This year's Lending Library book is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.
In conjunction with KSBN (K-State book network), the Alpha Theta Eta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta has established Lending Libraries around campus where the K-State community can borrow and read this year's book. Students, faculty, and staff members are welcome to take a copy of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks from any of the designated locations around campus. Locations include the Union Program Council office (Union 301), the Writing Center (ECS 122D), McNair Scholars Program Office (HH 201), and the International Student Center (ISC 104). Help us keep track of the book by sending us an email with your name, the book number, and your phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you've read the book, pass it along to a friend in the K-State community or return it to a Lending Library near you. Then, join the discussion.
Banned Books Week
Banned Books week is a nationally recognized event that celebrates the freedom to read. The week is dedicated to pointing out the issues of censorship by displaying a variety of books that have been challenged in the past and today. Some examples of challenged novels are The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.
The 2012 Annual Sigma Tau Delta Convention was held in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Whitney Davis, graduate of Kansas State, talks about her experience in New Orleans:
"I attended the Sigma Tau Delta conference in New Orleans as a presenter and was blown away by the immense opportunities that met me in this city. The Sigma Tau Delta conference was a chance for me to truly start broadening my horizons as an English undergraduate. It reignited my original passion for literature by connecting to those equally as passionate. The sessions were reflective, inspiring, and thought-provoking. I would encourage anyone considering to attend the conference to go. It was an opportunity that shaped my undergraduate experience as distinctive--not only educationally and professionally, but relationally as well. The beignets, open air markets, and seafood weren't bad additions either."
Another member of Alpha Theta Eta, Jessica Reyes, reflects on her experience at Convention!
"...Attending Convention as a group also increased our collective desire to be more active in Sigma Tau Delta. The energy and motivation we brought home was exponentially greater because so many of our members shared in the experience of convention. We tried to attend an array of sessions so that we had a bunch of ideas to bring home. We eagerly discussed how we could apply the things we learned to our own chapter. The Student Leadership workshops, in particular, always gave us lots to talk about. Following the Recruitment and Retention Workshop on Saturday, we considered the pros and cons of expanding our membership to non-English majors, and we were excited about a penny-war fundraising idea we’d hear about from another chapter. Returning home, my chapter-mates and I are more committed to planning and executing these projects because we shared in their inception at the convention..."
Continue reading about Jessica's Convention experience here.
Better World Books
Each semester, Sigma Tau Delta chapters all over the nation come together to support and encourage world-wide literacy. Better World Books is one organization that helps to do this. In collaboration with BWB, Sigma Tau Delta holds a book drive, allowing all used books to be gathered and transferred to Better World Books where they are sold online in order to fund literacy initiatives. With the money that each chapter earns from their on-campus book drive, Better World Books offers 6 non-profit literacy partners that will receive the funds: Books for Africa, National Center for Family Literacy, Room to Read, World Education and Development Fund, Invisible Children, or Plan USA.