Axe News

Poetry Reading with Author J.T. Knoll

Join us Sunday December 5th at 2 pm for a poetry reading with Author J.T. Knoll. Come down to Axe basement Rm. 029 to hear J.T. read from his newest poetry book Counterpart


Other titles by J.T. include Paperboy, True Stories, Entry / Exit Point, Chorus Line, Where the Pavement Ends and Fetch Crazy


Event open to the PSU and public. Light refreshments available. 


Author JT Knoll


Counterpart book

Late Nights At Axe - Programming and hours

Library Services is here to help. During Dead Week and Finals, Axe Library will have extended hours and our Late Nights At Axe will have a range of programming and snacks!


Dead Week hours:

Nov. 28th                       12 pm- 1 am
Nov. 29th - Dec 2nd        7:30 am - 1 am

Dec. 5th                          12 pm- 1 am
Dec 6th - 8th                   7:30 am - 1 am


  • Snacks and drink breaks at 10 pm on the evenings with extended hours. Courtesy of Library Services.
  • Late Night at the Library with GAB . 9 pm - 11 pm. Come take a break and de-stress. Food, give aways, and activities.
  • SVP, GSA, NASA are all helping set up "Self care and Destress" tables. Check out some of the materials and take care of yourself!


late nights

International Games Week November 7 - 13, 2021

All sorts of different games and activities through out the week! Join in on the fun. 

Monday - Gorilla - D&D - 1-4pm Axe Library 

Tuesday - GAB - Bangers & Bingo - 7pm OSC Ballroom 

Wednesday - Gorilla Guild - D&D 1-4pm Axe Library 

Thursday - ABC - Game Night - 6:30-8:30pm Axe Library 029

Friday - Campus Activities - Quiz Bowl - Pre-Registration Required 

Games available through out the week at KTC Library & 1st floor Axe Library


Find out more on Engage


38th University Authors Reception


Annually Library Services celebrates the fantastic work of our colleagues through our University Authors Reception. This November 4 th, 2021 we will celebrate the 38th annual reception for those with published or creative works in 2020 and 2021. The reception will take place at 3 pm with some remarks by our Dean of Library Services at 3:15 pm. 

If you published a book, article, book chapter, conference paper, or any other work, please submit your entry via the link below. Please provide a scan of the first page. If you have a url to the published work, please provide the link in the "citation" box. 

 Submission Form  Last Submission Date for bibliography entries October 20 th.


If you are new or want to check out prior years:

UAR book display



24th Annual Gene DeGruson Memorial Lecture

The Gene Degruson Memorial Lecture - "The Amazon Army: The Fight for Workers' Rights and Social Justice in the Kansas Coalfields." with presenter Linda Knoll. Presentation on October 5 th at 7 pm in the basement of Axe Library. 


"One hundred years ago, women of Crawford County held a protest. The wives, mothers, daughters and sisters of local miners protested the creation of the Court of Industrial Relations in 1920, which restricted many of the miners’ rights, including the right to strike. Alexander Howat, the head of the Kansas coal miner union, was jailed for failing to recognize this court. In December 1921, in a protest that made national news, several thousand women marched to the mine headquarters in Franklin, Kansas, in an event that became known as the Amazon Army March.

This year’s Gene DeGruson Memorial Lecture features local historian Linda Knoll in a talk titled “The Amazon Army: The Fight for Workers’ Rights and Social Justice in the Kansas Coalfields.”

This free lecture will be given on Tuesday, October 5, at 7:00 pm in the basement of Axe Library on the Pittsburg State University campus.

This Gene DeGruson Memorial Lecture series is in honor of the late Gene DeGruson, the first and long-time curator of the Special Collections & University Archives at PSU. 

The event is free and open to all. A reception will take place afterwards. For more information, email:, or call: (620) 235-488


Banned Books Week Sept 27 - Oct 3

Banned Books Week is the annual celebration that shines a light on censorship and recognize everyone's freedom to read.
IF You Missed It - ( LinkIf you were unable to attend the author visit in person, view the recording via under the title "Books Unite. Censorship Divides"
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In 2021, Banned Books Week is September 26-October 2. Library Services has a book display running during the week and is pleased to bring, award-winning author, Chris Crutcher to speak on his experiences with censorship. 
  • An Evening with Chris Crutcher: Books Unite. Censorship Divides - ( LinkTuesday September 28th at 5 p.m. at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.
    Chris is author of Loser's 
    Bracket, Whale Talk, and Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes. A book signing will follow. 
    Sponsored by PSU Library Services, Department of English & Modern Languages, Tilford Group, Student Government Association, Office of Student Diversity, and the Albertini Family.

