Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Need a ride? Call CARR

Do you live in the Stephenville area and need a ride around town or to nearby towns such as Granbury or Weatherford? Then what you need is CARR. City and Rural Rides (CARR) is a rural public transit operation that serves 11 counties including Erath.

CARR operates Monday to Friday from 7:30AM to 5:30PM and is closed on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

To request a ride call 1-800-710-2277. You can schedule a ride up to 60 days in advance. They recommend to call at least 2 business days ahead of your planned trip to ensure that they can accommodate you. They will take same-day requests until 3:30PM, but will only give you a ride if they can fit you in that day's schedule. When you call they will ask for the following information:
  1. Passenger Name
  2. Date of Birth
  3. Address
  4. Phone Number
  5. Assistance Needs 
  6. Emergency Contacts 
  7. Destination Name 
  8. Destination Address 
  9. Request time
The amount you pay depends on distance traveled. These are the current rates:

  • 1-5 miles................$1.00 
  • 6-10 miles..............$2.00 
  • 11-15 miles.............$3.00 
  • 16-20 miles.............$4.00 
  • 21-25 miles.............$5.00 
  • 26-30 miles.............$6.00 
  • 31-35 miles.............$7.00 
  • 36-40 miles.............$8.00 
  • 41-45 miles.............$9.00 
  • 46-50 miles.............$10.00 
  • 51-55 miles.............$11.00 
  • 56-60 miles.............$12.00

You must pay the driver with cash or check (credit cards are currently not accepted). Drivers are not able to make change. Another option is to purchase a prepaid fare pass, if you buy a $20 prepaid pass, then you will receive $4 worth of free rides.

If you have any questions about CARR you can contact them here: http://www.cityandruralrides.com/ContactUs.htm. I can tell you from personal experience that they respond to questions very quickly.

This online handbook provides detailed information about the services CARR provides.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Summer Interim Hours

Dick Smith Library Summer Interim Hours:
Aug. 12th & 13th- Closed
Aug. 14th-18th - 8am-5pm
Aug. 19th & 20th- 1pm-5pm 
Aug. 21st -25th - 8am-7pm 
Aug .26th- 10am-6pm
Aug. 27th- 12pm-2am
Regular semester hours begin Aug. 28
Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Total Eclipse of the Sun - August 21, 2017

On Monday, August 21, parts of the United States will be able to view an uncommon event, a total eclipse of the sun by the moon.  The "path of totality," in which the total eclipse will be visible, is about 70 miles wide, and extends through 14 states from Oregon southeast to South Carolina.

Even if you can’t travel to the path of totality, you *should* be able to see a partial solar eclipse here (weather permitting).  On the Tarleton Stephenville campus, approximately 70% of the sun's surface will be covered by the moon around 1:07 p.m.  The partial eclipse will start about 11:38 a.m. and end about 2:36 p.m.

NASA has lots of great resources - including maps and eye safety tips, as well as the logo at the top of this post - at a special website:  https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

If you miss this eclipse, don't worry - you will have another (and better) chance to see a total solar eclipse in 2024.  On April 8 of that year, most of the Stephenville area *will* be in the path of totality.  You can use this interactive map to find areas on the path:


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Early Stephenville newspaper online at Portal to Texas History

The Stephenville Empire newspapers from 1882 to 1900 are now online at the Portal to Texas History!  The remaining issues of this early title (through 1917), as well as the early Stephenville Tribune (1905 through 1922) will appear in the future, so keep checking the Portal.  Please keep in mind that there are many gaps in those early years.  All Stephenville newspapers the Dick Smith Library has on microfilm through 1922 are being digitized.

This project was funded through a grant provided by the Ladd & Katherine Hancher Library Foundation in September 2016, awarded to the Stephenville Public Library, our partner in this project (they were eligible to apply for the grant; we were not!).

Already users are finding items of interest for their family history research:

"I found an article explaining when my 3X great-grandfather came to Texas from Mississippi!"

"I found my great-great-grandfather telling tall tales about his wheat crop."

"My great-great-grandfather was a member of the Morgan Mill Democratic Club in 1898."

