Axe News

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

Late Nights At Axe - Programming and hours

We are reaching the end of the semester once more. That means extended hours and Late Nights at Axe programming!

If you are needing to stay the extra time, Axe Library has extended hours (until 1 AM) on Sunday, April 25 through Thursday, April 29 and Sunday, May 2 through Wednesday, May 5.

In addition check out some of the programming (and even add it to your co-curricular transcript on Engage)!

  • Stretch Breaks in the Basement 014 at 9pm on Wednesday, April 28 and Sunday, May 2
  • Virtual Telephone via Zoom at 7pm on Tuesday, April 27
  • Destress Coloring via Zoom at 7pm on Thursday, April 29


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
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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 

37th University Authors Reception

  • Virtual University Authors Reception - YouTube recording

  • Displays of published books, articles, OER, and other works are now available at Axe Library. Display is open to public during month of November.  

  • Bibliography from prior years:  Digital Commons
  • Virtual Live Watch Party through Zoom on November 12th at 3 pm.
    Meeting ID: XXXX


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Last Submission Date for bibliography entries October 21st.  Please use the following for: Submission Form

Annually Library Services celebrates the fantastic work of our colleagues across campus through our University Authors Reception. This November 2020 we will celebrate our 37th annual reception for those that have published works in 2019 and 2020. 

This year’s reception will look a little different. There will be physical displays at Axe Library and new this year will be a digital program designed to spotlight book authors.

If you published a book, article, book chapter, conference paper, or any other work, please reply via the link. It helps our process if you provide a scan of the first page. If you have a url to the published work, please provide the link in the "citation" box.


Banned Books Week Sept 27 - Oct 3

Banned Books Week is an annual event to bring light to censorship and recognize everyone's freedom to read.
In 2020, Banned Books Week is September 27-October 3. Library Services is bringing attention to Banned Books Week with events and displays. 
  • On Tuesday, September 29 at 5:30pm in the Basement, there will be a Read Aloud and book discussion. This event is in partnership with SVP, PRISM, and Library Services. 
  • On Friday, October 2 at 9am-10 am CT via Zoom, there will be a panel on the "Importance of Sharing Experiences." Description of the Panel: Banned Books Week 2020 theme is "Censorship is a dead end. Find your freedom to read!" From The Hate U Give to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, books that address police brutality and racism continue to be challenged. Also, some people have requested that Black Lives Matter displays in libraries to be dismantled. This panel will discuss the importance of sharing one's experiences with others, whether it is through books, displays, and presentations. The panel will be taking audience questions.  

    The Zoom link information: Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 979 9843 2846
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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? 

(Cancelled) Welcome Beach Fair - August 27th

Library Services and its partners want to Welcome students back in style. Drop by for a Welcome Beach Fair outside Axe Library on Thursday August 27th from 9 am - 11 am. 

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, and reps from Gender Resource Center will be there.

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


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.   

Documenting the COVID-19 Pandemic at Pittsburg State University

the Special Collections & University Archives at Pittsburg State University is seeking to record and preserve the personal accounts of PSU students, alumni, faculty, administrators and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. We invite you to help us capture and preserve PSU’s experiences during this time.

For more Info .

Laptop Checkout & Returns (Spring & Summer 2020)

This Spring 2020 semester students checked out laptops and equipment from Axe Library to accomplish distance learning. Check below for information on returns and renewals.



Students may return the borrowed laptops and equipment at Axe Library between 8 am and 4 pm on any of the following dates: May 6th - 8th as well as May 11th – 15th.


Library staff will meet students at the front entry of Axe Library to receive and sanitize returned devices.


Renewals (If enrolled in summer)

It is possible for students enrolled in upcoming Summer semester to renew their laptop. To facilitate the process, emails will go out to each borrower. Follow the instructions and reply to that message.

If you have questions or have not received your email message, please contact Marsha Blalock here.

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Virtual Escape Room

Need a break from studying? Looking for a family activity? Missing Pittsburg State’s campus? 

Library Services have created a PSU-themed virtual escape room with the hidden gems of campus. You can participate in the escape room by yourself, with those in your household, or with others using video-calling software. All you need is an internet connection. 

The virtual escape room is ready for you… can you recover the missing artwork in time? Partake in the virtual escape room by going to:

Added Virtual Reference Assistance

Now our Virtual Reference Services are available for longer hours*. No matter where you are located, Library Services is here to help!


If you are studying from home, studying late, or need some quick help, we are here. Check out our Virtual Reference chat program. It has been a long standing chat service from Library Services. 

We can answer questions, send you screen shots, and you can even save a transcript of the chat to keep the links and tips handy. 

During dead week and finals chat service will also extend to 11 pm. 


Check out the PSU Libraries chat - Ask a Librarian Page


Check out the campus chante page - Pittstate Chat


*(During off hours, chats will route to email and be answered at the first available time.)

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Updated Video Tutorials

Library Services just recently updated their video tutorials!

We know research can be tricky. Luckily these short tutorials help you make the most of your time with research tips and tricks.

Click Here for videos on 




InterLibrary Loan


And more videos coming soon.


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