  • Check out materials from Axe Library.

  • Books Unite. Censorship Divides Exhibit - at Bicknell on September 27th. 

Welcome Back Beach Fair - August 26 th

Library Services and partners at Axe Library want to Welcome students back in style. Drop by for a Welcome Beach Fair outside Axe Library on Thursday August 26th from 11 am - 1 pm. 


Academic and department partners want to help introduce you to services and personnel, while having a bit of fun. Make connections with friendly employees that will help you out. Library Serivces, Student Success, The Axe Grind, Gender Resource Center, and The Writing Center will be there.


Help us keep it safe and have fun. Remember your social distancing guides and sanitazion products available at each table.


Summer Renovations at Axe

The sixth phase of the Axe Library renovations began on Friday, May 7th.   A complete renovation of the second floor is this summer's focus, but six other smaller projects are also part of the phase.   The six projects include acoustical tiles, paint and lighting in both stairwells; the addition of one study room in the basement; additional LED lighting in the basement; and window shades for the third floor.   
Due to the work on second floor, most of the book collections with call numbers 500 through 999, and oversize books, will not be available through July.   Library users are encouraged to request titles through interlibrary loan during the next two months.   
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Remote users are encouraged to the Library Chat Service to ask for assitance or call. 

Academic Publication Bootcamp

Academic Publication Bootcamp sponsored by the Writing Center and Axe Library 


Write Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks And have your draft submitted by September 1! 


What:  A structured writing program that will navigate you through starting, writing, and finishing your journal article in time to submit it by September 1st. 


When:  Program starts May 17th, articles will be completed by August 7th, and editing will be available from Writing Center faculty from August 7th to 31st. 


How:  We will be using the academic publication workbook Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success. Each chapter outlines the writing tasks for the week and provides support for completing them. Participants will read a chapter at the beginning of each week, share questions and motivation on the group’s Facebook page, and work through the week’s tasks on their own.  Each week, we will meet virtually as a group on Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. to celebrate the week’s accomplishments, address technical challenges posed by the week’s tasks, and set up for a productive three days of writing before beginning the next chapter on the following Monday. 


Participants will have a chance to get technical help at every stage along the way, and additional editing support is available for writers whose first language is not English. Library and Writing Center faculty will be available to answer your questions throughout the process. 


What do you need to do to participate?  


Pre-program timeline 


1.  Register for AP Bootcamp by April 19th here: 

2.  Join the AP Bootcamp Facebook group. 

3.  Pick up your copy of Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success at the Writing Center (112 Axe Library) May 3-7. 

4.  Read the Introduction and Chapter 1 and join us by Zoom on Monday, May 17, for the kickoff meeting.  


For more information, contact Dr. Janet Zepernick (, 620-235-4340) or Ruth Monnier ( 

Academic Bootcamp

Grab Bag, Book Sale April 19th and 20th

The annual Library Services Book Sale will be a Grab Bag sale! 

The Spring 2021 book sale is taking place Monday 4/19 and Tuesday 4/20 from 10 am -1 pm each day on the first floor of Axe Library. 

The sale is in a Grab Bag format. Feel free to come over and pick pre-packed bags of books for $2 or $3 (depending on hardback or paperbacks). All the bags are themed on subjects or areas of interest. Come pick up a bag of Western Romance novels, or Inspirational novels, or murder mysteries, or children's literature.

Each year we find new homes for tons of books ranging in topics. Subject areas include fiction, art, classic literature, story books, and more. The Library Book sale is open to PSU and community, with profits going to fund annual library programming. 

To ensure, a safe and fun book sale, we ask that anyone visiting follow PSU and county health guidelines.

Your support is greatly appreciated. We hope to see you at the sale! If you have questions communicate with Jorge León  ( or at 620.235.4892 ) 

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Earth Week Challenge & DIY Kits

Earth Day is April 22, 2021. Help Library Services and Students for Sustainability celebrate Earth Day (and Earth week) by engaging in various Earth Day activities. 

During the first Earth Day in 1970, millions gathered for rallies, teach-ins, and to collectively help raise the national awareness of environmental issues. Learn a little more about the history of this grassroots movement from History Channel and from the Environmental Protection Agency.


