Archive for April, 2011

Kent Library introduces Text a Call Number

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Kent Library has added a new feature to its catalog that lets users text the title, call number, and library location for a book to their cell phones. Using this feature is a convenient way to find a book in the library, and it saves paper too. Here’s how to do it:

1. Search the Kent Library Catalog as usual –

2. Select a book from the list by clicking on its title.

3. Click on “Send call number via text.” Choose your cell phone provider and type your 10-digit phone number. Click ‘Send’. (Note: charges from your carrier may apply.)

4. The title, call number, and library location will appear as a text message on your cell phone.


Need help with a research paper?

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Your Kent Library librarians can help. They can provide expert assistance in finding journal articles and other resources you need. Stop by the reference desk or make an appointment today!  Contact a librarian


Dr. Bonnie Stepenoff donates first printing of Dylan Thomas poem to Rare Book Room

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

“Do not go gentle into that good night . . . . Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas composed this memorable poem in 1951, a moving tribute to his father, an English grammar school teacher dying of heart disease.  The poem, an unusual form of verse known as a villanelle, was originally published in the Italian journal, Botteghe Oscure (No. 8 ) in November 1951. When Thomas sent the poem to the journal’s director and founder Marguerite Caetani, he noted, “The only person I can’t show [it] to is, of course, my father, who doesn’t know he’s dying.”  David John Thomas died in December 1952 and his son, Dylan died in 1953 at the age of 39, a life cut short by alcoholism.  Recently, Kent Library received a copy of the 1951 Botteghe Oscure with the first publication of what is arguably Thomas’ most famous poem. Dr. Bonnie Stepenoff, Professor of History donated the journal for the library’s Rare Book Room. Stepenoff acquired the copy of Botteghe Oscure in the early 1980s when she worked for the State Historical Society.  Stepenoff saw the journal for sale in a bookseller’s catalog, and being a fan of Thomas’ work, knew she had to buy it. “My mother’s family came from Wales,” she told Special Collections Librarian Dr. Lisa Speer.  “I just love the way [Dylan Thomas] uses words. That particular poem has always moved me deeply.” The journal will be available for research and viewing by appointment through Special Collections and Archives, Room 306.  “Do not go gentle into that good night,” was published in book form in 1952 in In Country Sleep and in Collected Poems.  Thomas also recorded the poem twice in 1952 and 1955.  You can listen to Thomas reading his poem at


Athenaeum Event “3D Animation and Amusement Parks” April 20, 2011

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

On Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at 12:00 noon, in Kent Library’s Sadie’s Place, Peter Chanthanakone, Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology, with his team of students will present a follow-up to Southeast Missouri State University’s first 3D animation production, “Death to the Different.”  The new production deals with a robot who lives in an abandoned theme park.   Learn some of the innovative techniques involved in creating a virtual futuristic theme park environment from the original team that brought 3D animation to Southeast Missouri.  Pixar and Disney, watch out!
The faculty and staff of Kent Library will be delighted if you will join us for this presentation which is open to all and will include free refreshments.  For more information, please contact Kent Library’s Director’s Office at 573-651-2235 or go to