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Chatting with the Dick Smith Library

Have you ever had a library or research-related question and needed the answers quickly? 
Have you ever been too hesitant to approach the Information desk?
Did you know that the library has a new Chat Service that allows you to talk to the Reference department, wherever you are, immediately?
You can find our Chat Widget on the lower right hand side of the library's home page.
The chat service is available:
Monday - Friday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Have a question when the chat service is offline? 
Not a problem. Email the Reference Department at reference@tarleton.edu and get a response within a 24 hour time-frame.
You can also visit the Ask a librarian page in order to find our FAQs and to submit a question.

You may also call us at 254-968-9249.
Have questions? We are just a click or phone call away!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Drive Texas Map

Are you planning a Texas road trip anytime soon? Then you should definitely check out the online Drive Texas map created by the Texas Department of Transportation. This map provides up-to-date information on Texas road conditions. It's a handy resource to consult before going on any road trip.

Each icon on the map represents a different condition:construction, closed, damaged, accident, etc. 

The map allows users to zoom in to a particular location, or you can search for a specific place with the map's search tool. If you click on an affected roadway, you will be provided with additional information.

Close up view of Stephenville area. 
After clicking on the affected road this information appears. 

The map has tools that allow you to choose what type of condition (i.e. accidents, etc.) you want to see on the map. You can also choose to see future planned construction or closures. There are options that also allow you to see traffic conditions or the locations of rest areas and travel information centers.

Choose to view various types of current and future conditions
Find locations of rest areas and other resources. 

Traffic conditions in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. 

Before you start your next Texas road trip, you should consult some library resources as well.

Here's a few books we have on the topic:
Exploring the Edges of Texas by Walt Davis and Isabel Davis.
History along the Way: Stories beyond the Texas Roadside Markers by Dan K. Utley and Cyntia J. Beeman.
Texas Road Trip: Stories from Across the Great State and a Few Personal Reflections by Bryan Woolley.

Library staff can assist you in finding information resources for your next road trip at reference@tarleton.edu or 254-968-9249.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

July 4th Holiday Hours

Good news! The library will be open this weekend.
Here are our July 4th Holiday hours:
  • Saturday, July 1, 1 p.m. -  6 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 2, 1 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Monday, July 3, 8 a.m. - 5. p.m.

We will resume regular Summer hours on Wednesday, July 5.

Hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Erath County Sheriff Murdered 140 Years Ago to be Honored

This coming Sunday, June 25, a ceremony will be held to dedicate a monument on the east side of the county courthouse to the first known peace officer in Erath County killed in the line of duty, James Mastin.  Free electronic resources at the Portal to Texas History and the Library of Congress website were used to find out more information about his murder and the aftermath.

Two references to his murder were on the same page (two)1  of the July 5, 1877, issue of the Weekly Democratic Statesman, published in Austin, Texas, found via the Portal to Texas History.  The search was for "mastin erath" (without the quotes) with results limited to the year 1877.  The first reference started at the bottom of column six and continued at the top of column 7.  Sheriff Maston [sic] was killed by a cattle thief he intended to arrest:

Further on in column seven was a little more detail.  This time Mastin's name was spelled correctly, and it gave the date of the murder, June 25.  The name and a detailed description of the murderer, Bone Wilson, was also given, as well as the fact that a reward was being offered for his capture.  This story also noted Mastin was going to arrest Wilson for stealing a horse (not cattle theft):

A follow-up story2 was in the Galveston Daily News of September 27, 1877, on page 4.  In a section with news from Erath County, the Stephenville Empire newspaper was quoted. (In the image below, a number of lines of news not relevant to this case have been blanked out.)  Bone Wilson, alias Napoleon B. Wilson, was killed by Texas Rangers under the command of T. M. Sparks about 20 miles from Fort Chadbourne on September 15, 1877:

A little more detailabout the murderer’s death comes from the Lampasas Dispatch of September 27, 1877, via the Brownwood Banner.  This one was found by searching the Portal to Texas History for “sheriff erath” (no quotes in the search), as Mastin was sometimes spelled incorrectly.  This article does not even refer to the sheriff by name, and some of the details of Wilson's killing are different.  Both articles note that Wilson's body was taken to Coleman City (just established in 1876). which is about 60 miles east of the fort.

There’s more about Mastin on pages 15-16 of James Pylant’s 2009 book, Sins of the Pioneers4.  He was elected sheriff on February 15, 1876, and had survived an earlier attempt on his life in November of that year "when Rufus C. Howie fired a six-shooter at him."