Activity #1

Participate in the PSU Earth Day Challenge from April 18 th - 24 th through the GooseChase scavenger hunt app.
PSU and community invited to participate. From where ever you currently are located!

  1. Download GooseChase App from Playstore on mobile device. (see logo on right)
  2. Search for the Game using one of the Game Codes from the right.
  3. Complete as many of the challenges as you can. Take great pics, go explore, learn, and have fun!
  4. Using the same account, you can return over various days to finish the challenges. Stay safe and follow local safety guidelines

GooseChase app logo

Download App from App Play Store and use ONE of the Game Codes below. Game starts Sunday  4.19.21.

Play anytime during the week and return to finish additional challenges. Have fun: 

Individuals or Groups

PSU 2021 Earth Week Challenge ( L784EX 

PSU 2021 Earth Week Challenge#2 ( 3KL89E )



Activity #2

Pick up your own DIY Pollinator Seedlings Kit from Axe Library Wednesday April 21st or Thursday April 22nd. Kits will be available on the first floor of Axe Library (limited quantity) and include instructions, soil, seeds, and everything you will need to grow your own MilkWeed or Pollinator plants. 


Planting MilkWeed supports Monarch Butterfly habitats. Sometimes small steps can help in big ways. K-State Research and Extension and Monarch Watch are two sources with fantastic information about Monarchs, habitats, and planting MilkWeed. 

Note - There are many types of Milkweed. Check a local guide or ask at your local garden or nursery for assistance. 

  • One common type you may find in the SE Kansas region is Asclepias Incarnata (Swamp Milkweed ). If you get some seeds, here are some directions Growing Directions

  • If you are interested in other DIY projects with young children: check out Seed Bombs and DIY seed bombs
earth day 2021

Tilford READ 2020-2021

The Spring portion of the TIlford READ 2020-2021 project is about to start up. Library Services and the Tilford group want to make sure any participants can access this years READ title: The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui.


The graphic novel used this year is available through the Tilford Diversity and Multicultural group's webpage and several copies are available for check out from Axe Library.


Join the group through zoom each week for Virtual Read-Aloud sessions and book discussions. Each week the same chapters are covered on two repeating days, to help with scheduling. Join either day. 


Access from the Tilford Canvas webpage the Zoom links and additional information.


#ColorOurCollections - Feb 1 - 5, 2021

Join us once more and take part in the #ColorOurCollections. Going us February 1st - 5th with a coloring sheet pulled from the unique collections and resources available in the PSU Special Collections and Archives.

Don't forget to use the hashtag and share your awesome works for others to see. 


The #ColorOurCollections is a national group by Special Collections, Archives, and musems across the nation. Visit their site to learn more and grab different coloring sheets. Also check our your PSU Special Collections and University Archives.


PDF of 2021 Coloring pages


PDF of 2020 Coloring pages

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Winter Break Hours

Starting November 30th - The Leonard H. Axe Library will be open 7:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday, and closed on the weekends.

Exceptions include: 
December 19th - January 3rd: Closed

Martin Luther King jr. Holiday Observance January 18th: Closed


Spring Semester hours commence Tuesday January 19th 

Celebrating Women's Suffrage

August 18, 1920 marks the anniversary date on which the 19th Amendment was ratified by the Tennessee's legislature. In honor of the Centennial of the 19th Amendment, Library Services is proud to host and sponsor events highlighting women's fight for the vote.
Please join us for any and all of these events: 
Centennial 19th Amendment Women's Forum on September 18 at 6pm.
Register for this Zoom event with women political candidates at: This event is in partnership with the organization, SEKNOW.

The Long Road to Women's Suffrage in Kanas on Tuesday, September 22 at 7:30pm.
Zoom link - or join in person at the Bicknell (pending health guidelines). Additional seating for a Zoom viewing at Axe Library Basement presenation space. 
This event is made possible with the partnership of Humanities Kansas.
Women's Suffrage poster displays at Axe Library and KTC displays at various times throughout the fall semester.
How will you celebrate the Centennial? 

Library Services Reopening Plan

At PSU, the health and safety of our employees and students is our top priority. Library Services has been engaged in revising policies, changing space, reimaginging services, and modifying operations to reopen safely.


Outlined here is the Library Services Reopening plan.


The Library Services Material Pick-up Service will continue beyond our reopening. It is the goal that this services helps students and employees request and pick up materials in a low contact and speedy manner. 


For additional Covid-19 Resources visit our Library Guide.

For campus information on Covid-19, Resources, Policies, Forms, and more.