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On Display: Winging It

A selection of interesting books about musical improvisation is currently on display in the Maxwell Music Library. This exhibit, called “Winging It,” includes the following titles:

Summer Session I Hours

The James B. Duke Library hours during Summer Session I are as follows (note the dates in bold offer extended hours during Summer Orientation and an altered schedule for the 4th of July holiday).  

June 5  Monday  8:00am – 10:00pm
June 6  Tuesday  8:00am – 10:00pm
June 7  Wednesday  8:00am – 10:00pm
June 8  Thursday  8:00am – 10:00pm
June 9  Friday  8:00am – 5:00pm
June 10  Saturday  1:00pm – 5:00pm
June 11  Sunday  1:00pm – 5:00pm

June 12  Monday  8:00am – 10:00pm
June 13  Tuesday  8:00am – 10:00pm
June 14  Wednesday  8:00am – 10:00pm
June 15  Thursday  8:00am – 10:00pm
June 16  Friday  8:00am – 5:00pm
June 17  Saturday  9:00am – 5:00pm
June 18  Sunday  1:00pm – 5:00pm

June 19  Monday  8:00am – 10:00pm
June 20  Tuesday  8:00am – 10:00pm
June 21  Wednesday  8:00am – 10:00pm
June 22  Thursday  8:00am – 10:00pm
June 23  Friday  8:00am – 5:00pm
June 24  Saturday  9:00am – 5:00pm
June 25  Sunday  9:00am – 5:00pm

June 26  Monday  8:00am – 10:00pm
June 27  Tuesday  8:00am – 10:00pm
June 28  Wednesday  8:00am – 10:00pm
June 29  Thursday  8:00am – 10:00pm
June 30  Friday  8:00am – 5:00pm
July 1  Saturday  1:00pm – 5:00pm
July 2  Sunday  1:00pm – 5:00pm

July 3  Monday  8:00am – 5:00pm
July 4  Tuesday  CLOSED
July 5  Wednesday  8:00am – 10:00pm
July 6  Thursday  8:00am – 10:00pm
July 7  Friday  8:00am – 5:00pm

May Experience Interim Hours

Wednesday May 31  8:00am-5:00pm
Thursday June 1  9:00am-Noon
Friday June 2  CLOSED
Saturday June 3  CLOSED
Sunday June 4  CLOSED
Monday June 5  8:00am-10:00pm

Save Your Receipts

According to the latest issue of the CCH State Tax Review, recently enacted South Carolina legislation creates new tax credits for motorists.  

Beginning with the 2018 tax year, a new refundable income tax credit is allowed for preventative maintenance on a private passenger motor vehicle or motorcycle registered in South Carolina. The amount of the credit is the lesser of: (1) the resident taxpayer’s actual motor fuel user fee increase incurred for that motor vehicle as a result of the increase of two cents a year for six years in the motor vehicle user fee (also enacted in H.B. 3516) or (2) the amount the resident taxpayer expends on preventative maintenance. Documentation may be required. A resident taxpayer may claim the credit for up to two private passenger motor vehicles, each calculated separately.

“Preventive maintenance” includes costs incurred within South Carolina for new tires, oil changes, regular vehicle maintenance, and the like.

“Motor fuel expenditures” are defined as purchases of motor fuel within South Carolina to which the motor fuel user fee increase of two cents a year for six years applies.

The CCH Tax Review is one of a myriad of newsletters accessed through the electronic resource CCH Tax Research. CCH Tax Research, located in the All Databases list, contains all reports, rulings, tax court memos, bulletins, and updates in the Standard Federal Tax Reporter. It also includes Federal Income Tax Reporter, Internal Revenue Code, Federal Estate/Gift Tax Reporter. Note: Furman students, faculty, and staff must create a free account to use this database.

Interested in reading more about the tax credits for South Carolina drivers? The political blog, FITSNews, offers its take on the issue. FITSNews describes itself as “Unfair and Imbalanced,” and aims to provide an “irreverent look at politics in the always-entertaining Palmetto State…from a decidedly libertarian perspective.”

Recently Added Titles

Recent Additions in Leisure Reading

The following 50 titles have been added to the library’s collection during the past 30 days. The titles are linked to more information in the library catalog.