One of Pylant’s sources5 is an account of the killing of Mastin’s murderer, Bone Wilson, by one of the Texas Rangers participating, Noah Armstrong.  Armstrong was interviewed sometime between 1936 and 1939, as part of the Folklore Project of the Federal Writers’ Project, a New Deal jobs program that was part of the U.S. Works Progress (later Work Projects) Administration (WPA).  His account of the killing of Bone Wilson starts on the fourth page.


1Weekly Democratic Statesman. (Austin, Tex.), Vol. 6, No. 39, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 5, 1877, newspaper, July 5, 1877; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth277635/m1/2/?q=mastin+erath: accessed January 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .                                                          

2The Galveston Daily News. (Galveston, Tex.), Vol. 36, No. 161, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 27, 1877, newspaper, September 27, 1877; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth464966/m1/4/?q=mastin%20erath: accessed January 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Library Consortium.

3Beall, W. P. The Lampasas Dispatch (Lampasas, Tex.), Vol. 7, No. 18, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 27, 1877, newspaper, September 27, 1877; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth179077/m1/3/?q=sheriff%20erath: accessed January 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.

4Pylant, James. Sins of the pioneers: crimes & scandals in a small Texas town. Stephenville, TX: Jacobus Books, 2009.

5Doyle, Elizabeth, and Noah Armstrong. [Noah Armstrong]. Texas. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/wpalh002308/. (Accessed January 21, 2017.)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Flag Day

National Flag Day June 14

History of Flag Day

Have you every wondered what the significance of Flag Day was and why some of us celebrate it?

Bernard J CiGrand has been credited as the Founder of Flag Day. While others came before him, CiGrand was the first to gain enough national attention to turn it into a holiday.

On June 14th, 1885, Cigrand, a 19 year old teacher at Stony Hill School, placed a 10 inch, 38- star flag in a bottle on his desk and then assigned essays on the flag and its significance. This observance celebrated the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777.

CiGrand's desire to celebrate the adoption of the flag grew and gained attention when he spoke in front of Chicago's organization, "Sons of America" in June 1888. After the speech, the organization decided to publish a magazine called "American Standard" and appointed CiGrand as the editor-in-chief. His articles helped grow attention to the flag and the need for it be acknowledged.

Over the years he continued to grow awareness of the flag, gaining the attention of President Wilson who. in 1916, decreed that there would be a nation wide observance of the flag. in 1916. President Truman signed an Act of Congress in 1949 designating June 14th as National Flag Day. 

To commemorate Flag Day:

Fly the American Flag
Recite the Pledge of Allegiance
Visit a National Monument
Attend a Flag retirement ceremony

Click here to learn more flag facts.

Click here to learn more about the man who started it all.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

LGBT Pride Month

June is the month to recognize the experiences and contributions of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Americans. This month was originally chosen in recognition of the Stonewall Riots, which took place in New York City on June 28, 1969. However, the month of June took on more significance recently. On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges guaranteed marriage rights to same-sex couples across the country. 

Some Prominent LGBT Americans - 
Click on hyperlinked text to see library resources with more information about them.

Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892) Poet
Mathew Brady [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
Click here for a list of Walt Whitman books available in the library.

Claude McKay (1889 - 1948) Writer
By James L. Allen [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
Click here for a list of books by or about Claude McKay available in the library. 

Margaret Mead (1901 - 1978) Anthropologist
By Smithsonian Institution from United States (Margaret Mead (1901-1978)  Uploaded by Fæ) [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons.
Click here to find Margaret Mead books available in the library. 

Christine Jorgensen (1926 - 1989) World War II US Army Veteran 
Received sexual reassignment surgery in Denmark in 1951.
Photo by Maurice Seymour, New York (Original text : eBay front back) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

The Dick Smith Library has a wide variety of resources on LGBT related topics. Let us know if we can assist you in finding library materials by calling 254-968-9249 or emailing at reference@tarleton.edu.

Additional Tarleton Resources: 
Office of Diversity and Inclusion's LGBTQ Ally program
Gay-Straight Alliance - student organization.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Travel through Time and Place with Overdrive Audiobooks

Planning any travel this summer?  Going somewhere that involves a long drive or ride?  Try an e-audiobook!  Even if you're planning a stay-cation, you can travel to other times and places through historical fiction e-audiobooks.  Here are just some of the titles available as e-audiobooks in our Overdrive collection:

Curses and Smoke by Vicky Alvear Shecter, read by Marisol Ramirez and Zach Villa - Subtitled "A Novel of Pompeii," this novel is set in A.D. 79, the year the eruption of Mount Vesuvius destroyed the city.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, read by Zach Appelman - This book won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.  The lives of a 12-year-old blind French girl living in Paris when the German occupation of World War II begins in 1940, and a 14-year-old German boy living in an orphanage in the coal-mining town of Zollverein, intersect in four years later, in August 1944, during the Allied bombing of the walled city of Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast.

