hyperurbanity” in the town of Celebration, Florida.





Cofrin Library Kindles have much more to offer!

The Kindles that are available for checkout at the Cofrin Library now have 122 titles available to choose from, for your reading pleasure.  Titles range from classics like Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley to new bestsellers like Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls and Life by Keith Richards.  There are 3 Kindles that can be checked out, for two weeks, from the Circulation Desk on the 3rd floor of the library.  All Kindles have all 122 titles loaded on them.  Library staff have worked to provide a wide range of titles, covering many genres, that will appeal to students, staff and faculty.  If there are titles that you would like to see added to the Kindles, please send an e-mail to Leah Liebergen at for consideration.  We welcome suggestions to build the best and broadest Kindle e-book collection possible.

Banned Books Week– Celebrating the Freedom to Read

The Cofrin Library celebrates Banned Books Week September 24th through October 1st. Check the links below to discover if you’ve read a banned book recently.

“Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year. Observed since 1982, the annual event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.” –American Library Association

The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–20001

The Modern Library’s Best 100 Novels of the Twentieth Century

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”–Benjamin Franklin

Current Events Guide: Sustainable Food & Agriculture

Check out our new guide on sustainable food and agriculture.  Read up on organic farming, find a local farmers market, or browse Wisconsin’s organic farm and business directory- it’s all here: 

Summer reading picks from the Cofrin Library staff

All titles can be found in our popular reading collection on the 4th floor of the Cofrin Library.  Community members welcome!

The Amazing adventures  of kavalier & clay – Michael Chabon

-Great story of life-long friendship



-A BIT DARK but worth it for the excellent writing