Memorial Day Hours

In honor of Memorial Day, the James B. Duke Library will operate on an adjusted schedule.

  • May 27 – Saturday – CLOSED
  • May 28 – Sunday – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • May 29 – Monday – 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

In 1921, Furman paid tribute to the University’s World War I veterans in a moving ceremony that unveiled a memorial statue, The Spirit of the American Doughboy. The term doughboy was used by European soldiers to describe their American allies. The U.S. troops arrived in France from a training base in Texas that was known for its white adobe soil. The soil often discolored their uniforms, giving them a “doughboy” appearance.

The copper sculpture by E.M. Viquesney, depicted a soldier rushing into battle, clutching a grenade in one hand and a rifle in the other. Mass produced during the 1920s and 1930s for communities throughout the United States, the first Doughboy statue placed as a memorial was dedicated on the old campus of Furman University in downtown Greenville on June 7, 1921.

Five hundred and forty Furman men, almost the entire student body of the then all-male college, volunteered for service during the Great War. Six of them died during the war — Pvt. Thomas J. Lyons Jr., Pvt. Otis Brodie, Lt. John H. David (the first South Carolina officer killed in action), Lt. Charles S. Gardner (who, though seriously wounded, refused to be removed from the battle), Sgt. Charles E. Timmons Jr. (who “went to death beyond the call of duty, while aiding men from another company”), and Cpl. Talmadge W. Gerrald (who gave his life trying to save a wounded comrade). Their names are inscribed at the base of the Doughboy.

Since the dedication in 1921, the Furman Doughboy has become one of the University’s most enduring landmarks. In the late 1940s a plaque bearing the names of Furman students lost during World War II was placed at the base of the statue. When Furman moved to its current location, so did the Doughboy. After suffering years of neglect, dents, and vandalism, Furman University’s original Doughboy, was retired to the Upcountry History Museum, and a completely new replacement was cast in bronze by sculptor Maria Kirby-Smith in 2004. The statue is located next to the Physical Activities Center in Childers Plaza, and faces east toward the battlefields of France.

Furman’s original Doughboy has been brought out of storage and has been on display in the James B. Duke Library as part of the Special Collections and Archives exhibit “Over Here, Over There: Greenville in the Great War.” The closing day of the exhibit is May 31, 2017.



On Display: Matters of the Mind

Currently on display in the Sanders Science Library is a selection of interesting books about the human brain. This exhibit, called “Matters of the Mind,” includes the following titles:


Achievements of a Heroic American Lady

The Furman University Libraries are providing a trial to HeinOnline until August 11, 2017. HeinOnline is a fully searchable, image-based government document and legal research database. It contains comprehensive coverage from inception of both U.S. statutory materials and more than 2,300 scholarly journals, all of the world’s constitutions, all U.S. treaties, collections of classic treatises and presidential documents, and access to the full text of state and federal case law powered by Fastcase.

HeinOnline provides the full text of the Congressional Record from 1873-2011 (Vols. 1-157). The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. FDsys contains Congressional Record volumes from 140 (1994) to the present.
When the U.S. House of Representatives convened on June 25, 1956, Ohio Rep. Thomas A. Jenkins went on record with the following words hailing the achievements of a heroic American lady:
Interested in learning more about Emma Gatewood’s life and her historic hike of the Appalachian Trail?  The library owns an Ebook copy of Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail.

Summer Construction Update

Construction is underway!  The Milford Mall is closed and renovations have begun for the library cafe.  The library remains open, however, you might want to walk through the surrounding buildings to gain access to the front entrance of the library.

MayX Ice Cream Social – Photos!

Photos from today’s ice cream social hosted by the May Experience Committee. Great flavors, great toppings, and great turnout!  MayX students and faculty were joined by others around campus including library faculty and staff, and members of the construction crew renovating the 24-hour study room. Thanks, MayX Committee!

Whip cream, chocolate sauce, Paladin purple and white candies, Oreo cookies, strawberry sauce, peanuts, cherries, and sprinkles!

Library faculty and staff can always be convinced to attend an ice cream social, especially when it is held on the front porch of the library!

The joy of unlimited chocolate sauce!

We invited members of the construction crew to join in all of the ice cream goodness!

MayX students and one happy puppy dog take part in the party.