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman; read by Gloria Reuben, Tina Benko, and Santino Fontana - This is a fictionalized account of the life of the mother of the Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro, set on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas and in Paris in the early and mid-1800s.  It's a little bit of a fictionalized biography of the early life of the artist as well.

Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise by Oscar Hijuelos, read by James Langton, Polly Lee, Henry Leyva, and Robert Petkoff - The real, nearly-lifelong friendship between American author Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) and British explorer Henry Morton Stanley is the basis for this historical fiction novel, set in the period between 1860 and 1910 along the Mississippi River, in Cuba, and in England.
The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati, read by Cassandra Campbell - Set in 1883 in New York City, this book focuses on two female doctors, cousins Anna and Sophie Savard, and the challenges they face practicing medicine in that place and time.  A murder and a police investigation also play into the story.

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende, read by Joanna Gleason - Jewish refugee Alma Mendel Belasco and Japanese gardener's son Ichimei "Ichi" Fukuda are the main characters in this story set in San Francisco covering the years 1939 to 2013, which touches on topics like racial prejudice, aging issues, and death with dignity.

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant, read by Linda Lavin -  Born in 1900 in the United States to Jewish immigrant parents, Addie Baum tells her life story to her granddaughter in 1985, concentrating on the years 1915 to 1931 in and around Boston.  Life in the immigrant tenements, the effects of World War I, and the changes it brought about in the 1920s, especially for women, are all part of the tale.

Sashenka by Simon Montefiore, read by Anne Flosnik - Set in three time periods in twentieth century Russia - 1916, 1939, and 1994 - the title character becomes a Bolshevik and later part of the Communist elite.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, read by David Pittu - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014 and two 2014 Audie Awards, this book is actually set in more modern times, but moves between Amsterdam, New York City, and Las Vegas, and involves the fictional theft of a real painting called "The Goldfinch" from 1654 by Carel Fabritius (1622–1654), a Dutch artist.


Listening to e-audiobooks is easy!  The OverDrive app lets you download and listen to the MP3 format of the audiobook.  It is available for iOS, Android, Chromebook, Windows 8 & 10, and Kindle Fire HD.  I have one of the latter, and I download the books, hook up an aux cable from the Kindle to my car, and listen to audiobooks on my car's speakers while I commute.  OverDrive Listen is a streaming audiobook player that works on computers, tablets, and mobile devices with compatible web browsers.  You'll need an active Internet connection to use it.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend - Library Closed

The library will close at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26 and remain closed for the Memorial Day Weekend.  Regular Summer hours will resume on Tuesday, May 30. 

We hope everyone has a safe and fun Memorial Day Weekend!

Get ready for Summer travel!

Summer is here, and for many of us that means it's time to travel! Whether you are going on one of the many Study Abroad trips this summer, volunteering overseas, or just traveling for fun. The library has good information sources to help you prepare for your trip, and have fun while you are there!

Global Road Warrior

Global Road Warrior contains information about virtually every country in the world. It includes everything you would need to know to travel to a country from what type of electrical adapter to bring, how to find a doctor if you get sick, and emergency numbers, to information on food, music and history. I found this one really useful when I was preparing to go to Ireland on a COBA Study Abroad trip over Spring Break because it had really good information on how to act and dress for business meetings, which we did several of. 

Mango Languages

Mango has fun, interactive language learning courses for 72 languages. They have courses for all levels and interests, so if you want to just brush up on your high-school Spanish, or take a quick class in conversational Korean, they have a class for you!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

New Library Catalog Interface!

Yesterday, the University Libraries went live with a new library catalog interface!  When you click on the link to the Library Catalog from the library's home page, you'll see a screen similar to this:

Check back for future posts on using the new catalog screen more effectively in your searches!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Summer Hours Start Monday!

The Dick Smith Library in Stephenville will be closed Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14th for graduation and will reopen Monday, May 15th at 7:30 a.m.

Our summer hours are:

Monday- Thursday- 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday- 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. - 10 p.m.

