Walker Library

Read Poster Project

The Walker Library's READ Poster Project is based on a series begun by the American Library Association in 1985. Some of the world's best-known faces have lent their support to the simple but powerful message: READ! The first poster featuring popular actor/comedian Bill Cosby appeared in 1985. Other actors, sports figures, musicians, and celebrities have also appeared in the series. Celebrities have donated their time and the use of their image. They also select their own book. The posters promote reading, literacy, and research and are sold on a non-profit basis primarily to libraries and schools.

Recently, the American Library Association made the software for producing these posters available to libraries, and the Walker Library began its program to highlight MTSU's own celebrities.

The first poster featured Dr. Ahad Nasab, members of the University's Space Robotics Team, and their Moon Raider robot, designed to locate hidden lava tubes beneath the moon's surface. This poster won first place in a national READ Poster Contest, hosted by the American Library Association.

The posters are displayed in the Walker Library and, under a public service grant from the University, will be distributed to the Murfreesboro City and Rutherford County schools to promote reading.

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I Robot, Ray Bradbury

This poster features students from the MTSU Engineering Technology and Industrial Studies Department's SPACE ROBOTICS TEAM. Reading has helped to inspire their latest robotic creation. This robot is designed to locate hidden lava tubes beneath the moon's surface. Their creation won first place in the 2004 national NASA Robotics Competition.

The three laws of Robotics: 1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm 2) A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where they conflict with the First Law. 3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. With these three, simple directives, Isaac Asimov changed our perception of robots forever when he formulated the laws governing their behavior.

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Rise to Rebellion, Jeff Shaara

Featuring Professor Aaron Todd, a physical science teacher for forty years, this poster celebrates his scholarship and dedication to his students, his profession and MTSU. Todd truly knows no limits! Taking a personal interest in each student, Todd used innovative teaching techniques to inspire learning. He wrote a best selling textbook and to make sure that the latest version was available, he spent the day before brain tumor surgery completing the last chapter of the sixth edition. A faithful Blue Raider fan, Todd set a goal of filling Murphy Center in Operation Full House in February 2004, then extended that goal to Floyd Stadium in September. His persistence and strong spirit are reflected in his choice of books: Rise to Rebellion.

Jeff Shaara dazzled readers with his bestselling novels Gods and Generals, The Last Full Measure, and Gone for Soldiers. Now the acclaimed author who illuminated the Civil War and the Mexican- American War brilliantly brings to life the American Revolution, creating a superb saga of the men who helped to forge the destiny of a nation.

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Pushing Forward, Randy Snow

Kevin Green (left) and Michael Paul, members of MTSU's Wheelchair Tennis Squad, understand more than many others the power of perseverance and the value of Pushing Forward against the odds. Green and teammate Russell Rodriguez won the USTA National Collegiate Wheelchair Doubles Championship in 2004, the first year that MTSU fielded a team in the competition. With his ability to hit sizzling slices and spins, Paul's talent on the court has been called "amazing" by his coach. MTSU is the host institution for the 2005 USTA National Collegiate Wheelchair Championships March 18-20.

When Randy Snow was 16, a farm accident left him paralyzed from his waist. A promising junior tennis player, he never expected to play again. Today, he has overcome many challenges to become an inspiration. He is an author, speaker, and award winning athlete. Because of his achievements he received the Paralympic torch from President Clinton in 1996.

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Homegrown Music: Discovering Bluegrass, Stephanie P. Ledgin

Pushing the limits started early for Tyler Andal, who at 16 is already a college sophomore at MTSU! He plays both violin and bluegrass fiddle, and his exceptional skills and love of performing have taken him to old-time music festivals and contests all over the country, even to a mention in Homegrown Music: Discovering Bluegrass as a fiddle player to watch for in the future.

Tyler's performance venues include the Grand Ole Opry, the CMA Music Festival, and an international musical exchange at Carnegie Hall that connected American high school students with their counterparts in India. He plans to take time out from his studies to tour Japan this fall with the Ryan Holladay Band.

Stephanie P. Ledgin has captured the rich history of bluegrass music in this book for newcomers and devoted fans alike. Though recognized and embraced internationally, bluegrass is one of only two musical genres native to America and, like jazz, it boasts a colorful and lively history. This book covers such aspects of bluegrass as instrumentation, songs, the festival experience, and "parking lot picking", and features candid interviews with many celebrated bluegrass figures.

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Success One Day at a Time, John C. Maxwell

Krystle Horton finds success in her pursuit of excellence both on the court and in the classroom. She has a 3.83 GPA concentrating in elementary education, and she made important contributions to the Lady Raider basketball team's two consecutive Sun Belt Conference championships and NCAA Tournament wins. She was the team's leader in offensive rebounds in 2004-12005. In February, Krystle was named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Team. About the honor she commented, "Education has always come first for me, with basketball second."