The Maker Spot will also be also be open with the hours of 8am-5pm Monday-Friday.

Please remember, that in order to check out items you will need to be registered for the current summer semester.

Graduation Traditions

Graduation ceremonies are tomorrow and Saturday. Congratulations to all the graduates!

During the ceremony you may end up looking around at and wonder at the significance of some of the items around you...

University Mace

The University Mace is a ceremonial staff that was created for the inauguration of Dr. Dottavio. It will be carried in the procession by the president of Faculty Senate. You may notice that it has Tarleton seals attached to each of the four sides. A bronze plated flame of knowledge is mounted to the top, which sits above three bronze bands that symbolize Tarleton's past, present and future.

International Flags

Tarleton's students come from all corners of the world with a wide range of cultures and experiences. International flags are carried at the start of the procession to honor the students' home countries. Currently we have students from 27 countries around the world.

Click here to view more Tarleton graduation traditions

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

May is the month to recognize the experiences and contributions of Americans of Asian or Pacific Islander heritage. Originally established as a heritage week in 1978, it was upgraded to a month in 1990. According to the Library of Congress' Asia Pacific Heritage Month website, "May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants."

 Each green dot on the map above represents 3000 Asian Americans. By United States Census [CC BY-SA 1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
Asian and Pacific Islander Americans are a quickly growing segment of the population. According to the 2010 Census, there are 17,320,856 Asian Americans in the US. That is 5.6% of the total population, and is a 45.6% increase from the 2000 Census. In 2010, the Census counted 1,225,195 Americans of Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander heritage. That represents only 0.4% of the total population, however, it is a 40.1% increase from 2000.

Chronology of Asian/Pacific American History with Relevant Library Resources

1849 - California Gold Rush encouraged large numbers of Chinese to immigrate to US. 

Riches for all: the California Gold Rush and the World ed. by Kenneth N. Owens.
Gold Mountain Dreams (video available through Films on Demand database). 

1869 - Transcontinental Railroad completed, many of the workers were Chinese immigrants. 

A Great & Shining Road: the Epic Story of the Transcontinental Railroad by John Hoyt Williams

1882 - Chinese Exclusion Act severely limited Chinese immigration to the US. 

At America's GatesChinese Immigration During the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943 by Erica Lee

1898 - Spain ceded control of Guam and the Philippines to the US. 

Guam and its Peoplea Study of Culture Change and Colonial Education by Laura Thompson.
A War of Frontier and Empire: the Philippine-American War, 1899-1902 by David J. Silbey           

1898 - US annexed Hawaii. 

The Betrayal of Liliuokalani, last Queen of Hawaii, 1838-1917 by Helena G. Allen.

Queen Liliuokalani in 1891. James J. Williams [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

1899 - US gained control of American Samoa (eastern half of the Samoan archipelago). Learn more about American Samoa here

1910 - Angel Island Immigration Station created in San Francisco Bay.  

Angel Island: gateway to Gold Mountain by Russell Freedman.
Angel Island: A Story of Chinese Immigration (video available through Films on Demand database). 

1924 - Immigration Act severely limited immigrants from most Asian countries. Read more about the Act here

1940 - Angel Island Immigration Station closed.  

1942 - President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which authorized the confinement of Japanese-Americans into internment camps. 

Looking like the enemy: My Story of Imprisonment in Japanese American Internment Camps by Mary Matsuda Gruenewald.

Arcadia, CA April, 1942. Japanese-Americans registering before being transferred to War Relocation Authority centers. By Clem Albers, Photographer (NARA record: 8452194) (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

1943 - Chinese Exclusion Act was repealed. 

1944 - US gained control of Northern Mariana Islands. Learn more about the Northern Mariana Islands here

1946 - The Philippines gained independence from the US. 

1965 - Immigration Act ends racial quotas, which increased immigration from Asian countries. Read more about the Act here

Korean Americans (video available through Films on Demand database).
Suburban Sahibs: Three Immigrant Families and Their Passage From India to America by Mitra S. Kalita. 

1988 - Civil Liberties Act granted reparations to Japanese-Americans who had been interned during World War II. Read full text of the act here

The Dick Smith Library has a large collection of resources relevant to the Asian-American and Pacific Islander-American experience. Let us know if we can help you find some information on the topic via email at reference@tarleton.edu or phone at 254-968-9249.